Archive for November 17th, 2020

November 17 Energy News

November 17, 2020


¶ “Trump Blows Offshore Wind War Bigly, On Top Of Electoral College And Popular Vote Losses” • It seems like only yesterday that President Trump was fighting offshore wind turbines in Scotland while sticking up for US fossil fuels. But windpower has burgeoned in Scotland. Now, there is an undersea transmission project to export 2 GW more. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm (ScottishPower Renewables image, cropped)

¶ “Biden’s Environmental Proposals” • Biden’s elevation to the Oval Office will see one of the clearest shifts in environmental policy the US since fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter, a huge fan of renewable power, was removed from the White House in the early 1980s by Republican Ronald Regan. It is important to understand the change. [The Ecologist]

¶ “Jonathan Scott Unpacks The Fight For Residential Solar In Revealing New Documentary” • Sunshine comes to us free of charge. But when home renovation specialist and TV personality Jonathan Scott went to install a rooftop solar system on his Las Vegas home, he up against the realities of the monopolistic utility model in Nevada. [CleanTechnica]

Jonathan Scott


¶ “Moscow Gets Its 500th Electric Bus” • Russia is a major oil & gas country. As the oil industry goes, so goes Russia. Even so, reports say a public transit company for the Moscow metro area has put its 500th electric bus into service. This electric bus was produced by Kamaz, a Russian truck and engine (and apparently electric bus) manufacturer. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hurricane Iota: Category Four Storm Hits Nicaragua” • Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta, Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua. Hurricane Iota became a category five storm before making landfall, with maximum sustained winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). It was the most powerful storm in the record-braking Atlantic storm season. [BBC]

Eye of a hurricane (NASA image)

¶ “New Pay-As-You-Go Solar TV In Kenya” • We may think of low renewable electricity costs in terms of solar power plants selling it to utilities, but low-cost solar goes far beyond that. One fun new example of that is a new PayGo solar powered TV offered in Kenya by Azuri Technologies. The TV400 is a 32″ television that comes with solar power. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Hydrogen Scheme Sprouts In Scotland, With Flow Battery” • Scotland is apparently not satisfied with its position in the offshore wind vanguard. The country has embarked on a new plan to pair tidal power with vanadium flow batteries to produce green hydrogen. Tidal power is very predictable, and batteries make the output constant. [CleanTechnica]

Orkney infrastructure (Orkney Sky Cam, courtesy of EMEC)

¶ “New Group Targets More Sustainable Offshore Wind” • A coalition of eighteen organisations from across Europe signed a memorandum of understanding and committed to working together to develop offshore wind, while ensuring protection of nature and healthy marine ecosystems. Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, and TenneT are among them. [reNEWS]

¶ “Enel Turns Sod On 163-MW Chile Solar” • Enel Green Power Chile has begun construction of the 160-MW Sol de Lila PV project in the Atacama Desert, in Chile’s Antofagasta region. Sol de Lila will have 407,400 bifacial monocrystalline PV panels and will employ nearly 450 workers during construction. Start-up is scheduled for July 2021. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Enel Green Power image)

¶ “Southern Alberta Witnessing ‘Unprecedented’ Surge In Renewable Energy Projects” • Over $2 billion worth of renewable energy projects are being built in Southern Alberta. An analyst says the boom in renewables began three years ago as the costs dropped low enough that incentive-free builds suddenly made more business sense. []


¶ “Trump Administration Begins Last-Minute Leasing Process For Arctic Drilling” • The Trump administration on Monday started a leasing process for oil and gas drilling sites off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, something environmental groups feel is a potential last-minute giveaway to the energy industry before the Biden administration takes over. [CNN]

Alaska (Karen Bollinger, US FWS, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Jeff Bezos Announces Nearly $800 Million In Grants To 16 Groups Fighting Climate Change” • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that his Bezos Earth Fund will give $791 million in grants to 16 organizations working to protect the environment. The fund is part of a $10 billion pledge to support environmental activists and organizations. [CNN]

¶ “UVM Is Leading The Largest Study of Climate Change In Vermont” • Since the 1980s, folks have put a cinder block on the pond when it freezes. When the ice melts, the block sinks, and a clock is unplugged, capturing the exact time of the melt. There’s a clear pattern. The ice is melting earlier. Now, UVM is leading an ambitious scientific study. [UVM News]

UVM researchers in the field

¶ “Tesla To Join S&P 500 On December 21, 2020” • The S&P Global Dow Jones media center just announced that Tesla will be added to the S&P 500 on December 21. S&P Global Dow Jones said this is to coincide with the December quarterly rebalance and that, due to Tesla’s large size, it is seeking feedback about the addition being in two tranches. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Research Fund At Princeton University Will Preserve Biodiversity” • Princeton University established an endowed fund with a gift from Currie C and Thomas A Barron. It will increase support for research related to biodiversity and build on Princeton’s decades-long leadership in studying and protecting the rich variety of Earth’s ecosystems. []

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