Archive for November 23rd, 2020

November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Western Green Hydrogen Makeover Clouds Fossil Energy Revival” • President Trump has often spoken of his affection for fossil fuels, and especially coal workers. But the big bucks are shifting to renewables. A case in point is Mitsubishi, a leader of a western-US green hydrogen alliance, which could pull the rug right out from under natural gas. [CleanTechnica]

Natural gas flaring (Joshua Doubek, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla’s Manufacturing Revolution – Machines That Set Tesla Apart” • In a video titled “Game Over – Tesla’s AI Manufacturing Revolution,” host Casgains Academy explained the importance of Tesla’s AI manufacturing. He also looked at the machines that set the company apart. And, he explained why the other automakers will struggle to catch up. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Hydrogen Power For Heavy Trucks In China And All The Ships At Sea” • In a 15-year plan for new energy vehicles, China’s State Council put a focus on building the fuel-cell supply chain and hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles. A wind and solar plant in Inner Mongolia is expected to produce up to 500,000 tons of H₂ a year beginning in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai fuel cell truck (Courtesy of Hyundai)

¶ “The Climate Crisis Is Looming Large On Wall Street” • The European Central Bank said it will start conducting “in-depth” assessments of how bank balance sheets account for climate risks in 2022. Banks will, for example, be expected to disclose how flooding and storms could affect the value of their real estate portfolios and customer supply chains. [CNN]

¶ “Carbon Tracker Claims EV Revolution Will ‘End Oil Era'” • A Carbon Tracker report says the shift to EVs in emerging markets will “end oil era.” In particular, it suggests the transition away from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles in emerging markets “may slash growth in global oil demand by 70%.” The report says the switch will pay for itself. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it (Carbon Tracker image)

¶ “Trump Rails Against Paris Climate Accord In Virtual G20 Event” • President Trump decried the Paris climate accord and touted US oil and natural gas production during a virtual session on environmental safeguards the on the final day of the G20 summit. Trump called the 2015 accord “one-sided” and claimed it was designed to ruin the US economy. [CNN]

¶ “Green Zinc! Sun Metals Joins RE100” • Sun Metals, whose zinc refinery is the second largest single-site energy consumer in Queensland, has pledged to power its entire operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2040, with an interim target of 80% by 2030.  Sun Metals has already developed its own 125-MW solar farm. [pv magazine Australia]

Sun Metals zinc refinery in Queensland (Photo: Sun Metals)

¶ “Victoria’s Loy Yang A Power Station To Have 200-MW Battery Operational By 2023, Owner AGL Says” • The Loy Yang A power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley will be home to a 200-MW battery that can provide electricity to the grid during times of peak demand, its owner has said. Energy giant AGL plans to have the battery operating in 2023. [ABC News]

¶ “With New Wind Farm Project, Kazakhstan Forges Ahead With Renewable Energy” • Kazakhstan marked a major milestone in its journey away from the country’s coal legacy, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reported on its website. A $95.3 million deal to was signed to support construction of the Zhanatas 100-MW wind farm. [Times of Central Asia]

Wind farm in Kazakhstan (МаратД, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Australia’s First Renewable Green Gas Injection Project To Power More Than 6,000 NSW Homes” • Energy infrastructure company Jemena signed an agreement with Sydney Water to generate biomethane at a wastewater treatment plant. The biomethane gas will be injected into Jemena’s New South Wales gas distribution network. [Mirage News]

US:

¶ “Renewables Are 64% Of New US Electrical Generating Capacity In 9-Months Of 2020” • According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy sources dominated new US electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Judge Blocks Permits Over Climate Impacts” • A US federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts. He pointed to numerous flaws in the BLM climate change assessment. [coloradopolitics.com]

¶ “Groups Applaud “Seismic Shift” In Clean-Energy Landscape” • Ohio cities shifting the state’s energy landscape. Voters in both Grove City and Columbus approved ballot measures that enact Community Choice Aggregation, which allows for ratepayers in the community to bargain collectively for bulk purchase energy rates from utilities. [Public News Service]

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