November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2020


¶ “You Say Old Coal Plant, I Say New Green Hydrogen Facility” • My utility, Burbank Water and Power in California, is on the frontline of energy transformations. Every day, our company manages a long-term commitment to a large coal-fired power plant in rural Delta, Utah, while it races towards a zero-GHG future through green hydrogen. [GreenBiz]

Coal Plant (Image courtesy of Burbank Water & Power)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Methane Hits Record High In Atmosphere As Fossil Fuel Companies Diverge” • More than 60 oil and gas companies committed to a new framework to report methane emissions as the UN reported that atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas reached a record high. US companies aren’t participating at the moment. [Scientific American]

¶ “Super Hot October Drags 2020 Toward 2nd-Hottest Year On Record” • The year to date (January through October) ranked second-hottest for the globe as Arctic sea ice coverage shrank to historic lows for the month, according to NOAA scientists. The most recent monthly global climate report from NOAA also has other highlights. [CleanTechnica]

October 2020 Global Temperature Map (NOAA image)


¶ “Transport & Environment Calls Out PHEV Manufacturers For Higher-Than-Advertised Emissions” • In its latest report, T&E points an accusatory finger at several of the most popular plug-in hybrid vehicles sold in Europe, saying their carbon emissions in normal use are actually up to 12 times higher than advertised by their manufacturers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen-Powered Trains Could Replace Diesel Engines In Germany” • Siemens and Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn have announced plans to test a hydrogen-powered train with a range of more than 370 miles, technology that promises to reduce CO₂ emissions and help make 1,300 diesel units obsolete. The test will last one year. [CNN]

Mireo Plus H (Image provided by Siemens)

¶ “Renewable Energy Investments To Double As Assets Prove Their Resilience” • Global institutional investors plan to increase allocations to renewable energy infrastructure from 4.2% to 8.3% in the next five years, a report by Octopus Group says. It is based on a survey of institutional investors representing $6.9 trillion under management. [Citywire Financial Publishers]

¶ “Floating Solar Could Benefit From EU Offshore Renewables Strategy” • While wind power dominates the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy unveiled by the European Commission, which envisions 300 GW of floating capacity by 2050, the report also notes various EU funding pots which could support ocean-based solar development. [pv magazine International]

Offshore solar system (Image: Ocean Sun)

¶ “Clean Energy ‘Clear Winner’ Of Victorian State Budget With $1.6 Billion In Funding” • Described by the government as “the largest investment in clean energy of any state,” the Victorian Budget 2020/21 adds to last week’s news of $797 million set aside for energy efficiency and the extension of the state’s Solar Homes program. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Ørsted, Shell Sign 2.4-GW Dogger Bank Offtake” • Ørsted and Shell signed power purchase agreements for 2.4 GW of capacity from the Dogger Bank A and B offshore wind farms off the coast of north-east England. Ørsted will take a 40% share and Shell Energy Europe a 20% share. SSE Renewables and Equinor are co-developing the 3.6-GW project. [reNEWS] (not my math – ghh)

Offshore wind turbines (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)

¶ “India Will Reach 175 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Before 2022: PM Modi” • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 15th G20 Summit, claiming that India will meet its 2022 goal of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity well before that date. He said India is now more focused on reaching its next target of 450 GW capacity by 2030. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “UK Doubles Down On Renewables With 12-GW CfD4” • The UK Energy Ministry will allocate supports for up to 12 GW of new renewables projects at its Contracts for Difference Round Four auction to open late next year. The round will feature three pots for different technologies. Its total 12 GW capacity is over twice as large as 2019’s 5.8 GW CfD3. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in Wales (miriam, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “GM Withdraws Support For Trump Lawsuit Seeking To Roll Back Auto Emissions Rules” • General Motors announced in a letter to environmental groups it was withdrawing its support from Trump administration litigation that aimed to take away California’s right to set its own auto emissions rules. GM said it had been supportting a single US standard. [CNN]

¶ “After Scotland Tour, Maine Hatches Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Plot” • Maine has some deep and challenging waters for wind turbines, but it also boasts sustained offshore winds speeds that are estimated to be enough to meet its existing electricity demand 36 times over. Governor Janet Mills came away from a tour of Scotland with big plans. [CleanTechnica]

Floating offshore wind turbine (Image via Maine Aqua Ventus)

¶ “Biden Cabinet: Inner Circle Get Key Posts As John Kerry Named Climate Envoy” • Former Secretary of State John Kerry will be a climate envoy when US President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The position is to see him “fight climate change full-time.” He will be the first official dedicated to climate change to sit on the National Security Council. [BBC]

¶ “Renewables Are Gaining Ground In New York” • The state of New York generated the largest amount of renewable electricity of any state east of the Mississippi last year, with renewable energy sources, including hydropower, accounting for 30% of New York’s electricity, according to the Energy Information Administration. []

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