Archive for November 26th, 2020

November 26 Energy News

November 26, 2020


¶ “One Year After Navajo Generating Station Stopped Burning Coal: A Progress Report” • At the time the agreement was made to close NGS, its owners and Peabody Energy made a slew of promise to the Navajo and Hopi people. A year after the station closed, Navajo Equitable Economy issued a report on what progress has been made. [CleanTechnica]

Report card (Credit: Navajo Equitable Economy)

Science and Technology:

¶ “BMW Founds Robot And Software Company For Logistics Industry” • BMW Group has just launched a new company that is fully focused on becoming “a leading supplier of autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector.” The company says the robot’s decision making computer, is “certified to operate in industrial environments.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Peat Study Sets Out Wind Farm Benefits” • A study shows the benefits of wind farms to Scotland’s peatlands. “Wind Power and Peatland: Enhancing Unique Habitats” looks at more than £2.5 million of work by three renewable energy businesses restoring peatland sites. Healthy peatlands remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it. [reNEWS]

Caithness Peatland (david glass, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Coal India To Diversify Into Solar Power” • Coal India, India’s state-controlled producer, plans to use solar energy to power its mining operations as part of its broader efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The company aims to set up solar power projects with a combined capacity of 3 GW by the 2023-24 financial year that ends in March 2024. [Argus Media]

¶ “Wuling Mini EV Shines In Hot Chinese Market” • The overall Chinese auto market grew last month, 9% year over year. Plugin vehicles sales, however, grew 120% YoY. Full electrics grew faster (+128%) than plugin hybrids (+93%). And the best selling EV is a city model with four seats and a $4,200 price tag; it is the Wuling HongGuang Mini EV. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling HongGuang Mini EV

¶ “Europe’s Renewable Power Giants Push For EU Hydrogen To Be Green” • Europe’s green power industry groups have formed a lobbying effort to ensure a new wave of hydrogen in the EU is made using power from wind and solar farms. The EU plans to draw as much as €470 billion ($559 billion) toward hydrogen infrastructure in coming decades. [JWN]

¶ “Australia Heading Towards The Tipping Point In The Transition From Fossil Fuels To Renewables” • The Australian Energy Market Operator has released its “Integrated System Plan 2020.” The report shows that under many scenarios, eastern Australia is past the midpoint in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable electricity generation. [Energy Matters]

Burning brown coal

¶ “EStor-Lux Builds Belgium’s Largest Battery Park” • EStor-Lux is constructing Belgium’s largest battery park in Bastogne in a partnership with Centrica Business Solutions. The 10-MW / 20-MWh will function as a virtual power plant, making efficient use of the available supply on the high-voltage grid, balancing supply with demand. [reNEWS]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Collects 130-MW Canadian Contract” • Siemens Gamesa has signed a 130-MW order to supply wind turbines to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada’s Rattlesnake Ridge wind power project, near Medicine Hat, Alberta. The 26 SG 5.0-145 wind turbines will be installed at a subsidy free wind farm, one of the first in Canada. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “EU Drafts Deal To Upgrade 2030 Climate Change Target Next Month” • The EU drafted a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels, a target it hopes its 27 members will endorse at a summit next month, the document showed. The current 2030 target for EU members is a 40% cut in emissions from 1990 levels. [EnerCom Inc]


¶ “Trump’s Last-Ditch Effort to Drill the Alaskan Wilderness” • The Trump administration is making a last-minute push to sell oil rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Firms can now select which swaths of pristine Alaskan wilderness they would like to drill, and they could bid on leases before President Trump leaves office in January. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Source: US Department of the Interior)

¶ “Cadillac Willing To Pay Dealers To Go Away” • Among the many announcements General Motors made this week is one saying Cadillac would be its first division to transition to selling only EVs. Some of the roughly 850 Cadillac dealers in the US are less than happy with that idea. Now Motor Trend says GM will buy out reluctant dealers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Federal Officials Reject State Petition To Delist Arctic Ringed Seals From Endangered Species Act” • The National Marine Fisheries Service ruled against a petition from the state of Alaska to delist the Arctic ringed seal from the Endangered Species Act. The state had partnered with several North Slope entities to write the petition. [Kotzebue Broadcasting Inc]

Ringed seal (NOAA image)

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E – 230 to 300 Mile Range for $35,395, $39,500, or $42,300 (After Tax Credit)” • The EPA has had a busy week with hot new EVs. Along with the Volkswagen ID.4 getting its range certification, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has received its official driving range on a full charge. The Mustang Mach-E has four different power trains. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “License Transfer Request For Indian Point Approved By NRC” • The NRC approved an application to transfer the licenses for all three units of the Indian Point nuclear plant, from subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning. Unit 3, the last operating reactor at the site, will shut down by April 30, 2021. [Vermont Biz]

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