Archive for November 29th, 2020

November 29 Energy News

November 29, 2020


¶ “Republicans Remain Opposed To Any Policies That Would Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use” • For over a decade, the GOP was alone among the world’s major right-of-center parties in its refusal to endorse climate science. But during the Trump era, the major Republican point of agreement shifted to insist on fossil-fuel use as an inherent good. [New York Magazine]

Pollution (Zoya Loonohod, Unsplash)

¶ “Scott Morrison’s Climate Language Has Shifted – But Actions Speak Louder Than Words” • Scott Morrison’s language about Australia adopting a of net zero by 2050, and more generally about climate action, is starting to warm up. The recent shift in the prime minister’s language invites two questions: is there a pivot under way, and is the shift real? [The Guardian]


¶ “Sydney Records The Hottest November Night On Record” • Sydney has recorded its hottest November night on record, with a minimum overnight temperature of 25.4°C (77.7°F). Daytime temperatures of 40°C (104°F) are expected. The New South Wales Fire Service issued a fire ban for parts of the state, as firefighters battle dozens of wildfires. [BBC]

Manly Beach, Sydney, in cooler weather (Adrian Rem, Unsplash)

¶ “The Pandemic Is Shifting Urban Transport To Micromobility” • Data published in an article at The Economist show that urban commuters are shifting from public transit to alternatives. While cars are on the rise, other factors are steering commuters to use electric scooters and bicycles. And where Covid-19 cases fell, the decreased transit use has persisted. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrify Canada Expands Into Alberta” • Electrify Canada, which is a partner of Electrify America as well as Volkswagen Group Canada, is spreading ultrafast EV charging stations across Canada. Now it has expanded to Alberta. Its first Alberta charging station is in Canmore, but an ultrafast charging station is coming to Calgary soon. [CleanTechnica]

Canmore, Alberta (Jack Borno, CC, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Largest Train Station In Asia Gets Solar Roof” • The Xiongan Railway Station is a new train station in China that is the largest in Asia, covering 680,000 square meters. It’s 2020, so, naturally, the train station is covered in solar panels – 6 MW of them. The solar system is expected to create 5.8 GWh of electricity per year for the train station. [CleanTechnica]

GE Halide X wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy Image)

¶ “Dogger Bank, World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Will Use 190 GE Haliade-X Turbines” • Equinor and SSE Renewables announced that they have financing for the first two phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which will be in the North Sea about 160 km east of Yorkshire. The wind farm will be powered by 190 GE Haliade-X 13 MW turbines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Sets 450-GW Capacity Renewable Energy Target For 2030” • The Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy and Power, RK Singh, speaking at a country session of Maldives, said India’s renewable energy target is now 450 GW of capacity by 2030. He emphasized that renewable energy is a must not only for India, but for the world. [ET Now]

¶ “First Chinese-Developed Nuclear Reactor Starts Operations” • China is running its first domestically developed nuclear reactor, Hualong One. Beijing is trying to reduce dependence on foreign sources for energy security and critical technology. Less than 5% of China’s electricity is supplied by nuclear reactors, but the amount is growing. [The Straits Times]

Hualong One (Photo: China National Nuclear Corporation)

¶ “Illegal Coal Trade: CBI Conducts Searches At 45 Locations In Four States” • India’s Central Bureau of Investigation searched 45 locations in four States in connection with the illegal mining and theft of coal from Kunustoria and Majora collieries in West Bengal. The CBI move is said to be a part of the crackdown on the coal mafia in the eastern region. [The Hindu]


¶ “Top 10 States For Renewable Energy, And Their Renewable Energy Splits” • The US Energy Information Administration published a special short profile on New York’s leadership in renewable energy, including how resources were split. The article showed how varied renewable energy resource splits are among the different top states. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy resources in top states (EIA image)

¶ “US DOE Grants $3.6 Million To Portland Firm To Develop Renewable Tidal Power System” • Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland has received $3,676,997 in funding from the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. ORPC will use this funding to propose a novel energy system for tidal and riverine currents. []

¶ “In Georgia, 16 Superfund Sites Are Threatened By Extreme Weather Linked To Climate Change” • An investigation into the impact of climate change on 945 vulnerable Superfund sites by InsideClimate News, NBC News and The Texas Observer found that 16 Superfund sites in Georgia were subject to increased flooding with climate change. [InsideClimate News]

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