December 15 Energy News

December 15, 2020


¶ “Trump’s Attacks On America’s Natural Treasures: In His Final Days, President Trump Is Selling Our Public Lands And Waters” • In his final days, President Trump is selling our public lands and waters to the highest bidder. The federal government holds these resources in trust, for the use and enjoyment of the people of this country. [CleanTechnica]

Sandhill cranes on the Platte River (Larry Crist | USFWS)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A ‘Frozen Rainforest’ Of Microscopic Life Is Melting The Ice Sheet On Greenland” • Biodiversity is usually considered a good thing, but when it is growing on the ice of Greenland, the profusion of microbial life is absorbing sunlight and speeding up ice melt. It will likely cause global sea levels to rise faster than scientists have predicted. [CNN]

¶ “A palm oil alternative could help save rainforests” • Our use of palm oil is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species. Now the biotech industry says it has come up with an alternative that doesn’t involve burning or clearing the rainforest. [BBC]

Finding an alternative in the lab (Bath University image)

¶ “The UK’s Quest For Affordable Fusion By 2040” • For 65 years, we have been promised that commercial fusion power plants will exist within 30 years. Now, an effort in the UK is trying to do it in 20 years. The technological barriers to practical use of fusion power are impressive, but the challenges are being addressed with some hope of success. [BBC]


¶ “Negligible Risk of Ships Evading EU Carbon Market – Study” • EU regulators have little to fear from shipping companies that might try to evade the bloc’s carbon market if it is applied to long-distance voyages, a study shows. The findings come as regulators prepare a proposal to include shipping in the EU’s emissions trading system. [CleanTechnica]

Ship at sea (JF Martin, Unsplash)

¶ “Commission Approves €30 Billion Dutch Scheme To Support Projects Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €30 billion Dutch scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. The scheme will not unduly distort competition. [EU Reporter]

¶ “Denmark, Netherlands Sign Offshore Wind Hub MOU” • Denmark and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding relating to developing offshore wind hubs linking the countries. The intention is to develop one or more offshore energy hubs for large offshore wind farms, possibly with green hydrogen production. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind hub (TenneT image)


¶ “Doosan GridTech To Deliver 100-MW Oz Battery” • Doosan GridTech has been picked to build a 100-MW, 150 MWh grid storage system in Queensland, Australia. Vena Energy Australia is developing the Wandoan South BESS project, which will play a “major role” in improving grid stability and supporting the state’s shift to renewable energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australia Storms: Floods Spark Evacuation Warnings For NSW Towns” • Australian authorities have issued evacuation warnings for low-lying towns in northern New South Wale as storms batter the nation’s east coast. According to scientists. climate change is intensifying the heavy rainfalls typical of La Niña and making weather patterns more erratic. [BBC]

Flooding in New South Wales (NSW State Emergency Service)

¶ “Renewables Now Provide 60% Of South Australian Electricity Generation” • Eighteen years ago South Australia had the least renewable energy in the country thanks to hydroelectricity being a tough sell in a place as dry as a Sao biscuit and twice as flat. Now, the state’s generation was 59.6% renewable: 42.9% wind and 16.7% solar energy. [Solar Quotes]


¶ “Aptera Is Getting A Lot of Orders For Its ‘Never Charge’ EV” • Aptera released its “Never Charge” electric vehicle a little over a week ago, and the company already has preorders for over $100 million. Aptera is also seeing lots of views for its launch video, with over 600,000 views on YouTube when this CleanTechnica article was published. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera (Chris Anthony, CEO, Aptera Motors Corp)

¶ “S&P 100 – Tesla In, Occidental Petroleum Out” • The S&P 100 tracks performance of the 100 largest stocks in the US by market capitalization. In fact, the S&P 100 is capitalization-weighted, with members selected from a broad range of industries. S&P Dow Jones says Tesla will replace Occidental Petroleum in the S&P 100 on December 21. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewables Were The Sole Source Of New US Generating Capacity In Last Quarter” • Figures from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission show that all new capacity added in June through September has been renewable. And for the first three quarters of 2020, renewables accounted for 64.1%, of all new utility-scale capacity. [RenewEconomy]

Solar panels in Colorado (Jeffrey Beall, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Holy Cross Energy Adopts More Aggressive Clean Energy Goal” • Holy Cross Energy solidified its role as an innovator in the power industry Monday with an announcement it will speed up its efforts to convert to 100% renewable sources. The electric co-op unveiled its 100×30 initiative, to provide 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030. [Aspen Times]

¶ “Avangrid Renewables Submits COP For Kitty Hawk Wind Project” • Avangrid Renewables submitted a Construction and Operations Plan to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the first phase of the Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project. A study by the Public Strategy Group anticipates substantial economic benefits. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a magnificently pleasing day.

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