February 11 Energy News

February 11, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Buy Land And Plant – An Adventure In Reforesting” • Having electrified home and car, and bought into a community solar project is not enough. Project Drawdown promotes Land Sinks. It explains, “Plants and healthy ecosystems have an unparalleled capacity to absorb carbon through photosynthesis and store it in living biomass.” [CleanTechnica]

Still from the documentary 10,000 trees (Courtesy of 10,000 Trees)

¶ “Electric Cars Aren’t Your Father’s Oldsmobile – Deal With It” • Early in the EV revolution, many automakers thought they could just rip the internal combustion engine out and shove an electric motor in. But EVs are definitely not your father’s Oldsmobile. And people’s attitudes about EVs have changed dramatically in the past decade. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alberta Oil Sands Emissions Alone Are Three Times The Global Market For CO₂” • Alberta and its oil and gas sector are betting big on carbon capture, sequestration, and use to cut their carbon emissions. The plan has bit of a flaw. The emissions from extraction alone are more than the current global commodity market for CO₂ today. [CleanTechnica]

Heating the Earth to get the oil (Idaho National Laboratory)

¶ “Build Nothing New That Ultimately Leads To A Flame” • Bill McKibben: A couple of weeks ago, I said that the first principle of fighting the climate crisis was simple: stop lighting coal, oil, gas, and trees on fire, as soon as possible. Today, I offer a second ground rule, corollary to the first: definitely don’t build anything new that connects to a flame. [The New Yorker]

World:

¶ “Nissan Launches EV Shuttle Experiment To Build Low Carbon Communities In Japan” • In a bid to to develop a revitalized, resilient, and sustainable community that can live up to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, Nissan, with eight other Japanese companies and three local governments, has begun a field test for new mobility services. [CleanTechnica]

Calling a car (Courtesy of Nissan Global)

¶ “Underground Hydropower Could Be Britain’s Ultimate Renewable Power Source” • The UK’s hilly landscape could be the place for hydropower to be generated underground. Instead of using mountains and dams to store hydropower energy, hundreds or even thousands of hills across Britain could offer an alternative storage solution. [OilPrice.com]

¶ “Scottish Solar-Storage Project Undergoes Review” • Proposals for a 30-MW solar-storage project north of Dunfermline in Scotland have been submitted for consultation. The plans, for the site near Lochead Landfill, consist of ground mounted solar panels along with associated battery storage. The project is planned to come online in 2022. [reNEWS]

Site in Scotland (AMPYR Energy image)

¶ “Shell Confirms Oil Production Has Peaked As It Unveils ‘Accelerated’ Green Plan” • Shell launched a major green plan to invest in low carbon technology and natural carbon capture, align its decarbonization goals with climate science, and seek regular advisory consent from shareholders for an “accelerated” net zero strategy. [businessgreen.com]

Australia:

Please note that Australians use the term “Liberal” to mean something more like what is called “Conservative” in the US

¶ “WA Liberals Target 100% Renewables By 2030 In Surprising Climate Plan” • In the upcoming elections in Western Australia, the Liberal Party is expected to lose badly. “We are in survival mode,” one party member told the ABC. So it seems the anti-climate-action attitude they have had isn’t particularly smart. A new party plan reflects that. [RenewEconomy]

Perth, Western Australia (Fadzai Saungweme, Unsplash)

¶ “WA Liberals Announce 4.5-GW ‘Mega Project’ As Part Of Renewable Energy Plan” • In Western Australia, the core of the Liberals’ New Energy Jobs Plan is a $9 billion 4.5-GW renewable energy “mega project,” with wind and solar capacity to be built up so energy can be converted to green hydrogen for transport to export markets. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Coal Plants To Close By 2025 Under WA Election Renewable Energy Plan From Liberals” • A Liberal Kirkup government plans to close all publicly owned coal-fired power stations by 2025 as part of the “biggest jobs, renewable energy and export project in the nation.” This mean that the Muja and Collie stations would shut within four years. [ABC News]

Muja Power Station (Nachoman-auCC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “US Airline Set To Buy Flying Electric Taxis For Airport Runs” • United Airlines plans to buy 200 flying electric taxis that it hopes will fly passengers to the airport within five years. United Airlines will also invest in flying taxi firm Archer Aviation as part of a $1.1 billion (£800 million) deal to develop the aircraft. The aircraft still need regulatory approval. [BBC]

¶ “California Surpasses Renewable Energy Goals Due To Local Demand” • A study from UCLA shows that the increased local demand for clean power enables the government to surpass its renewable power targets. The research finds that the community choice aggregators significantly impact energy procurement in California. [Los Hijos de la Malinche]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “County Supervisors OK Plan To Develop, Streamline Renewable Energy Projects” • The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to streamline the environmental review process for renewable energy projects in unincorporated areas. The goal is to simplify requirements, reviews, and permitting. [Times of San Diego]

¶ “Delaware To Boost Renewable Energy Requirements By 2035” • Renewable sources will make up a bigger chunk of Delaware’s energy supply by 2035. In 2005, the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards Act mandated that Delaware’s electricity providers get 25% of their power from renewable sources by 2025. Now, over 15 years later, the bar has been raised. [WHYY]

Have a simply magnificent day.

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