Archive for October, 2021

October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2021


¶ “Here To Stay Or Gone In 30 Years? Inside The Fight Over The Future Of The Oil Industry” • Oil is back above $80 per barrel, but production has been on the decline since the turn of the century. Even without a need to stop use of fossil fuels, the oil industry cannot last forever. The companies extracting oil and gas want to explore for more anyway. [CNN]

Oil rig and oil spill (Arvind Vallabh, Unsplash)

¶ “Can COP26 Really Save The Planet?” • Will COP26 be a “turning point” as Boris Johnson wants, or more “blah blah blah,” that Greta Thunberg condemns? At face value, things do not look promising. The previous 25 of these conferences failed to turn off the tap of the greenhouse gases that are driving up global temperatures. But there is hope. [BBC]

¶ “No, EVs Aren’t Going To Overload Electric Grids” • Anti-EV media have been running out-of-context quotes saying EVs will overload the grids. None of this is true. Here is the lowdown on the grid situation for you. I can give you some factual arguments you can use the next time people start sharing that kind of alarmist nonsense. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera (Image by Aptera, cropped)

¶ “Reasons To Be Hopeful: The Climate Solutions Available Now” • The climate emergency is the biggest threat to civilization we have ever faced. But there is good news: we already have every tool we need to beat it. The challenge is not finding solutions, but rolling them out with great speed. The problem is turning that possibility into reality. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “COP26 Climate Summit: Experts Warn Leaders 1.5°C Is ‘real Science’, Not A Political Number” • Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, leading climate scientists warned that the 1.5°C temperature limit politicians will talk about is a vital physical threshold for the planet’s climate and not an arbitrary political construct that can be haggled over. [Republic World]

Greenland ice (William Bossen, Unsplash)


¶ “Flooding Destroyed His Home Four Times In Three Years. This Is The Reality Of Climate Change For India’s Poor” • For his entire life, a concrete retaining wall protected Anish Yadav and his neighbors from increasingly severe monsoon storms. But the wall collapsed. Unprotected in a changing climate, he has had to rebuild his home four times in three years. [CNN]

¶ “New Zealand Says It Will Cut Greenhouse Emissions By 50% By 2030 As COP26 Starts” • At the start of the UN COP26 climate conference, New Zealand pledged to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. The country’s leaders said its previous target was not consistent with global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. [CNN]

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 2020 (Eesan1969, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “G20: World Leaders Agree To Historic Corporate Tax Deal” • Leaders of the world’s 20 major economies approved a global agreement to have the profits of large businesses taxed at least 15%. It follows concern that multinational companies re-route their profits through low-tax jurisdictions. All the leaders at the G20 summit in Rome agreed to the pact. [BBC]

¶ “‘Moment Of Truth’ As World Meets For Climate Summit” • The COP26 climate change summit is beginning in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Delegates from about 200 countries will be there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030. With a need for urgent action, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said we are at the “world’s moment of truth.” [BBC]

Boris Johnson (Ben Shread, Cabinet Office, OGL v.3)

¶ “Tesla To Buy 45 GWh Of LFP Batteries From CATL” • A report says Tesla agreed to buy 45 GWh of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP or LiFePO₄) batteries from CATL to meet its expected demand for the Model 3 and Model Y in 2022. This is enough to power about 800,000 vehicles. LFP is becoming the chemistry of choice for medium- and low-price EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota Reveals Specs For BZ4X Electric SUV” • Toyota put out some details about its BZ4X. It will have a 71.4-kWh battery. One version will offer a single front-mounted motor with 201 hp (150 kW), a 0–100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds, and a range of 310 miles. A slightly faster dual motor version will have 214 hp (160 kW), and a range of 285 miles. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota BZ4X (Toyota image, cropped)


¶ “Exxon CEO Accused Of Lying About Climate Science To Congressional Panel” • ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods was accused of lying to Congress. After he and other oil and gas company heads testified under oath at a congressional hearing, Rep Carolyn Maloney wants to issue subpoenas to force the firms to reveal what they knew. [NationofChange]

¶ “After Widespread Flooding, No Relief Yet For The DC Metro Area As 14 Million People Remain Under Alerts” • Heavy flooding inundated communities across the Maryland-Virginia area on Friday, with forecasters expecting the rain to continue. Nearly 14 million people were under a coastal flooding warning Saturday, the National Weather Service said. [CNN]

Flooding in Washington, DC (National Weather Service image)

¶ “Danos Applying Oil And Gas Skills To Renewable Energy” • Danos, based in Louisiana, is taking its 74 years of experience serving the oil and gas industry and putting it into the renewable energy sector. Danos formed a partnership with SOLV, a division of Swinerton Renewable Energy, and has completed five solar contracts to date this year. [mySA]

¶ “Residents Push Task Force To Adopt 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Residents of Columbia, Missouri, gathered at a meeting of the Integrated Electric Resource and Master Plan Task Force to urge a more aggressive path to renewable energy. They backed a call for reaching 100% renewable energy by the “earliest practical date.” [Columbia Missourian]

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October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2021


¶ “Takeaways From The Big Oil Congressional Hearing” • Under withering questioning from Congress, oil executives bobbed and weaved, making no admission of guilt. But Thursday’s hearing marked the first time ever that the leaders of America’s biggest oil companies acknowledged, under oath, that their products are causing global warming. [Sierra Club]

Emissions (Kamran Ch, Unsplash)

¶ “The Oil And Gas Industry Knew About Climate Change In The 1950s” • Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives, looking for documents that might show when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of climate change. They knew what the problems were in 1959. Now they are testifying before Congress. [The Conversation]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solid-State Batteries Are Coming! Solid-State Batteries Are Coming!” • Two announcements suggest we are moving into the solid-state battery era. Solid Power and SK Innovation entered into a partnership to make solid-state EV batteries. And Hyundai announced a development agreement with Factorial Energy of Woburn, Massachusetts. [CleanTechnica]

Solid state batteries (Solid Power image)


¶ “Australia’s 2050 Net Zero Emissions Plan Relies On ‘Gross Manipulation’ Of Data, Experts Say” • The Australian federal government’s 2050 net zero emissions plan relies on a “gross manipulation” of data that suggests trees and soil can absorb far more carbon dioxide than is actually possible, according to experts in the field. [The Guardian]

¶ “UK Wants To Be The First Major Economy To Require Companies To Reveal Climate Risks” • The UK is pushing ahead with legislation that will make more than 1,300 of its largest companies to disclose climate risks. The UK government said it plans to be the first major economy to require corporations to report climate-related risks and opportunities. [CNN]

Big Ben (Jurica Koletić, Unsplash)

¶ “Volkswagen Group’s In-Depth Conference Call Highlights Company’s Focus On Transition” • Volkswagen Group held its 3rd quarter shareholder conference call, and there is one thing the call made very clear. Even a glance at what Volkswagen is doing clearly shows that battery electric vehicles are front and center in 2021 and beyond. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Everyday Ingredient That Harms The Climate” • Much of Indonesia’s vast tropical forest – the third largest in the world – grows on peatlands, which sequester huge amounts of carbon dioxide. But the oil palm, a non-native plant originally from West Africa, prefers dry land. So the forest is burned, the land is dried, and CO₂ is released. [BBC]

Oil palm plantation in Africa (Marco Schmidt, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

¶ “Ireland To Open Its Second Renewable Electricity Auction By End Of 2021” • Ireland will have a second renewable electricity auction to support its ambition of having 80% of its electricity be renewably generated by 2030. The new auction has been brought forward from the initial timetable and is now set to be open before the end of the year. [Silicon Republic]

¶ “New Life From The Void – Another Coal Hub Repurposed” • In New South Wales, the coal-burning Liddell power plant is slated to begin closing down next year, and the Bayswater plant may follow. Hundreds of jobs will be lost. But a pumped storage project is to be built at their site, with solar, batteries, and green hydrogen, creating new jobs. [CleanTechnica]

Liddell Power Station (Webaware, public domain)

¶ “Bentley Travels 455 Miles Across Iceland On Renewable Power” • Using only energy from waste straw and the power of the planet, an engineering prototype of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid has driven 733 km (455 miles) across Iceland in a single stint. Bentley claims the journey is validation both of the grand touring range of its new Hybrid. [Tech Digest]

¶ “UK Renewable Energy Figures Shows Boom In Project Starts During 2021” • Renewable energy projects that started work in 2021 jumped in value by 70% year-on-year to over £5 billion, a report by Glenigan showed. And that number is set to increase dramatically. The government plans to have 40 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2030. [New Civil Engineer]

Wind farm in Wales (Dara Jasumani, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “After Touch-And-Go Negotiations, Climate Emerges As Big Winner In Biden’s Economic Framework” • As the dust settles on Democrats’ $1.75 trillion economic framework, climate has emerged as a big winner. The framework crafted by President Joe Biden and congressional leaders includes $555 billion for climate and clean energy provisions. [CNN]

¶ “Supreme Court To Review EPA’s Ability To Address Climate Crisis and Regulate Greenhouse Gases” • The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that was brought by Republican-led states and coal producers to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases and address the climate crisis. [CNN]

Coal-burning power plant (Wim van ‘t Einde, Unsplash)

¶ “New York Says No To Two Natural Gas Thermal Generating Plants” • New York governor Kathy Hochul’s administration has done something unheard of. It has denied permits to repower two unnatural gas generating plants. When it denied the permits, the Department of Environmental Conservation was following the New York climate law. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pueblo Citizens Voice Concerns About Nuclear Power To Colorado Public Utilities Commission” • Nuclear Free Pueblo was formed to oppose nuclear power in Pueblo County, after it was suggested at a town hall event in July that nuclear energy could be used to replace Xcel Energy’s Comanche 3 Power Plant. That plant will close before 2040. [Pueblo Chieftain]

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October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2021


¶ “Ford Performance Is Treating EVs Like The Cool Thing They Are” • Ford Performance took Vaughn Gittin, Jr to the Faroe Islands to make a neat video. Without making a huge deal of the vehicle’s efficiency, range, or green credibility, they just had some fun with the vehicle and showed customers that EVs can be as much fun as any other Mustang. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E in Iceland (Ford Performance via Twitter)


¶ “Too Expensive, Too Slow: Even The Baseload Argument Doesn’t Work For Nuclear” • Voices are being raised in various quarters in support of building nuclear power plants. This is of concern, because every dollar invested in nuclear power makes the climate crisis worse by diverting investment from renewable energy technologies. [Renew Economy]


¶ “Pope Urges ‘Radical’ Climate Response In Exclusive BBC Message” • In a message recorded exclusively for the BBC, Pope Francis has called on world leaders meeting next week at the UN Climate conference in Glasgow to provide “effective responses” to the environment emergency and offer “concrete hope” to future generations. [BBC]

Pope Francis (Xonn, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Wolfsburg vs Grünheide – Volkswagen To Revolutionize Its Main Manufacturing Plant, Inspired By Tesla” • Recently, Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess and VW brand chief Ralf Brandstätter called 120 top-level executives to company HQ in Wolfsburg for a crisis meeting. They announced a “struggle against Grünheide,” meaning Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Some Good News: Ten Countries Generate Almost 100% Renewable Electricity” • Sometimes it’s good to notice the small victories and celebrate them, and find ways to learn from them. Today’s small victory is that there are already ten countries in the world whose electric power generation comes from 97 to 100% renewable energy sources. [CleanTechnica]

Geothermal plant in Iceland (Gretar Ívarsson, public domain)

¶ “South Africa Picks 25 Preferred Bidders In 2.6-GW Renewable Power Tender” • The government of South Africa has selected 25 preferred bidders in an effort to beef up the renewable electricity supply as the country grapples with power shortages. The tender for 2.6 GW was launched in April to find the quickest options to ease the power shortages. [TechCentral]

¶ “Mainstream Renewable Power Projects To Deliver 1.27 GW Of New Wind And Solar For South Africa” • Mainstream Renewable Power-led consortium was awarded 50% of the total allocation in the latest round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme in South Africa. It won bids on twelve solar and wind projects. [ACROFAN]

Wind farm in South Africa (Warren Rohner, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Tata Power Raises Renewable Energy Target To 60% By 2025” •Tata Power is raising its target for renewable energy supply from 4 GW to 25 GW by 2030. Currently, approximately 30% of Tata Power’s power supply comes from renewables, and the company is expecting to increase the percentage to 60% of its installed capacity by 2025. [DigiTimes]

¶ “Jellyfish Attack Nuclear Power Plant” • Scotland’s only working nuclear power plant shut down in an emergency procedure this week when jellyfish clogged its sea water-cooling intake pipes, according to the Scotland Herald. Without access to cool water, a nuclear power plant risks overheating, with potentially disastrous results. [Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]

¶ “Japan Looks To Renewables, Role Of Nuclear Elusive Ahead Of Election” • Japan aims to increase its reliance on renewable energy in achieving net-zero emissions, but the role of nuclear power will play in that appears to be elusive even in the energy plan approved by the Cabinet about a week ahead of Sunday’s general election. [The Mainichi]


¶ “Forecasters Predict One Of The Biggest Tidal Flood Events Of The Past Two Decades” • Over 20 million people are under alerts for coastal flooding, including the residents of Baltimore and Washington, DC, as a large and powerful low pressure system shifts from the central US toward the Northeast. Two to four feet of coastal flooding is likely. [CNN]

Coastal flooding (North Carolina DOT, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Oil Executives Testify About Climate Disinformation” • The heads of six oil companies and major lobbying groups have testified before the House Oversight Committee about climate disinformation and their organizations’ role in it. This article is a collection of reports relating to what the oil companies have done and said. [CNN]

¶ “Six bid for space at New Jersey wind port” • The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has received 16 non-binding offers from six bidders to become tenants at the New Jersey wind port from six of the largest turbine manufacturers and offshore wind developers in the world. The 16 offers will now be scored in the coming days. [reNews]

New Jersey wind port (New Jersey Governor)

¶ “Biden Lands In Europe With Domestic Spending Plans In Limbo” • US President Joe Biden has arrived in Europe for two international summits, leaving his $2.75 trillion domestic agenda in limbo. Mr Biden had hoped to trumpet his environmental package at next week’s global climate summit in the UK, but his whole platform is still up in the air. [BBC]

¶ “US DOE Announces $209 Million For EV Battery Research” • The DOE announced $209 million in funding for 26 laboratory projects focusing on EVs, advanced batteries, and connected vehicles. Advanced, lithium-based batteries play an integral role in 21st century technologies such as EVs, stationary grid storage, and defense applications. [CleanTechnica]

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Month 28 Energy News

October 28, 2021


¶ “Tesla Invests In R&D, Not Advertising, And The Results Speak For Themselves” • The auto industry dropped over $14 billion on ads in the US in 2018, a spend second only to that of the retail industry. Tesla, however, is an automaker that spends nothing on traditional advertising. Tesla puts its money into R&D instead. And the results show. [CleanTechnica]

In the “lab” with the Tesla fleet (Tesla image)


¶ “Medicane Storm Tears Through Southern Italy, Flooding Streets And Leaving Two Dead” • A medicane – a hurricane-like storm that formed over the Mediterranean Sea – dumped one year’s worth of rain on the Linguaglossa region of Sicily in two days. The extraordinary wet weather is brought by climate change, along with periods of drought. [CNN]

¶ “These World Heritage Forests Have Gone From Removing Carbon From The Atmosphere To Emitting It” • Human activity and climate change-fueled disasters have turned ten of the planet’s internationally recognized forests, also known as World Heritage sites, from carbon absorbers into carbon emitters, researchers have found. [CNN]

Redwood National Forest (KC Welch, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “China Rations Diesel Amid Fuel Shortages” • Petrol stations in many parts of China have begun rationing diesel amid rising costs and falling supplies. Some truck drivers are having to wait entire days to refuel, according to social media posts. China is in the midst of a massive power crunch, as coal and natural gas shortages have hit hard. [BBC]

¶ “General Motors Plans 40,000 EV Chargers Across US And Canada” • This week, GM made a new commitment about its EV charging infrastructure. It said it will install up to 40,000 EV charging stations in the US and Canada as part of its $750 million plan to bolster its presence in the rapidly growing electric vehicle charging sector. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt and a Volta EV charging station (Photo via Volta)

¶ “Apple Announced Ten Renewable Energy Projects Worldwide” • Apple announced its latest efforts to meet its climate goals. Its Power for Impact program is launching ten projects around the world. Projects will be developed in partnership with Sioux tribes in the US, a school in South Africa, a healthcare center in Nigeria, and others. [The Mac Observer]

¶ “Iran Agrees To Restart Nuclear Talks As Pressure Grows” • Iran said it will resume talks with world powers on reviving a nuclear deal in November, after a five-month gap, as mounting warnings showed international patience was wearing thin. Iran had been in negotiations with the Biden administration, but talks went on hiatus in June. [International Business Times]

Nuclear plant in Iran (Nanking2012, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Biden Heads To Europe With A Bit Less Shine And More Work To Be Done” • June’s three-stop tour of Europe was a parade of “America is back” reassurances, but this week’s excursion to summits in Italy and the UK will reflect a more workmanlike attempt to unify US partners against the world’s most pressing challenges. [CNN]

¶ “Fossil Fuel Executives Set To Testify At House Oversight Hearing On Climate Disinformation” • For the first time, the executives of major fossil fuel companies and industry groups will testify before a Congressional Committee about the spread of disinformation on the climate crisis and the role their organizations have played in it. [CNN]

Petrochemical plant (Malcolm Lightbody, Unsplash)

¶ “NREL Research Supports Equitable Deployment Of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure” • A National Renewable Energy Laboratory report sheds light on the potential for residential charging access. Funded by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, the report provides insight into potential roadblocks for residential charging access. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Turning The Tide For Renewables In Alaska” • A highly energetic corner of the Pacific Ocean, Cook Inlet holds one of the greatest tidal resources on Earth. All that energy has the potential to reduce Alaska residents’ dependence on declining oil and gas production and provide excess renewable energy that could stimulate the Alaskan economy. [CleanTechnica]

Surveying for tidal power (Illustration by Al Hicks, NREL)

¶ “Hinsdale Solar Project Shines Light On Deficiencies In NH Renewable Policies” • By the middle of November, NextEra will present to New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee its plan for a 50-MW solar farm on property held by private landowners in the commercial/industrial district on both sides of Lipscombe Brook in Hinsdale. [Brattleboro Reformer]

¶ “Stonyfield Organic To Use RECs And Solar To Reach 100% Renewable Energy Three Years Early At NH Plant” • Yogurt maker Stonyfield Organic announced that it will be leveraging renewable energy credits and new solar facilities to achieve 100% renewable energy at its Londonderry, NH, plant three years ahead of schedule. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Yogurt and dahlias (Alisa Anton, Unsplash)

¶ “Amazon Climate Pledge Fund Invests In Three New Tech Startups” • In 2020, Amazon launched its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable and decarbonizing technologies and services. This week, Amazon announced investments in three new companies working to develop sustainable technologies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California’s ‘Biggest Hybrid Renewable Power Plant’ Under Construction, Clearway Says” • Clean energy developer Clearway is combining 482-MW of solar PV with 394-MW of battery energy storage in the Daggett project, which is being built adjacent to a retired coal and natural gas power plant in San Bernadino, California. [Energy Storage News]

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October 27 Energy News

October 27, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “High-Renewables Systems Are Scalable, Resilient, And Secure With Communication-Less Controls” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says transitioning to renewables is achievable. It showed that relatively simple controls can enable power grids to operate with 100% wind, solar, and storage, without dedicated device-to-device communications. [CleanTechnica]

NREL Flatirons Campus (Werner Slocum, NREL)

¶ “NREL Breaks Solar Panels (So Yours Won’t)” • National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers are not only skilled at making photovoltaic cells and modules. They are also world-class destroyers of PV modules. The goal in this is to discover and understand how these modules might degrade when installed outside for many decades. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen ‘Cheaper Than Conventional’ By 2030: Australia CEFC Executive” • By 2030, the cost of green hydrogen will fall below that of conventional hydrogen produced by fossil fuels with carbon capture, on the back of economies of scale and consumer choice, according to the head of the Australian Clean Energy Finance Corporation. [S&P Global]

DOE worker on hydrogen project (US DOE image)


¶ “How The Netherlands Is Turning Its Back On Natural Gas” • Natural gas has provided the Netherlands with cheap heat for generations. As the country’s largest gas field slowly closes down, a wealth of clean alternatives are opening up to keep homes warm. The nation is among many starting a drastic shift to low or zero-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. [BBC]

¶ “Moldova: Russia Threatens Gas Supply In Europe’s Poorest State” • Up till now 100% of Moldova’s gas has come from Russia, but the contract for it expired in September. Gazprom raised the price and Moldova balked at paying it. In the absence of a new deal, Gazprom reduced supplies, prompting Moldova to declare a 30-day state of emergency. [BBC]

Farming in Moldova (Ghenadie Cebanu, Unsplash)

¶ “UK Energy Sector Makes Net Zero Commitment” • In the publication,“Towards Net Zero emissions: the energy industry’s commitment to the climate, customers and jobs,” Energy UK’s members commit to continuing the transformation towards a system powered by clean energy, while keeping bills down for customers and maintaining security of supply. [reNews]

¶ “Climate Change: UN Emissions Gap Report A ‘Thundering Wake-Up Call'” • National plans to cut carbon fall far short of what’s needed to avert dangerous climate change, according to the UN Environment Programme. Their Emissions Gap report suggests the world is on course to warm around 2.7°C with hugely destructive impacts. [BBC]

Global warming emissions (Marek Piwnicki, Unsplash)

¶ “Epson Becomes The Manufacturing Industry’s First To Switch To 100% Renewable Electricity At All Sites In Japan” • Seiko Epson Corporation will be the first company in the Japanese manufacturing industry to convert to 100% renewable electricity for all its domestic sites, as of November 1. The company uses 530 GWh annually. [MarketScreener]

¶ “China To Be Cut Out Of Sizewell C Plant In New Move To Fund Nuclear Power” • China will be cut out of British nuclear power after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng moved to put initial building costs of new plants on consumers’ energy bills. Cutting the China General Nuclear Power Group out of the £20 billion Sizewell C project a top priority for him. [iNews]

Existing nuclear plant at Sizewell (Ivor BrantonCC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Australia Will Be The Rich World’s Weakest Link At COP26 With Hollow Net-Zero And Emissions Pledges” • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally unveiled a climate plan, and his country is joining the other developed nations by aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It is the weakest climate plan among the G20’s nations. [CNN]

¶ “Islanders Sue Australia For Inaction On Climate Change” • A group of Torres Strait Islanders living off Australia’s north coast filed a court claim against the Australian government, alleging it has failed to protect them from climate change which threatens their homes. The case is the first climate class action brought by Australia’s First Nations people, its backers said. [CNN]

Harbor at Thursday Island (Gonzo Gooner, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Ten Community Solar Farms In Australia To Use LAVO Hydrogen Fuel Cell” • The Commonwealth Bank and Providence Asset Group are partnering to fund ten community-based solar farms in Victoria. These solar farms are already operational and produce enough power for 20,000 homes. They will get some storage support from LAVO fuel cells. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Xponent Power Solar Awning For RVs Are Now Available” • Xponent Power is a renewable energy company that enables solar adoption in markets that cannot be served by traditional solar solutions. Addressing the power needs of the RV industry, the company has just introduced Xpanse, a stylish, compact, and retractable solar awning for RVs. [CleanTechnica]

RV with solar awning (Xponent Power image)

¶ “Tired But Determined, Five Young Activists Continue Their Hunger Strike Outside The White House” • Five young climate activists are on their seventh day of a hunger strike outside the White House. They had a virtual meeting with White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy and special climate envoy John Kerry, but found it disappointing. [CNN]

¶ “Enel Starts Work On 250-MW US Site” • Enel Green Power North America began construction of the 250-MW 25 Mile Creek wind project in Oklahoma, the company’s 12th wind farm in the state. Enel Green Power’s investment in Oklahoma windpower is over $3 billion. Enel now has over 2.5 GW of new wind and solar capacity under construction in the US. [reNews]

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October 26 Energy News

October 26, 2021


¶ “New Research Findings Showing That Renewables Are Poised To Crush Fossil Fuels In The Market” • Costs of renewables have fallen faster than expected. And deployment has been faster than predicted, reducing costs even further. With this virtuous cycle, we have come to a point that a rapid clean-energy transition is the least expensive path forward. []

Wind farm (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solid-State Batteries Could Use Electrolyte Derived From Cellulose” • Scientists from Brown University and the University of Maryland are using cellulose nanofibrils derived from wood as a starting point for a solid-state electrolyte for batteries. The material is paper-thin, which allows it to bend and flex to absorb stress as the battery cycles. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “China Unveils Plan To Cut Fossil Fuels But Fails To Announce New Emissions Target” • China plans to cut its reliance on fossil fuels to below 20% by 2060, according to a published cabinet document. While the document detailed new measures on how the world’s biggest polluter will decarbonize, the country is not updating its pledge to reduce emissions. [CNN]

Wind farm in China (林 慕尧, Chris Lim, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “CO₂ Levels In The Atmosphere Reach A Three Million Year High, Putting The World ‘Way Off Track’ On Climate Goals” • The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has once again reached record highs, a UN report says, putting the planet on course for warming that far exceeds critical limits to stave off catastrophic climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Australia Pledges To Reach Net Zero Emissions By 2050” • Australia promised to have net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Over the next twenty years, it will invest over A$20 billion (£11 billion, $15 billion) in such technologies as carbon capture in soil, low-cost solar energy, and green industry development. But the country has no plan to limit fossil fuels. [BBC]

Sydney (Road Trip with Raj, Unsplash)

¶ “Panasonic Unveils New 4680 Prototype Battery Designed For Tesla” • Panasonic unveiled a new prototype battery designed for Tesla, Reuters reported. It was designed to help Tesla lower its production costs and is intended to strengthen the ties between the two companies. But it’s not a lithium-iron-phosphate battery, the type Tesla said it will adopt. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “London Drivers Ditch Diesel As New ULEV Rules Kick In” • Drivers in London are being charged £12.50 to enter the city’s new Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle zone if they are behind the wheel of a gasoline-powered car manufactured before 2005 or a diesel-powered car made before 2015. Buses and large trucks will be charged £100 a day. [CleanTechnica]

London (Charles Postiaux, Unsplash)

¶ “Singapore Studying Geothermal Energy As Potential Source For Power Generation” • Energy from underground heat could help to power cooling systems and water desalination processes in Singapore. Exploratory studies will be carried out in the northern and eastern parts of Singapore for geothermal energy, the Energy Market Authority announced. [CNA]

¶ “Egypt To Greece Subsea Cable To Deliver North African Renewable Energy to Europe” • Egypt is closer to becoming a regional electricity hub by clinching a deal with Greece to build the EU-backed EuroAfrica Interconnector subsea cable to transmit renewable energy from North Africa to Europe via Cyprus. [Journal of Petroleum Technology]

EuroAfrica Interconnector route


¶ “West Coast Slammed By Record-Breaking Bomb Cyclone” • The last installment of a parade of storms barreled into the West Coast on Sunday, unloading more heavy rain that resulted in serious flooding and debris flows across drought-stricken and wildfire-ravaged California. The storm even broke some all-time 24-hour precipitation records.  [Yahoo News]

¶ “First Of Two Possible Nor’easters Poised To Drench NYC To Boston” • A powerful storm has formed off the Atlantic coast, and it is poised to bring miserable weather conditions to areas from the mid-Atlantic coast to New England over this week. Weather forecasters say it’s just the first of multiple storms that are taking aim at the Northeast. [AOL]

Bomb cyclone (NASA image)

¶ “Tesla Surpasses $1 Trillion Valuation After Hertz Order” • Tesla surpassed a market value of $1 trillion, after it struck a deal to sell 100,000 vehicles to the car rental firm Hertz, which drove shares up 12.6%. It is the fifth company to top $1 trillion, after Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google-owner Alphabet. Elon Musk’s Tesla shares are worth $230 billion. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla Isn’t The Only Company Elon Musk Propelled Over A $100 Billion Valuation” • Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX reached a rare milestone – a $100 billion market value. According to reports, SpaceX entered an agreement with existing and new investors for selling $755 million worth of shares at $560 per share. [CleanTechnica]

SpaceX takeoff (SpaceX, Unsplash)

¶ “Update: Is Gas Cheaper Than Electric In Joe Biden’s America?” • Many people, new to the EV discussion, still think of an electric car as a luxury item. As gas prices in California start to approach $8 per gallon, however, even the most staunch opponents of EVs are asking themselves, “Is gas cheaper than electric?” The answer is undeniable: “Of course not!” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Old Nissan LEAF Batteries Being Used For Grid-Scale Storage In California” • Batteries that get swapped out of cars typically still have about 80% of their original capacity. B2U Storage Solutions uses old Nissan LEAF batteries to store grid electricity when there is an excess and sell it back to the grid when it is in short supply. [CleanTechnica]

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October 25 Energy News

October 25, 2021


¶ “Covid Looms Over Crucial Climate Talks As Some Leaders Snub The Event” • In the battle against climate change, the summit in Glasgow is still of vital importance, but there is now a question about whether it will adequately flesh out the 2015 Paris Agreement. Some G20 countries have not disclosed their plans yet, and some key leaders will not attend. [CNN]

Climate protest sign (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

¶ “Senator Manchin’s Inaction On Climate Change Is The Real ‘Fiscal Insanity'” • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin called the proposed social safety net spending in the reconciliation bill “fiscal insanity.” But when it comes to climate change, the true insanity is ignoring the brutal fiscal reality that our nation will face if we don’t make serious investments now. [CNN

¶ “The Environmental Disasters We’ve Almost Fixed” • There are no simple solutions to complex problems like climate change. But there have been times in the past when the world has come together to try to fix an environmental crisis. We dealt with acid rain and the hole in the ozone layer. Do those examples have lessons for tackling global warming? [BBC]

Dead trees in Yellowstone National Park (Evan Boehs, Unsplash)

¶ “North Carolina’s Big Clean Energy Plan An Example For Battleground States” • A breakthrough law allows North Carolina to transition from having a Clean Energy Plan to having a law with enforceable steps. North Carolina is a “moderate” state, and this legislation shows how climate solutions can be ground for both sides to advance priorities. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The Bumpy Road To India’s Electric Car Dreams” • EV sales in India are up, but they still account for only 1.66% of India’s 20 million automobile sales. Some EV firms are betting big, but the demand is still lukewarm. Prime Minister Modi’s government is trying to change that with a $3.5 billion (£2.5 billion) scheme to boost manufacturing. [BBC]

Tata Altroz EV (Alexander Migl, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Q3 Saw Europe’s EV Share Break New Ground Above 20% & Overtake Diesel For First Time” • Europe’s auto market saw plugin electric vehicles climb above 20% share for the first time in Q3 2021, almost doubling year-on-year. Plugin share also overtook diesel’s falling share (15.4%) for the first time – diesel will now quickly fade to nothing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Great Experiment To Put A Price On Nature” • Fresh water, clean air, peace of mind – natural landscapes make life better for humans in myriad ways. Tucked away in the Scottish Highlands, in an old commercial forest, is a rewilding project with a difference. Now scientists are trying to put a dollar figure on exactly how much nature is worth. [BBC]

Robin (Gislane Dijkstra, Unsplash)

¶ “Azure Power Secures Rights To First Wind Farm” • Indian developer Azure Power has received a letter of award from Solar Energy Corporation of India for a 120-MW wind farm in the region of Karnataka, India. The company said the wind farm will be constructed within a period of 18 months from the signing of power purchase agreement. [reNews]

¶ “MingYang Wins 375-MW Order For Vietnamese Offshore” • MingYang Smart Energy secured a 375-MW turbine order from PowerChina for the Can Mau offshore wind farm in Vietnam. The order includes the supply of 75 MySE 5.0-166 machines. Can Mau will be built in two stages, with the first batch of turbines to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022. [reNews]

Offshore wind turbines (MingYang Smart Energy image)

¶ “Singapore grants in-principle approval to import 100 MW solar power from Indonesia” • The Energy Market Authority has granted in-principle approval on a pilot project to import 100 MW of solar power from Indonesia to Singapore. The project is part of a collaboration among a consortium of companies in Singapore and Indonesia. [The Business Times]

¶ “Woodside Petroleum Unveils Plans For $1 Billion Hydrogen And Ammonia Plant In Kwinana” • Oil and gas giant Woodside has announced plans to build a production hub for hydrogen and ammonia on government land south of Perth. But there is debate over the project’s green credentials, as it would start by producing mostly “blue” hydrogen. [ABC News]

Proposed Woodside H2Perth plant (Woodside image)

¶ “RWE Commissions First French Onshore Project” • RWE has commissioned the Les Pierrots wind farm about 250 km south of Paris. The €33 million wind farm is RWE’s first onshore project in the country. It has 11 Nordex N117 2400 turbines for a capacity of over 26 MW. RWE has a three-year PPA with Statkraft for the wind farm’s electricity. [reNews]


¶ “CMC Approves New Bachelor’s Degree Program” • Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees has approved the addition of a new bachelor’s degree program. The Bachelor of Science in Ecosystems Science and Stewardship program is anticipated to start accepting students in August 2022, when the fall semester begins. [Aspen Daily News]

Coring a tree to find its age (Courtesy photo)

¶ “What Are The Chesapeake Bay’s Marshes Worth? New Study Suggests Billions” • Large swaths of the marshes along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia are expected to disappear under rising water by 2100. That loss will rob many low-lying communities of a critical natural buffer that protects them from storm surges and widespread flooding during hurricanes. [Bay Journal]

¶ “With Decommissioning Complete, PG&E Files Request To Terminate Humboldt Bay Power Plant, Unit 3 License” • With decommissioning activities now complete, Pacific Gas and Electric filed a request with the NRC to terminate the power plant license for Humboldt Bay Unit 3. Decommissioning began in June, 2009. [Redheaded Blackbelt]

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October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2021


¶ “The Bar For Climate Ambition Must Be Set By Science, Not Congressional Politics” • Precisely because the present emissions gap is so great, we cannot solely lean on the incredible progress enabled by leading states, localities, businesses, and individuals. To truly bend the curve, we need federal action – action, not spun words or justifications. [CleanTechnica]

Microwave storm observation (NASA image)

¶ “The Gas Car Death Spiral” • A recent CleanTechnica article said 500 million gallons of gasoline were displaced by EVs in 2020. Lower sales of fossil fuels hit profits of fuel companies because the fixed costs cannot be reduced quickly. Companies operating marginally may go bankrupt but others must raise prices. And that makes EVs more attractive. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utilities And EV Dreams In India” • India needs to increase the number of its EV charging stations to power close to 102 million EVs on the road in 2030 to prevent a climate catastrophe. In India, limited communication between utilities and charge point operators is often responsible for slowing the development of charging infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

BluSmart charging station (Courtesy of BluSmart India)

¶ “All Hail The Net Zero Strategy: A Year Late And Lacking In Both Ambition And Funding” • The UK climate strategy falls short on both ambition, and government funding. Critics say the carbon savings it sets out will not get the UK close to its net zero goal by 2050, and without the funds it might fail to meet even this limited ambition. [The Guardian]


¶ “Top Oil Exporter Saudi Arabia Targets Net Zero Emissions By 2060” • Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said that the world’s top oil exporter aims to reach zero-net emissions by 2060 and is more than doubling its annual target to reduce carbon emissions. But Saudi Arabia would also ensure oil market stability, stressing the ongoing importance of hydrocarbons. [CNN]

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (backer Sha, Unsplash)

¶ “Apple Battery Talks With CATL And BYD Collapse” • Wanting to be an EV maker, Apple held talks with Hyundai about building cars. Hyundai eventually backed away, saying it did not want to be just a contract manufacturer. Apple’s attempts to get batteries did no better. Autoblog said both CATL and BYD have declined to get involved in Apple’s plans. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Largest Depot For Electric Buses In Australia” • Transit Systems (owned by Sealink Travel Group) is currently operating 15 electric buses in Sydney’s Inner West urban streets. With 40 more ordered, the time has come to create the largest electrified depot in Australia. It will have 2.5-MW, 4.9-MWh of batteries; and a 387-kW rooftop solar PV array. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus interior (Image courtesy of Solaris)

¶ “Schools Turn To Solar Power, Helping State Achieve Emissions Reduction Targets” • On Monday, when students return to classes at Jamison High School, the power for their laptops and the light their classrooms will come from rooftop solar PVs. The school, in western Sydney, New South Wales, is just the latest to ramp up a renewable energy system. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “NSW Treasurer Matt Kean Says Federal Nationals ‘Can Resign From The Ministry’ If They Don’t Back Net Zero” • New South Wales treasurer Matt Kean, says the Nationals need to decide if they want to resign if they don’t back a federal commitment of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And he said MPs advocating nuclear were “pursuing a fantasy.” [The Guardian]

Wind farm in New South Wales (Grahamec, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Weather Whiplash: A Series Of Storms Could Ease California Drought, But Also Unleash Flood Hazards” • Parts of the West Coast will go from extreme drought to facing a series of bomb cyclones, and an atmospheric river. The Pacific Northwest and Northern California will have rains, flash floods, debris flows, and potential hurricane-force winds. [CNN]

¶ “Florida Is Ditching Palm Trees To Fight The Climate Crisis” • When you think of Florida, beaches and palm trees come to mind. But what if those palm trees were slowly replaced with other trees? That could happen over time because of climate change, and communities in South Florida are trying to save the world from the climate crisis. [CNN]

Live oak (Ashley Knedler, Unsplash)

¶ “US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s Security Details Drives A Ford Mustang Mach-E” • US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is walking the walk instead of just talking the talk like most politicians do. Nobody would have said a thing about keeping his security detail strictly gas-powered, but he decided to put it into an EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nevada Becomes The 16th Clean Cars State, And A Model For Others” • Nevada is the 16th US state to adopt clean cars. The Clean Cars Nevada program was approved in a bipartisan vote by the Legislative Commission. The vote was the final approval step after the Nevada State Environmental Commission supported the program unanimously. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup (Rivian image)

¶ “Caltrain Pushes For Renewability With Electric Trains” • After a period of delayed funding, Caltrain’s electrification project is finally coming into place. Its mission is to transform all of Caltrain’s diesel trains into fully electric ones. The change will see benefits of quieter, faster, and less polluting train service, according to one employee. [Scot Scoop News]

¶ “Fox Weather Channel To Embrace Climate Change” • Fox Weather, a new 24-hour sister network of Fox News, will strongly embrace climate change as part of its coverage, multiple press reports say. “If you’re asking about climate change, climate change is part of our lives,” Sharri Berg, the Fox executive who will head the division, told Variety. [Newsmax]

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October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2021


¶ “How America Is Tackling Its Greatest Source Of Emissions” • Cars are central to American culture, giving people mobility and the freedom to travel. But since 2017, transportation has been the single largest source of greenhouses gases in the US, largely due to cars. To reach net zero by 2050 the US needs to rethink its relationship with the automobile. [BBC]

Arizona traffic (Randy Lisciarelli, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Australia Refuses To Give Up Coal” • Mining has helped drive Australia’s economy for decades, and coal remains the country’s second-biggest export. Only Indonesia sells more coal than Australia globally. The current government dismantled Australia’s emissions trading scheme in 2014, and it remains supportive for the coal industry. [BBC]

¶ “The Build Back Better Act Is A Bridge To The Future We Need. Senator Manchin, Don’t Blow It Up!” • The reconciliation bill is a long overdue investment in the well-being of the people and the future of the US. But now, thanks to the intransigence of Senator Manchin, a key provision to help reduce emissions is at risk of being removed from the package. [CleanTechnica]

Forest fire (US National Park Service image, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Energy Storage Ecosystem Offers Lowest-Cost Path To 100% Renewable Power” • As states reach toward 100% renewable operation, energy storage will be key to enabling a more variable power supply. But no single technology will be a perfect fit for all our energy storage needs. A portfolio of storage solutions makes best economic sense. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “EV Revolution Gathers Pace In New South Wales” • New South Wales is the best Australian state to be in, if you want to buy an EV. Legislation was passed there to provide a $3,000 rebate for eligible EV purchases cars under $68,000, waive stamp duty fees (about $2,500), and provide funding for the rollout of a statewide charging network. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (Courtesy of Hyundai)

¶ “Cheap, Abundant Renewable Energy Powers A Cluster Of Quebec Data Centers” • With vast amounts of cheap, renewable electricity mostly generated from hydro dams, Quebec is seeing more and more tech giants setting up power-hungry data centers in the province. Quebec now has fifty operating. There were only 39 there just two years ago. []

¶ “Solar Farm Output Overloads National Grid, Sparking Calls For Accelerated Transmission” • As Australian homeowners embrace rooftop panels and solar farms pop up, renewable output is outpacing the means of transmission. With a glut of solar energy overwhelming the power grid, there’s been a seismic shift in the electricity network. [ABC News]

Rugby Run solar farm (Supplied by Adani Australia)

¶ “Japan OKs Plan To Double Use Of Renewables For Energy By 2030” • The Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida approved a new basic energy plan that will double the percentage provided by renewable energy sources in fiscal 2030 in comparison to the level of fiscal 2019. Japan continues its dependence on coal-fired thermal power plants, however. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ “NTSB Found That The “Driverless” Tesla Crash Wasn’t So Driverless After All” • Remember that so-called “driverless” Tesla crash in Houston that the media went nuts over? Well, now the National Transportation Safety Board has issued an investigative update on it. It found that there actually was a driver in the car at the time of the accident after all. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model S (Greg Gjerdingen, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Tesla To Triple Size Of Supercharger Network Within Two Years” • Drew Baglino, Tesla’s vice president for drive systems and energy engineering, indicated during the recent earnings call that Tesla plans to triple the size of its Supercharger network over the next two years. Tesla plans to open its charging network to other makes and models. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Interbrand: Tesla Is The Fastest Growing Brand Of 2021” • Interbrand published its Best Global Brands 2021 list, and named Tesla as the fastest-growing brand of 2021. Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft continue to shine in the top ten of the list, which now includes fast risers Salesforce and Adobe. But Tesla is the winner in terms of improvement. [CleanTechnica]

Interbrand graphic (Courtesy of Interbrand)

¶ “Swell Energy Working On 45-MW Distributed Power Plant Redwood Coast Energy Authority” • Renewable energy provider Swell Energy Inc has contracted with Redwood Coast Energy Authority to develop a Community Grid Program designed to provide 45 MW of additional capacity and resource adequacy to Humboldt County, California. [Solar Builder]

¶ “Ameresco’s 2-GWh Battery Storage For Utility SCE To Help Address California’s Power Reliability Risks” • Clean energy systems provider Ameresco has contracted with California utility Southern California Edison to deliver battery energy storage systems with a total of 537.5 MW of power and 2,150 MWh of energy capacity. [Energy Storage News]

Military facility with solar PVs and storage (Ameresco image)

¶ “FERC Rulings May Change Renewables’ Path In Southeast And California” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two major decisions yesterday that could determine access to renewable energy in large swaths of the US, even as the FERC commissioners fought over whether the country is facing “gas scarcity.” [E&E News]

¶ “Georgia Power’s Vogtle Nuclear Project Hit With New Delays, Challenges” • Georgia Power flagged new delays at its Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion, a prospect that could lead to more cost overruns paid for by millions of Georgians. It’s the fourth such announcement the company has made about the project in the last six months. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Might Just Look Like Grass, But It Has The Power To Absorb A Load Of Our Carbon Emissions” • Forests, peatlands, deserts, and tundra can all absorb and hold stocks of CO₂. Of all the carbon held in land-based ecosystems, around 34% can be found in grasslands, data from the World Resources Institute show. That’s close to the 39% held in forests. [CNN]

Grassland (Jonathan Farber, Unsplash)

¶ “The Regenerative Revolution In Food” • Through carbon farming, a new generation of farmers seeks to capture emissions instead of creating them. The challenge has been to make this form of regenerative farming financially viable, paying farmland owners to rejuvenate degraded soils by turning their fields into vast CO₂ sponges. [BBC]

¶ “How Tweaking Flight Plans Can Help The Climate” • Aviation produces 2.4% of climate emissions, but that is only part of its effects. Contrails may account for 57% of the climate impact of aviation by trapping heat. One scientist said changing the altitude of fewer than 2% of flights could reduce contrail-linked climate change by a staggering 59%. [BBC]

Contrails (William Hook, Unsplash)

¶ “Compass Minerals Found A Way To Convert Sustainable Lithium Brine To Battery-Grade Lithium Hydroxide” • Compass Minerals announced the success of the conversion testing of its sustainable lithium brine resource into both lithium carbonate and battery-grade lithium hydroxide. The testing was performed by a third party, Veolia Energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Hydrogen Key To Hitting Climate Target” • Keeping global warming close to a 1.5°C climate target requires green hydrogen investment, according to Statkraft’s latest annual Low Emissions Scenario. Stopping global warming at 1.5°C will require a “substantial increase in both political ambitions and pace of global action.” [reNews]

Wind turbines (Statkraft image)


¶ “XPeng Sales Grow 199% Year Over Year” • The big news from XPeng is that it delivered 10,412 of its “smart electric vehicles” to customers, and that’s over 10,000 for the first time. Interestingly, XPeng’s September 2021 sales were 199% above XPeng’s sales for September 2020, and XPeng’s Q3 2021 sales were 199% above its Q3 2020 sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Will Bring Global Tension, US Intelligence Report Says” • Climate change will lead to growing international tensions, the US intelligence community has warned in a bleak assessment. The first ever National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change looks at the impact of climate on national security through to 2040. [BBC]

Storm in Accra, Ghana (Etornam Ahiator, Unsplash)

¶ “Record Levels Of Renewable Energy Drive Down Electricity Prices Across Australia” • Record levels of renewable energy drove down electricity prices across Australia in the September quarter, with prices zero or lower a sixth of the time, AEMO said in a report. Solar, wind, and hydro power supplied a record 31.7% of the electricity. [The Guardian]

¶ “There Are More Electric Cars Than Gas Cars On The Road In Oslo” • Norway, like other countries, still has enormous numbers of older cars on its roads that are powered by gasoline and diesel engines. The numbers show that cars with plugs are taking over nearly all of the new car market, and now the transition to EVs is filtering down to the street level. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla deliveries in Norway (Norsk elbilforening video screenshot)

¶ “UK Net Zero Strategy Puts Nuclear As A Low Priority” • The UK has published its net zero strategy, setting out how it will reach net zero emissions by 2050. It has plans to secure 440,000 well-paid jobs in green industries and unlock £90 billion in private investment. But it does not say much about nuclear power. [Nuclear Engineering International]

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Globally, Forecast To Reach 25 Million By 2030” • The number of people working in the renewable energy sector worldwide grew to 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019 despite Covid-19, according to a report. The report also projects growth to 25 million jobs in the sector by 2030. [PV Magazine]

Installing solar panels (IRENA image)


¶ “Climate Crisis Is An ‘Emerging Threat’ To Financial Stability, US Regulators Say” • The Financial Stability Oversight Council released a report on climate change outlining the danger that a warming planet will have on the financial future of the US. The FSOC director said climate change is an “emerging threat to the financial stability of the United States.” [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Switching To LFP Batteries For Standard Range Model 3 And Model Y Cars” • Tesla started using LFP batteries in Model 3s made in China last year. Tesla will use lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO₄) chemistry for all standard range cars globally from this point forward. It is also using LFP battery cells in its grid-scale energy storage products. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 after facelift, China (Jengtingchen, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Merchants Fleet Pivots To Help Fleet Managers Electrify Their Fleets” • Merchants Fleet, a fleet management company based in Hooksett, New Hampshire, is transitioning to EVs. CEO Brendan Keegan made it clear that the time for planning a transition to EVs is now, as the cost of operating an EV fleet close to parity with combustion vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hanover Joins Newly-Formed Community Power Coalition Of New Hampshire” • Hanover joined the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire. The coalition, which includes twelve other municipalities and Cheshire County, aims to help member governments pool their resources to transition to more renewable forms of electricity. [The Dartmouth]

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October 21 Energy News

October 21, 2021


¶ “Is The UK’s Green Plan Enough To Halt Climate Change?” • The government of the UK set out a number of plans aiming to put the country on course to achieve its climate goals. Funding for green cars, an end to gas boilers, and tree-planting are some of the key announcements. They’re a remarkable achievement, but are they enough? [BBC]

Stormy sea (Carl Jorgensen, Unsplash)

¶ “How trading CO₂ could save the climate” • Proponents of a global carbon market say it could greatly reduce the world’s carbon emissions. Critics say that giving polluters the option to pay for their emissions is not the answer. One flaw in the plan can be seen in the number of trees planted for carbon offsets that burned in the Bootleg Fire last summer. [BBC]

¶ “Don’t Buy Another Gas Car!” • Maybe you normally let your cars run five years, ten years, or longer before you replace them. However, when the time comes to replace your car, don’t buy another gas car! The car companies are increasingly making EVs. Within 10 years, we will look on gas cars like we now look on film cameras and tube TVs. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian pickup (Rivian image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Report Warns Of Climate Change’s ‘Code Red’ Impact On Health” • A report in the medical journal The Lancet predicts that droughts will hurt food production, rising temperatures will encourage the spread of dangerous pathogens such as malaria and cholera, and current climate trends indicate a “code red” for future health. [CNN]

¶ “Study Shows Recycled Lithium Batteries As Good As Newly Mined Lithium Batteries” • There’s a new study out that found that recycled lithium-ion batteries are as good as and even better than new batteries made with newly mined materials. The study showed that recycled NMC111 cathodes actually are superior in both rate and cycle performance. [CleanTechnica]

EV battery factory (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)


¶ “Document Leak Reveals Nations Lobbying To Change Key Climate Report” • Leaked documents seen by BBC News show countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change. Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. [BBC]

¶ “Foxconn Intends To Become A Global EV Manufacturer” • Foxconn, the Taiwan-based company best known for making iPhones for Apple, held a splashy corporate event to announce that it plans to introduce three electric vehicles shortly – a sedan, an SUV, and a bus. The cars will be based on an EV skateboard it showed last year. [CleanTechnica]

Foxcon Model C (Foxcon image)

¶ “Indian Solar – Exciting News Out Of One Of The World’s Largest Economies” • The last three months showed a surge in solar installations in India. After a dip in 2020 due to Covid, solar installations quadrupled. At this rate, coal-fired power could peak in 2024 and the increased solar generation could satisfy India’s increasing thirst for energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Instead Of A Coal Mine, This Alberta Mountain May Now Become A ‘Green Energy Complex'” • Montem Resources gave up a plan to develop an open-pit coal mine on Tent Mountain. It has a new proposal to use the mountain for pumped-hydro energy storage, powered by nearby wind turbines, along with a green hydrogen production facility. []

Tent Mountain in southwestern Alberta (Montem Resources)

¶ “Spain To Phase Out Coal, Nuclear And Oil-Fired Plants By 2035” • Spain is on track to phase out nuclear, coal, and oil-fired plants by 2035. Spain had 7.1 GW of nuclear power in 2020 and will phase it out from 2027 to 2035. In 2020, the country closed seven coal plants with a total capacity of 3.95 GW and aims to phase out all coal by 2025. [Energy Live News]

¶ “Rio Tinto Outlines 6-GW Australia Renewables Plan” • Global mining giant Rio Tinto has outlined plans to decarbonize some of its Australian operations by using wind and solar power. The company expects to spend around A$7.5 billion (€4.8 billion, $5.6 billion) in direct capital expenditure decarbonizing Rio Tinto’s assets from 2022 to 2030. [reNews]

Wind farm (Yeyo Salas, Unsplash)


¶ “Tesla Reports Record Q3 Earnings” • Tesla announced its third-quarter 2021 earnings, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, another record was broken. Tesla had $1.3 billion of operating cash flow for Q3. It also paid its debts, as Elon Musk recently replied to one of our articles. That amount was a total of $1.5 billion this quarter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Leeward Picks Up 110-MW Californian PPA” • Valley Clean Energy and Leeward Renewable Energy entered into a 15-year solar-plus-storage PPA on energy from Leeward’s 72-MW solar and 36-MW battery storage Willow Springs 3 facility in Kern County, California. The Willow Springs 3 project will supply electricity to VCE by the end of 2023. [reNews]

Solar array (Chelsea, Unsplash)

¶ “Grassley Calls On Biden To Support Renewable Energy Industry” • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called on President Biden to support renewable energy as green manufacturing jobs are now leaving Iowa. In a letter, Grassley asks the President to do everything in his power to ensure workers are not hurt by federal policies moving forward. [Senator Chuck Grassley]

¶ “This Alaskan Air Base Will Host Experimental Mini Nuclear Reactor” • The Air Force announced that it has picked Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska to host a new small nuclear reactor in a pilot program. The US military and the DOE have been increasingly looking into micro-reactor designs as possible ways to meet ever-growing electricity demands. [The Drive]

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October 20 Energy News

October 20, 2021


¶ “Biden’s Climate Targets Are Possible Without Clean Energy Program, But Will Need Tax Credits And Regulations” • Even if Democrats’ cornerstone climate policy is stripped out of their budget bill, an independent analysis estimates President Joe Biden can still meet his climate goals. But it would take decisive action and regulations. [CNN]

Offshore wind farm (Bob Brewer, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The World Is Banking On Giant Carbon-Sucking Fans To Clean Our Climate Mess. It’s A Big Risk” • We have emitted so much CO₂ into the atmosphere that machines like one in Iceland are being used to suck the gas back out, like big vacuum cleaners, in an attempt to slow the climate crisis and prevent some of its most devastating consequences. [CNN]


¶ “UK Unveils Its Net Zero Strategy With Pledges For Guilt-Free Flying, Electric Cars And More Trees” • The UK government unveiled its roadmap to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, putting new funds behind electric vehicles, sustainable aviation fuel, and forests as carbon sinks, while boosting the role of nuclear in its energy transition. [CNN]

Sheep in a wind farm (Luke Thornton, Unsplash)

¶ “Fossil Fuel Production Set To Soar Over Next Decade” • Plans by governments to extract fossil fuels are incompatible with keeping global temperatures to safe levels, according to the UN. The UNEP production gap report says up to 2030 countries will drill or mine more than double the levels needed to keep the 1.5°C threshold viable. [BBC]

¶ “Wave Energy Pilot To Power Offshore Vessels” • In Australia, Carnegie Clean Energy and Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre have launched the MoorPowerTM Scaled Demonstrator project. MoorPowerTM is a wave energy product designed for moored vessels to be able to secure clean energy and reduce reliance on diesel generation. [reNews]

Wave (Tim Marshall, Unsplash)

¶ “Update On Australia’s Solar-Led Renewable Energy Charge” • Australia’s federal government is doing everything it can to keep the coal mines open and the political donations coming in. But ordinary citizens are putting about 3 GW per year of solar on the roof. Local councils are buying electric buses. And Businesses are going green. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “88-MW Vietnamese Wind Farm Comes Online” • In Vietnam, the 88-MW Ninh Thuan wind farm, a joint venture of AC Energy and BIM Group, is operating. K2 Management did engineering on the final phase of the project, which has incorporated the development of the country’s largest salt production facility, powered by wind and solar. [reNews]

Wind farm (K2 Management image)

¶ “Oil, Coal, And Gas Got $5.9 Trillion In Subsidies In 2020 – IMF Report” • The latest analysis by the International Monetary Fund says the fossil fuel industry received $5.9 trillion in direct and indirect subsidies in 2020. That’s up from the $2 trillion the IMF estimated in 2014. The figures include intangibles such as tax breaks, but also societal costs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “G7 Could Decarbonise Electricity By 2035” • G7 members are well placed to fully decarbonise their electricity supply by 2035, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. This would accelerate the technological advances and infrastructure rollouts needed to lead global energy markets towards net zero emissions by 2050. [reNews]

IEA executive director Fatih Birol (IEA image)


¶ “EDF And Magill University Document 81,000 Orphan Oil & Gas Wells In US” • The Environmental Defense Fund and Magill University researchers have identified 81,000 orphan wells in America, using data from the states. These oil and gas wells are inactive, unplugged, and have no solvent owner of record. They are also air polluters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “West Virginia’s Reliance On Coal Is Getting More Expensive, And Joe Manchin’s Constituents Are Footing The Bill” • In West Virginia, 89% of the electricity comes from coal, compared to just 19% nationwide. But coal is now more expensive than renewables or natural gas, whose prices have fallen greatly. West Virginia’s ratepayers are footing the bill. [CNN]

Sago Mine entrance (US MSHA, public domain)

¶ “US DOE Awards Nearly $40 Million For Grid-Decarbonizing Solar Technologies” • The US DOE awarded nearly $40 million to forty projects that are advancing the next generation of solar, storage, and industrial technologies necessary for achieving the Biden–Harris administration’s climate goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Major Solar Farm Project Underway, Set To Benefit Salt Lake City And More” • Numerous local leaders, including Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, attended a groundbreaking for a large solar farm in Tooele County. Once completed, the 80-MW project will provide renewable energy to six large customers, including Utah’s capital city. [ABC4 Utah]

Salt Lake City (Brent Pace, Unsplash)

¶ “Valley Clean Energy Signs PPA On 72-MW California Solar + Storage Project” • California electricity provider Valley Clean Energy entered into a 15-year solar + storage power purchase agreement on Leeward Renewable Energy’s 72-MW solar and 36-MW, 144-MWh battery storage Willow Springs 3 facility in Kern County, California. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Company Announces First-Of-A-Kind $3 Billion Renewable Hydrogen Project” • The Mississippi Clean Hydrogen Hub would use new arrays of solar panels to generate electricity, which in turn would power electrolyzers that split hydrogen from water molecules. The green hydrogen would be stored in underground salt caverns for later use. [E&E News]

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October 19 Energy News

October 19, 2021


¶ “What The Global Gas And Coal Crisis Means For Clean Energy” • Energy shortages and price spikes are roiling markets around the globe. This continued risk of supply disruptions and high prices for fossil fuels – which drive up electricity costs – are a signal to countries that it’s time to invest in clean and domestic energy resources. [CNN]

Wind turbines in Greece (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “How Exxon Uses Courts To Silence Opponents” • Imperial Beach, a small, working class community near San Diego, is suing oil companies over climate change. Exxon responded with an infestation of Gucci-shod lawyers claiming Imperial Beach and other communities are engaging in a conspiracy to extort money from fossil fuel companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Too Costly, Too Slow, So It’s Zero Use To Australia’s Emissions Plan” • We must cut emissions fast to deal with climate change – at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, and probably by about 75% if we want to limit temperature rises to less than 1.5°C. Nuclear power is of zero use on that score. It takes too long and costs too much. [The Guardian]

Cooling towers (Markus Distelrath, Pexels)


¶ “Now More Plug-In Car Sales Than Diesel Car Sales In Europe” • Many milestones will be passed along the journey to the world of electric-powered transportation. We just passed a big one, as sales of plug-in cars surpassed those of diesels in the European market. In August, plug-in vehicles took a 21% market share, compared to 20% for diesels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lightsource BP Makes 757-MW Polish Solar Debut” • Through a 757-MW co-development deal with an “experienced, local renewable energy firm,” Lightsource BP secured its first projects in Poland. Nine projects are to be built in several regions of the country. Around half the projects could be ready for construction in 2022, Lightsource BP said. [reNews]

Solar array (Lightsource BP image)

¶ “Billionaires Beating The Government In Race To Net Zero ” • The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net-Zero is now “collectively holding assets under management of a staggering $90 trillion to invest in alignment with a 1.5°C trajectory,” said the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Billionaires are not waiting for political leadership. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iberdrola Earmarks £6 Billion For UK Offshore Wind Hub” • Spanish utility Iberdrola will commit £6 billion to subsidiary ScottishPower’s 3-GW East Anglia Hub off the UK’s east coast. The funding is in addition to the £10 billion UK investment being made by Iberdrola between 2020-2025 to double its renewable generation capacity. [reNews]

Work in an offshore wind farm (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Drax Dropped From Index Of Green Energy Firms Amid Biomass Doubts” • Drax was booted from an investment index of clean energy companies as doubts over the sustainability of its wood-burning power plant begin to mount within the financial sector. It was axed from the index after S&P Global Dow Jones changed its methodology. [The Guardian]


¶ “Harris Makes The Case For Biden’s Climate Priorities In Visit To Rapidly Draining Lake Mead” • Vice President Kamala Harris made a forceful plea for Congress to pass both parts of President Joe Biden’s two-pronged economic agenda because of the climate components as she spoke in front of Nevada’s rapidly draining Lake Mead. [CNN]

Grand Canyon (Alan Carrillo, Unsplash)

¶ “Some Democrats Warn They Could Vote Against Giant Spending Bill If Key Climate Provisions Nixed” • Several Senate Democrats expressed concerns about Sen Joe Manchin’s refusal to support key climate provisions in the Biden spending and tax package. Some warn they may withdraw their support if climate proposals are significantly weakened. [CNN]

¶ “Democrats Are Developing A Replacement For Cornerstone Climate Measure In Sweeping Economic ” • Sen Tina Smith of Minnesota affirmed that Democrats are creating a replacement for the clean electricity program in the economic package. The program will likely be dropped from the bill due to opposition from Sen Joe Manchin of West Virginia. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Daniel Morris, Unsplash)

¶ “US Energy Outfit Issues 1-GW Wind Call” • US energy supplier Evergy issued a request for proposals for wind capacity of up to 1 GW, to serve customers in Kansas and Missouri with clean power. The RFP is soliciting wind project bids that are required to be in service by 2026, though projects that can be operational earlier will be given preference, Evergy said. [reNews]

¶ “New Software Puts Rail Freight On Express Track To Net-Zero Emissions” • Advanced software from the DOE and its industry partners will soon offer a fully integrated package to optimize deployment of locomotive technologies, railway energy supply infrastructure, and train operating practices for cost-effective deep decarbonization. [CleanTechnica]

Freight train (Photo courtesy of BNSF Railway)

¶ “Portland General Electric Lays Out Plan To Eliminate Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2040” • With about 900,000 power customers in the greater Portland area, Portland General Electric believes a grid that allows customers to sell back their electricity will become a reality in the near future. PGE plans to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2040. [KGW]

¶ “Equinor, BP Select Vestas 15-MW For Empire Wind 1&2” • BP and Equinor chose Vestas as the preferred turbine supplier of 15-MW units for the 2100-MW Empire Wind 1 and 2 offshore wind complex off the coast of the state of New York. Vestas will provide 138 V236-15.0MW turbines for the projects. Empire Wind 1 and 2 will be 24 km to 48 km off Long Island. [reNews]

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October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2021


¶ “James Hansen Says Nuclear Power Is Answer To Climate. Is He Right?” • We have a climate guru like Hansen saying that the only answer can be the “development and deployment of modern nuclear power.” He believes that without it, we will need natural gas. But is he right? Michael E Mann’s new book, The New Climate War, has a different message. [The Herald]

Nuclear power plant (Lukáš Lehotský, Unsplash)


¶ “Saudi’s ACWA To Develop $30 Billion Of Renewable Projects By 2030 With Aramco, PIF” • Water and electric company ACWA Power expects to partner with Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund in about $30 billion worth of renewable projects, its CEO Paddy Padmanathan told S&P Global Platts. The fund owns 44% of ACWA. [S&P Global]

¶ “Energy-Stricken South Africa Weighs Need To Save Climate And Keep Lights On” • When you fly into Johannesburg, solar panels seem to gleam everywhere, from the roofs of mansions and small township homes alike. But those glittering 21st-century panels mask South Africa’s dependence on a dirty 19th-century energy source: coal. [Yahoo News]

Wind turbines in South Africa (Kalle Pihlajasaari, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Victoria Invites Consultation On How To Make Renewable Energy More Accessible To C&I Users” • The Government of Victoria launched a paper for consultation with commercial and industrial energy users to understand “how it can facilitate more competitive renewable electricity supply options” for this diverse and complex group. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “From Oil To Renewables, Winds Of Change Blow On Scottish Islands” • In the far north of the UK, the islands of Orkney and Shetland have long relied on oil and gas for prosperity. But as supplies dwindle and the fight against climate change becomes more urgent, the islands off the northeast coast of Scotland are increasingly turning to renewables. [France 24]

Lerwick, Shetland (Robert Witański, Unsplash)

¶ “German Coalition Eyes Renewables Expansion” • The would-be new German government is planning a major expansion of renewables. The Social Democrat, Green, Free Democrats coalition outlined its plans in a draft administration agreement. The blueprint said 2% of the land area is to be designated for onshore wind power. [reNews]

¶ “World Could Save £20 Trillion On Energy Costs By Switching To Green Power” • Ditching fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable power globally would save nearly £20 trillion in the coming decades, a landmark report from Oxford University found. It overturns the common thinking that decarbonizing the global economy will be hugely expensive. [iNews]

Wind turbines in China (Luo Lei, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan PM Says Fukushima Wastewater Release Can’t Be Delayed” • Japan’s prime minister said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant can’t be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Fumio Kishida said his government would work to reassure residents near the plant about the project’s safety. [VOA News]

¶ “A Future Of Extreme Drought And Brutal Storms Predicted By New Climate Modelling” • Two new climate modelling studies map how the world might experience climate change under warming scenarios of increasing severity. Predicting widespread instances of extreme drought and brutal storms, the findings are concerning. [The Weather Network]

Drought (YODA Adaman, Unsplash)


¶ “Oil Politics Animate California Congressional Race” • The damage from the recent California oil spill is less disastrous than initially feared, but it has thrust the issue of West Coast offshore oil drilling into some of the most hotly contested US House races in the US. The spill happened in one of the few congressional districts Republicans flipped in 2020. [CNN]

¶ “You May Be Able To Book A Flying Taxi Within Three Years” • Two decades into the 21st Century, and the dreams of the creators of The Jetsons are closer than ever to becoming a reality. With the likes of Uber and Boeing developing eVTOL flying taxis, one report predicts that by 2040 there will be 430,000 such vehicles in operation around the world. [BBC]

Volocopter 2X (Matti Blume, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “This Site Is An Important Piece Of Filipino American History. Climate Change Is Destroying It” • St Malo, on the shore of Lake Borgne in Louisiana’s St Bernard Parish, was the first permanent Filipino settlement in the US. Established before the Civil War, it is now marshland. Louisiana has lost 25% of its coastland since 1932, mostly due to impacts of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Florida Bill Aims To Switch To 100% Renewable Energy” • A bill proposed by Democratic lawmakers in Florida would require the state to generate its electricity from renewable sources. The bill includes prohibiting drilling for oil, gas or other petroleum products and reducing statewide net zero carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. [Florida Political Review]

¶ “Tesla US Sales Up 104% While US Auto Industry Down 22%” • The US auto industry has had a tough year. Third quarter sales for the industry were down 13 % since 2020 and 22% since 2019. But Tesla bucked the trend. Tesla sales in the US were up 67% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2020, and up 104% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US DOE Funds Project Turning Nuclear Power Into Green Hydrogen” • The US Department of Energy has committed $20 million to an Arizona-based project that will use nuclear energy to create green hydrogen. The project will test its capability as a liquid backup battery and as a secondary product for nuclear power installations. [New Atlas]

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October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2021


¶ “Electrification And Energy Reduction Go Hand-In-Hand To Reduce Household Impacts” • The status quo of getting energy from natural gas, water service, and even sewer service is baked into many if not most homes, and it’s hard for the owner (and harder for a renter) to get out of that rut. Here, I explore some of the solutions I’ve come across. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera EV (Aptera image)

¶ “Congress Must Not Ignore Residential Solar Tax Credit Inequities” • In low-income households, the portion of income spent on energy costs is three times what it is in high-income households. Rooftop solar is one of many solutions available to reduce this burden. The reconciliation bill before Congress could be used to help on the issue. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Shift To Renewable Energy Could Pay The Price For Fuel Crisis” • Prices of fossil fuels are rising sharply, and most of the world is responding by trying to get those prices back down again. Voters might end up bitterly opposed to ever seeing more expensive energy again. That poses a problem for the adoption of renewable energy. [Business Standard]

Coal-burning power plant (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

¶ “Look Before You Leap On Nuclear” • Wyoming, the Cowboy State, is weighing plans to host a “demonstration” nuclear power plant worth billions of dollars – TerraPower’s Natrium reactor. The long history of similar nuclear reactors, dating back to 1951, indicates that Wyoming is likely to be left with a nuclear lemon on its hands. [Casper Star-Tribune]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Silicon Anodes Muscle In On Battery Technology” • Silicon, the plentiful cheap material widely used in industry, is becoming a serious candidate for a big role in the growing battery business. It’s especially attractive because it’s able to hold 10 times as much energy in an important part of a battery, the anode, than widely used graphite. [CleanTechnica]

Researcher using an electron microscope (Andrea Starr, PNNL)

¶ “Electric Vehicles Are Greener And Safer, But Still Much Room For Improvement On Both” • About a third of the weight of an EV is its battery pack, so there is a great need for better methods of storing electrical energy. As EV weight is reduced through battery innovations, the “urgent ticking clock” of clean energy and climate change can be muted. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “China To Help Boost Pakistan’s Renewable Energy Sector” • JinkoSolar, along with its local partner Hadron Solar, will provide 775 pieces of Tiger Pro modules with over 500 W capacity for a solar array on the rooftop of a pharmaceutical factory of the Regency Group in Pakistan. It will take only three years to recover costs. [Daily Times]

Rooftop solar array (Nuno Marques, Unsplash)

¶ “Bangladesh Can Significantly Expand Renewable Energy” • COP26 Regional Ambassador Ken O’Flaherty said it is possible for countries like Bangladesh to expand their renewable energy sectors significantly as it has been the cheapest option for new energy in Asia. Countries that want to grow faster will need to harness renewable energy. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ “Eight Years, Twenty Policies: How Australia’s Leaders Have Fumbled And Dithered On Climate” • In eight years of Coalition rule, over twenty different climate and energy policies have been announced with fanfare. Then they fizzed into the background or were trashed altogether. Here’s a short rundown of what the last eight years looked like. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)


¶ “Hanover Unveils New Hampshire’s Largest Municipal Solar Array” • New solar arrays in Hanover are expected to generate enough electricity to meet nearly 100% of the town’s municipal electricity needs. The two arrays are adjacent, and Enfield-based ReVision Energy said the combined array is the largest municipal project at one site in New Hampshire. [WMUR]

¶ “College Formally Announces Plan To Divest From Fossil Fuels” • The Dartmouth College endowment will no longer be directly invested in fossil fuels, and the Dartmouth Investment Office intends to allow its remaining public holdings in the sector to expire, an announcement said. The investments will transition to renewables. [The Dartmouth] (Thanks to Tad Montgomery)

Tuck School of Business (No author given, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Lafayette-Area Leaders Head Protest Against Duke Energy” • A rally demanded Duke Energy, Indiana’s largest electric company utility, transition from fossil fuels to 100% affordable, renewable energy. The event was sponsored by the Hoosier chapter of the Sierra Club, one of the country’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental organizations. [Purdue Exponent]

¶ “LG&E, KU Make Plans For Solar Power From Paducah” • Two power providers in Kentucky have filed with the state’s Public Service Commission, to provide renewable energy to five major organizations in their respective service territories. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities have contracts for solar energy from a 125-MW facility. [WKDZ]

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October 16 Energy News

October 16, 2021


¶ “What Is The Glasgow Climate Conference And Why Is It Important?” • COP26, meeting in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, could lead to major changes to our everyday lives. For this conference, 200 countries are being asked for their plans to cut emissions by 2030. During the two weeks we can expect a flurry of new announcements. [BBC]

Earth (NASA image, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Expansion Of Wind And Solar Power Too Slow To Stop Climate Change” • After extensive analysis, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University in Sweden and Central European University in Vienna concluded that virtually no country is moving sufficiently fast to avoid global warming of even 2°C. [Science Daily]


¶ “Volkswagen Doubles Deliveries Of Battery Electric Vehicles In Q3” • Volkswagen announced this week that its sales of battery electric vehicles worldwide doubled in the third quarter of this year. In all, EVs accounted for more than 6% of the company’s global sales for the first time. Through the end of September, Volkswagen sold 293,100 EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EV sales (Volkswagen image)
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¶ “New Survey Finds Electric Vehicle Drivers Prefer Charging To Gassing Up” • NewMotion, a European charging network owned by oil giant Shell, released its latest annual survey of EV drivers, and the findings should make interesting reading for anyone thinking of buying an EV. Environmental impact was reason the majority gave for buying one. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hyundai Ioniq 5 Sells Out Immediately In Australia” • Hyundai made 240 cars available for customers Down Under, according to The Driven. Offered at the company website, they were all sold in about two hours. Up until now, EVs have been little more than an afterthought in the Australian market. These sales show a pent-up demand. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Ioniq 5

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Reaches #1 in Germany in 29% Plugin Vehicle Share Market!” • The German plugin vehicle market scored over 56,000 registrations last month, a 36% improvement year over year. It is an amazing performance in an overall market that was down 26%. As a result, last month’s plugin share ended at 29% (17% pure batter electric). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investments in Morocco Ranked Highest Among MENA Region” • An Ernst & Young report said Morocco is the most attractive place for renewable energy investments in the Middle East North Africa region. EY’s October 2021 list of 40 top nations for sustainable energy investment and development provided the ranking. [Morocco World News]

Wind turbines in Morocco (Siemens Press image)

¶ “UK Poised To Confirm Funding For Mini Nuclear Reactors For Carbon-Free Energy” • The government of the UK is poised to approve funding for a fleet of Rolls-Royce mini nuclear reactors. The prime minister hopes they will help the UK reach his target of zero-carbon electricity by 2035. A consortium has already secured £210 million in backing. [The Guardian]

¶ “Johnson & Johnson Ireland Moves To 100% Renewable Electricity” • Johnson & Johnson entered into an eight-year power purchase agreement in Ireland with Ørsted that will provide 100% renewable electricity across its Irish operations. Ørsted will supply J&J with energy from two windfarms, one in Kerry and one in Clare. [Silicon Republic]

Corrie Mountain windfarm (RTG, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)


¶ “Biden’s Clean Electricity Program Could Be Dropped From Spending Bill” • A central part of the Biden administration’s climate agenda could be dropped from the massive budget bill that is pending in Congress due to opposition from Senator Joe Manchin, a report in The New York Times said. Its sources were congressional staffers and lobbyists. [The Guardian]

¶ “Reagan’s Ranch Is Still Threatened But Firefighters Gain Ground On Alisal Fire” • Santa Barbara’s famed Reagan Ranch, called the Western White House when Ronald Reagan in office, narrowly escaped burning, as over 1,700 firefighters fight the Alisal Fire. Also, closed sections of the Union Pacific Railroad and US Highway 101 have been reopened. [CNN]

Rancho del Cielo (US Government image, cropped)

¶ “Tesla Insurance Is Available In Texas” • Tesla has officially launched its insurance platform in Texas and has a neat way of determining how Tesla owners receive their rates. The insurance rates are determined based upon Tesla’s evaluation of drivers’ real-time driving behavior on the road, using data from Tesla’s Safety Score system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oregon Utility Targets 2-GW Clean Power Drive” • Portland General Electric has unveiled plans to source up to 2 GW of renewables with a view to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power served to customers by at least 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. To achieve the goal, PGE will need up to 2 GW of renewable resources. [reNews]

Wind farm (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “Houston Company Has Unique Idea To Store Renewable Energy” • The Houston area is dotted with salt domes that have had their salt removed. They are empty spaces bigger than the tallest skyscraper, and have been used for decades to store crude oil and natural gas. Now, there’s a different idea: Use them to store energy in compressed air. [FOX 26 Houston]

¶ “New Program Will Help Keep The Power On During Blackouts In Humboldt” • Homeowners in Humboldt County, California, now can get paid by sharing power from their solar panels and backup batteries with Redwood Coast Energy Authority when the grid faces too much stress. The new program also helps keep the power on during blackouts. [KRCR]

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October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2021


¶ “Why Are Three Automakers Still Hyping Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles?” • When it comes to the choice between battery EVs or hydrogen fuel cells, the science is pretty clear: hydrogen may offer the technology of choice for some things, but it isn’t suitable for passenger vehicles. Nevertheless, Hyundai, BMW, and Toyota are still pushing them. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota Mirai (Comyu, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Scott Morrison: Australia PM To Attend COP26 Summit After Global Pressure” • Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will attend the COP26 UN climate conference. Mr Morrison drew criticism when he said earlier that he might skip the meeting. Australia, known for its coal and gas, is under pressure to make stronger climate action. [BBC]

¶ “China Announces Its First National Parks” • China has just revealed its first-ever group of national parks, all of which focus on preservation of specific native animals. The protected land area covers a total of 88,800 square miles. China already has over 10,000 nature reserves, which have played important roles in protecting biodiversity. [CNN]

Panda cub (Sheila Lau, placed in the public domain)

¶ “Unpacking That ‘EVs Will Cost 30,000 Jobs At Volkswagen’ Claim” • A news story claimed that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess had warned company managers that the transition to EVs would result in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Reuters has clarified that with its own story. Diess’ statement was that 30,000 jobs could be lost if the transition was too slow. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Spain’s Untapped ‘Liquid Gold'” • For centuries, people have tapped pine trees to extract resin. But in one Spanish province, locals believe this age-old practice could save rural towns while also helping the planet. It is manual work, but those who practice it are finding it can still be profitable, as demand for the resin is growing. [BBC]

Pine forest (Jan Huber, Unsplash)

¶ “German Renewable Power Surcharge To Fall To 3.7 Euro cents per kWh In 2022” • The renewable power support surcharge, a major contributor to German end consumer bills for electricity in 2022 will be cut to around 3.7 Euro cents (4.3¢) per kWh from 6.5 Euro cents in 2021, according to information industry and government sources gave Reuters. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Octopus Energy, RES To Invest $4.1 Billion In UK Green Hydrogen Production” • UK renewable power utility Octopus Energy and renewable energy company RES have partnered to invest £3 billion ($4.1 billion) in renewable hydrogen projects across the UK by 2030, the companies said. The facilities will be powered by wind and solar. [S&P Global]

Rheidol Wind Farm (Nigel Callaghan, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “China Coal Prices Hit Record Highs, Early Winter Chill Adds To Energy Woes” • China’s energy crisis deepened as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants tried to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs. To address its needs, China is looking to Russia for natural gas and building nuclear power plants. [Reuters]


¶ “California’s Alisal Fire Threatens Power Outages, Prompts Evacuations And Sparks Concerns Over Ronald Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” • The heavy winds fanning the Alisal Fire are likely to continue. That may hinder efforts to fight the fire and trigger power outages. The fire already closed part of Highway 101 and Amtrak railways in Santa Barbara County. [CNN]

California wildfire (Ross Stone, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Sending 13 Cabinet Members And High-Level Officials To UN Climate Summit In Show Of Force” • President Biden is sending 13 cabinet members and senior administration officials, including top domestic and international climate advisers Gina McCarthy and John Kerry, a schedule obtained by CNN shows. He also plans to attend the conference himself. [CNN]

¶ “Last Month Was The Driest Ever September In Los Angeles County. Now Come The Santa Ana Winds” • After the hottest and driest summer in California history, and a September that was Los Angeles County’s driest ever, concerns are high that the Santa Ana wind season could significantly worsen what has already been a disastrous fire year. [CNN]

Wild area in Los Angeles County (Andre Benz, Unsplash)

¶ “La Niña Is Back: What Does This Mean For Our Winter?” • For the second straight year, we have La Niña weather patterns, say federal forecasters. A typical La Niña winter brings rain and snow to the Northwest and unusually dry conditions to most of the Southwest. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic also may see warmer temperatures than average. [Yahoo! Canada]

¶ “Buoys Provide Data On Birds And Bats Offshore” • California is looking to add offshore wind to its power resources. In 2020, DOE’s PNNL partnered with WETO and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to deploy two offshore wind research buoys off the northern and central coasts of California, one near Morro Bay and one near Humboldt. [CleanTechnica]

American osprey (Paul VanDerWerf, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Rocky Mountain Power’s New Distributed Battery Grid Management System To Put Utah ‘Years Ahead'” • RMP is seeking to turn distributed solar into solar-plus-storage grid assets in Utah. It announced a partnership with battery manufacturer sonnen and Utah contractor ES Solar to retrofit thousands of solar homes. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Anbaric Submits New York Grid Upgrade Plan” • The New York Independent System Operator is seeking proposals that will accommodate 3 GW of expected offshore windpower to supply the downstate region. Anbaric has proposed a new power link to improve transmission capacity to deliver locally sourced clean power to communities. [reNews]

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October 14 Energy News

October 14, 2021


¶ “Is The UK On Track To Meet Its Targets?” • The UK committed to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050. It has a target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035, compared with 1990 levels. But a group of experts that advises the government says the government has credible policies in place to deliver only about a fifth of this cut. [BBC]

Wind farm in Wales (Dara Jasumani, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Europe Gas Prices: How Far Is Russia Responsible?” • Gas prices have been soaring in countries across Europe, and there have been accusations that Russia may be seeking to exploit the situation for its own advantage, using energy as a political weapon. But how far is Russia responsible for current shortages and rising prices? [BBC]

¶ “Cities Must Consider Flexible Transit Options Before The Next Pandemic” • With pandemic and climate change, a demand for new public transport is emerging – flexible, affordable, and capable of carrying many passengers while avoiding pushing them into large crowds. Unitsky String Technologies has transit designs that can do that. [CleanTechnica]

UST technology (UST image)

¶ “Most People Have Already Felt The Effects Of Climate Change” • Research published in Nature Climate Change suggests that 85% of all human beings have already felt the impact of climate change in various forms of extreme weather. The study used machine learning to review over 100,000 studies of events linked to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Shipping Energy Mix Needs 70% Green Hydrogen-Based Fuels By 2050” • Ocean shipping is responsible for 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report that 70% of the shipping industry’s energy mix needs to be green hydrogen-based fuels by 2050 to reach climate targets. [FreightWaves]

Bulk freighter (Chris Pagan, Unsplash)


¶ “Wärtsilä Report Urges 100% Renewables Sooner; Uruguay Proves It Can Happen Now” • A report from Wärtsilä argues that nations can adopt 100% renewable systems faster than currently planned. Uruguay has nearly done that, showing others how. Today, 98% of the electricity for its 3.4 million inhabitants comes from renewables, including hydro. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Emissions From Rich Countries Rose Rapidly In 2021” • Carbon emissions are rebounding strongly and are rising across the world’s 20 richest nations, according to a new study. The Climate Transparency Report says that CO₂ will go up by 4% across the G20 group this year, having dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic. [BBC]

Coal-burning plant in Germany (Tobias Tullius, Unsplash)

¶ “China Touts Massive Renewable Energy Buildout, New Funding For Biodiversity” • China has broken ground on a massive 100-GW renewable energy project, larger than all solar and wind installations in India combined, President Xi Jinping announced by video link, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China. [Yale E360]

¶ “BHP Signs Supply Deal With Australia’s Largest Wind+Solar Farm” • BHP revealed it will enter a renewable energy supply arrangement with Iberdrola Australia that will allow it to reduce emissions by about half at the Olympic Dam copper-uranium mine site by taking power from the $500 million Port August Renewable Energy Park. [pv magazine Australia]

BHP installation in South Australia (BHP image)

¶ “Scholz Says New Government Will Make Renewable Energy Push” • Germany’s Olaf Scholz said that a new government led by Social Democratics will drive forward the expansion of renewables and energy-infrastructure investment. He expressed certainty that he will succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor by the end of the year. [BNN]

¶ “Ten Member States Urge EU To Mark Nuclear Power As Low-Carbon Energy” • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Finland, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia asked the European Commission to include nuclear power in the EU’s green taxonomy framework and recognize it as a low-carbon technology. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Nuclear power plant (Ben Kerckx, Pixabay)


¶ “Home Heating Costs Will Rise Sharply This Winter, Federal Government Forecasts” • Compared with last winter, American households will spend 54% more for propane, 43% more for home heating oil, 30% more for natural gas, and 6% more for electric heating, the US Energy Information Administration said in a new report. [CNN]

¶ “Biden Administration Announces Plans For Massive Expansion Of Wind Farms Off US Coasts” • The Biden administration is planning to expand US offshore wind energy capacity aggressively, potentially holding as many as seven new offshore lease sales by 2025. The Interior Department has already started lease sales for some areas. [CNN]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “California’s Alisal Fire Has Prompted Evacuations, Road And Amtrak Closures” • California firefighters are battling flames and strong winds to tackle the Alisal Fire, which shut down a section of Highway 101 and Amtrak lines in Santa Barbara County. The 15,400-acre fire, burning 20 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, was 5% contained on Wednesday evening. [CNN]

¶ “New York City Will Transition To 100% Electric School Buses By 2035” • The New York City Council voted 44 to 1 to require all city-owned school buses to be battery electric by September 1, 2035. The council’s vote was in accord with a new state law that bans the sale of fossil fuel light-duty vehicles after the year 2035. The city has 885 school buses. [CleanTechnica]

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October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2021


¶ “Should Australia Build Nuclear Power Plants To Combat The Climate Crisis?” • While Australia holds 31% of the world’s supply of uranium, it has always been cheaper to rely on less expensive sources of power, fueled by coal and gas. That situation has not improved for nuclear power. Also, many Australians simply will not accept it. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Is Taking Vehicle Crash Analysis To The Next Level” • Tesla just shared on YouTube part of the explanation for how it creates the safest vehicles on the road today. Tesla uses two things to engineer its safe vehicles: Data from the millions of vehicles in its fleet, and observation of replicated real-world crash scenarios. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Argonne Materials Scientists Pursue A New Generation Of Batteries” • Better technologies may replace lithium-ion battery systems sooner than expected, research at the US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory suggests. Solid-state batteries use a very thin, solid film to separate cathodes and anodes so the battery can charge and discharge. [CleanTechnica]

Battery laboratory (Argonne National Laboratory image)


¶ “Peak Oil Is Coming. That Won’t Save The World” • The shift to clean energy is sending the oil industry into decline. But a much more ambitious plan is needed to save the climate and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency said in its global energy outlook. Meeting current targets for 2050 would only reduce fossil fuel use by 40%. [CNN]

¶ “Brazil’s Bolsonaro Accused Of Crimes Against Humanity At ICC For His Record On The Amazon” • Climate lawyers urged the International Criminal Court to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil for alleged attacks on the Amazon. They accuse him of “crimes against humanity,” with the support of 70 Brazilian organizations. [CNN]

Amazon rainforest (Neil Palmer, CIAT, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “CATL Plans $5 Billion Battery Recycling Factory” • CATL, China’s largest battery maker, announced it intends to invest $5 billion in a new battery recycling factory in Yichang, a city in central China. The factory will recycle used batteries and produce materials that include lithium iron phosphate, lithium cobaltate, and cathode materials. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Harmony Energy Plans IPO To Fund Development Of 427 MWh Of Tesla Megapack Storage Projects” • Harmony Energy Income Trust announced that it will undertake an IPO to fund the battery energy storage company’s development of 213.5 MW of projects using Tesla’s Megapack battery storage batteries in the UK, Solar Power Portal reports. [CleanTechnica]

Storage system (Harmony Energy image)

¶ “Madhya Pradesh Plans Large-Scale Clean Energy Projects To Make Up For Its Lagging Progress” • Madhya Pradesh, with 16.4 GW capacity of thermal power, ranks fourth in the country as an energy center. The state is lagging in renewable power and has achieved less than half of the target set for next year. It hopes to make up for with large projects. [Mongabay-India]

¶ “Energy Firms Aiming To Develop Major Green Hydrogen Facility In Orkney” • The Offshore Wind Power Limited group announced that it is studying the use of offshore wind to power production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney. The consortium submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate. [The Scotsman]

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney (Giulia Hetherington, Unsplash)

¶ “Macron Pushes Nuclear, Hydrogen Power In €30 Billion Plan To Reverse Industrial Decline” • President Emmanuel Macron said France would aim to become a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build new, smaller nuclear reactors. He has unveiled a five-year investment plan aimed at fostering industrial leaders and innovation. [France 24]


¶ “Solar Project Brings Middlebury College Closer To 100% Renewable Energy Goal” • Senator Patrick Leahy joined leaders from Middlebury College, Encore Renewable Energy, Green Mountain Power, the state of Vermont, and Middlebury to break ground on a 5-MW solar project to provide 30% of the electricity the College needs. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Groundbreaking (Courtesy of Middlebury College)

¶ “In The US, 18 Weather And Climate Disasters This Year Have Killed Over 500 People And Cost Over $100 Billion” • Weather and climate disasters have taken 538 lives so far this year and cost over $100 billion, according to NOAA. The US averaged seven billion dollar disasters from 1980-2020, but during the last five years, that average number has risen to 16. [CNN]

¶ “US Moving Towards 30% Electricity From Wind And Solar” • A report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis predicts that cheap energy from windpower and solar PVs will push coal and gas out of the energy market space. The report predicts that wind and solar will supply almost 30% of US electricity demand by 2026. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Andreas Gücklhorn, Unsplash)

¶ “New Report: Private Sector Investment In US Offshore Wind Will Soar To $109 Billion By 2030” • New peer-reviewed projections show investment by the US offshore wind industry will total $109 billion within 10 years. That figure represents a 40% increase from an earlier estimate that was calculated just two years ago. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Can Cut Electricity Costs By Almost A Fifth If It Achieves 100% Renewables By 2040” • California can cut its cost of electricity generation by almost a fifth (17%), compared to 2020 levels, by accelerating the pace of renewable energy deployment to reach its 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2040, a study by Wärtsilä says. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

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October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2021


¶ “Australian Submarines May Go Nuclear But Our Power Stations Never Will” • The AUKUS pact has Australians thinking about nuclear energy. But there is a simple reason why Australia will never have nuclear power, despite deciding to get reactors that wander around under the ocean. The reason is that nuclear power is too expensive. [SolarQuotes]

Nuclear warning (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Game Over For Gasmobiles: Electric Vehicle Batteries Just Keep On Getting Better” • Improvements offered by Group14’s silicon-carbon technology include ease of manufacturing in addition to enhanced battery performance compared to typical electric vehicle batteries, which are made with graphite anodes or some version thereof. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scientists Looked At More Than 100,000 Studies And Found The World Has A Giant Climate-Crisis Blind Spot” • Climate change studies are twice as likely to focus on wealthier countries in Europe and North America than low-income countries like those in Africa and the Pacific Islands. The low-income blind spot represents a problem. [CNN]

Resort in Fiji (Josaia Cakacaka, Unsplash)


¶ “More Than 30 Countries Have Joined Pledge To Reduce Climate-Warming Methane Emissions By 30%” • Canada, Japan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are among 31 parties that are joining a global pledge, led by the US and EU, to slash planet-warming methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade, US climate enjoy John Kerry announced. [CNN]

¶ “Climate Crisis Is ‘Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity,’ WHO Says, Calling On World Leaders To Act” • The World Health Organization, in a special report, is calling for governments and policymakers to “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises. The report says climate change is the “single biggest health threat facing humanity.” [CNN]

Glacier in Argentina (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Chinese Coal Prices Hit Record High And Power Cuts Continue” • Heavy rains have forced the closures of 60 coal mines in Shanxi province, the country’s largest coal mining hub. The flooding is hitting the major coal production center hard, sending coal prices soaring and complicating efforts by Beijing to tackle ongoing power shortages. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Policymakers Lag Behind Truckmakers On CO₂ Emissions” • EU policymakers are lagging behind truckmakers when it comes to CO₂ emissions, a study shows. Improvements in aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as well as flexibilities in the regulations, mean trucks can already achieve the EU’s 2025 CO₂ reduction target rather easily. [CleanTechnica]

Electric tuck (Image courtesy of Renault Trucks)

¶ “India En-Route To Achieving 450 GW Of Solar Power Capacity By 2030” • RK Singh, Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy, said that India is already ahead of its pledged Nationally Determined Contributions. “Already 39% of our installed capacity is from non-fossil based sources. By 2022 we will reach our target of 40%.” [eGov Magazine]

¶ “Subsea Cable Planned To Import Green Power To Singapore From Indonesia” • A subsea cable will be developed to import renewable energy from Indonesia to Singapore. Power grid operator SP Group partnered with French energy company EDF Group to develop the infrastructure, including a proposed solar PV plant of 1,000 MW. [The Straits Times]

Singapore (Peter Nguyen, Unsplash)

¶ “Palaszczuk Government To Build New Renewable Hydrogen Plant Near Chinchilla” • Renewable hydrogen will be produced at a demonstration facility on Queensland’s Darling Downs in less than two years. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the plant would be owned by the state government and produce 50,000 kg of hydrogen per year. [Media Statements]

¶ “Drax’s Selby Plant ‘Is The UK’s Biggest CO₂ Emitter’” • Drax power plant at Selby which uses biomass is the UK’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, according to new research by Ember. Analysts of the environmental think tank placed the Drax plant in third place of the top five list with the carbon emitters in Europe. [Energy Live News]

Drax power plant at Selby (Drax image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Market To Reach $1,977.6 Billion By 2030: Allied Market Research” • According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global renewable energy market garnered $881.7 billion in 2020, and is anticipated to reach $1,977.6 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of 8.4% from 2021 to 2030. [Benzinga]


¶ “GE Renewable Energy Receives Turbine Supply Order For Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Farm” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it received an order from Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, for 62 13-MW Haliade-X turbines for Vineyard Wind 1, the first utility-scale US offshore wind farm. [Evwind]

Smaller version of GE Haliade-X turbine (GE image, cropped)

¶ “General Motors Amps Up Its Electric Vehicle Plans: Ultium, Ultra Cruise, And More” • At an Investors Day event, GM said it will double its revenue by 2030, take the EV sales crown away from Tesla, introduce its Ultra Cruise self-driving system, offer an under-$30,000 electric SUV, introduce a new low price electric SUV, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Executive To Head To Prison In Doomed Nuclear Project” • Kevin Marsh, a former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule, will soon be heading to prison for two years. [KTBS]

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October 11 Energy News

October 11, 2021


¶ “Our Ocean Is Stressed Enough: Give It A Break From Drilling” • On top of record-breaking heat, record-breaking wildfires, and record-breaking drought, 144,000 gallons of oil spilled last weekend in Southern California. It is the latest in a string of disasters reminding us that our addiction to fossil fuels has devastating consequences. [CleanTechnica]

Oil platform (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “A Just And Socially Supportive Transportation Transition” • In our enthusiasm for renewable energy and EV, we need to be aware that during this massive disruption, people are going to get hurt. Company shares may drop to $0, assets may be stranded, and people will either lose their jobs or have to be retrained. We may end up with future shock. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Decarbonizing The Grids With Demand Response” • One key solution for developing a system in balance with renewable resources is to reimagine buildings and homes as dynamic partners in the larger utility systems instead of simply passive energy users. A more dynamic relationship is based on grid-interactive, flexible loads. [CleanTechnica]

Home in Belgium (Rowan Heuvel, Unsplash)


¶ “Kwasi Kwarteng Accused Of Misleading Claims Over Power Cable Project” • A cabinet minister has been accused of making misleading claims about a £1.2 billion cable project linked to a Conservative donor. Almost one in 10 Conservative MPs had taken money from firms linked to Viktor Fedotov, the Pandora papers revealed. [The Guardian]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Outsells Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, And Mercedes C-Class In Germany!” • It has to be a shock to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, the proud triumvirate of premium German auto manufacturers, to learn that the Tesla Model 3 outsold all of their midsize, combustion-engined offerings combined in Germany this September. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Tesla image)

¶ “The World’s Slow Transition To Cleaner Energy” • The transition towards cleaner energy has made progress, but not quick enough to limit global warming to well below 2°C, as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Wind and solar power have grown at annual rates of 22% and 36%, respectively, as their prices have plunged since 1990. [RFI]

¶ “Shannon Estuary Presents An ‘Incredible Opportunity’ As A Renewable Energy Hub” • Germany is eyeing a town in County Limerick as a renewable energy hub due to its wind potential, the German Green Hydrogen Commissioner says. Germany wants to have a “hydrogen economy” by 2030 and is pumping €9 billion into developing the technology. []

Foynes harbor (Sean an Scuab, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Energy Storage Helps Solve UK’s Renewable Energy Puzzle” • The UK’s journey to net zero is driving growth in the amount of renewable generation on the grid. Economies of scale and competitive investor interest are making solar and onshore wind viable on a subsidy-free basis. Energy storage will play a key role for grid balancing. [Energy Storage News]


¶ “Wirsol Seeks Renewable Projects And Acquisitions” • The long-awaited Barnawartha Solar Farm looks set to find its 25-30 years in the sun. Developer Wirsol Energy, which has a portfolio of Australian projects, announced that it has acquired land rights to develop the 75-85 MWp plant on 120 hectares, 20 kilometres west of Wodonga in Victoria. [pv magazine Australia]

Star Hotel in Barnawartha (Mattinbgn, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Report Says Renewables Could Be A $21 Trillion Industry For Australia By 2050” • The transition to net zero will have benefits throughout Australia. Research commissioned by News Corp has demonstrated that over 672,000 jobs will be created, with $2.1 trillion in economic activity generated by 2050 in the Australian renewable energy sector. [Stockhead]

¶ “Contracts Are Out For Major SA Construction Works On Project EnergyConnect” • ElectraNet awarded two infrastructure providers the main construction contracts for South Australia’s section of Project EnergyConnect, the long-planned high-voltage electricity connector between South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. [pv magazine Australia]

Transmission lines (ElectraNet image)

¶ “Western Australia Councils Set To Source 100% Renewable Energy In Landmark Agreement” • Cities Power Partnership applauds the Western Australian local Government Association’s landmark agreement that could see fifty-one local governments make the switch to source 100% renewable energy. Earlier, 46 councils partnered similarly in Victoria. [Mirage News]


¶ “Report Finds 25% Of All Critical Infrastructure In The US Is At Risk Of Failure Due To Flooding” • As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. As the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow. [CNN]

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant, 2011 (Army Corps of Engineers)

¶ “Rivian Thinks It Can Derive $15,500 In Subscription Income From Every Vehicle It Sells” • Motor Trend reports that all Rivian vehicles will have Level 3 self driving technology baked in, but it will be behind a paywall. Owners can either pay an additional $10,000 up front or opt for a monthly subscription. There will be other subscriptions available. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UNIFI Consortium Formed To Advance Inverters In Support Of Renewables” • The Electric Power Research Institute, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University of Washington formed the industry-wide Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters Consortium to advance research on grid-forming inverters. [Green Car Congress]

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October 10 Energy News

October 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Aim To Improve Solar Cells With Nanomaterials” • NREL researchers are discovering (or creating) what may be key materials for tomorrow’s energy systems in the weird world of nanomaterials. “When you go down to the nanoscale, you often endow materials with properties they wouldn’t otherwise have,” an NREL group leader explained. [CleanTechnica]

NREL Scientists in a lab (Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL)


¶ “Antarctica’s Last 6 Months Were The Coldest On Record” • In a year of extreme heat, Antarctica’s last six months were the coldest on record. One extremely cold winter is intriguing from a record keeping standpoint, but one season alone does not change the long-term progression, which is rapid warming. And nearly all of the rest of the world was above normal. [CNN]

¶ “Lebanon Left Without Power As Grid Shuts Down” • Lebanon is without electricity, and the country is in darkness in the midst of a severe economic crisis. The grid is no longer working at all. A government official told Reuters news agency that the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. [BBC]

Byblos, Lebanon (Nate Hovee, Pexels)

¶ “Demand Jumps For Renewable Energy As Lebanon Plunged Into Darkness” • Lebanon is witnessing significant demand for the installation of solar power units, amid a severe energy crisis. People want at least the amount of solar capacity they need in order to keep food in the fridge, and their lights, internet, and television on. [Arab News]

¶ “Elon Musk At Giga Berlin: ‘Tesla’s Mission Is To Accelerate The World To Sustainable Energy'” • Tesla, which started out as an automotive company that was mocked and jeered at by legacy auto, officially opened its factory in Berlin today. So Tesla, now the leader of the automotive industry, opened its newest factory in the heart territory of legacy auto. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Giga Berlin (Screenshot from Tesla YouTube video)

¶ “COP26: Far Right Climate Denial Group To Stage ‘Alternative’ Summit In Glasgow” • The right wing Heartland Institute, which has previously received funding from the fossil fuel industry, is to convene a two day “climate reality forum” in Glasgow, designed to counter what it calls the “political groupthink” and “propaganda” of world leaders. [The Scotsman]

¶ “Queensland, Twiggy Sign Green Energy Deal” • Gladstone is to become Queensland’s green energy center, with one of the world’s largest hydrogen-equipment facilities to be built in the central coastal city. The project is part of a partnership deal between the state government and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries. [Yass Tribune]

Gladstone, Queensland (JoePerchard, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran Has More Than 120 Kg Of 20% Enriched Uranium” • Iran has enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium, the head of the country’s atomic energy agency said on Iranian state television. Iran’s position is that the western nations have failed to provide the material as agreed, so Iran is now making its own. [CGTN]


¶ “Critical Protections Restored For NEPA, The USA’s Bedrock Environmental Law” • The Biden administration restored some critical protections to the National Environmental Policy Act, our nation’s bedrock environmental law, which had been eliminated by the previous administration. The rule puts the focus back on public, rather than corporate, interest. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (Dan Stark, Unsplash)

¶ “Southern California Business Owners Frustrated As Oil Spill Forces Them To Close Shop” • The coastal areas around the California oil spill are dependent on the ocean for tourism and business. Of the six sectors in the state’s “ocean economy,” the largest is tourism and recreation, and the oil spill is keeping the customers away. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla’s Safety Obsession” • One of the most interesting highlights of the 2021 Tesla Annual Meeting this week was Elon Musk’s continued focus on safety. Elon Musk highlighted that Tesla factory safety improved considerably over the time Tesla scaled up and matured as a company. He said Tesla aims to have the safest factory in the world. [CleanTechnica]

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October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2021


¶ “The Energy Crisis Couldn’t Have Come At A Worse Time For Climate” • Chinese officials are ordering coal plants to ramp up production greatly. The EU is facing a revolt over its ambitious Green Deal on climate. US President Joe Biden is petitioning OPEC nations to boost oil production. Clearly, energy is taking priority over climate. [CNN]

New York City – lots of lights (NASA image, Unsplash)

¶ “Which Climate Threats Are Most Worrisome? US Agencies Made A List” • Less food. More traffic accidents. Extreme weather hitting nuclear waste sites. Migrants rushing toward the US, fleeing even worse calamity in their own countries. Those scenarios, once the stuff of dystopian fiction, are now driving US policymaking. [Yahoo]

¶ “Shipping And Aviation Plan To Go Net Zero. How?” • This week has seen a seismic shift, with the global maritime shipping and aviation industries both committing to move to net zero by 2050. Both sectors will be difficult to decarbonize, and a central question remains: How will they do it? Here, we look at potential technologies they could use. [CleanTechnica]

United Airlines electric airplane design (United Airlines image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Far-Reaching Benefits Of Tiger Sharks For Climate” • Worldwide, shark populations are on the decline. Boosting their numbers could have a cascade effect to help sink carbon and make the oceans more resilient to climate change. Despite sharks’ notorious reputation among humans, they could also be a powerful ally in curbing climate change. [BBC]


¶ “Facebook To Act On Illegal Sale Of Amazon Rainforest” • Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site. The social media giant changed its policy following a BBC investigation into the practice. The move will be limited to the Amazon, not other rainforests and wildlife habitats. [BBC]

Rainforest (Andrés Medina, Unsplash)

¶ “Volvo Trucks Receives Order For 100 Electric Semis” • Volvo Trucks (which is not the same as Volvo Cars) has been hard at work developing electric semis. Now, the company has received an order for a hundred of them from DFDS, northern Europe’s  largest shipping and logistics company with annual revenues of €19 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Clean Environment Is A Human Right, UN Council Agrees” • The UN’s main human rights body voted to recognize the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right. The the clean-environment resolution was passed with a vote of 43-0 while four member states – China, India, Japan and Russia – abstained. [The Guardian]

Jubilation (Mert Guller, Unsplash)

¶ “Dow Brings In Eight New Renewable Power Agreements” • Dow, the materials science company, signed eight renewable power purchase agreements in Europe and the Americas. The power supplied by the agreements is expected to reduce Dow’s scope 2 emissions by the equivalent of over 600,000 metric tons of CO₂ per year. [North American Windpower]


¶ “IN: Arctic Experts And Scientists – OUT: Unqualified Political Operatives” • The Arctic region is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet. The way the previous administration approach dealt with this to purge Arctic experts and deny the climate crisis. But recently, the Biden administration has taken important steps to repair the damage. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic (Mike Dunn, NOAA)

¶ “California Approves New Support For Its EV Charging Infrastructure” • The California Public Utilities Commission broke new ground, approving rules to ensure utilities provide “utility-side make-ready” support for EV charging. The system will reduce the costs of installing charging stations for cars, trucks, and buses by about 25%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “2025 Community Solar Target To Power 5 Million Homes In USA” • The US DOE announced a National Community Solar Partnership target: to enable community solar systems to power the equivalent of five million households by 2025 and create $1 billion in energy bill savings. One goal is to allow all Americans to benefit from renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Community solar system (Ben Cavanna, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla Cybertruck Delayed Till End Of 2022, Semi 2023 – Lot Of Supply Chain Challenges” • Tesla has been quite supply limited this year and will be next year as well. That means chips, batteries, and more. As Elon put it, no matter how many more vehicle models the company was selling, it wouldn’t be able to deliver more units this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norfolk Southern To Buy Renewable Energy In Pennsylvania” • Norfolk Southern Corp announced that it will purchase 100% renewable energy to power the company’s operations in the Altoona and Reading, Pennsylvania, regions through agreements with Penelec and Met-Ed utilities. All electricity purchased from those utilities will be renewable. [Progressive Railroading]

Norfolk Southern train (Norfolk Southern image)

¶ “SLC School District Plans To Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • Salt Lake City School District is now adopting a student plan to achieve 100% clean-renewable electricity by 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2040. The district has 43 buildings, and students found they are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. [ABC4 Utah]

¶ “Puerto Rico Declares State Of Emergency Over Power Grid’s ‘Critical Condition’” • Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency due to the “critical condition” of its power plants. The governing board of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority voted in favor of the declaration on Friday, Fernando Gil-Enseñat, the board’s president, told reporters. [NBC News]

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October 8 Energy News

October 8, 2021


¶ “Australian Politicians Working Hard To Destroy The Planet” • In the lead-up to COP26, while Prime Minister Scott Morrison is facing greater and greater international pressure to set a net zero emissions target for 2050, members of his government are working hard to make sure he can’t. Mushrooms with their heads in the sand. [CleanTechnica]

Blue Mountains, New South Wales (Jacques Bopp, Unsplash)

¶ “Car Industry And WHO Driving In Opposite Directions” • Europe’s car lobby is using misinformation and dirty tricks to oppose new air pollution standards, just as the World Health Organisation is saying air pollution limits should be much stricter. T&E says citizens’ health will suffer for decades if the EU caves in to car industry demands. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “First ESS Iron Flow Battery To Go Online This Month” • Iron flow batteries use three of the most abundant elements on Earth: iron, salt, and water, but their technology is new. ESS, based in Oregon, has products ready to go and has signed a deal with SB Energy, a division of SoftBank, to provide 2 GWh of its iron flow batteries between now and 2026. [CleanTechnica]

Flow batteries (Image courtesy of ESS Inc)

¶ “Lack Of Access To Fresh Water Is Increasing. Can Hydropanels Help?” • Nearly half the world’s population lacks consistent access to fresh water for drinking, irrigation, and basic sanitation, according to the latest report from the World Meteorological Organization. Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns are making things much worse. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “German EV Rental Car Company Makes Tesla Its Only Brand” • ElektroHub is a German battery EV rental company that once offered a variety of EVs. It is now changing its selection to only renting out Tesla vehicles. Alex Voigt shared a video on Twitter about this and added that he sharply criticizes auto makers for offering inferior battery EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Screenshot from video about ElektroHub (Image via YouTube)

¶ “A Global Energy Crisis Is Coming. There’s No Quick Fix” • A global energy crunch caused by weather and a resurgence in demand is getting worse, stirring alarm ahead of the winter heating season. Governments around the world are trying to limit the impact on consumers, but acknowledge they may not be able to prevent bills spiking. [CNN]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy To Supply Wind Turbines For JSW’s Projects” • GE Renewable Energy will supply 810 MW of onshore wind turbines for JSW Energy’s projects in India. JSW selected GE’s 2.7 MW model, which is ideally suited for Tamil Nadu’s wind speed regime. The supply of the turbines will be completed by the first quarter of 2023. [Mercom India]

Wind turbines (Rabih Shasha, Unsplash)

¶ “FG To Electrify 5 Million Homes, Create 250,000 Jobs With Renewable Energy” • The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it will electrify five million homes before 2023. The project, Energy Compact, which is a renewable energy solution to some of the nation’s electric power needs, would also create 250,000 jobs and impact 25 million people. [The Sun Nigeria]

¶ “UAE Becomes First Gulf State To Commit To Net Zero. Oil Will Still Flow” • The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the Persian Gulf to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But it’s not turning its back on oil just yet. Dubai’s ruler said that the UAE will invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in renewable energy as part of the commitment. [CNN]

Dubai (David Rodrigo, Unsplash)

¶ “As Power Woes Loom, India’s Nuclear Reactors Fail To Provide Solar-Like Success ” • The recent coal crisis has raised an alarm as over 60% of the electricity produced in India is derived from thermal power plants, and thus from coal. There has been a great increase of wind and solar power to reduce dependence on coal, but nuclear energy seems stagnant. [India Today]


¶ “Puerto Rico’s Power Grid In ‘Critical Condition’: Officials Fear Complete Collapse” • Puerto Rico is in the process of declaring a state of emergency due to the “critical condition” of its generating power plants. The declaration would help speed up “the acquisition of essential goods and services required to fix their generation units.” [NBC News]

Tangled power lines in Puerto Rico (Lorie Shaull, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Google Will Prevent Climate Change Deniers From Making Money From Ads” • Google said it will no longer allow ads to appear alongside “content that contradicts well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change.” Google will also prohibit advertisements that deny the reality of climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Hundreds Of Scientists Tell Biden: Halt Development Of Fossil Fuels Now” • More than 330 US research scientists sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use executive authority to stop all new fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency, actions they say are necessary to avoid the worst damages of the climate crisis. [Food & Water Watch]

Oil rig (Worksite Ltd, Unsplash)

¶ “US Solar Industry Frozen By Proposed Tariffs On Modules: Swinerton Renewable Chief” • US solar development is virtually frozen while the Commerce Department decides on proposed tariffs that could spike module costs up to 250% and prevent domestic clean energy goals from being reached, the president of a top solar contractor says. [S&P Global]

¶ “Southern, Duke, PJM, Others Call For More Transmission, Coordination To Handle Renewables Surge” • Eastern Interconnection grid operators and planners including Southern Co, Duke Energy and the PJM Interconnection called for more transmission and coordination to help meet renewable energy goals in a white paper. [Utility Dive]

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October 7 Energy News

October 7, 2021


¶ “How To Bring More Clean Energy Into Our Homes” • What if you could help combat climate change from your home without lifting a finger, and reduce your climate emissions to zero? RMI released a blueprint for how regulators, policymakers, utilities, and solutions providers can support every American in bringing clean energy home. [CleanTechnica]

Home (Scott Webb, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Introducing The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator” • An initiative of the US DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is to catalyze development of cybersecurity solutions for the clean energy grid. The Clean Energy Cybersecurity Accelerator will bring together energy experts, asset owners, and innovators in a new way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Cost Of Renewables Continues To Plummet” • According to a new report from the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford, previous estimates about how quickly the price of renewables will fall have consistently underestimated reality. (We think they are pointing fingers at the International Energy Agency here.) [CleanTechnica]

Graphic on cost (INET image)

¶ “EV Battery Pack Costs In 2021 – 87% Lower Than In 2008” • The EV market has transformed immensely in the past dozen years. Most of the change results from dropping battery prices. With lower battery prices, some EV models have more range for the same price, and many models are on the market with a competitive prices and specs. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Porsche Mission R Previews Electric Cayman” • The Porsche Misson R is a design concept for a future all-electric racer that could compete in a separate racing series much like the Carrera Cup. The Mission R’s 80-kWh battery pack is mounted behind the driver, where the engine and transmission normally go in a race car, to maintain a low silhouette. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Mission R (Image courtesy of Porsche)

¶ “Decaying Supertanker With Over A Million Barrels Of Oil Could Explode” • The New Yorker published an alarming article about a supertanker, four times the size of the Exxon Valdez, that literally is fossil fuel bomb that could explode and kill millions. The vessel, converted for floating-storage-and-off-loading, is stranded in a Yemeni war zone. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Accelerate Renewables To Reduce Power Costs” • The Front-Loading Net Zero report says that electricity production costs could be reduced by up to 50% by 2050 if countries and states adopt 100% renewable systems faster than currently planned. The renewable energy would be mainly wind and solar photovoltaic, backed up by energy storage systems. [reNews]

Solar plus storage hybrid system (Wärtsilä image)

¶ “Iraq Seeks 7.5 GW Of Renewable Power As It Inks 2-GW Deal With UAE’s Masdar” • Iraq is seeking to develop 7.5 GW of renewable power, the country’s oil minister said, as OPEC’s second-biggest producer signs a 2-GW agreement with UAE’s clean energy firm Masdar. In the initial phase of the deal, 1 GW will be developed within Iraq. [S&P Global]

¶ “Japanese Real Estate Firm Launches Renewables Partnership In The UK” • Kajima entered the UK renewable energy market through a partnership with the Low Carbon Alliance Limited. They launched a joint venture and renewable energy platform, Taiyo Power & Storage Limited, to develop solar energy and storage projects. [Power Engineering International]

Solar array (RWE image)

¶ “RWE Greek Joint Venture Targets 2 GW Of Solar” • RWE Renewables has formed a joint venture in Greece with power utility PPC. The joint venture will help accelerate the Greek energy transition by developing large-scale solar projects. The initial solar project pipeline will be 2 GW, consisting of projects that are in various stages of development. [reNews]


¶ “High Natural Gas Prices Will Hurt Low-Income Americans This Winter” • Prices for natural gas, the most common way to heat homes, are at their highest level in the last seven years. If it’s a cold winter, prices could go even higher. For struggling families and low-income Americans, the cost will make heat a necessity they can no longer afford. [CNN]

¶ “New Tesla Megapack Factory Will Create 1,000 To 2,000 Jobs” • Tesla will reportedly bring 1,000 jobs to the San Joaquin County area of California with its new Megafactory. The plan for later on includes an additional 1,000 jobs. Tesla is sold out of Megapacks through the end of next year, and the new factory will help Tesla meet the high demand. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapacks (Tesla image)

¶ “General Motors, GE Renewable Energy To Develop Materials Supply Chain To Support EVs” • GM and GE Renewable Energy announced signing a non-binding MOU to evaluate ways to improve supplies of heavy and light rare earth materials and magnets, copper, and electrical steel used for making of EVs and renewable energy equipment. [Autobody News]

¶ “Westerlo Passes Renewable-Energy Laws” • In New York state, the Westerlo Town Board unanimously passed three renewable energy laws, two weeks after it approved the town’s first codified comprehensive plan. The laws cover windpower, solar facilities, and grid-scale battery systems. The state’s goal is 100% renewable energy by 2040. [The Altamont Enterprise]

NY 32 near Westerlo, New York (Daniel Case, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Ex-CEO Who Oversaw Doomed Nuclear Project To Be Sentenced” • The executive who oversaw a $9 billion plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Carolina is getting ready to go to prison, over four years after he announced the project had failed. He has already paid $5 million in restitution. He agreed with prosecutors to a two-year prison term. []

¶ “Concrete Cracking At Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant Building” • It’s a form of concrete degradation sometimes called concrete cancer and one nuclear watch dog group says several structures at Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant have it. Plant officials and the NRC recently found that the situation in the control and diesel generator building is gradually getting worse. [MSN]

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October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Jet Stream Changes Could Amplify Weather Extremes By 2060s” • Findings of research funded by the US National Science Foundation suggest that the position of the jet stream could migrate outside of the range of natural variability by as early as the year 2060 under unabated greenhouse gas emissions, with potentially drastic consequences. [CleanTechnica]

Greenland (Satellite view via Google Maps)

¶ “New Analysis Shows How Communities Can Locally Produce 100% Clean Energy” • In 2019, Soulardarity, a nonprofit based in Highland Park, Michigan, released its Blueprint for Energy Democracy, a plan to make Highland Park a global model for local sustainability. Since then UCS has worked with Soulardarity, and they have released a new report. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Genex Power Will Use 40 Tesla Megapacks For Bouldercombe Battery Project” • Genex Power, which is developing renewable energy generation and storage projects across Australia, has announced the execution of a supply agreement contract with Tesla for its Bouldercombe Battery Project in Queensland. The order includes 40 Tesla Megapacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Megapacks with solar and wind generators (Tesla image)

¶ “Soaring Energy Prices Climb Up EU’s Political Agenda” • The EU said it would scrutinise its power market design and consider proposals to revamp EU regulation, as the bloc seeks to keep its plans to tackle climate change on track amid record-high energy costs. European electricity and gas prices have risen greatly higher this year as tight gas supplies. [Reuters]

¶ “Electric Car Sales Surge In UK As Fossil Fuel Car Sales Slump” • Battery EVs took a record slice of the UK new car market in September. According to a report earlier here on CleanTechnica, nearly 33,000 pure electric cars were registered in the UK last month. That is almost 50% more than were sold during the same time last year, The Guardian adds. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an electric car (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

¶ “‘Great Fun’: Manabe Wins Nobel Prize In Physics For Modeling Climate Change” • Early on October 5, Princeton climatologist Syukuro “Suki” Manabe got a phone call telling him that he had won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics “for the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability, and reliably predicting global warming.” [Princeton University]


¶ “America’s Offshore Oil Infrastructure Is Aging” • After a leak in a pipeline sent as much as 144,000 gallons of oil gushing into the ocean off the coast of California, experts pointed to another growing problem: America’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure is aging, and becoming ever more vulnerable to accidents, natural disasters, and stronger hurricanes. [CNN]

Oil platform (Ira Bowman, Pexels)

¶ “Ship Anchor Hooking The Pipeline May Have Caused The California Oil Spill, Federal Agency Says” • An anchor hooking an oil pipeline may have caused the Southern California spill that spewed more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a notice. [CNN]

¶ “Clean Trucks Rules Are Good For New Jersey” • A report shows that zero-emission trucks and buses will cut pollutants in New Jersey, protect lives, and provide $11.6 billion in societal benefits to the state over the next 30 years through a Clean Trucks New Jersey program. To maximize the benefits, parts of the program need to be adopted this year. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric truck (Image courtesy Volvo Trucks)

¶ “Mitsubishi Power To Build Hydrogen Infrastructure Across US West, Other Regions: CFO” • Mitsubishi Power Americas has ambitious plans to develop hydrogen projects in the US, starting with its major project in Delta, Utah. The company hopes can bring down technology costs through economies of scale, the company’s CFO said. [S&P Global]

¶ “How Much Money Does Renewable Energy Make For Rural Utah’s Economy? It’s More Than You’d Think” • A Colorado-based conservative organization promoting the West says the political “right” needs to own environmental problems, identify solutions, and better promote how real change is transforming the energy economy. [Deseret News]

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October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2021


¶ “We Can Eliminate Millions Of Air Pollution Deaths” • Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. Studies of air pollution suggest hundreds of milions of healthy life years are lost. Countries adopting air quality standards aligned with the needs of human health will free us from that threar. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollurion (NOAA image, public domain)


¶ “The classic cars being converted to electric vehicles” • Oswald is a black 1953 Morris Minor. But he is as quiet as a mouse after having his 68-year-old fossil-fuel drinking heart replaced with a recycled electric motor. Driving beside the Thames in London all you can hear are a few creaks, and sounds of traffic. The image of EVs as sleek and futuristic is changing. [BBC]

¶ “Greenpeace Protesters Blockade Shell Refinery In Rotterdam” • A squadron of Greenpeace activists built a blockade around Shell’s Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the largest in Europe, to call attention to the company’s advertising campaign, which the group calls “greenwashing.” Greenpeace is in a campaign to get the EU to ban fossil fuel advertising. [CleanTechnica]

Protest (Image credit: © Bart Hoogveld, Greenpeace)

¶ “France Jumps Above 20% Plugin EV Share In September” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicle share jump up to a record 21.5% in September, over twice the 10.6% share seen a year ago. Diesel was down to a record low of 17.6% share. The overall auto market volume was down some 16% over seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Shell Backs 800 MW Of UK Solar” • Shell signed deals with two UK solar developers for solar projects exceeding 800 MW. An agreement with renewable energy developer Island Green Power is for 700 MW of solar projects with co-located battery storage potential, and Shell agreed with Clearstone Energy to develop projects totalling 100 MW. [reNews]

Solar array (Shell image)

¶ “NT Government Says Plan For 50% Renewables On Darwin-Katherine Grid Will Save $30 Million A Year” • The Northern Territory government has detailed its plans for more solar plants, more batteries, and “hydrogen-compatible” gas generators to lift the portion of energy from renewables to 50% by the end of the decade, saving $30 million per year. [ABC]

¶ “GE Turns Up Haliade-X Prototype To 14 MW” • GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam is now operating at 14 MW, making it the first player in the industry to operate a wind turbine at this power output. The Haliade-X 14-MW is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13-MW, which received its type certification in January 2021. [reNews]

GE Haliade-X Prototype (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “UK Pledges To Hit All-Renewable Electricity By 2035” • All of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, the governing Conservatives announced. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said “the only way to strengthen Britain’s energy security is zero carbon power that is generated in this country.” [Beatrice Daily Sun]


¶ “What We Know So Far About The California Oil Spill” • A leak in an oil pipeline caused a major spill off the coast of southern California on Saturday, sending oil spewing into the local environment, potentially harming wildlife and nearby human residents. The volume of the spill pales in comparison to some of the US’ largest such incidents. [CNN]

Laguna Beach Condos (Kevin Zollman, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla Quarterly Sales Growth From 2012 To 2021 – Like Climbing Mt. Everest” • We’ve been covering Tesla sales for the past 9 years. At many steps along the way, I’ve thought the quarterly sales chart has shown amazing growth. Looking back to those points now, they look like small successes and periods of low sales. How things change! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Laketran Unveils Ohio’s First Battery Electric Bus Lines” • Laketran is a transit agency serving Lake County, Ohio, just northeast of Cleveland. Its new Frank Polivka Transit Center is the state’s first electric bus charging facility. It has six 450-kW chargers to charge 10 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses that will be in operation this fall. [CleanTechnica]

Bus at a pantograph chargers (Image courtesy of Laketran)

¶ “I Am Super Excited For The Full Self Driving Tesla Model $25K” • A tweet from Elon Musk said that Tesla will have a $25,000 model coming in about 2 years. At least one version of it will not have driving controls like a steering wheel and pedals. It may mean that a complete Full Self Driving  package is included in the $25,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GAO Calls For Congressional Action On Spent Nuclear Fuel” • There are about 86,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors stored at 75 US sites. This amount continues to grow. Policymakers have been at an impasse over what to do with the spent fuel since the licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository stopped in 2010. [Homeland Security Today]

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October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2021


¶ “How Many Solar Panels Could Power The World?” • The YouTube channel “Corridor Crew” has shared an awesome video demonstrating just how many solar panels it would take to power the world. “How many solar panels could power the world? 23 billion solar panels. That is how many we will need.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar Panels (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Decreasing Cost Of Renewables Unlikely To Plateau Anytime Soon” • Past projections of energy costs have consistently underestimated just how cheap renewable energy would be in the future, as well as the benefits of rolling them out quickly, according to a report out of the Institute of New Economic Thinking at Oxford. [Ars Technica]


¶ “Volkswagen Bosses And Labor Chief Want Big Changes At Wolfsburg Factory” • Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group CEO, sees Tesla and a host of Chinese car companies in the rear-view mirror and moving up fast. Volkswagen risks falling behind the competition unless it makes big changes in its manufacturing facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Two Volkswagen ID.3 electric cars (Volkswagen AG image)

¶ “Climate change: Stop smoke and mirrors, rich nations told” • Rich countries’ plans to curb carbon are “smoke and mirrors” and must be urgently improved, say poorer nations. Ministers meeting here in Milan at the final UN session before the Glasgow COP26 climate conference heard that some progress was being made. [BBC]

¶ “First Electric Fire Truck In Australia” • It is only fitting that the nation’s capital receives the first electric fire truck. Canberra will take delivery of the million-dollar vehicle next year. It will be the fourth in operation in the world – there are two in Europe and there’s one in Los Angeles. The truck is being produced by the Rosenbauer company of Austria. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Truck (ACT Emergency Services Agency image)

¶ “Agnew Gold Mine Could Run Off 95% Renewable Energy In 12 Months, Owner Says” • The owner of a gold mine in Western Australia says he expects the site will be frequently powered by up to 95% renewable energy in 12 months’ time. The Agnew gold mine is one of the first in the world to combine wind, solar, gas and battery storage for power usage. [ABC]

¶ “CIP Installs First Jacket At 589-MW CFXDI” • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has installed the first foundation at its 589-MW Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind complex in Taiwan. Boskalis-HC Offshore partnership Bowei put the jacket in place at the weekend using the Bokalift 1 vessel. [reNews]

Bokalift 1 (Boskalis image)

¶ “Sea Levels Rising And Arctic Ice At A Record Low, Global Report Says” • Arctic ice levels have reached record lows, according to a new report on the world’s oceans and the impact of climate change. This year’s report draws on analysis by over 120 scientific experts from more than 30 European institutions. [CTV News]


 “Big Oil Is Going All-Out To Fight Climate Rules In Build Back Better” • America’s oil-and-gas industry is fighting scale back climate provisions in the President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan. “We’re leaving everything on the field here in terms of our opposition to anti-energy provisions,” the head of the American Petroleum Institute. [CNN]

Refinery (Kamran Chaudhry, Unsplash)

¶ “Huntington Beach: California Oil Spill Sparks Concern For Wildlife” • An oil slick off the coast of California has started washing ashore, killing fish, contaminating wetlands and closing beaches. Approximately 3,000 barrels of oil have spread over an area covering 13 square miles (33 sq km), off the Orange County coast. [BBC]

¶ “Vintage Porsche 912 Gets Tesla Upgrade” • A vintage Porsche 912 has gone electric with a Tesla Model S transplant, Green Car Reports reports. it was converted by Zelectric and was shown on Jay Leno’s Garage. Davide Bernardo and Trent Wonsley showed Leno how they converted the classic Porsche into a fully electric vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

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October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2021


¶ “Disconnection Caused the Climate Crisis. Reconnection Will Solve It” • A one principle binds together the daunting challenges and correlative solutions advanced by Paul Hawken and his team of researchers, essayists, and scholars in the book Regeneration: connection and reciprocity. We are pushings the natural systems that sustain us to the brink of extinction. [Sierra Club]

Butterfly (Kathy Servian, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Compact Medium-Voltage Converters To Enable Advanced Grid Architectures And Operations” • As we trend toward more renewables and distributed resources, the design of the electric distribution system itself imposes physical limitations. But what if we could restructure the underlying system to support greater renewable integration? [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Coal Giant NTPC Said To Plan IPOs Of Three Units, Could Raise $2 Billion” • India’s coal power giant Ltd. expects to raise 150 billion rupees ($2 billion) through initial public offerings in three units including its renewables business, and the paring of a joint venture stake, according to a company official familiar with the plans. [Business Standard]

Wind farm (Serge Le Strat, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Superchargers Have Entered Africa, Starting In Morocco” • Khalil Amar, who was a huge source of help to Tesla owners in Tunisia who set up charging stations in hotels, had asked Elon Musk and Tesla repeatedlh to bring Superchargers to Morocco. Now, they are being installed, as we can see from a pair of tweets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway’s EVs Break Through The 90% Barrier – Tesla Takes Top Two Trophies” • Norway’s plugin electric vehicle market share in September broke new ground, hitting 91.5% with full electrics taking 77.5% share. Diesels lost more than half their share year-on-year, falling to just 2.3%. Petrol and plugless hybrids did not fare much better. [CleanTechnica]

Norway (Johny Goerend, Unsplash)

¶ “Coal Giant NTPC Said To Plan IPOs Of Three Units, Could Raise $2 Billion” • India’s coal power giant  Ltd expects to raise ₹150 billion ($2 billion) through initial public offerings in three units including its renewables business, and the paring of a joint venture stake, according to a company official familiar with the plans. [Business Standard]

¶ “Looming Closure Of Lithgow Coal Mines Fuels Concern Over Transition Plans For Hundreds Of Workers” • The end of coal is clearly coming, but for Australian communities dependent on the fossil fuel, the future looks more hazy. The New South Wales city of Lithgow was established to extract coal in the early 1900s, and it is all some people know. [ABC]

Liddell power station (Webaware, public domain)


¶ “The Shocking Numbers Behind The Lake Mead Drought Crisis” • The US largest reservoir is draining rapidly. Plagued by extreme, climate change-fueled drought and increasing demand for water, Lake Mead Colorado River reservoir just east of Las Vegas registered its lowest level on record since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s. [CNN]

¶ “GM Begins BrightDrop EV600 Production, Moves Renewable Energy Target Forward” • General Motors sees an opportunity to get a jump on the competition when it comes to bringing electric delivery vans to market. It has created BrightDrop, a division to build electrified last-mile delivery vehicles. Its first offering will be the EV600. [CleanTechnica]

GM BrightDrop EV600

¶ “Tesla, Unlike Some Of Its Competitors, Had An Awesome Q3” • Tesla announced its Q3 vehicle production and delivery numbers today, and The Verge noted that Tesla’s competitors aren’t faring as well as Tesla this quarter. The article pointed out that in 2019, Tesla sold a total of 367,500 vehicles, and it just sold 241,300 in the 3rd quarter of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Alaska’s Famous Fish, Salmon, Getting Smaller Due To Climate Change: Study” •  One of the most popular fish among seafood lovers, Salmon, is getting smaller in size as per experts and that might be a result of climate change. A study reported that climate change can take a dangerous toll on valuable fishery, indigenous people and wildlife. [WION]

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October 2 Energy News

October 2, 2021


¶ “How Fossil Fuel Companies Use Disinformation and Propaganda To Derail Efforts To Tackle Climate Change” • Researchers at Harvard have shown how oil companiesuse skilful PR and manipulate languageto stall climate efforts. Two of them published a series of studies about the fossil fuel companies’ language and media tactics. [The Independent]

Gas plant (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Exciting Updates On Tesla Battery Production Progress” • It is well understood that Tesla likes to make its own components to reduce dependence on others, a clear result of how Elon Musk sees and approaches work. This is quite the opposite of the big two (Ford and GM), which farm out every single piece of the car they can. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “A Look At The Philippines’ Clean Energy Ecosystem” • A small but mighty group of startups is helping the Philippines forge a clean energy future. According to New Energy Nexus and RMI, 15 young companies are helping transform the climate crisis – and close the region’s energy access gap – with renewable energy and clean-tech solutions. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines and home (Brett Andrei Martin, via Unsplash)

¶ “Norway To Provide Renewable Power To UK Through Underwater cable” • Britain on Friday powered up the world’s longest subsea electricity cable with Norway in order to share hydro and wind power, amid ongoing turmoil in the UK energy market. National Grid said the 1.6-billion-euro North Sea Link is starting commercial operations. [The Local Norway]

¶ “Vestas Wins Orders In Brazil And Italy” • Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has signed an agreement with Casa dos Ventos for a 189 MW wind project in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and has also won a repowering contract in Sicily, Italy. The Brazil agreement is the fifth contract between Vestas and Casa dos Ventos. [PPA]

Wind turbines (NREL image)

¶ “Ørsted Secures €500 Million Loan To Expand Renewables Portfolio From EIB” • Danish energy company Ørsted is set to expand its portfolio of renewable energy capacity after securing a €500 million ($580 million) loan from the European Investment Bank. Ørsted says it will use the loan to align the business to its sustainability goals. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Renewable Energy Initiatives Spur Land-Use Debates In Italy” • Ten wind farms, with a total of 146 wind turbines, have been proposed and are pending approval near four well-known wine production areas in Southern Italy: Manduria, Salice Salentino, Brindisi and Squinzano. The projects anger rural communities and winemakers. [Wine Enthusiast Magazine]

Wind farm in wine country (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “Paks II Not Given Long-Awaited Permit” • The documents submitted for the construction of a new nuclear power plant are not convincing enough for the agency to give the green light for the project, according to a statement from the National Nuclear Energy Office. The documents lack assessment and analysis data that was needed. [Hungary Today]


¶ “Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, And Disney Lobby Against Biden Climate Initiative” • Some of the largest American corporations, many of whom have made pious pledges to act on climate change, are fighting tooth and nail to defeat the $3.5 trillion Biden infrastructure package, with its many provisions for reducing US CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Earth (NASA image)

¶ “FERC Pressed On Gas, Renewables, Cyber Threats” • The operators of the nation’s power systems told federal regulators that the time for talk is over in girding the grid for a clean energy transformation and the threats of devastating weather and cyberattacks. FERC needs to order US grid operators to spell out risks they face from extreme weather. [E&E News]

¶ “Notification system to protect nuclear facilities from natural-hazard risks” • Development of a unique advanced technology system to expand the level of alerts for natural-hazard risks to nuclear facilities is the focus of a new project of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the University of Hawaiʻi’s Pacific Disaster Center. [University of Hawaii System]

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October 1 Energy News

October 1, 2021


¶ “As Gas Prices Soar, People Are Mulling Alternatives To Heating Their Homes. Here’s What To Know” • Soaring natural gas prices have raised the specter of cold homes and inflated energy bills for millions of people over winter across Europe and the US. At the same time, pressure is mounting to reduce use of fossil fuels. Here are things to know. [CNN]

Avedøre Power Station (Gunnar Bach Pedersen, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 1 Of 2)” • If we actually did start using carbon capture at anything approaching the scale of the problem, where would we put the resultant CO₂? Would we put it underground? There is already competition for the few accessible sealed underground voids suitable for CO₂ sequestration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 2 Of 2)” • Sequestering CO₂ has many problems. One is that the volume of CO₂ burning oil and gas produces is far greater than what was extracted, so empty wells won’t do. Another problem is that the deeper you go underground, the hotter it gets. And the whole process is very expensive. [CleanTechnica]

Mauna Loa Observatory (NOAA image)


¶ “NIO ES8 Launch – Exclusive Details, Like 120 KW Charge Rate” • Chinese EV maker NIO is launching its first vehicle, the ES8, and its first NIO House in Europe, in Oslo. And NIO House is an entirely different concept for show rooms. It is more like a community center with books, a café, and a place offering weekly yoga classes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Powerpack Batteries Installed At World’s Largest Single-Site Solar Park” • The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the inauguration of a pilot project for energy storage at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park this week. The project has a power capacity of 1.21 MW and an energy capacity of 8.61 MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack batteries in Dubai (DEWA image)

¶ “Nigeria Receives €15 Million EU Funding To Boost Renewable Energy Development” • Nigeria received an additional funding of €15 million as a grant from the EU to support its renewable energy development. The funding will expand the Nigerian energy support program, which is co-financed by the EU and the German government. [TheCable]

¶ “London’s Largest Private Taxi Company To Go All Electric By 2023” • Addison Lee operates London’s largest private taxi fleet, with more than 4000 cars in service. It says all of them will be electric by the end of 2023 and it will provide over 20,000 rides per day by that time, emissions free. The cost of the changeover will be £160 million ($219 million). [CleanTechnica]

Electric taxi (Addison Lee image)

¶ “New Renewable Energy Policy To Implement Power Projects By 2025” • The Maharashtra government has come up with a new Renewable Energy Policy aiming at implementing 17,360 MW of transmission system-connected power projects by 2025. This includes 12,930 MW of solar projects, 2,500 MW of wind projects, and more. [The Indian Express]

¶ “GE Wins 200-MW Cypress Order” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply 40 onshore wind turbines for the 200-MW Aftissat wind farm extension in Morocco. GE will supply Energie Eolienne du Maroc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nareva, with 5-MW turbines from its Cypress platform, each with a rotor diameter of 158 meters. [reNews]

Wind turbines and a camel (GE image)

¶ “UK Wants China Out Of Nuclear Power Project” • The UK is ousting China’s CGN from the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project, the Financial Times reported. The publication added that the options for the 20% stake that the Chinese company holds in the project will be sold to institutional investors or floated on the stock market. [Oil Price]


¶ “Robotaxis Getting Real In California – Waymo And Cruise Get Permits To Roll Out Robotaxis” • Waymo and GM’s Cruise have permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to operate robotaxis. All they need to do is get approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, and they will be able to sell people rides in them. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo robotaxis (Waymo image)

¶ “GM Blows Past Biden Renewable Energy Goals With 100% By 2025” • In recent years, General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra has made the company into a renewable energy influencer. Now, GM has announced a new carbon-cutting initiative that sets a 100% renewable energy goal by 2025. Yes, that’s 2025. Not 2035, or even 2030. It’s 2025 or bust. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vineyard, Salem City Ink Port Partnership” • Vineyard Wind entered into an agreement with the City of Salem and Crowley Maritime Corporation to establish Salem Harbor as the second major offshore wind port in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind has estimated that over five years, the project would create up to 900 full time equivalent job years. [reNews]

Rendering of Salem Harbor project (Vineyard Wind image)

¶ “Grants Fund New Partnership To Explore Renewable Energy Storage In Minnesota” • The University of Minnesota Morris has explored energy storage solutions for five years. Now, it has two grants to fund this work from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust. The grants, totaling over $2.65 million, support an energy storage project. [News & Events]

¶ “Offshore Wind Brings Central Coast Closer To Becoming Renewable Energy Hub” • Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) believes California’s Central Coast can become the clean energy capital of the US, and a recently signed bill brings the region one step closer to developing offshore wind power. [New Times San Luis Obispo]

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