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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