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. [Independent.ie]

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]

Have an enthusiastically constructive day.

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