October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “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)

World:

¶ “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]

US:

¶ “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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