October 18 Energy News

October 18, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “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)

World:

¶ “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)

US:

¶ “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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