October 29 Energy News

October 29, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “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]

World:

¶ “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]

US:

¶ “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]

Have a terrifically peaceful day.

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