November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2021


¶ “What’s Different About This World Climate Summit” • At the UN’s COP26 climate change summit, countries acknowledge the danger of climate change and say they’re committed to doing something about it. But there is increasing alarm that countries won’t do enough to hold world temperatures below the key threshold most scientists have set. [CNN]

Losing time and resources (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

¶ “What Makes A Good Net Zero Carbon Emissions Pledge?” • The number of net zero targets that have been set, by national governments, industries, companies and others, has burgeoned in recent years. Pledges to reach net zero now cover almost 80% of the global economy. But not all targets are created equal and the difference is a bit complicated. [BBC]

¶ “Questions Remain Over The UK’s Nuclear Power Plans” • In 2007, Vincent de Rivaz, at that time the EDF chief executive, said Britain would be “cooking our Christmas turkeys” with electricity from Hinkley Point C nuclear station by 2017. Instead the first concrete was poured that year and the turkey is now scheduled for late 2026. [The Guardian]

Hinkley Point construction, 2017 (Nick Chipchase, CC-BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Brazil Brings Big Green Plans To COP26. But Its Track Record Is Dismal” • Brazil is heading to the Glasgow UN climate summit with some ambitious environmental promises, including cutting emissions 50%, ending illegal deforestation entirely by 2030, and becoming carbon neutral by 2050. But time will tell whether any of this is to be believed. [CNN]

¶ “Over 100 World Leaders Will Agree To End Deforestation By 2030 At COP26” • More than 100 world leaders representing more than 85% of the planet’s forests will commit to ending and reversing deforestation and land degradation by 2030, a British government statement says. It would be the first substantial deal of the COP26 climate talks. [CNN]

Deforestation (Maksim Shutov, Unsplash)

¶ “XPeng Deliveries Grow 233%” • XPeng delivered 10,138 smart electric vehicles in October. That’s a 233% increase over October 2020. As astounding as that seems, it is actually the trend. In the first 10 months of the 2021, XPeng delivered 66,542 vehicles. The October result wasn’t all that high, considering its in a year with a 289% increase year over year! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India PM Narendra Modi Pledges Net Zero By 2070” • India has promised to cut its emissions to net zero by 2070. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the pledge, the first time India has set a net zero target, at the Glasgow summit. However, the pledge misses a key goal of the COP26 summit for countries to commit to reach that target by 2050. [BBC]

PM Narendra Modi (Ms Sarah Welch, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “France Hits Record 23% Plugin EV Share In October” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicle share climb to a new record 22.9% for September, up from 11.8% last year. Petrol share was down to a record low of 36.0% from almost 44% a year ago. Overall auto market volume was down some 34% over seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Student Transportation Of Canada Orders 1000 Electric School Buses From Lion Electric” • Student Transportation of Canada placed a conditional order for 1000 electric school buses from Lion Electric, based in Quebec. STC is a subsidiary of Student Transportation of America, a North American leader in student transportation. [CleanTechnica]

Lion Electric school bus (Crenaissanceman, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Sunny But Isolated, Cyprus Toils To Boost Green Energy” • Cypress has 340 sunny days per year. In the past year, the number of solar panels increased by 16%, according to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus. But in 2019, just 13.8% of the energy came from solar and wind, and Cyprus is still struggling to increase its use of renewable power. [RFI]

¶ “Carbon Capture Storage Trial In Queensland To Demonstrate Morrison’s Promise To Reduce Emissions Via ‘Technology” • A trial to capture and sequester CO₂ in the exhaust of a coal-fired power station is underway in Queensland. One analyst said the move is “horrendously expensive,” and will increase the cost of electricity from the plant by over 80%. [ABC News]

Moonie sequestration site (Low Emission Technology Australia)


¶ “Joe Biden Wants America To Lead The World Against The Climate Crisis. That Goal Faces A Big Test This Week” • President Joe Biden’s ambitions to lead the world in slowing the planet’s warming will be tested on two continents this week. He is in Scotland for important climate talks, while lawmakers come closer to realizing his visions back home. [CNN]

¶ “NREL Explores Innovative Manufacturing Approach For Next-Generation Wind Turbine Blades” • National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers are furthering their revolutionary use of recyclable thermoplastics and additive manufacturing (better known as 3D printing) to manufacture advanced wind turbine blades. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in the desert (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Renewable Energy Could Drive Healthcare Costs WAY Down, According to Experts” • Researchers from Columbia and Duke Universities have looked at the implementation of renewable energy sources as a way of driving down medical costs. Their findings suggest that the positive effects of moving away from fossil fuels are almost immediate. [Tech Times]

¶ “Indiana Utility Breaks Ground On 465-MW PV” • Northern Indiana Public Service Company has announced that ground has been broken on two solar farms totaling 465 MW. They are the 265-MW Dunns Bridge 1 in Jasper County and the 200-MW Indiana Crossroads in White County, Indiana. They are are expected to be operational in 2022. [reNEWS]

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