November 3 Energy News

November 3, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “My Island Home Is Threatened – We Have No Hill To Run To” • The Marshall Islands are only 2 meters above sea level and we are one of the most threatened countries in the world, due to the sea level rise caused by climate change. Unlike many other island nations, we have no high ground to go to. At COP26, I follow the loss and damage negotiations. [BBC]

Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner (350 Pacific)

¶ “How China Shapes The World’s Coal” • China, the world’s largest funder of coal, is closing down its finance for the industry overseas, as it announced in September. China provided half of overseas public finance to coal-fired power plants from 2013 to 2018. But developing countries reliant on China could now find their energy policies turned on their heads. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NREL Gets Ready To Perform Ground-Truth Evaluation Of Artificial Intelligence For Equitable Decarbonization And Energy Savings” • In Basalt, Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is installing its award-winning foresee™ software in local homes to field-test smart energy management and energy aggregation at the community level. [CleanTechnica]

Basalt Colorado (Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork)

World:

¶ “US, UK And EU Will Help Fund South Africa’s Coal Phaseout, Offering A Model For The Developing World” • The US, UK, EU, France, and Germany will help fund South Africa’s move away from coal. The effort could serve as a model for other nations. The mood at COP26 had been low after the G20 leaders’ summit failed to put an end date on the use of coal. [CNN]

¶ “South Africa Hails Deal To End Reliance On Coal” • South Africa is set to receive $8.5 billion to help end its reliance on coal in a deal announced at the COP26 climate summit. President Ramaphosa has called it a “watershed moment.” The country is a major emitter of greenhouse gases due to its addiction to coal, which it uses to generate electricity. [BBC]

Coal-burning Arnot Power Station (Gerhard Roux, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “CIP Plans To Invest $115 Billion In Renewable Energy By 2030” • At the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners announced plans to invest €100 billion ($115 billion) in renewable energy by 2030. The company said that the investment goal is ‘well-supported’ by a pipeline of renewable projects. [Power Technology]

¶ “Deforestation: Which countries are still cutting down trees?” • World leaders at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow have pledged to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. There have been earlier attempts to protect forests, but the forests are still in decline. The worst losses are in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia. [BBC]

Logging road (Jonathan Lampel, Unsplash)

¶ “NuScale Power To Build Small Modular Reactor Plant In Romania – White House” • The United States and Romania, in partnership with US private company NuScale Power, plan to build a small modular reactor plant in Romania, the White House said. The commercial agreement will be for a NuScale plant with six modules. [SeeNews]

US:

¶ “Biden Announces New Methane Rules And Launches Global Pledge To Reduce Planet-Warming Emissions” • President Joe Biden targeted planet-warming methane emissions from the UN climate summit. He announced strong new regulations from the EPA and launched a Global Methane Pledge, in partnership with the EU. It has been signed by about 100 countries. [CNN]

Liquefied natural gas tanker (kees torn, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Volkswagen Working On High Power Wireless Charging With ORNL And UT” • Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced it is partnering with Volkswagen’s Innovation Hub in Knoxville and the University of Tennessee on wireless charging for production cars. Wireless systems were once limited to 6.6 kW, but ORNL is already working on 120-kW systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US DOE Announces $199 Million To Reduce Emissions From Cars And Trucks” • Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm announced that the US DOE awarded $199 million to fund 25 projects aimed to put cleaner cars and trucks on US roads, including long-haul trucks powered by batteries and fuel cells. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an electric truck (Volvo trucks image)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 SR Gets Range Boost, And Tesla Offers Wall Charger With J1772 Connector” • A new item in the Tesla Store is a Tesla Wall Charger with a J1772 connector for non-Tesla EVs. Providing up to a 9.6-kW power output for a single vehicle, the J1772 Gen 2 Wall Connector is priced at $415. The Model 3 SR also got a 10 mile range boost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Large Solar, Storage Project Planned At Former Nuclear Power Site” • Alliant Energy announced a plan for a solar energy and storage facility at the site of the former Duane Arnold nuclear power plant near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The project when complete would position Alliant as the largest combined solar and storage operator in the state. [POWER Magazine]

Duane Arnold plant, now closed (NextEra Energy Resources)

¶ “Microsoft Signs 15-year Deal With Renewable Energy Provider AES To Reduce Carbon Emissions” • In a bid to boost the use of renewable energy and reduce CO₂ emissions, AES Corporation, an electric power distribution company, said it signed a 15-year deal with Microsoft to help the IT firm to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2030. [Nasdaq]

¶ “‘Concrete Cancer’ Spreading At Seabrook Nuclear Plant” • The Seabrook nuclear plant seems to have been born to lose. It was intended to have two reactors, at a cost of $1 billion. Ten years on, one reactor had cost $10 billion, and the other was cancelled. Now, it has been found that the concrete at the site has “concrete cancer,” as cracks develop and spread. [OB Rag]

Have an awesomely copacetic day.

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