November 4 Energy News

November 4, 2021


¶ “Climate Change Poses Great Risk For Florida’s Military Bases” • In the Pentagon’s Climate Risk Analysis, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrote, “To keep the nation secure, we must tackle the existential threat of climate change.” The report identified climate threats that exacerbate existing risks while creating new security challenges for the US. [Military Times]

MacDill Air Force Base (Senior Airman Tiffany Emery, USAF)


¶ “The Effort To Phase Out Fossil Fuels Gains Momentum At COP26” • The effort to phase out all fossil fuels is gaining momentum at the COP26 climate summit. At least 20 countries have agreed to end financing for fossil fuel projects abroad, a UK official told CNN. The deal goes beyond coal, to include ending financing for oil and natural gas. [CNN]

¶ “Global Finance Pledge Could Mean $100 Trillion For The Climate” • Banks, insurers, pension funds, money managers, and others in finance signed up to tackle the climate crisis, swelling the ranks of a coalition led by former Bank of England governor Mark Carney. With a total $130 trillion in assets, the coalition has control of over 40% of global banking assets. [CNN]

Wind turbines (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

¶ “Carbon Emissions Show Rapid Rebound After Covid Dip” • CO₂ emissions are set to rebound globally to near the levels they were at before Covid, a finding that has surprised scientists. The amount of planet-heating gas released in 2020 fell by 5.4% during the pandemic. But a report by the Global Carbon Project predicts CO₂ emissions will rise by 4.9% this year. [BBC]

¶ “190 Nations And Organisations Pledge To Quit Coal” • Major coal users including Poland, Vietnam, and Chile committed to shift away from the fossil fuel, in pledges made at the COP26 climate summit, the UK government says. Some 190 nations and organisations vowed to quit coal. But Australia, India, China, and the US, did not sign up to the pledge. [BBC]

Coal-burning power plant (Robert Linder, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar On The Roof Goes Through The Roof In Australia” • Australia is fast becoming the country with the most solar power generation per person in the world. The domestic market is very different to most other countries, as it is dominated by rooftop PV. Electricity for the people by the people – 13 GW are now on the nation’s rooftops. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Introduces ID.5 In Standard And GTX Trim” • In Germany, Volkswagen unveiled the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX. The new models are a variation of the ID.4 and ID.4 GTX cars already on sale, but with a more svelte and swoopy roofline that appeals to many of today’s buyers who want to pretend they really have a sportscar instead of a people-hauler. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.5 GTX, on left, and ID.5 (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Sweden Holds Above 50% Plugin EV Share In October, Despite Slow Month For Tesla” • October saw Sweden’s plugin EV market remain above 50% for the second month in a row, gaining 50.9% share, up from 36.2% a year ago. battery EVs alone took 22.9% of the market, up 2.8 times year-on-year. The overall auto market volume was down 28.5%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Fossil Fuel Projects Given $36.7 Billion In Foreign Public Financing Over A Decade” • Public financial institutions overseas, including export credit agencies, poured $36.7 billion into Australian fossil fuel projects over a decade, according to a report. That amount is eleven times as great as what was put into renewable energy. [The Guardian]

Solar plant in Australia (Jeremy Buckingham, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Greening Deserts: India Powers Renewable Energy Ambitions With Solar Push” • Solar power is a cornerstone of India’s bid to be a clean energy powerhouse. Coal powers 70% of the nation’s electricity now, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged that by 2030, India will produce more energy through solar and other renewables than its entire grid does now. [Forbes India]

¶ “China’s Climate Goals Hinge On A $440 Billion Nuclear Buildout” • Nuclear power once seemed like the world’s best hope for a carbon-neutral future. After decades of cost-overruns, public protests and disasters elsewhere, China is now the world’s last great believer, with plans to generate eye-popping amounts of nuclear energy soon. [BNN]

Nuclear plant in China (Placed into the public domain)


¶ “Rep Hoyer Introduces $9 Billion Bill To Meet Biden’s COP26 Deforestation Pledge” • After President Joe Biden entered the US into a global pledge at COP26 to end and reverse deforestation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer introduced a bill to put $9 billion behind Biden’s commitment. The bill would create a fund to help end deforestation globally. [CNN]

¶ “NREL Researchers Point Toward Energy Efficiency Instead Of Long-Term Storage” • Incorporating energy efficiency measures can reduce the amount of storage needed to power the nation’s buildings entirely with renewable energy, according to analysis conducted by researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “City Of Riverton, Riverton Senior Citizen Center Celebrate New Solar Project” • The City of Riverton, Wyoming, and the Riverton Senior Citizen Center commissioned a solar project that will help the non-profit group provide the best possible social environment for seniors to gather, while focusing on promoting their independence. [County 10]

¶ “Penn State Recognized For Green Power Leadership” • The US EPA recently recognized Penn State in its latest Top 30 College & University List of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. Penn State ranks Number 14 nationally and Number 2 in the Big Ten in terms of total kilowatt-hours used of green energy. [Penn State University]

Have a constructively pleasant day.

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