November 5 Energy News

November 5, 2021


¶ “More And More: Five Offshore Wind Stories I’m Watching” • I am a person who spends a lot of time thinking about climate change and consumption. Need a little clean energy pick-me-up? Offshore wind is offering more and more excitement as it looks to become a large-scale reality off our shores. Here’s what’s going on in five categories I’m watching. [CleanTechnica

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (BOEM image)

¶ “Is It Green, Or Forever Toxic? Nuclear Rift At Climate Talks” • Nuclear power is a central sticking point as negotiators plot out the world’s future energy strategy at the climate talks in Glasgow. While many see a need for it, critics decry its mammoth price tag, the disproportionate damage caused by nuclear accidents, and the radioactive waste left behind. [WREX]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Will Survive If Warming Kept To 1.5°C, Study Finds” • A study by an Australian university focused on the Great Barrier Reef and global warming. If global warming is kept to 1.5°C, the mix of corals on the Barrier Reef will change but it could still thrive, according to the study’s lead author, Professor Terry Hughes. [CNN]

Healthy corals, Great Barrier Reef (Toby Hudson, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Gasoline Prices Are Soaring. OPEC And Russia Aren’t Coming To The Rescue” • OPEC and its allies disregarded calls from US President Joe Biden to do more to tame soaring energy prices that fuel inflation and hurt vulnerable households. They decided to stick to their plan to increase production gradually by only 400,000 barrels per day in December. [CNN]

¶ “Indonesia Criticises ‘Unfair’ Deal To End Deforestation” • Indonesia’s Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar criticized terms of a global deal to end deforestation by 2030, signalling that the country may not abide by it. She said the authorities could not “promise what we can’t do.” However, President Joko Widodo signed the deal. [BBC]

Deforestation in Indonesia (Hayden, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Climate Change: Facebook Fails To Flag Denial, Study Finds” • Climate change denial is spreading unchecked on Facebook, two studies by disinformation researchers have found. The Center for Countering Digital Hate and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue said less than 10% of misleading posts were marked as misinformation. [BBC]

¶ “Will Brazil Really Save The Amazon?” • Deforestation is by far Brazil’s biggest emissions problem. Destruction of the Amazon, one of the world’s most important carbon sinks, accounts for nearly half of Brazil’s annual share of emissions. If Brazil does not bring deforestation under control, the country will struggle to reach carbon neutrality. [BBC]

Deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil (Ibama, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “US Oil Giants Top List Of Lobby Offenders Holding Back Climate Action” • ExxonMobil and Chevron are the world’s most obstructive organisations when it comes to governments setting climate policies, according to research into the “prolific and highly sophisticated” lobbying ploys used by the fossil fuel industry. Toyota is number three. [The Guardian]

¶ “Renewables Provided 92.3% Of Kenya’s Electricity Generation In 2020!” • As the world races to decarbonize, Kenya’s electricity sector is well on the way to being powered by 100% renewables. And the country’s clean electricity puts Kenya in a very nice position to take a lead in the transition to electric mobility on the continent. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Image courtesy of Opibus)


¶ “Coastal Flood Event Mirroring A Hurricane Is Underway In Charleston, South Carolina” • A potentially historic flood event is taking shape across Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, and portions of coastal Georgia, including near Savannah, as water levels will be at heights usually found in powerful hurricanes, above 10.5 feet near Savannah. [CNN]

¶ “New NREL Tool Provides Cybersecurity And Savings For Hydropower Plants” • A tool from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory provides hydropower operators custom assessments of their cybersecurity risks and demonstrates how different investments will help improve overall resilience. [CleanTechnica]

Hydro dam (American Public Power-Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Seattle City Light Explores Renewable Hydrogen Fuel At The Port Of Seattle With DOE Awards” • Two studies exploring the potential of shifting from fossil fuel to clean hydrogen to power medium and heavy vehicles are getting underway, led by a team from Seattle City Light, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. [Powerlines]

¶ “Entergy Arkansas Cuts Plans For Natural Gas Plant, Seeks More Renewable Energy Resources” • Entergy Arkansas, a utility of Entergy Corp, released its 2021 Integrated Resource Plan. It doesn’t include plans to build a new natural gas-fired power plant that was included in the previous long-range plan, but it does look to add renewable energy resources. [KATV]

Solar farm (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “The GIANT Company Signs Agreement With Constellation To Power Pennsylvania Operations With Renewable Energy” • The GIANT Company has announced a long-term agreement with Constellation to supply its Pennsylvania operations, including select stores, fuel stations, and a perishable distribution center, with renewable energy. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Nuclear Plant Price Doubles To $28.5 Billion As Other Owners Balk” • The cost of two nuclear reactors being built in Georgia is now $28.5 billion, more than twice the original price, and other owners of Plant Vogtle argue Georgia Power Co has triggered an agreement requiring Georgia Power to shoulder a larger share of the financial burden. [Statesboro Herald]

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