November 6 Energy News

November 6, 2021


¶ “How Might The World Meet Its Clean Energy Needs” • With the world trying to reach net zero by the middle of this century, what sources of energy could replace fossil fuels? Projects like Hywind’s floating wind farm off the northern coast of Scotland offer one present-day glimpse of what that future could look like. But it is not the only technology we have. [BBC]

First floating wind turbine (Lars Christopher, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “One Simple Tax Change Could Unlock More Critical Clean Energy Infrastructure” • The current design of the Build Back Better Act addresses many limitations that prevented incentives from maximizing clean energy usage in the past. But a simple change in the tax rules for stand-alone batteries and transmission could make the bill more effective. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Want To Make Energy Cheap? Build Renewables Fast, Not Gradually” • At the UN climate summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to quintuple India’s current 100 GW of renewable capacity to 500 GW by 2030, more than India’s entire capacity today. He could do this because the faster we install renewables, the faster the price goes down. []

Solar array in Telangana (Thomas Lloyd Group, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Car FAQs: How Long Do Electric Cars Last?” • Most of the time, the only difference between EVs and old fuel burners is what powers the car. But the other differences probably need explaining in order for mainstream buyers to buy electric cars. Here, we look into the questions of how long EVs last, how they are maintained, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New COP26 Pledges Could Limit Warming To 1.8°C” • An analysis from the International Energy Agency shows that new pledges announced at the COP26 climate conference could keep global warming below 2°C if they’re actually implemented. Based on the new pledges, countries could limit the Earth’s warming to 1.8°C above pre-industrial levels in 2100. [The Hill]

Wind turbine (Sander Weeteling, Unsplash)


¶ “What Happened When The Royal Ecowarriors Descended On COP26” • Prince Charles is a without doubt a pioneer on green issues. He delivered his first speech on the topic way back in 1970 when he warned about plastic waste. Recently, his focus has been on climate change and his warnings have become ever more stark. He has been active at COP26. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Wins Overall Silver Medal In New Zealand In September” • New Zealand is a land that is dominated by sheep, powered by hydro, and financed by farmers. The highest selling vehicle in New Zealand in September was still the Ford Ranger. This is to be expected. But in an unexpected twist, the number 2 place went to the Tesla Model 3! [CleanTechnica]

New Zealand countryside (Martin Bisof, Unsplash)

¶ “BMW’s EV Sales Double In 2021, But Still Can’t Catch Tesla” • During an earnings call, the BMW Group announced it had a 42.4% increase in third quarter net profits to $2.99 billion, a result of higher prices and BMW’s EV sales that counterbalanced lower deliveries due to scarce chips. BMW’s EV sales grew by 121.4% in the first 9 months of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Signs Licensing Deal With China Energy To Boost Offshore Biz” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Energy United Power Technology, advancing its licensing business model. Siemens Gamesa plans to license its 11-MW Direct Drive offshore technology to United Power. [GreentechLead]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)


¶ “GOP Push To Shake Label Of Climate Crisis Denier Runs Into Trump” • As global temperatures rise, some congressional Republicans are feeling the pressure to show they’re embracing climate change and offer up their own plan for how to deal with it. But they are also running smack dab into a familiar obstacle: former President Donald Trump. [CNN]

¶ “US Lawmakers Approve $1 Trillion Infrastructure Spending Package” • The US Congress has passed a landmark $1 trillion (£741 billion) infrastructure spending package, delivering a major domestic win to President Joe Biden. The infrastructure package, billed as a “once-in-a-generation” measure, now heads to Mr Biden’s desk to be signed into law. [BBC]

Williamsburg Bridge (Zac Ong, Unsplash)

¶ “The State Taking On An Oil Giant For Greenwashing” • The question of responsibility for the effects of global warming is going through tests in court. In one case, Massachusetts is using consumer laws to take on ExxonMobil. If the state wins, it will be the first case to successfully prosecute a fossil fuel company for greenwashing and misleading the public. [BBC]

¶ “Buffalo Region Leads The Way In Renewable Energy And Sustainability” • When you think of Buffalo, New York, your mind could go to lost Super Bowls, snow, and chicken wings. But the real news coming out of Buffalo is renewable energy. For over a century, the Western New York city has been a leader in clean energy. [American City and County]

Buffalo City Hall (Mikerussell, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Project Looks To Improve The Reliability Of Wind Energy In Wyoming” • The Seminoe Pumped Storage Project is looking to increase the reliability of wind energy in Wyoming. It would need a new reservoir above Seminoe Reservoir. It’s still in the feasibility study phase, but rPlus Hydro CEO Matthew Shapiro is optimistic about the location. [Wyoming Public Media]

¶ “Maine Voters Reject Transmission Line – How NIMBY Blocks Renewable Energy Expansion” • Voters in Maine rejected the New England Clean Energy Connect project, which aims to move Canadian hydropower to customers in Massachusetts, by a margin of 59% to 41%. Avangrid Inc has filed a lawsuit in Maine state court challenging the referendum. [Forbes]

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