November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Did You Turn Off The Gas?” • Carbon Tracker’s key findings should have investors in gas taking note. They found that 22% of European and around 31% of US gas-fired power generation capacity included in their model is unprofitable. And countries dependent on gas have found the volatile prices of 2021 damage their economies. [CleanTechnica]

Gas burners (Kwon Junho, Unsplash)

¶ “Rethinking Humanity’s Future: A Video Series By Tony Seba And James Arbib” • Tony Seba has been at the forefront of predictions about disruption and change for over a decade. Now, he is tackling the biggie: Can civilization survive the current catastrophes that are occurring? His answer is yes, but humanity must use a different approach. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Five Ways Rural Drivers Benefit From Electric Vehicles” • An electric lifestyle would be a boon to our rural heartland. Rural drivers stand to benefit most from switching to EVs, regardless of the state they live in or the type of vehicle they currently drive. All rural drivers share certain characteristics, and all could find the change a benefit. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian R1T (Ben Moon, Rivian)

¶ “Pledges, Progress, And PR Spin? What You Need To Know As The COP26 Climate Talks Enter The Final Week” • Ministers arriving in Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow early this week will strive to resolve any outstanding sticking points and conclude the talks with an agreement that is sufficient to avoid more frequent and progressively worse climate impacts. [CNBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “New High-Resolution Climate Model Predicts More Extreme Weather Events In The Future” • A first-of-its-kind study uses a new high-resolution climate model to highlight local extreme weather risks decades in advance. It shows that impacts of extreme rainfall could be more frequent and severe due to climate change than had been thought. [CNN]

Rainfall (Kevin Wong, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “What do the poorest countries want from climate summit?” • Developing countries have historically contributed a very small portion of the damaging emissions that drive climate change. The richest 1% of the global population account for more than twice the combined emissions of the poorest 50%. The poorest are also most vulnerable. [BBC]

¶ “Fossil Fuel Industry Has Largest Delegation At Climate Summit” • Campaigners led by Global Witness assessed the participant list published by the UN at the start of this meeting. They found that 503 people with links to fossil fuel interests had been accredited for the climate summit. That is more than are associated with any single country. [BBC]

Oil & Gas industry (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

¶ “Inox Wind Bags Order Of 150 MW Wind Power Project” • Inox Wind bagged an order for a 150 MW wind power project from NTPC Renewable Energy, to be commissioned in the Indian state of Gujarat. NTPC has a target of having over 60 GW of Renewable Energy capacity, accounting for nearly 50% of its generating capacity, by 2032. [Business Standard]

¶ “China Could Kickstart A New Nuclear Energy Revolution” • Nuclear is still one of the most controversial sources of energy on the planet. The EU stands completely divided on the issue of nuclear power at the COP26 Climate Summit. China is betting big on a nuclear future, however, aiming to bring over 150 new reactors online over the next 15 years. [Oil Price]

Nuclear plant (Frédéric Paulussen, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Americans Should Expect To Pay Higher Heating Costs This Winter, Granholm Says” • Americans should expect to pay more to heat their homes this winter, a result of high gas prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Households that rely on natural gas for heat could spend 30% more than last year. [CNN]

¶ “Verdict On First US Fuel Economy & Emissions Program For Trucks” • A decade ago, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized the first fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks. The EPA has released its first scorecard on how truck makers are faring with the standards. The answer: Quite well. [CleanTechnica]

Truck in California (Sander Yigin, Unsplash)

¶ “Working Toward A Clean Energy Future” • The director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory held a virtual meeting with labor leaders and CEOs of companies leading clean energy innovation. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee started it by reminding all that clean energy is a $23 trillion international industrial sector. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vail Resorts Reaches 85% Renewable Energy Milestone” • Vail Resorts is prioritizing efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Earlier this Fall, Vail reported that its 34 North American mountain resorts had reached an 85% renewable electricity rate, a key milestone as the company aims to have a zero net operating footprint by the year 2030. [DCSki]

Vail Resorts ski area (Vail Resorts image)

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Pledges To Help US Achieve Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goal” • Hawaiian Electric framed its goal in the 25-year period of 2005 to 2030 as a 70 % reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases. Through the end of 2020, its CO₂ emissions from power generation were down 24%. It now envisions 50,000 more solar rooftops by 2030. [Yahoo News]

¶ “Texans Face Greater Risk Of Heat, Drought And Hurricanes, But Abbott Administration Has No Plan To Tackle Future Threats Of Climate Change” • While science on climate change clearly says that Texas will face a future of more extreme heat, drought, fire and hurricanes, Governor Greg Abbott’s administration has no policy on how to address those risks. [WFAA]

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