November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “The World’s Fight For ‘Climate Justice'” • As the temperature of our planet creeps up, for many people the fight to stop climate change is truly a matter of life and death. But exactly how it should be stopped, and who should take what action to stop it, is still far from settled. This matter is at the heart of the push to achieve international climate justice. [BBC]

Marshall Islands (Christopher Michel, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wind And Solar Could Meet 85% Of Current US Electricity Needs” • Wind and solar power could meet around 85% of US electricity needs, a paper published in Nature Communications says. Batteries, capacity overbuilding, and other storage options could increase that figure. Pooling resources across regions could cover shortfalls. [Engadget]

¶ “$1 Billion Bet On Clean Technology That Is Not Supposed To Happen” • Three pie-in-the-sky areas of clean technology are sustainable aircraft fuel, hydrogen, and carbon capture. They are beginning to creep from the impossible to the possible. An EU investment fund of up to $1 billion has been set up to push all them into the realm of probability. [CleanTechnica]

ZeroAvia airplane (ZeroAvia via prnewswire.com)

World:

¶ “Rwanda Goes Electric With Locally Made Motorbikes” • There are around 25,000 motorbike taxis operating in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Some drive up to 10 hours a day, covering hundreds of kilometers. Start-up Ampersand hopes that over the next five years, electric motorbikes will be adopted so almost all of Rwanda’s motorbikes will be electric. [BCC]

¶ “BP Won’t Quit Controversial US Oil Lobby. Its CEO Explains Why” • French oil giant Total made waves early this year when it broke with the American Petroleum Institute, the largest and most powerful oil lobby in the US, because of its stance on climate issues. BP pledged to reduce oil production by 40% this decade, but it won’t quit API. Its CEO tells why. [CNN]

Refinery (Robin Sommer, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Sold 54,391 Vehicles In China In October, And Giga Shanghai Ceremony For New Construction Phase” • October sales figures from the China Passenger Car Association are in. They show that Tesla’s delivery total was 54,391 units, with 40,666 exported, despite a one-week closure of Giga Shanghai due to China’s National Day celebrations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Obama Tells Young People To Stay Angry On Climate Fight” • Barack Obama has called on young people to “stay angry” in the fight against climate change at the COP26 summit. The former US president urged them to apply political pressure to make a change, but warned they would need to accept compromises along the way. [BBC]

Climate protest (Mika Baumeister, Unsplash)

¶ “Shell And Norsk Hydro Team Up For Green Hydrogen” • Royal Dutch Shell and Norsk Hydro are looking into jointly producing hydrogen from renewable electricity in a push to decarbonize their operations and supply heavy industry and transport customers, Hydro said. They are looking for locations where green H₂ can be made and used. [FX Empire]

¶ “UK Joins Rolls-Royce And US Power Group For $550 Million SMR Funding” • The launch of a fleet of SMRs (small modular nuclear reactors) is a step closer as Rolls-Royce was joined by co-investors and the UK government to fund development of the technology. It claims to offer rapidly deployable zero-carbon energy competitive with renewables. [Recharge News] (“Claims”)

Rendering of a Rolls-Royce SMR (Rolls-Royce image)

US:

¶ “Pepsi Is Preparing For Its First Tesla Semi Truck Delivery This Year” • Pepsi CEO Ramon Laguarta told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that Pepsi is getting its first deliveries of Tesla Semi trucks this year. He also emphasized the importance of clean energy. The answer was to a question from Cramer about Pepsi’s plan to reduce emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Energy Ventures Will Provide Retail Electric Services In Texas” • According to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Tesla Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of Tesla, will provide retail electric services throughout the area serviced by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. ERCOT’s grid is separate from the rest of the country. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla residence (Tesla image)

¶ “Native-Owned Renewable Energy Companies To Receive More Than $6.5 Million From DOE” • The DOE awarded Native Sun Community Power Development over $6.5 million to purchase a fleet of EVs for official use by the Red Lake Tribal Nation in Minnesota and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota. [Native News Online]

¶ “RFP Alert: Georgia Power Seeks 1,030 MW Of Renewable Generation” • Georgia Power, a utility with more than 2.6 million customers, issued a request for proposals for 1030 MW of new renewable energy generating capacity. Applicable projects will be 3 MW or greater in size, and would reach in-service dates in 2023 and 2024. [pv magazine USA]

Silicon Ranch 102.5-MW solar farm (Silicon Ranch image)

¶ “AEP Remains On Path To Get Half Its Power From Renewable Sources By 2030” • American Electric Power, one of the biggest US power companies, says it is on track to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 as it moves away from coal. AEP says it plans to reduce its CO₂ emissions by 80% by 2030. [The Columbus Dispatch]

¶ “Encore Renewable Energy Completes Two Brownfield Solar Projects In Vermont” • Encore Renewable Energy and Vermont Electric Cooperative announced that two new solar projects with a total capacity of 4.5 MW are now operating in Jericho, Vermont. They are on a former municipal landfill and a former gravel pit for the town. [Solar Power World

Have a wonderfully enchanting day.

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