November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2021


¶ “Draft Deal Calls For Stronger Carbon Cutting Targets By End Of 2022” • Countries are being urged to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets by the end of 2022 in a draft agreement published at the COP26 Glasgow climate summit. The document says vulnerable nations must get more help to cope with the deadly impacts of global warming. [BBC]

Ursula von der Leyen (Dati Bendo, CC0 with attribution)

¶ “Fear Of Failure As Climate Summit Enters Final Day” • The COP26 climate summit is entering its final day, amid growing fears that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C is unlikely to be met. UN Secretary General António Guterres said the summit would probably not see governments make the pledges needed to cut CO₂ emissions sufficiently. [BBC]

¶ “Young People Call For Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty As Delegates Spar Over Coal, Oil, And Gas” • At the COP26 climate summit, a group of young climate activists gave delegates a sharp rebuke, demanding that a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty be put in place and calling out global leaders for their continued closeness to the coal, oil and gas industries. [CNN]

COP26 protest (Fraser Hamilton, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “China And India Among 22 Nations Calling For Key Section To Be Cut From COP26 Agreement” • In the fiercest opposition to the COP26 draft agreement, Bolivia’s chief negotiator said his country and 21 other allied nations – including major emitters China, India and Saudi Arabia – would oppose the entire section on climate change mitigation. [CNN]


¶ “Subaru Reveals Its First Electric SUV, Co-Developed With Toyota” • The Subaru Solterra all-electric SUV has been made public in Japan. The Subaru Solterra model was co-developed with Toyota and is a close replica to that company’s BZ4X. Solterra has a 71.4-kWh battery pack with the buyer’s choice of one or two electric motors. [Newsweek]

Subaru Solterra (Subaru image)

¶ “Tesla’s Robyn Denholm At APEC CEO Summit: ‘Every Nation Has A Critical Role To Play'” • Tesla’s Chair, Robyn Denholm, was a keynote speaker at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit. She made the urgency of the climate crisis clear and pointed out that we are past the tipping point of the renewable energy transformation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Powering Northern Ireland Has Changed” • A new energy strategy for Northern Ireland is expected soon, but its electric power has already changed enormously over two decades. The country now gets 46.4% of its electricity from renewable sources, mostly from the wind. Developing additional technologies is important, and hydrogen is a place to start. [BBC]

Wind farm in Northern Ireland (Giuseppe Milo, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Adani Green Targets 45 GW Of Renewables Capacity By 2030” • In India, Adani Green Energy, the world’s largest solar power developer, aims to reach 45 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, with the average tariff below the average power purchase cost at the national level. AGE had 5.4 GW of renewable capacity operating on September 30. [PV Magazine]

¶ “BASF Signs Longest Offshore Wind Power Purchase Deal With Ørsted” • German chemicals giant BASF and Ørsted concluded a 25-year fixed-price corporate power purchase agreement, under which BASF will offtake the output of 186 MW from Ørsted’s planned Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. [Splash 247]

Ørsted wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Oz Metals Outfit To Transform Operations With Green Hydrogen” • Energy consultancy Xodus signed a memorandum of understanding with Unique Metals for a green hydrogen project in Australia. Unique HyMetals aims to build and operate a hydrogen energy ecosystem with 65 tonnes of green hydrogen production annually. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Five EU Countries Form Anti-Nuclear Alliance At COP26” • In face of a French-led push to revive nuclear power in Europe, five EU countries led by Germany have banded together to urge the European Commission to keep nuclear out of the EU’s green finance taxonomy. Austria and Luxembourg are fierce opponents of nuclear power. []

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Kilian Karger, Unsplash)


¶ “Hertz Is Educating Its Customers About Tesla And EVs” • Hertz is doing for Tesla something that many Tesla supporters have been divided about Tesla doing for itself: advertising and giving consumers factual information about EVs. As it advertises its new fleet of EVs, Hertz has stepped up to the plate for Tesla. And Hertz isn’t holding back. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Menlo Park Police To Purchase Tesla Model Ys And Ford Mustang Mach-Es” • In California, Menlo Park is upgrading its police fleet. The city council approved purchase three Tesla Model Y cars for a pilot program as well as six Ford Mustang Mach-Es, The Almanac reports. The city has a goal to reduce its carbon footprint. [CleanTechnica]

Downtown Menlo Park (LPS.1, placed into the public domain)

¶ “Tesla Attends 2021 Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Convention Looking For Talent” • The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is holding its 2021 National Convention in Orlando, Florida. Tesla has a booth and is actively looking for engineers at the convention. The convention has over 9,000 people attending. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “$1 billion renewable energy project planned for Central Texas” • Chem-Energy Corp, a California-based energy company, is planning to invest $1.15 billion in Caldwell County, Texas, over nine years to build and maintain two power plants near Kyle and San Marcos. The plants will combine solar generation and battery storage. [Austin American-Statesman]

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