November 13 Energy News

November 13, 2021


¶ “It Would Be A Mistake To Re-Evaluate The Closing Of Diablo Canyon” • MIT and Stanford researchers published a report encouraging California to revisit the decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. I read over the report and was surprised to find myself concluding that it would be a bad idea to re-evaluate the closing of Diablo Canyon. [Almanac Online]

Diablo Canyon (Tracey Adams, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “World Leaders: Phase Out Sales Of New Gas Cars By 2030” • Global leaders can do something at COP26 that would not just protect the environment but also improve air quality in the millions of communities plagued with toxic tailpipe emissions: commit to phasing out sales of new combustion-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Regenerative Agriculture: A Way To Sequester Carbon” • Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming that seeks to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of the farm by placing a heavy premium on soil health, with attention also paid to water management and fertilizer use. Such practices will help us fight the climate crisis. [CleanTechnica]

Farming (Image retrieved from NASA, open source)

¶ “New Scalable Method Resolves Materials Joining In Solid-State Batteries” • Scientists at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in solid-state batteries, resolving one of the big challenges in the commercial development of safe, long-lived energy storage systems. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “COP26 Goes Into Overtime As Deep Divisions Remain Over Key Issues Around Money And Markets” • Negotiations may run through the night Friday at COP26, as stark divisions remain on some key issues. A note from COP26 President Alok Sharma said a new draft of the agreement would likely be published at around 8:00 AM local time on Saturday. [CNN]

COP26 experts and stakeholders (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Coal Compromise As Leaders Near Climate Deal” • A draft agreement at COP26 has watered down commitments to end the use of coal and other fossil fuels, as countries race to reach a deal after two weeks of talks. While the language around fossil fuels has been softened, the inclusion of the commitment in a final deal would be seen as a landmark moment. [BBC]

¶ “Crunch Time As Climate Deal Talks Pass Deadline” • Sticking points include phasing out coal, subsidies on other fossil fuels, and financial help to poorer nations. The draft agreement has watered down commitments to end the use of unabated coal and inefficient subsidies on other fossil fuels. Meanwhile, small island nations are fast disappearing to rising seas. [BBC]

Goodbye Bikini Atol (Kurt Cotoaga, Unsplash)


¶ “Volkswagen Says Its EV Sales In China Surpass Nio, XPeng, And Li” • China EV Post reported a quote from Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess: “The ID. family continues its steady growth momentum in the China market. In October, ID. models sold nearly 13,000 …, surpassing domestic competitors including NIO, XPeng, and Li Auto.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Delhi Braces For Emergency Measures As Toxic Smog Worsens” • India’s federal pollution control board ordered states and local bodies to be in “complete readiness” to tackle New Delhi’s worsening smog. A thick haze of toxic smog hung over the Indian capital, exacerbated by a spike in the burning of crop waste in surrounding farmlands. [CNN]

Smoke in New Delhi (Tarun Anand Giri, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Africa-Focused Lekela Plans To Spend $2 Billion To Doubcle Renewables Capacity” • Africa-focused renewables developer, one of Africa’s largest renewables companies with a focus on solar and wind power, plans to invest around $2 billion to more than double its renewable power capacity on the continent over the next five years, its chief executive said. [Nasdaq]

¶ “Greece’s Policy Reform Fever: Storage, Net Metering And Sub-500 kW Solar” • The Greek government has completed its wide-ranging policy framework that is expected to reshape the energy sector and also benefit energy storage projects. The bill is now headed to parliament. The reform includes policies that target three categories of storage. [PV Magazine]

Parthenon of Athens (Dimitris Kiriakakis, Unsplash)


¶ “Lehigh University Energy Research Center Is Working To Cut Mercury Emissions From Coal Plants And Other Sources” • The Lehigh University Energy Research Center is working out how to reduce mercury emissions. Such emissions usually come from coal-fired plants, cement kilns, industrial boilers, steel mills and waste incinerators. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Turning The Tide For Renewables In Alaska” • A highly energetic corner of the Pacific Ocean, Cook Inlet holds one of the greatest tidal resources on Earth. All that energy has the potential to reduce Alaska residents’ dependence on declining oil and gas production and provide excess renewable energy that could stimulate the Alaskan economy. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ “Voices Of 100%: Des Moines Commits To Clean Electricity Around The Clock” • Though it’s insulated from sea level rise, the state of Iowa faces many dangerous climate change impacts. These in turn threaten the nation’s food supply. Fortunately, the state is rich in renewable energy potential and eager advocates who hope to harness it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PJM IMM Identifies Market Design Issues As Gas Prices Drive Up PJM Power Prices” • PJM Interconnection real-time, load-weighted average power prices increased 68.1% in the first nine months of 2021, driven mostly by natural gas price increases. PJM IMM serves 65 million customers in the Eastern US from Pennsylvania to Virginia and Illinois. [S&P Global]

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