November 15 Energy News

November 15, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “How Much Is Spent Supporting Fossil Fuels And Green Energy?” • Despite pledges to limit support, governments around the world spend more than $420 billion each year subsidizing non-renewable energy, according to the UN Development Programme. How do fossil fuel subsidies work and which countries are spending the most? [BBC]

Abandoned open pit mine (Aedrian, Unsplash)

¶ “Don’t Underestimate Local Knowledge Of Agriculture In Dealing With Climate Change” • In Senegal, the harvest depends on rain. But a study from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona shows that local knowledge of crops and climate can make a huge difference in how much there is to eat. [Forbes]

COP26:

¶ “COP26 Ended With The Glasgow Climate Pact. Here’s Where It Succeeded And Failed” • Nearly 200 countries adopted the Glasgow Climate Pact at the COP26 talks, after wrangling nearly two weeks. The pact will not get us to the goal we need to reach, but in some important ways, the talks were successful in moving us forward. Here are some major points. [CNN]

Demonstration (francis mckee, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “How Might Decisions At The Climate Summit Change Our Lives?” • A deal has been agreed upon and signed at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. You might be left wondering what, if anything, it will mean for you. There a a number of ways in which the decisions made at COP26 could change your life. Here are some of the most important. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Deal Sounds The Death Knell For Coal Power – PM” • The Glasgow climate deal is a “game-changing agreement” which sounds “the death knell for coal power,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Although countries only agreed to “phase down” rather than “phase out” coal, a change India insisted on, he said this was a fantastic achievement. [BBC]

Microburst (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “COP26 – Best Summary Out There” • We’ve had the speeches and the briefings, the commitments and the backstepping, big things happening and deals being done. COP26 has dominated the news cycle for many of us. Some see progress, and some see blah blah blah. Here is an “Honest Government” commentary video with highly offensive language. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “NFI Expands Its Partnership With Li-Cycle To Recycle Heavy-Duty EV Batteries At Scale” • NFI Group, the maker of New Flyer buses, announced the expansion of its partnership with Li-Cycle. This will facilitate heavy-duty battery recycling at scale as heavy-duty EV adoption grows. The deal is Li-Cycle’s first program in the heavy-duty vehicle space. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer Excelsior bus (New Flyer image)

¶ “Ghana Advances Clean Energy With Eight New Solar Plants” • A Ghanaian state entity, Bui Power Authority, announced plans to build eight solar plants in the northern part of the country. The sites are close to substations of the Ghana Grid Company where the solar plants have potential capacities of 10MW to 100MW. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Renewable Energy Revolution Is Powering Australia’s $720 Billion Mining And Resources Industry” • Along with a solar farm and a battery, five giant wind turbines are powering much of the operations at the Agnew gold project in Western Australia. It is the first resources project in Australia to have a wind farm, but it is unlikely to be the last. [ABC News]

Wind farm (Gold Fields image)

¶ “EDF To Power JPMorgan Chase’s UK Operations With 100% Renewable Energy” • EDF announced a deal with the investment bank and financial services company JPMorgan Chase to power its UK offices with 100% renewable energy. JPMorgan Chase’s electricity consumption will be matched to renewable generation on a 24/7 basis. [Energy Live News]

US:

¶ “This Colorado ‘Solar Garden’ Is Literally A Farm Under Solar Panels” • A Colorado solar garden is also growing vegetables, with help from researchers at nearby Colorado State University and the National Renewable Energy Lab. They had been studying how to turn all the otherwise unused land beneath solar panels into a place to grow food. [WPRL]

Growing produce under solar panels (Kirk Siegler, NPR)

¶ “New Mexico Utilities Can Invest Over $11 Million Into EV Infrastructure And Education” • The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved plans for two utilities to speed up deployment of EVs over the next two years. Their plans include charging infrastructure at single-family and multi-family homes as well as public spaces. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “While Nations Dither, US Cities, Counties, And States Are Suing Fossil Fuel Companies” • How the nations at COP26 will act on climate change is yet to be seen, but US states, counties, and cities are acting. At least 29 of them have filed climate lawsuits in state courts against major fossil fuel companies for fraud, damages, or both. [CleanTechnica]

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