November 17 Energy News

November 17, 2021


¶ “Nuclear Power Won’t Save the World. It Won’t Even Help” • Putting money into nuclear power goes beyond being a huge waste. It detracts from the vital issue of dealing with climate change now by making money unavailable for dealing with the problem using less expensive, more flexible energy that can be built much more quickly. [Green Energy Times]

San Onofre nuclear plant (awnisALAN, CC-BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Climate Change: What Did The Scientists Make Of COP26?” • Those who spoke to the BBC praised the conference for getting countries to agree to meet next year to pledge deeper emissions cuts. They welcomed agreements on forests, innovation, and especially methane from fossil fuel extraction and livestock. But they fear politicians won’t deliver. [BBC]

¶ “This City Had Its Hottest Day On Record This Summer. 140 Days Later, It Had Its Wettest” • Abbotsford, British Columbia, recorded its hottest day ever with a temperature of 109°F during an unprecedented heat wave in June. Just 140 days later, it broke another record with 4 inches of rain in 24 hours. Climate change can bring “weather whiplash.” [CNN]

Flood near Abbottsford, 2009 (Murray Foubister, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Germany Suspends Approval For Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline” • Germany suspended its approval process for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which would double its reliance on Russian gas following growing geopolitical pressure to scrap the project. It is a big setback to Kremlin-backed Gazprom’s plans to extend Russian gas dominance. [The Guardian]

¶ “Delhi Smog: Schools And Colleges Shut As Pollution Worsens” • Authorities in Delhi shut all schools and colleges indefinitely amid the worsening air pollution. Construction work has been banned until 21 November, though with specific exceptions. Only five of the eleven coal-based power plants in the city have been allowed to operate. [BBC]

Smog in Delhi (Government of India)

¶ “ZeroAvia Announces Regional Jets Partnership” • ZeroAvia has announced a partnership for regional jets with hydrogen-electric propulsion systems with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jet Aviation. ZeroAvia will develop the powertrain technology and Mitsubishi will cover design, certification, and the support experience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India To Replace Thermal Power With Renewables Under Existing PPAs” • India’s Power Ministry issued revised guidelines for thermal generation companies to set up renewable power capacity, by themselves or through developers. The companies will supply the bundled power to the consumers under existing power purchase agreements. [PV Magazine]

Power plant (NTPC image)

¶ “First Nations Clean Energy Network Set Up To Deliver Cheap And Reliable Power To Indigenous Communities” • Australian First Nations groups, unions, industry bodies, and academics have launched a new network to build renewable energy projects for Indigenous communities to provide reliable power and end energy insecurity. [ABC]


¶ “Utility-Scale Solar Reaches LCOE Range Of 2.8¢ To 4.1¢ Per kWh In The USA (Record Low)” • Utility-scale solar has reached another record low in Levelized Cost of Energy, at 2.8¢/kWh to 4.1¢/kWh, according to Lazard’s latest LCOE report, version 15.0. Lazard found that renewables are increasingly outcompeting other forms of energy. [CleanTechnica]

Lazard’s LCOE chart (Lazard image)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Study Shows NC Third In Nation For Solar Energy Growth, Tenth In Renewable Energy Overall” • A nonprofit based in North Carolina released a study showing the state is among the top ten in renewable energy development. Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center analyzed renewable energy development in all states. [Carolina Coast Online]

¶ “EDPR Cuts Ribbon At Indiana Crossroads” • EDP Renewables North America and Northern Indiana Public Service Company celebrated the completion of the 302-MW Indiana Crossroads wind farm at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Commercial operations will start by the end of this year, generating power sufficient for 80,000 Indiana homes. [reNews]

Ribbon cutting ceremony (EDPR image)

¶ “America’s Largest Energy Customers Set A Bold Ambition To Achieve A 90% Carbon-Free US Electricity System By 2030 And Accelerate Clean Energy Globally” • The Clean Energy Buyers Alliance organizations announced a goal to have a 90% carbon-free US electricity system by 2030 and a global community of energy customers driving clean energy. [Business Wire]

¶ “$1.1 Billion Renewable Energy Project Touted For Caldwell County” • The Central Texas business corridor is growing yet again, with a massive $1 billion investment from a California company, Chem-Energy, to build two power plants in Caldwell County. The power plants will be solar facilities with and battery storage for energy. [San Antonio Express-News]

Solar farm (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Con Edison Expands Clean Energy Commitment On Path To Net-Zero Emissions” • Con Edison expanded its Clean Energy Commitment, reflecting its strategy to lead the nation in the transition to renewables, give customers more control over their energy use, and prepare the company’s energy-delivery system for the impacts of climate change. [PR Newswire]

¶ “$4 Billion Nuclear Power Plant Backed By Bill Gates And Warren Buffett Is Set For Construction In Wyoming” • Pending federal and local approval, TerraPower will build a $4 billion, 345-MW nuclear facility at the Naughton Power Plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming, about 130 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, the company announced. [USA Today]

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