November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “UK-Led COP Aviation Declaration Too Weak To Clean Up Flying” • The UK-led international climate ambition declaration for aviation is too weak to reduce flying’s climate impact, says Transport & Environment. In relying on the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation, the signatories make the same mistakes as earlier efforts. [CleanTechnica]

Future United Airlines electric airplane (United Airlines image)

¶ “Ride In A Century-Old Detroit Electric Car Warped My Mind” • Recently I had the exquisite pleasure of getting a ride in an original 1913 Detroit Electric car built by the Anderson Electric Car Company. On several levels it was a surprising experience. In fact, I really had a hard time projecting what I was perceiving as being part of reality. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “COP26: The Truth Behind The New Climate Change Denial” • As world leaders met at COP26 to debate how to tackle climate change, misleading claims and falsehoods about the climate spiralled on social media. Scientists say climate change denial is now more likely to focus on the causes and effects of warming, or how to tackle it, than to outright deny it exists. [BBC]

Sun with a very large sunspot (NASA image)

¶ “Europe Was Already Facing A Winter Gas Crisis. The Risks Just Got Even Bigger” • When Germany announced this week that it had suspended certification of a controversial new Russian gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, the response in energy markets was immediate. European natural gas futures finished up almost 18% on Tuesday and rose again on Wednesday. [CNN]

¶ “India’s Fossil Fuel Giants Announce Renewable Energy Partnership ” • India’s largest oil refining company and thermal power generation company have announced a partnership to develop renewable energy assets. Reportedly, NTPC will develop renewable energy generation and energy storage applications for Indian Oil Corporation. [CleanTechnica]

Telangana II solar plant (Thomas Lloyd Group, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “India Enhances Solar Module Manufacturing Incentive To $3 Billion” • India’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, recently told media outlets his government has enhanced the production linked incentive package for manufacturing solar modules. Initially, the incentive package was worth $600 million. They just raised that to $3 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind Energy Ireland Strives For A Reduction In Energy Prices” • Wind Energy Ireland, the representative body for Irish windpower, called for the reduction of renewable energy prices and overall electricity bills for ratepayers in Ireland. The leader of the organisation said that Ireland has some of the world’s best resources but high energy costs. [Energy Digital]

Irish wind farm (RTG, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Orion Collaboration Will Achieve Net-Zero CO₂ Emissions” • Orion Minerals’ Prieska Power Reserve™ is aimed at generating electrical energy from renewable sources and storing this energy as green hydrogen and ammonia on a long-term basis. The project intends to be energy independent, as it supplies energy for mining zinc and copper. [Mining Review Africa]

US:

¶ “Fires In The Sierra Nevada Likely To Grow In Frequency” • Research from the University of California, Irvine says that by 2040, as humans continue to change the climate, fire-conducive heat waves will become so common that the number of blazes throughout the Sierra stands to increase about 50%. The study appears in the journal Science Advances. [UCI News]

Burnt forest (Brian Bell, UCI)

¶ “Microgrids Powered By Renewables Will Generate 500,000 Jobs And $72 Billion In GDP Growth By 2030” • Microgrids are a solution for resilience, for both the climate and the economy. A Guidehouse Insights report says that every $1 million invested in renewable energy microgrids will create $500,000 in economic benefits and 3.4 skilled jobs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Navy, KIUC, AES, And NREL Innovate And Collaborate For Resilience And Cost-Effective Clean Energy Project On Kauai” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory partnered with the US Navy to complete a groundbreaking project at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on the west side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. [CleanTechnica]

Pacific Missile Range Facility (US Navy image)

¶ “Massachusetts Could Have An All-Renewable Energy Future, But Challenges Remain” • If wind, solar, and geothermal energy maintain the growth rates they have shown over a decade, those three sources alone could meet the nation’s electricity demand by 2035, Environment Massachusetts said in a report. But more must be done to maintain those rates. [WBUR]

¶ “Solar Developers Commission Maryland PV” • Solar energy developers One Energy Renewables, CleanChoiceEnergy, and Standard Solar have completed four of a nine-project pipeline of projects in Maryland totaling 24 MW in capacity. The portfolio is projected to benefit over 5,000 Maryland households through community solar subscriptions. [reNews]

Solar panels from below (Asia Chang, Unsplash)

¶ “Maine Voters Reject Renewable Energy Transmission” • The Citizens of Maine voted to pass Maine Question 1 in Tuesday’s election. It called for the revocation of approvals previously issued by Maine regulators for a proposed $1 billion power line called the New England Clean Air Connect. Doing so, they made the energy transition harder in several states. [Forbes]

¶ “America’s Nuclear Power Sector Is Getting $6 Billion Bailout” • After failing to grow for years, the US nuclear industry is finally radiating positivity: fine print of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that just became law has $6 billion in grants for struggling reactors. The sudden enrichment is because nuclear is back in vogue for “low carbon emissions.” [Nasdaq]

Have an admirably great day.

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