November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2021


¶ “New York Must Act On Clean Trucks” • The future of clean, zero-emission trucks is now in the hands of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The must decide whether to adopt the Advanced Clean Truck rule. We believe the answer is clear: It is imperative that the Department adopt the rule before the end of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Mack Trucks electric garbage truck (Mack Trucks image)

¶ “Entergy’s Big Bet On Renewables” • It doesn’t seem all that long ago when Entergy had grand plans for nuclear power. But the company is now all-in on renewable energy. The surprising thing is how fast renewables will grow. The company gets 1% of its energy from renewables now, but that figure will rise to 17% in three years and 33% in five. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bamboo Has Been Used For Thousands Of Years In Asia. Now, It Could Help Solve Construction’s Sustainability Problem” • Strong and flexible, bamboo grows fast. While soft and hard woods can take between 40 and 150 years to mature, bamboo is ready to harvest in as little as three years. When treated and engineered, it can last for decades. [CNN]

Bamboo growing (Eleonora Albasi, Unsplash)

¶ “The Crazy Dream Of A Flow Battery Electric Vehicle Is Not So Crazy Any More” • Researchers once dreamed of a flow battery to make an EV that could range as far and wide as a gasmobile. Talk about that died down a while back, but the US DOE has just bet $3 million on a new energy storage project that could turn the dream into reality. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Ingenious Living Bridges Of India” • The Indian state of Meghalaya gets so much rain that modern bridges would wash away, but the living bridges stand up to the torrents. Indigenous groups in north-east India have crafted intricate bridges from living fig trees for centuries. Now this ancient skill is making its way to European cities. [CNN]

Double living bridge (Arshiya Urveeja Bose, CC-BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Deforestation In The Amazon Increased By 33% In First Ten Months Of 2021, Analysis Shows” • The rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 33% in the first ten months of 2021, compared to the first ten months of 2020, according to an analysis published by the Institute for Man and the Environment of the Amazon. [CNN]

¶ “Plugin Vehicles Have 23% Of New Car Sales In France” • In France, plugin car sales grew in October, with registrations ending at 27,109 units, divided between 15,582 battery EVs and 11,527 plug-in hybrid EVs. The former jumped 55% year over year, while the latter were up 13%. The overall market was down 31% compared to October 2020 [CleanTechnica]

Renault ZOE (Grey Geezer, placed into the public domain)

¶ “30% Plugin Vehicle Share In German Auto Market!” • The German plugin vehicle market scored over 54,000 registrations last month, a 12% improvement year over year. This is an impressive performance considering the overall market crashed 35%. As a result, last month’s plugin share ended at 30%, with 17% of all sales battery EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa And RES Grow Canadian Partnership With 100-MW Turbine Order” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed its first project with Renewable Energy Systems in Canada for the 100-MW Hilda wind project in Alberta. Siemens Gamesa will supply 20 SG 5.0-145 turbines, sufficient to power about 50,000 homes. [North American Windpower]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbines

¶ “Global Net-Zero Goals Need 85-140 TWh Of Storage” • To enable power grids to become carbon net-zero, between 85 and 140 TWh of long duration energy storage of more than eight hours can be deployed globally, according to a report prepared by the Long Duration Energy Storage Council in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. [reNews]


¶ “$2.6 Billion Committed To New Solar Projects in Texas, California” • Intersect Power announced it has closed eight separate deals, representing a total of $2.6 billion in financing commitments for construction and operation of six late-stage solar energy projects with 2.2 GW of generating capacity in California and Texas. [Power Magazine]

Wind farm in California (Niranjan Arminius, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Tesla And Buc-Ee’s Plans For Superchargers Span 26 Stores In Seven States” • The best way to describe Buc-Ee’s may be as a gas station on steroids with BBQ, fudge, and shopping. Now Buc-Ee’s and Tesla have an agreement to install Superchargers at 26 stores in seven states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Adaptive Headlights Coming To US Within Two Years” • The infrastructure bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President includes an amendment to Section 108 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard “to allow for the use on vehicles of adaptive driving beam headlamp systems.” The change will take effect within two years. [CleanTechnica]

Adaptive headlights (Image courtesy of Porsche)

¶ “Entergy Louisiana Signs 350-MW Solar Project Portfolio with DE Shaw Renewable” • DE Shaw Renewable Investments, a US renewable energy producer, has signed three renewable energy off-take agreements with Entergy Louisiana LLC. They are to begin supplying solar energy to ELL and its Louisiana customers in 2024. [T&D World]

¶ “Nuclear Regulators Uphold Violations At Georgia Reactors” • Nuclear power regulators affirmed that the NRC will be giving greater scrutiny to two nuclear reactors under construction at Georgia Power Co’s Plant Vogtle after a special inspection found electrical cables were not properly separated. There were 600 instances of failure reported. [The Middletown Press]

Have an intriguingly gorgeous day.

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