November 21 Energy News

November 21, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Revisiting Elon Musk’s 2018 Predictions On Tesla’s Market Cap” • Remember the compensation plan that Tesla unveiled back in 2018? At the time, the New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical in corporate history,” and its “experts” called “laughably impossible. It was based on the company being worth $1 trillion by 2028. [CleanTechnica] (Heh!)

Tesla (Michael Förtsch, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Petrol Rations After Canada Storm” • British Columbia is rationing petrol over fuel shortage fears after a major storm cut off road and rail links. The province issued travel restrictions and rations on petrol, just days after declaring a state of emergency. Canadian Armed Forces personnel are moving in to help with recovery efforts in the region. [BBC]

¶ “How Morocco Went Big On Solar Energy” • Morocco has a huge natural potential to produce solar, wind, and hydropower, and has taken significant steps to realize it. Morocco’s action on climate change dates back to the mid-2000s, when the country decided to become a regional leader in clean energy and to push forward massive renewables projects. [BBC]

Noor III Solar Tower (Marc Lacoste, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “China’s Installed Capacity Of Renewable Energy Reaches One Billion Kilowatts: NEA” • At the end of October, China’s installed capacity for renewable energy reached one billion kW, according to the country’s National Energy Administration. It said that 43.5% of China’s total installed generating capacity is now renewably powered. [Global Times]
(Please note that the numbers in this article don’t add up.)

¶ “Tasmania Is Pursuing 200% Renewable Energy, But Not Everyone Is Sold On The Path To Get There” • An investment in a wind farm will help Tasmania reach the government’s target of generating 200% of the state’s energy with renewable resources by 2040 and supply energy to the mainland. Local anti-wind activists oppose the plan, however. [ABC]

Cape Grim wind farm (Ian Cochrane, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “Path To Net-Zero Emissions Runs Through US Buildings” • In support of the ambitious goal to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050, the DOE and the General Services Administration have issued a request for information to identify technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Senior Pentagon Official Warns The US Military Is ‘Not Ready’ For Climate Change” • A senior Pentagon official warned the US military is “not ready” to handle climate change, a security issue that touches nearly every aspect of planning at the Pentagon. It is not just about ice melting and seas rising. It is about trade routes, supply chains, and much more. [CNN]

No longer functional (Error 420, Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Romance With Rivian Cools As Bromance Heats Up With Volkswagen” • According to Automotive News, after Ford invested $1.2 billion in Rivian, the two have decided to end their development relationship and focus on their own EVs. Ford is keeping its shares in Rivian, but has signed a new deal with Volkswagen to develop an EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Macrogrid Study: Big Value In Connecting America’s Eastern And Western Power Grids” • In the US, the eastern grid has a generating capacity of 700,000 MW and the western has 250,000 MW. They have transmission lines to share 1,320 MW, which is not all that much. Better lines to share power would benefit both of them, a study says. [EurekAlert!]

Interconnections Seam Study (NREL image)

¶ “NASA Wants To Put A Nuclear Reactor On The Moon. Got Any Ideas?” • NASA wants to put a nuclear fission power plant on the Moon and is accepting proposals for an initial system design, according to reports. Solar power seems not to be sufficient for their needs, probably because they are looking at nuclear power as a step along the way to Mars. [The Federal]

¶ “$4 Billion Advanced Nuclear Power Demo Set At Wyoming Coal Plant Site” • TerraPower LLC’s demonstration of its Natrium advanced nuclear reactor in Wyoming is now projected to cost $4-billion. Earlier this year, it said the cost would be $1 billion. It said the reason for the increase was that demonstration projects cost more. [Engineering News-Record]

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