November 24 Energy News

November 24, 2021


¶ “Will Russia Ever Leave Fossil Fuels Behind?” • In Russia, oil and gas provided 39% of the federal budget revenue and made up 60% of Russian exports in 2019. The share of all fossil fuel rents (the price of fossil fuels minus the cost of producing them) amounted to 14% of GDP that year. The country is very aware of the climate crisis, but will that help? [BBC]

Kremlin (Michael Parulava, Unsplash)

¶ “In Midst Of Climate Crisis, Focus On Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Not Elon Musk’s Wealth From Shares Of Transformative Companies” • I’ve seen lots of vehement Twitter posts regarding Elon Musk, Tesla, subsidies, and a government loan that Tesla repaid American taxpayers with interest. The real target should be on the fossil fuel industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Deception Continues As Companies Hide Behind Fake Environmental Promises” • Companies run zero emissions ad campaigns that arose from public pressure to reject the fossil fuel industry. But behind the scenes, those same companies continue to maintain the same long-standing relationships that perpetuate carbon-emitting practices. [CleanTechnica]

Nodding donkeys (NASA, open source)


¶ “16% Plugin Vehicle Share In Chinese Auto Market!” • Plugin vehicles are getting to be all the rage in China, having scored 325,000 registrations in October, up 113% year over year. That’s an especially impressive performance when we consider that the overall market was down 5%. And it pulls the year-to-date tally to over to 2.3 million units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “British People Are More Concerned Than Ever About Climate, Ahead Of Covid And Brexit, Poll Shows” • People in the UK think that climate change, pollution and the environment are together the most important issues they face, well ahead of the pandemic, the impacts of Brexit, and the country’s troubled National Health Service, a poll from Ipsos MORI shows. [CNN]

Cottage in Plymtree, Devon (Derek Harper, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Egyptian Green Hydrogen Project Awards Contract” • Scatec and its partners, OCI NV, Fertiglobe, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt, and Orascom Construction have selected Plug Power as the electrolyser technology provider for a 100-MW green hydrogen facility in Egypt. The electrolyser is expected to be the world’s largest when it comes online. [reNews]

¶ “Power Producers Had To Pay To Send Electricity Into South Australia Grid” • Big plants in SA had to pay to operate when the state “became the first gigawatt scale grid in the world to reach zero operational demand when the combined output of rooftop solar and other small non-scheduled generators exceeded all the local customer load requirements.” [CleanTechnica]

Wattle Point wind farm (ScottDavis, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “PLN To Offer 1.2 GW Of New And Renewable Energy Projects” • Indonesian electricity company PLN will tender 21 new and renewable projects for the 2021-2022 procurement period. The energy minister said the projects are estimated to have a total generating capacity of 1.2 GW and are part of a procurement plan for 2021-2030. [The Jakarta Post]

¶ “The Silent Strength Of Indigenous Renewable Energy Micro-Grids” • For the first time since the 1970s, silence descended on the tiny, isolated village of Old Crow in Canada’s Arctic in August. The incessant drone of a diesel generator was silenced for the first time in decades as the nation brought its micro-grid online, powered by solar energy. [Yahoo News Canada]

Old Crow, Yukon (Murray Dewing, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “RWE Building 117-MW Battery Storage System In Germany” • RWE is building one of the largest battery storage systems in Germany, with a capacity of 117 MW. Set to be installed in Lower Saxony, the project will provide new services including grid stability to support fluctuations in energy supply in addition to simple energy storage. [Energy Live News]


¶ “Biden Announces Release Of Oil Reserves, But Says Gas Prices Will Not Drop Overnight” • President Joe Biden announced the release of emergency oil reserves to combat high energy prices, though it will take weeks to affect the price, he said. The DOE will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the White House said. [CNN]

Tank farm at McMurdo Station, Antarctica (NOAA image)

¶ “White Households In US Emit Most Carbon Despite Greater Energy Efficiency” • Researchers from McGill University and the University of Michigan found that even though energy-efficient homes are more often found in white neighborhoods, carbon emissions from these neighborhoods are higher than in African American neighborhoods. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Leeward Secures Financing For 145-MW Panorama” • Leeward Renewable Energy has closed construction financing and secured tax equity commitments for its 145-MW Panorama wind farm in Colorado. The Panorama wind project’s construction has already commenced, and it is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022. [reNews]

Wind farm (Leeward image)

¶ “Utilities And Financial Investors Are Investing In Renewables, Especially Hydrogen, Like Never Before” • Ernst & Young released a report detailing transactions in power and utilities for Q3 2021. It shows that utilities are putting significant financial support behind their environmental, social, and governance initiatives. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “US Hits Davis-Besse Nuclear Plant In Ohio With 5 Safety Violations” • The NRC has released of a 65-page report outlining more problems at Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ottawa County, Ohio. Its contents were described as “deeply disturbing” by one of America’s most high-profile nuclear watchdogs. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

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