November 25 Energy News

November 25, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Bright Future For Landfill Solar – Yes, Landfill Solar” • There are over 10,000 closed landfills in the US. A report from the RMI, The Future of Landfills Is Bright, estimates that 4,312 of these sites alone – those for which adequate data is available – could host at least 63 GW of solar capacity. That is enough to power about 7.8 million homes. [CleanTechnica]

Landfill solar (From ‘The Future of Landfills is Bright’)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why Cellular Agriculture Could Be The Future Of Farming” • Raising livestock contributes a significant proportion of the food industry’s climate emissions, but now scientists and a growing number of companies are hoping that growing meat from cell cultures in laboratories may offer a solution. They are working on everything from beef to fish. [BBC]

¶ “The Arctic Ocean Began Warming Decades Earlier Than Previously Thought, New Research Shows” • A study published in Science Advances found that the expansion of warm Atlantic Ocean water flowing into the Arctic has caused Arctic water temperature in the region studied to increase by around 2°C since 1900. [CNN]

Ship in the Arctic (Hubert Neufeld, Unsplash)

¶ “Big Batteries On Wheels Can Deliver Zero-Emissions Rail While Securing The Grid” • Diesel freight trains emit 35 million metric tons of CO₂ annually and produce air pollution that leads to $6.5 billion in health costs and an estimated 1,000 premature deaths each year. With the dramatic decline in battery prices, freight trains can be electrified. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Renewables To Drive Down Prices As Fossil-Fuel Generators Exit Australian Electricity Market” • Growth in renewable generating capacity and big batteries is expected to drive down household power bills in Australia’s National Electricity Market in the coming years even as several of Australia’s ageing fossil-fuel fired power stations close. [PV Magazine]

Solar farm (Tranex Solar image)

¶ “Government Announces £20 Million For Tidal Power Schemes” • Tidal energy will be backed by £20 million per year of Government investment as part of the shift away from fossil fuels. The UK’s Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said tidal power could be a key part of the “next generation of renewable electricity projects.” [Yahoo News UK]

¶ “SSE Renewables, Equinor Sign Power Purchase Agreements For Dogger Bank C” • SSE Renewables and Equinor, the joint venture partners co-developing the 3.6-GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm in the North Sea, have signed a 15-year offtake power purchase agreement for the third phase of the offshore wind farm. [North American Windpower]

GE Haliade-X wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Nuclear Energy Can’t Solve Global Warming, Will Strain Financial, Natural Resource” • Power and policy analyst Shankar Sharma said the IAEA’s “unsubstantiated advocacy” of nuclear power is associated with “diversion of considerable amounts of scarce resources, both financial as well as natural, of many developing countries, such as India.” [Counterview]

¶ “Gas Leak At Spanish Nuclear Power Plant Leaves One Dead And Three People In Hospital” • A gas leak at a Spanish nuclear power plant has left one person dead and three people in hospital, local emergency services said. The carbon dioxide leak happened at the Ascó nuclear power plant, which is around 80 miles west of Barcelona. [Daily Mail]

Ascó nuclear power plant (Willtron, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “White House Creates New Climate-Focused Division Within Office Of Science And Technology Policy” • Underscoring its commitment to tackling the climate crisis, the White House announced it has created a new climate-focused division within its Office of Science and Technology Policy and tapped Stanford professor Sally Benson to lead it. [CNN]

¶ “San Francisco Declares A Water Shortage Emergency And Urges Residents To Cut Usage” • California has had a rough year, suffering through high temperatures and low precipitation, both driven by the climate crisis. Because of this, San Francisco has declared a water shortage emergency and is calling for a 10% reduction across its regional system. [CNN]

Low water level at Lake Powell (Scotwriter21, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Federal Officials Green-Light Wind Farm Off Coast Of Rhode Island In Quest To Expand Renewable Energy” • Federal officials are green-lighting plans for a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast as the Biden administration aims to grow renewable energy capacity. The South Fork wind farm will provide enough power for 70,000 homes on Long Island. [CNN]

¶ “Utilities Seek OK From West Virginia Regulators For Five Solar Projects” • Mon Power and Potomac Edison have asked the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to approve five solar energy projects spread through the companies’ service territory in the state. Together, the facilities would generate 50 MW of renewable energy. [pv magazine USA]

West Virginia’s New River Bridge (dafacct, pixabay)

¶ “Coltura Poll: US Voters Support Full Transition To EVs By 2030” • In a national poll by Coltura, an environmental group focused on phasing out the use of gasoline, US voters said they support a full transition to EVs by 2030. The strong voter support reflects the concerns of the impacts of localized air pollution as well as the climate crisis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pilgrim Nuclear Plant May Release A Million Gallons Of Radioactive Water Into Bay. What We Know” • One of the options being considered by the decommissioning company working on the closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is to release around one million gallons of potentially radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay. [Cape Cod Times]

Have a joyously glad day.

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