November 27 Energy News

November 27, 2021


¶ “The Deceptive Charm Of Nuclear Power” • Green America is active by transitioning the US electricity mix away from its heavy emphasis on coal-fired and natural gas power. But all of that work will be wasted if we transition from fossil fuels to an equally dangerous source – nuclear power. Nuclear power is not a climate solution. [Colorado Daily]

Warning sign at Chernobyl (Ilja Nedilko, Unsplash)


¶ “Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro Software Updates Give 12-Mile Range Boost” • Owners of the 2019/2020 model year Audi e-tron 55 Quattro are getting an early holiday gift this year in the form of free software updates that boosts the car’s range … in the UK, anyway. The new software gives the car a full 12.4 miles of additional driving range. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rolls-Royce Sets Electric Airplane Speed Record” • After years of work on a battery-electric airplane Rolls-Royce Aerospace put Spirit of Innovation to its first extended flight in November, with a goal to exceed 300 mph (483 km/h). It hit 387.4 mph and set records for speed and rate of climb. RR sent the records data to the certifying authority. [CleanTechnica]

Spirit of Innovation (Courtesy of Rolls-Royce Aerospace)

¶ “XPeng Plans 50% Global Sales, Debuts G9 SUV In Guangzhou” • XPeng has announced its intention to become a serious global automobile company that gets half of its sales outside China. The company’s chairman said it would invest more in international markets, and expects to enter Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen Accepting Orders For Its ID.5 Coupe-Style SUV” • The Volkswagen ID.5 is basically an ID.4 with a stylish exterior. The company says it has only 12 mm less headroom for rear-seat passengers than the ID.4 but offers the kind of style buyers crave. In a press release, Volkswagen says customers can now place an order for an ID.5 online. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.5 (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Sustainable Marine To Deliver Atlantic Canada’s First Instream Tidal Energy In 2022” • Sustainable Marine is set to show that Nova Scotia can produce vast amounts of clean and predictable energy from its tidal streams, after completing construction of its substation at Grand Passage. It is due to be grid-connected early in 2022. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “China Adviser Says Energy Crisis Won’t Stall Climate Action” • China’s energy crisis won’t derail plans to make progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions in the next few years, a top researcher involved in drafting proposals said. The 2025 energy blueprint will be centered on prioritizing renewables and energy efficiency, he said. [JWN Energy]

Beijing (zhang kaiyv, Unsplash)

¶ “UAE To Invest In Renewable Energy Projects Of 3 GW In Turkey” • The United Arab Emirates’ sovereign investment fund ADQ signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Turkish Presidency Investment Office that includes 3 GW of renewable energy projects. One project getting funds will have 1 GW of solar power capacity. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Offshore Wind Farms Could Make Nova Scotia An ‘Energy-Exporting Region'” • Offshore wind is increasingly becoming part of a low-carbon future and, according to promoters in Halifax this week, Nova Scotia is an ideal location thanks to shallow seabed areas that can anchor offshore turbines and – of course – plenty of wind. [Yahoo News Canada]

Offshore wind farm (RhinoMind, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Endesa To Invest $3.4 Billion To Increase Renewable Energy Capacity” • Spanish electric utility company Endesa has updated its Energy Transition strategy for 2022-24, under which it plans to invest €3.1 billion ($3.4 billion) to increase its renewable energy capacity to 12.3 GW. Endesa plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. [Power Technology]


¶ “$1.4 Billion Approved For Zero-Emissions Vehicles In California” • California is the leading electric vehicle state in the US both for the total number of EVs and public EV chargers, so it’s no surprise that the California Energy Commission approved $1.4 billion in funding to support zero emissions vehicles and the supportive infrastructure. [CleanTechnica]

Zero-emissions school buses (California Energy Commission)

¶ “Biden Administration Calls For Hike In Federal Drilling Fees In Report That Largely Sidesteps Climate Issues” • The Interior Department released a review of oil and gas drilling on federal lands and oceans that recommends an increase in leasing fees. But it does not recommend one of President Biden’s election promises, a halt to drilling. [CNN]

¶ “Interior Department Approves Second Major Offshore Wind Project In US Federal Waters” • The Biden-Harris administration has a goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. As part of that, the Interior Department announced that it approved the construction and operations of the South Fork Wind project off Rhode Island. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Offshore wind turbines (Tho-Ge, Pixabay)

¶ “Fisker Secures Long-Term Battery Supply In CATL Deal” • Automotive design diva Henrik Fisker, who was best known for styling the BMW Z8 roadster, has been a big part of the EV and hybrid conversation for some time. Now, it looks as if he’s forged a deal with battery supplier CATL that will ensure he remains a big part of it for years to come. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Regenyx Confirms Transition To 100% Renewable Energy In Oregon Facility” • Circular recycling company Regenyx says it is using 100% renewable energy at its Oregon facility. The company is a joint venture of Agilyx Corp, a leader in recycling postuse plastics based in Oslo, and polystyrene producer AmSty, based in The Woodlands, Texas. [Recycling Today]

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