December 3 Energy News

December 3, 2021


¶ “Tough Politics Around Oil And Gas Are Preventing Joe Biden From Being A Climate Hero” • Both environmentalists and the oil industry are slamming Interior Department report on federal oil and gas leasing released last week, but for different reasons. The report didn’t stress climate change, but it said oil and gas should pay more for leases on public lands. [CNN]

Oil leak in Philadelphia (James Lewis, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar – 3% Of US Electricity In 2020, 5% Next Year, And 20% In 2050?” • A report by the US Energy Information Administration sees solar jumping from 3% in 2019 to 5% in 2022. Then it takes until 2050 to get to 20%. Historically, the EIA has been okay at short-term forecasting, excellent at looking backwards, but horrible on the long term. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Magic Math Of Solar Plus Storage” • “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” seems to be the perfect description for the magic math for storage plus solar. The effective load-carrying capability (ELCC) of solar with storage is actually higher than the ELCC of solar plus the ELCC of storage. But it’s not magic – it’s the way the numbers add up. [CleanTechnica]

Solar farm (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Landmark Demonstration Shows How Common Wind Turbine Can Provide Fundamental Grid Stability” • A milestone demonstration by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and partner General Electric showed that the popular type-3 turbine technology can supply fundamental stability to the bulk power grid. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scientists Are Mapping Fungi To Combat Climate Change” • The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks, with scientists from six countries, is mapping underground networks of fungi to protect them from the threats of the climate crisis and improve their carbon-sink ability. It may be the first time such an effort has been undertaken. [NowThis News]

Winecap stropharia (Ann F Berger, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Fossil Fuel Plant Outages Pose Main Threat To Summer Power Supply As Renewables Bolster Grid” • The addition of almost 5 GW of renewable energy capacity will improve the resilience of Australia’s main electricity grid this summer, with outages from fossil fuel plants the main threat to supplies, the Australian Energy Market Operator says. [The Guardian]

¶ “Shell Scraps Plans To Develop Cambo North Sea Oilfield” • Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had scrapped plans to develop the Cambo oilfield in the British North Sea. The oilfield had become a lightning rod for climate activists seeking to halt the development of new oil and gas resources. But Shell cited economic reasons to stop development. [CNN]

Oil platform in the North Sea (Richard Child, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “GE Hitachi Nuclear to build small reactor in Canada” • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, an alliance between General Electric Co and Japan’s Hitachi Ltd will build a small modular nuclear reactor with Ontario Power Generation, the Canadian utility said. OPG will deploy the SMR at its site in Darlington. It expects to complete around 2028, the company said. [Reuters]

¶ “Mutenga Bamboo Introduces A New Range Of Bamboo Toothpicks, Pens, And Briquettes For Cooking And Heating In Zimbabwe” • Based in Nzvimbo Village, Mazowe, Zimbabwe, Rowen Meda’s Mutenga Bamboo uses bamboo, which matures much faster than indigenous trees, to make charcoal for cooking, heating, and curing tobacco. [CleanTechnica]

Bamboo (Clement Souchet, Unsplash)


¶ “It’s December And It Hasn’t Snowed In Denver Yet. That’s Never Been Recorded” • Denver just broke a record for the latest date for a first snowfall that has held since snowfall records began in 1882. In all that time, Denver has never entered December without measurable snow. It’s been 224 days since it snowed a measurable amount in Denver. [CNN]

¶ “Data-Informed Analysis Reveals Energy Impacts Of Shared Micromobility” • Results of an NREL study show that shared micromobility (bikes, ebikes, scoooters, etc) can reduce energy consumption for passenger travel by 1% at the national level and 2.6% in cities. Those small percentages could save 2.3 billion gallons of gasoline per year. [CleanTechnica]

Scooter (Okai Vehicles, Unsplash)

¶ “Condo Association Bans Owners From Parking EVs In The Garage” • CleanTechnica received an interesting tip from a reader who is the owner of a condo in Keystone, Colorado. Their condo association at Keystone Resort informed them that EVs are not allowed to be parked or charged in their garage. She forwarded the email. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nordex Secures 300-MW Texas Job” • Nordex Group has secured a deal to supply 67 turbines for the 300-MW El Sauz onshore wind farm in Texas. The 4.5-MW turbines are due to be installed in summer 2022, with the agreement also including a premium service contract for the machines covering a period of five years, Nordex said. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Nordex image)

¶ “Microsoft, Schneider Electric, And LG Solar USA Come Together For The Footprint Project” • The Footprint Project formed to help residents of Louisiana after Hurricane Ida. It announced it is partnering with Microsoft and Schneider Electric to deploy cloud-connected mobile microgrids to communities affected by climate disasters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NRC Accepts Application For Kairos Pebble-Bed Reactor Construction Permit” • The NRC will review Kairos Power’s construction permit application for its Hermes non-power demonstration reactor. The firm proposed to build it at the East Tennessee Technology Park Heritage Center site, in Oak Ridge, and begin operating by 2026. [Power Magazine]

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