December 14 Energy News

December 14, 2021

Opinion and Interview: 

¶ “Who Will Pay For The Damage Caused By Climate Change?” • Damaged buildings and job losses aren’t the only victims of extreme weather events caused by climate change. From Fiji to Barbuda, entire cultures are at stake. But the final COP26 climate pact made no reference to climate finance to address the rising costs of their losses and damages. [BBC]

Kwajalein (Vance Berisford, Unsplash)

¶ “Voices Of 100%: Moab Anchors Utah Community Renewable Energy Program” • To preserve its unique natural environment and the regional economy, Utah cities created a pathway to 100% renewable power by 2030. For this podcast, host John Farrell talks with Moab Sustainability Director Mila Dunbar-Irwin and City Council Member Kalen Jones. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Antarctic Glacier Heading For Dramatic Change” • Scientists warn of dramatic changes at one of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers, potentially within five to ten years. They say a floating section at the front of Thwaites Glacier that had been relatively stable could “shatter like a car windscreen.” Thwaites is as big as Florida. Its outflow has doubled in the past 30 years. [BBC]

Thwaites Glacier (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “Ever Heard Of Synchroinverters? Grid-Stabilizing Devices Connecting Renewables To Distributed Energy Resources” • A Synchroinverter is a smart inverter that mimics a synchronous generator and can respond to grid demand changes extremely quickly. Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the US DOE announced support for some developers. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Cargo Ships Reclaim Wind Power With High Tech Rigid Sails” • The modern shipping industry is taking steps to be powered by the wind again, though with a high tech twist. Last week the French startup Zéphyr & Borée got validation for a container ship decked out with eight rigid sails engineered by the firm Computed Wing Sails. [CleanTechnica]

Ship powered by rigid sails (Computed Wing Sail image)

¶ “Release by Scatec to provide reliable and affordable clean power in Central Africa” • Release by Scatec entered into a lease agreement with Eneo, an electricity company in Cameroon, for two hybrid solar and storage plants totaling 36 MW solar and 20 MW, 19 MWh of storage. The first power is expected to be on by year end 2021. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Ayana Renewable Power Commissions 150 MW Of Solar In India” • Ayana Renewable Power commissioned part of its 300 MW solar project in Bikaner, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. With the addition, Ayana Renewable Power surpassed 1 GW of operational capacity. Its total management and developmental portfolio stands at 2.94 GW. [PV Magazine]

Solar array (Ayana Renewable Power image)

¶ “Renewables Become ‘Indispensable’ Part Of Egypt’s National Electricity Mix” • New and Renewable energy has become an indispensable part of the capacity of Egypt’s national electricity network, especially after the unprecedented boom that Egypt had in the implementation of projects to generate electricity from renewable energy. [Egypt Today]

¶ “French, German Ministers Say Nuclear Power A Difficult Subject” • The French and German finance ministers, during the first visit of new German Finance Minister Christian Lindner to Paris, said talks about the role of nuclear energy in European power markets will be difficult, even if they agreed on most of the other issues. [Reuters]

Cruas nuclear power plant (Yelkrokoyade, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Atmospheric River Is Forecast To Deliver Up To A Foot Of Rain And Feet Of Snow To California” • An atmospheric river – a plume of moisture that streams in off the Pacific Ocean and brings extreme rains – is unleashing flooding rainfall of up to a foot and several feet of snow in some areas. San Francisco has had over 2 inches of rain. [CNN]

¶ “US Businesses To Lose A Collective 3.1 Million Days Of Operation From Flooding In 2022” • As climate change increases sea level, fuels more extreme rainfall, and powers hurricanes, American businesses are set to collectively lose millions of days of operation in coming years due to flood-related damages, according to a report. [CNN]

Nuisance flooding (B137, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Plugin Vehicle Market Share Reaches Record 5.6% In USA, Tesla Dominates” • According to Atlas EV Hub, plugin vehicles hit a record 5.6% share of the automotive market in September, their greatest share of the market ever. Tesla Model 3 sales have been booming, while Model Y sales have been consistently strong and stable for several quarters. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Plan To Add 500,000 Electric Car Chargers Is Light On Details” • VP Kamala Harris announced that the administration is planning to add a half million EV chargers from sea to shining sea. Harris offered few details about the program, but she said many of those chargers would be designated for underserved and rural communities. [CleanTechnica]

EV charger (Sophie Jonas, Unsplash)

¶ “High Tech Recycling Mashup In The Works For US Military” • The DOD could be the world’s biggest institutional contributor to the global waste stream, but a change may be in the works. Earlier this year, the DOD launched a high tech recycling R&D program to mine its own trash for resources to sustain military operations in hostile environments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Energy Firms Push States For Carbon Markets To Spur Renewable Fuel Growth” • US energy companies are pressing states to speed development of low-carbon fuel markets similar to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. They warn that numerous proposed projects to make renewable natural gas and other biofuels may fizzle. [Reuters]

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