Archive for October 5th, 2022

October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2022


¶ “Election In Brazil Is A Fight For The Planet” • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been called “the world’s most dangerous climate denier.” He just lost a reelection bid, but since his opponent, leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, did not win by a majority, there will be a runoff election. The climate will be affected by the result. [CleanTechnica]

Brazilian forest (Mateus Campos Felipe, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Should We Pay Extra For Nuclear Power?” • As the governor of Virginia wants to switch support from renewables to nuclear power, it might be a good idea to revisit reports from last June. NextEra Energy, the biggest US investor in nuclear energy, made it clear that its cost analysis shows reasons to switch from nuclear to renewables. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “For Offshore Wind Hopes To Become Reality, Transmission Hurdles Must Be Cleared” • Amid news releases touting offshore wind’s megawatt targets and jobs, there’s been less attention on the challenge of bringing the electricity ashore and connecting it to a grid that was designed to bring power to the coast, not the other way around. [Virginia Mercury]

Offshore turbine installation (Dominion Energy image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Green Hydrogen Pipeline And Shipping Question” • To transition to a green hydrogen future, we need access to cheap renewable energy, clean water, and economical electrolyzers. These parts of the puzzle seem to be falling into place. Rethink Energy is tackling the question of how to transport this hydrogen and what it will cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Observations Confirm Model Predictions Of Sea-Level Change From Greenland Melt” • Rising sea levels from melting glaciers pose an increasing threat to coastal communities. An analysis of high-resolution satellite observations takes a major step forward in assessing this risk by confirming theoretical predictions and computational models. [CleanTechnica]

Sea level change (Los Alamos National Laboratory)


¶ “‘Unproven’ Small Nuclear Reactors Would Raise Australia’s Energy Costs And Delay Renewable Uptake” • The small nuclear reactors being advocated by the Coalition would raise electricity prices, slow the uptake of renewables and introduce new risks from nuclear waste, according to a report from the Australian Conservation Foundation. [The Guardian]

¶ “White House Launches Last Ditch Effort To Dissuade OPEC From Cutting Oil Production To Avoid A ‘Total Disaster’” • The Biden administration has launched a full-scale pressure campaign in a last-ditch effort to dissuade Middle Eastern allies from dramatically cutting oil production, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. [CNN]

Offshore oil rig ( Genghiskhanviet, public domain)

¶ “World’s Largest Storage-as-Transmission Project Announced by Fluence and TransnetBW” • Fluence Energy GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH, the transmission system operator in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, announced they would deploy the world’s largest battery-based energy storage-as-transmission project. [GlobeNewswire]

¶ “Australia Post’s Goal Is 100% Renewables By 2025” • Australia Post is aiming to source 100% renewable electricity by 2025 as part of a newly released “road map” to decarbonise and align itself with the Paris climate goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The government-run mail carrier will pursue rooftop solar generation and RECs.[Renew Economy]

Australia Post delivery EV (Kgbo, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Rolls-Royce Power Systems and The German Renewable Energy Expert SOWITEC Partner Over The Production of Green Hydrogen” • Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the renewable energy expert SOWITEC will partner for production of green hydrogen. They plan total electrolysis capacity of up to 500 MW by 2028. [Hydrogen Central]

¶ “RWE pledges €15 Billion German Green Drive” • RWE has pledged to accelerate its efforts to phase out coal power generation, boosting its investment in renewables to replace the fossil fuel. RWE said it is ready to end lignite-based electricity generation in 2030 and confirmed that it will “invest massively” in renewable energy. [reNews]

Wind turbines (RWE image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Won’t Help Climate Urgency, Says Renewables Chief” • Francesco La Camera, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said the world needs to accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels but building new nuclear capacity was not the right way to do it. He said new nuclear power plants will take too long to build. [Nikkei Asia]


¶ “NY Governor Hochul: Electrovaya To Establish Lithium-Ion Battery Gigafactory In Chautauqua County” • Governor Kathy Hochul announced Electrovaya, Inc, a producer of lithium-ion batteries for transportation and utility storage, has selected the Town of Ellicott in Chautauqua County, New York, as the site for its first US plant. [CleanTechnica]

Electrovaya battery energy storage system (Electrovaya image)

¶ “EVgo And Chase Open First Charging Station Of 50-Station Partnership” • EVgo and Chase announced that they opened the first of 50 fast charging stations at banking branches in the US. The first station opened in Carmel, Indiana, with 100-kW and 350-kW speeds. Chase is also looking to continue its on-site solar power growth. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Entergy Arkansas Announces 250-MW Solar Facility Near Osceola” • The Arkansas Public Service Commission approved the Entergy Arkansas Driver Solar Project. The 250-MW AC solar plant was developed by Lightsource bp. Its site is about 2,100 acres near Osceola in Mississippi County. Driver Solar will supply power to over 40,000 homes. [Entergy Newsroom]

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