Archive for October 9th, 2022

October 9 Energy News

October 9, 2022


¶ “US Should Be More Transparent About Our Transportation Emissions – Our Health And Climate Depend On It” • The Biden administration has two weeks left to hear from Americans on a proposal that would require states, cities and towns to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result directly from highway activity. This is a critical step. [CleanTechnica]

Golden Gate Bridge in a fog (Chris Leipelt, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Grecell Portable Power Stations – CleanTechnica Review” • The team at Grecell sent CleanTechnica’s Derek Markham three of their portable power station models, ranging from 300 W to 2000 W, to test out and review, and after putting them all through their paces. He is happy to report that all of them performed as designed. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Earth System Grid Federation Launches Effort To Upgrade Climate Projection Data System” • The Earth System Grid Federation, a multi-agency initiative that gathers and distributes data for top-tier projections of the Earth’s climate, is preparing a series of upgrades to make using the data easier while improving how the information is curated. [CleanTechnica]

Simulated ocean conditions (LLNL and US DOE)


¶ “Government Plan For Price Cap Is Risky, Firms Warn” • The government of the UK is set to cap the price of electricity from older renewable and nuclear facilities. The plans could hit the profits of energy firms that say they are concerned that further price limits could upset the UK’s reputation for having a stable regulatory environment and deter investment. [BBC]

¶ “Australia Is Rushing To Exit Coal” • AGL, one of Australia’s largest coal-fired power station operators, is not having a good year. It has fought off a hostile takeover effort and had to swallow the bitter pill of a failed demerger. Now it is bowing to the inevitable, as it announces the early closure of its fossil fueled fleet. AGL will exit coal. [CleanTechnica]

Yallourn W Power Station (Marcus Wong, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Renewable Energy, Already ‘Booming’ In South Africa, Will Require Much More Investment” • South Africa’s energy crisis will require investment, both from the private and public sector, of an estimated R1.2 trillion ($66.65 billion) between now and 2030, according to investment banker Emrie Brown, the CEO of Rand Merchant Bank. [IOL]

¶ “John Swinney To Stress Scotland Will ‘Not Put Up With’ Nuclear Power To Make Up For UK ‘Failures’” • Deputy First Minister John Swinney is set to renew the Scottish Government’s opposition to new nuclear power stations being built north of the border. He will double down on his Government’s stance when he delivers his keynote speech to SNP. [The Herald]

Scottish windpower (W L Tarbert, public domain, cropped)

¶ “Ukraine Nuclear Plant Has Lost Final External Power Link, UN Watchdog Says” • Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the biggest in Europe, has lost its last remaining external power source as a result of renewed shelling and is now relying on emergency diesel generators, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. [PBS]


¶ “Exxon Illegally Fired Two Scientists Suspected Of Leaking Information To WSJ” • ExxonMobil has been ordered to reinstate two scientists who were fired after they were suspected of leaking information to The Wall Street Journal. A 2019 WSJ article said ExxonMobil might have inflated its production estimates and the value of assets in the Texas Permian Basin. [CNN]

Permian Basin pumpjacks (Zorin09, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Report Says Many Utilities Are Slow-Walking Clean Energy Goals” • A report released by the Sierra Club faults dozens of utilities that provide a major chunk of US electric generation for failing to speed up their decarbonization efforts. The report analyzed plans of 77 utilities that collectively supply about 40% of US electric generation. [Nebraska Examiner]

¶ “US Hurricane Rebuilding Rules Must Adapt To ‘Era Of Climate Change’: Expert” • A professor of environmental planning at the University of North Carolina, worked for several states following major hurricanes. He says current reconstruction standards are not up to the challenges of climate change, but correcting them will require real “political will.” [RFI]

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