October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Rather Than An Endlessly Reheated Nuclear Debate, Our Politicians Should Be Powered By The Evidence” • Rather than debating endlessly about nuclear power, Australian politicians could serve its people by taking a close look at a major report by the International Energy Agency. Renewable energy is easily the cheapest. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Pixabay, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “High-Res Maps Of Entire Polar Regions Provide Clues For Climate Researchers” • Four more years of high-resolution imagery show the polar regions in stunning detail, thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. The maps lead to understanding the full effects of what’s truly happening in a changing climate. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Lula Da Silva Will Return To Brazil’s Presidency In Stunning Comeback” • Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva was elected the next president of Brazil, in a stunning comeback following a tight run-off race. His victory heralds a political about-face for Latin America’s largest country, and environmentalists hope that it will make Brazil a climate leader. [CNN]

Forest on the Amazon (Nareeta Martin, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine War: Russia Halts Grain Deal After ‘Massive’ Black Sea Fleet Attack” • Russia says it is suspending its involvement in the internationally-brokered deal that allows Ukraine to export grain from Black Sea ports, after accusing Ukraine of a “massive” drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. It also accused the UK of blowing up gas pipelines last month. [BBC]

¶ “EU Cities Can Offer New Opportunities For Prosumers Of Renewable Energy” • A briefing by the European Environment Agency promoted that European cities can assist in Europe’s shift to a low-carbon future by utilizing urban centers to facilitate urban prosumption. This would offer opportunities for citizens to produce renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop system (City of Cape Canaveral Community Center)

¶ “Green Grid To Connect Asia” • Sun Cable, funded by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Twiggy Forrest, is building partnerships to develop the giant Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink). AAPL consists of up to 20 GW of solar and 42 GWh of energy storage on a 12,000-hectare site in the Northern Territory. This is the Asian Green Grid Network. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Singapore To Use Low-Carbon Hydrogen To Reach 2050 Net Zero Target” • Singapore announced that it intends to achieve a carbon-neutral status by 2050, and that it will use low-carbon hydrogen as a major component of its decarbonization. The country is especially vulnerable to the impact of a warming planet. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Singapore (Peter Nguyen, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Contributes Record 68.7% Of Power To Australia’s Main Grid For Brief Period” • Renewable energy hit a new record on Friday, briefly contributing over two-thirds of the power in Australia’s main grid. The Australian Energy Market Operator said the record was set at 12:30 pm, with 18,882 MW, from renewable sources. [The Guardian]

¶ “Galata Wind Receives EBRD Loan For Wind Projects” • In Turkey, Galata Wind signed an agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for loans for two onshore wind projects. The $45 million loan will be used to finance the up to 50 MW of extension projects at the Mersin and Sah windpower projects. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

¶ “Russians Shelling Nikopol District From Nuclear Power Plant Premises” • In Ukraine, the Russian invaders are shelling the Nikopol district of Dnipropetrovsk region from the territory of the Zaporizhia NPP, realizing that there will be no return fire. That’s according to the chief of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, Mykola Lukashuk. [menafn]

US:

¶ “USA’s First Vehicle-To-Grid Export Rate For Commercial Electric Vehicles” • A settlement agreement between PG&E and the Vehicle-Grid Integration Council, Electrify America LLC, and the California PUC is to establish the nation’s first “vehicle-to-grid” export compensation mechanism for its commercial EV charging customers. [CleanTechnica]

Electric school bus (Crenaissanceman, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “GM Suspends Advertising On Twitter” • General Motors has announced it was taking a break from advertising on Twitter. The move came as Tesla CEO Elon Musk finalized his purchase of the social media platform. Though GM has much ground to cover to achieve Tesla’s annual sales of EVs, the withdrawal may be a shot at Musk and Tesla as a competitor. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Michigan Utilities Say Inflation Reduction Act Will Lower Cost Of Transition To Renewable Energy” • The IRA may as well have been named the Emissions Reduction Act. Consumers Energy President Garrick Rochow praised its clean energy benefits in recent calls with investors. He said, “We see a lot of benefits in this new legislation.” [Michigan Radio]

Have a particularly gorgeous day.

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