Archive for November 1st, 2022

November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Industrial Agricultural Needs To Be Replaced By Agroecology – Soon” • The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 25% of all emissions. Agroecology is a method of farming with nature rather than against it, using ecological principles for agricultural systems. The method promotes diversity, resilience, circularity, social values, and cultural practices. [CleanTechnica]

Young plants (Elena Mozhvilo, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Russian Missiles Bombard Cities Across Ukraine, Hitting Power And Water Infrastructure” • Russia launched a barrage of missile strikes at Ukrainian cities as it ramped up its attacks on infrastructure facilities across the country. In Kyiv,  80% of the residents were left without water, and many lost electricity. Other cities had similar damage. [CNN]

¶ “Power And Water Hit As Grain Ships Call Russian Bluff” • Power and water supplies across Ukraine have been bombed, including the hydroelectric power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Also, twelve ships filled with grain left the country’s Black Sea ports despite Russia’s suspension of an agreement allowing exports to some of the most vulnerable countries. [BBC]

Dnieper Hydroelectric Station (A1, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Mullen Announces The I-GO – €12,111 Mini EV For Europe” • Mullen, an emerging EV maker in China, announced that it has secured exclusive sales, distribution, and branding rights to a new compact urban delivery electric vehicle. The vehicle is called the I-GO. It is fully EU-standard approved and certified for sale in select European markets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Parliament Moves To Mandate EVs By 2035” • The EU Parliament agreed to a set of rules that will see an increase in the number of recharging and alternative refueling stations for cars, trucks, trains, and planes. This is part of the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package” which plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% come 2030. [CleanTechnica]

EV recharging (Ed Harvey, Pexels)

¶ “Toyota Places Recycled EV Batteries On Grid” • JERA Co and Toyota created the world’s first large-capacity Sweep Energy Storage System using batteries from previously owned EVs. It is now connected to the consumer electrical power grid. They plan to store 100 MWh in grid batteries at JERA’s Yokkaichi Thermal Power Station. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kenya Eyes Renewable Energy Milestone With Blueprint” • Stakeholders in Kenya’s electricity sector have unveiled a new blueprint to enable it to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030. The announcement comes ahead of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. [The Standard]

Kenya (Thomas Bennie, Unsplash)

¶ “Warsaw, Seoul Ink Deal To Develop Nuclear Power Plant In Poland” • Seoul and Warsaw signed a deal to develop a nuclear power reactor in Poland, the two countries’ ministries have said. Poland’s ZE PAK and PGE will join with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power to assess building a 1400-MW nuclear reactor in the city of Patnow in central Poland. [WION]

US:

¶ “How Tucson, Arizona Is Facing Up To A 1,200-Year Drought” • Tucson is a desert city where barely 12 inches (30 cm) of rain falls in an average year. Over the past 15 years or so thousands of its residents have turned to rainwater harvesting. They joined the city’s drive to embrace the practice as part of its suite of water conservation initiatives. [BBC]

Blue front door in Tucson (Sean Benesh, Unsplash)

¶ “This City Paid $1.1 Million To Keep Faucets Running Through March As The Price Of Water Skyrockets In California” • Miles of uprooted almond trees lie dead on parched farms in Coalinga, in the intensifying drought, as new water restrictions force farmers to sacrifice their crops. Officials turned to the open market to buy the water the city needs. [CNN]

¶ “US Airports Are Switching To Electric Buses With Help From Federal Grants” • While we are waiting for electric airplanes and green aviation fuels to arrive, airports all across the United States are beginning to switch to electric buses to shuttle passengers from terminal to terminal and from parking lots to terminals and back. [CleanTechnica]

Electric buses (Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas Airport)

¶ “Existing Water Infrastructure Holds Key To Generating More US Hydropower” • A study at the US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory found great potential in all 50 states to produce clean conduit hydropower utilizing the existing infrastructure of pipelines and conduits. ORNL estimates that 1.41 GW of capacity could be added to grids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Partnership Creates Wisconsin’s First Commercial Facility To Create Biofuel For Trucks, Aircraft” • The state’s first commercial facility to convert dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel for vehicles broke ground in Wisconsin, thanks to a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Agra Energy, a California company. [Wisconsin Public Radio]

Farm in Wisconsin (Preston Bousley, Unsplash)

¶ “NextEra Says FPL’s Speedy Hurricane Ian Recovery Could Cost Customers $1.1 Billion” • Florida Power & Light achieved the company’s best-ever service restoration time in response to Hurricane Ian in September, though the effort may ultimately cost customers a collective $1.1 billion, company leaders said during a third-quarter earnings call. [Utility Dive]

¶ “PG&E Takes First Big Step To Keep Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Running” • PG&E took its first big step to keeping Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operating past 2025. The utility company sent a request to the NRC essentially asking how it should proceed with an application to extend the life of the nuclear plant. [San Luis Obispo Tribune]

Have a happily developing day.

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