November 3 Energy News

November 3, 2022


¶ “Solar Panels Should Be Donated To Ukraine ASAP” • One consistent target of Russia’s war in Ukraine has been Ukraine’s electricity facilities. Power plants, substations, and transformers have been destroyed. In the cold Ukrainian winter, people need electricity to be warm. Solar PVs may not be the perfect solution, but they can be put up fast. [CleanTechnica]

Solar power in Ukraine (Activ Solar, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Compostable Plastic’ Doesn’t Live Up To Its Environmental Claims. Here’s What You Can Focus On Instead” • A new study conducted in the UK found that 60% of products labeled as compostable do not fully break down in home compost. Unlike conventional plastics, these alternatives are largely unregulated, despite their advertised benefits. [CNN]


¶ “These Glaciers Are On Track To Disappear Within The Next 30 Years, New Report Shows” • Recently, researchers at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization found that glaciers in one-third of the planet’s most beautiful parks and protected areas are set to disappear by 2050 – even if global warming is slowed. [CNN]

Mt Kilimanjaro (Sergey Pesterev, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe Has Warmed Faster Than Any Other Region In The Past 30 Years” • The climate crisis is warming Europe faster than any other region, according to the latest State of the Climate in Europe report from the World Meteorological Organization. The temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average over the past 30 years. [CNN]

¶ “Sweden’s Plugin EV Share At 59.4%, Volvo XC40 Back To Strength” • October saw Sweden’s plugin electric vehicle share reach 59.4% of the auto market, up from 50.1% year on year. Full electrics alone took 35.5% share, from 22.9% YOY. Overall auto volume was 22,383 units, 12% up YOY, though still some 25% down on pre-2020 seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 (George Sargiannidis, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan’s TEPCO And Scotland’s Flotation Energy Eye Offshore Wind Prospects” • TEPCO Renewable Power, a subsidiary of Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Company, is teaming up with Flotation Energy to develop the offshore wind markets in Japan and Scotland. Flotation Energy has its headquarters in Edinburgh. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Acwa Power To Build 10-GW Wind Farm In Egypt” • Acwa Power signed an initial agreement to build a 10-GW wind farm in Egypt. It could be the world’s second-largest wind farm. Acwa, a Saudi utility, signed the preliminary agreement with Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority and the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company. [The National]

Wind turbines (Raimond Klavins, Unsplash)

¶ “Neoen To Use Wind And Big Battery In ‘First Of Its Kind’ Baseload Renewables Contract With BHP” • French renewable energy developer Neoen says it has signed a “baseload” contract with mining giant BHP to supply power to its huge Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia. The power will come from wind and battery storage. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Marinus Link Will Unlock The Tasmanian Renewables Jobs Of The Future” • Through Marinus Link, Battery of the Nation, and Green Hydrogen, Tasmanians stand to benefit from a pipeline of projects that will provide jobs and opportunity over the next decade and beyond. It is one of the greatest opportunities for jobs in Tasmania’s history. [Premier of Tasmania]

Gordon dam and lake (Tangerineduel, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Cut Off From Grid By Russian Shelling, Says Ukraine” • Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was disconnected from the country’s grid after Russian shelling destroyed its last remaining high-voltage power lines, according to officials. The power plant only has 15 days’ worth of fuel for emergency generators, Energoatom said. [MSN]


¶ “US To Deploy 550 GW Of New Renewables By 2030” • The American Clean Power Association projects that the US may deploy 550 GW of new renewable energy projects by 2030. Solar, wind, and energy storage capacity will help pave the way for the nation to cut economy-wide emissions by 40% below 2005 levels. The work will create 1 million jobs. [pv magazine USA]

Wind turbines (Quang Nguyen Vinh, Pexels)

¶ “America’s Largest Transit Bus Charging Station And Microgrid Opens In Maryland” • Montgomery County, Maryland, now has the largest transit bus charging station and microgrid in the US. It has the largest fleet of electric school buses in the nation and is planning for all 70 of the buses in its county transit system to be electric by 2026. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kentucky Emerges From Solar Energy Stealth Mode” • The state of Kentucky has been bumping around in the lower tier of states for installed PV capacity, but its solar energy wallflower days may be coming to an end. A new green hydrogen hub, one of the world’s largest indoor farms, and a giant water battery are all in the mix. [CleanTechnica]

Indoor farming in Kentucky (Courtesy of AppHarvest)

¶ “California’s Climate Crisis Is Intensifying Quickly And Taking A Heavy Toll On Residents, New Data Reveals” • California’s climate crisis is quickly intensifying, impacting every resident and “increasingly taking a toll on the health and well-being of its people and on its unique and diverse ecosystems,” data from the California EPA reveals. [CNN]

¶ “Burlington Electric Department Announces Partnership With Arc Industries” • The Burlington Electric Department announced a partnership with ARC Industries to pioneer ARC’s new, leading-edge wind turbine – The Orb – at Burlington International Airport in pursuit of Burlington’s goal of becoming a Net-Zero Energy City by 2030. [City of Burlington, VT]

Have an unpretentiously splendid day.

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