November 6 Energy News

November 6, 2022


¶ “Will We Ever … Live In City-Sized Buildings?” • Enclosed cities have become a narrative shorthand for futuristic settlements in science fiction. Many are self-contained habitats, incorporating all essential infrastructure, including energy generation, food production, waste management and water. Some have already been proposed for construction. [BBC]

The Line, a proposed city 105 miles long (Neom image)

¶ “How Does Russia Keep Signing Nuclear Power Contracts?” • Russia’s ability to sign nuclear contracts in the midst of massive sanctions over its illegal invasion of Ukraine is a complicated story. The way nuclear fuel supply chains work means that all thirty countries with nuclear generation are to some extent exposed to Russian supplies. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Climate Activists Block Private Jet Runway At Schiphol Airport In Amsterdam” • Hundreds of Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion activists breached a runway Saturday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to try to stop private jets from taking off, in the latest demonstration by protesters aimed at drawing attention to the climate crisis. [CNN]

Schiphol Airport (Aron Marinelli, Unsplash)

¶ “As Countries Convene At Climate Summit In Egypt, Reports Show The World Is Wildly Off Track. Here’s What To Watch At COP27” • As global leaders converge in Egypt for the UN’s annual climate summit, researchers, advocates, and the UN itself warn the world is still wildly off-track on its goal to prevent the worst consequences of the climate crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Volvo Australia To Sell Only Electric Cars By 2026” • Volvo Group is one of the car-manufacturing brands that has made a commitment to switch to EVs by 2030. But in Volvo Australia announced it has decided to step it up a notch, by vowing to sell EVs only in Australia by 2026, well ahead of the car company’s global commitment. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 (Volvo image)

¶ “Enel To Build Rock-Based Storage System For Renewable Energy” • Enel, Italy’s biggest utility, and Israel’s Brenmiller Energy joined hands up to build a rock-based storage system in Tuscany to test new technologies to increase flexibility in the use of renewable energy. The system stores excess solar or wind energy as heat. [GreentechLead]

¶ “EU Cutting €11 Billion In Gas Costs Via Record Growth In Wind And Solar” • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has sent one very clear message to Europe: Ween yourself off dependence on Russian fossil gas, and gas in general. That led to record growth in wind and solar power this year. And analysis shows that has led to €11 billion in gas cost savings. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Sunak Claims Role As ‘Clean Energy Champion’ On Eve Of Cop27” • Rishi Sunak attempted an extraordinary volte-face on green policy on the eve of the Cop27 climate summit, saying he would attend to “galvanise” world leaders to save the planet. He had been criticised for saying he was too busy with domestic commitments to attend. [The Guardian]

¶ “We Must Take Action To Save Agriculture From Climate Change – Peasant Farmers Association” • The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana made a six-point proposal for immediate action by the Government given the impact of climate change on food security worldwide. The proposals may serve as a backdrop to Ghana’s presence at COP 27. [News Ghana]

Farm workers (Peasant Farmers image)

¶ “External Power Restored To Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant – IAEA” • External power has been restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant two days after it was cut off from the power grid, the UN nuclear watchdog said. Russian shelling had damaged high voltage lines, and the plant requires electricity to prevent overheating. [MSN]


¶ “Orders For Eviation Alice Electric Plane Pass $2 Billion” • On September 27, Eviation’s Alice electric plane conducted its first flight at Moses Lake Grant County International Airport, in Washington state. Now, Eviation Aircraft has announced that the order book for the all-electric Alice airplane has passed a total value of $2 billion. [CleanTechnica]

Alice (Image courtesy of Eviation/GlobalX)

¶ “Hacker-Craft Electric Boats To Use Electric Propulsion From Ingenity” • Two 100-year-old American companies, one building iconic mahogany speedboats, and the other making state-of-the-art electric drivetrains, are collaborating to deliver “the future of luxury boating.” Some Hacker-Craft Boats will be available with Ingenity Electric drivetrains. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canoo’s New EV Battery Module Manufacturing Facility In Oklahoma” • Canoo has announced a new EV battery module manufacturing facility in MidAmerica Industrial Park in Pryor, Oklahoma. Once it is fully operational, the new facility will be able to handle approximately 3200 MWh of battery module manufacturing capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Canoo facility (Canoo image)

¶ “Idahoans Testify Against Idaho Power Solar Study” • Based on a study it had done, Idaho Power is proposing cutting the export credit rate from 8¢ to 10¢/kWh to 2.8¢ to 4¢/kWh for people who have had solar panels installed after December 2019, Sierra Club analysis shows. A broad group of people spoke out against the study at an Idaho PUC meeting. [KTVB]

¶ “Some Climate Activists Aren’t Suing Over The Future – They Are Taking Aim At The Present” • Most climate lawsuits pitch climate change as a problem that has yet to unfold, but one lawsuit by young people is takes a new approach to try to force governments to reckon with climate change. They are suing over damage that has already been done. [Popular Science]

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