November 8 Energy News

November 8, 2022


¶ “The World Needs India To Avert Climate Catastrophe. Can Modi Deliver?” • In the past, India has defended its use of planet-warming fossil fuels in the name of development – a stance that has seen it criticized at international climate talks. By 2030, Modi wants half of India’s energy to come from renewables. But it is still building coal-fired generating plants. [CNN]

Solar plant in India (Thomas Lloyd Group, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How This School In The Indian Desert Stays Cool Even In Extreme Heat” • The Indian desert town of Jaisalmer is called “The Golden City” for yellow sandstone architecture. It can get to 120°F (49°C) in the heat of summer, but the buildings provide cooling without using energy. New York architect Diana Kellogg used that tradition for a girls’ school. [CNN]


¶ “This Has Quickly Become The Key Issue At COP27 – And The Most Difficult To Resolve” • Some countries are fighting for a so-called “loss and damage” fund. The concept is that countries that have contributed the most to climate change with their planet-warming emissions should pay poorer countries to recover from the resulting disasters. [CNN]

Village of Telly, Mali (Ferdinand Reus, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Billionaires Emit A Million Times More Greenhouse Gases Than The Average Person, Study Finds” • A report published by the British-founded charity Oxfam found that the wealthiest individuals’ investments account for up to 70% of their emissions. Their carbon emissions are more than a million times higher than those of an average person. [CNN]

¶ “VikingBus Orders 31 Mercedes-Benz ECitaro Buses As Long-Distance Runners In Denmark” • Vikingbus, a Danish bus company, has ordered 31 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro all-electric vehicles. These are to be primarily operated in the municipality of Køge, a port city located south of Copenhagen in the east of the island of Sjӕlland. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro (Courtesy of Daimler Truck)

¶ “UK BEV Volume Up YOY Despite Tesla’s Mid-Quarter Restocking” • The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take 21.5% share in October, with growing year on year volumes. October market volume was still at the lowest seasonal level since 2010. BMW’s full electrics led the category in October, with Tesla in shipping mode. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Asia Pacific Corporate PPA Demand To Hit 7 GW” • In the Asia Pacific region, corporations are set to contract a record 7 GW of renewable capacity in 2022, an 80% increase on 2021, according to analysis from Wood Mackenzie. Corporate renewable power purchase agreements are becoming increasingly attractive as prices have come down. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Rabih Shasha, Unsplash)

¶ “Commerz Real And Hydro Rein Are To Buy A Danish Solar Portfolio” • Commerz Real and Hydro Rein are to buy a 362-MW solar portfolio in Denmark from developer GreenGo Energy. They include a 170-MW project located on Denmark’s west coast and another project in the south of the country. Commissioning is scheduled for 2026. [reNews]

¶ “World Must Double Renewable Power Targets To Achieve Net Zero: IRENA” • The world needs to double its renewable power targets for 2030 to achieve net zero emissions, the International Renewable Energy Agency said. Countries aim to reach 5.4 TW of installed renewable capacity by the end of the decade, about half of the 10.8 TW required. [The National]

Solar panels (Mariana Proença, Unsplash)

¶ “Microsoft Agrees To Purchase Wind Power From Alberta Project” • Microsoft will buy 543 GWh worth of energy a year from an Alberta wind power project in a recently announced deal. The energy will be from the Paintearth Wind Project, which began construction in September. It is expected to be finished by the end of 2023. [Calgary Herald]

¶ “France Electricity Prices Surge Past €1,000/MWh As More Nuclear Reactors Close For Winter” • Wholesale electricity prices in France for the middle of winter surged above €1,000/MWh ($1.00/kWh, wholesale), after EDF revealed more problems, and more outages at its reactors. EDF is the operator of the world’s biggest nuclear fleet. [Renew Economy]

Nuclear power plant (Frédéric Paulussen, Unsplash)


¶ “Florida’s East Coast Is Under A Hurricane Watch As The State Grapples With Hurricane Ian’s Devastation” • A rare November hurricane could batter Florida’s east coast this week as residents try to recover from Hurricane Ian. Subtropical Storm Nicole is nearing the state over waters that are warmer than normal, which will allow the storm to strengthen. [CNN]

¶ “South Dakota Cures The Renewable Energy Blues” • The political knives are still out when the topic turns to climate change, but it looks like the energy transition is going to happen anyway. A case in point is the “red” state of South Dakota, which has now amassed enough renewable energy to fulfill its own electricity needs, and then some. [CleanTechnica]

South Dakota wind energy resources (Courtesy of US DOE)

¶ “Ohio State To Develop New Bus Technology Testing Center With $26.5 Million Federal Investment” • Ohio State University will establish and operate a testing center to support deployment of zero-emission and low-emission buses, supported by a $26.5 million investment from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minnesota Power Plans For More Renewable Energy Over Next 15 Years” • A Duluth-based utility, Minnesota Power, said it will add up to 700 MW of renewable energy – 400 MW of wind and 300 MW of solar. This is a big increase over the 300 MW of solar and wind it proposed when it announced its plan almost two years ago. [Duluth News Tribune]

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