November 9 Energy News

November 9, 2022


¶ “Former NBA Champion Is Changing ‘How The World Builds’ To Fight The Climate Crisis” • In 2019, a hurricane devastated the Bahamas. Today, the country is building what it claims to be the world’s first carbon-negative housing community to reduce the likelihood of future climate disasters and to ease the shortage of homes caused by the storm. [CNN]

Partanna home prototype (Partanna image)

¶ “Egypt Faces An Acute Water Crisis, But It’s Building A ‘Green River’ In The Desert” • On the easternmost outskirts of Cairo, the Egyptian government is building a giant belt of lakes and parks in the desert. Creators call it the “Green River” and say that the ornamental ribbon is to go through Egypt’s new, ultra-modern metropolis: its New Administrative Capital. [CNN]

¶ “Once A Comfort, Rain Is Now Ruining Australia’s Mood” • The city of Sydney has seen around 170 days of rain so far in 2022. There have been more rainy days than dry ones. And with almost a quarter of the year still to go, Sydney broke its annual rainfall record last month. More than 2.3 meters (90 inches) of rain has fallen on the city. [BBC]

Flood in Western Sydney (Wes Warren, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Kenya Is Turning To Genetically Modified Crops To Help With Drought” • Kenya is facing a severe water shortage caused by four failed rainy seasons in a row, amid one of the harshest droughts the East African region has seen in four decades. Kenya has reversed a ban on genetically modifiedd crops so drought resistant maize can be planted. [BBC]

¶ “Electric Bus Boom: Northern Ireland Buying 100 Electric Buses” • The UK’s Department for Infrastructure is providing £88 million in funding to Translink to buy 100 zero-emission electric buses as well as EV charging infrastructure to support them. The buses are to be used in Northern Ireland. They will be built by Wrightbus. [CleanTechnica]

Northern Ireland (Wrightbus image)

¶ “Wiener Linien Orders 60 Mercedes-Benz ECitaro Buses For Vienna” • The Wiener Linien transport company has ordered 60 Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses to run in Vienna. This purchase will help the Austrian city reduce its local emissions with low-floor buses that produce zero emissions. Deliveries will start next year and run through 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France To Reap $31 Billion Windfall From Renewable Energy Firms” • France will reap €30.9 billion from renewable-power producers over two years as the energy crisis boosts wholesale prices. Onshore wind producers will be the biggest contributor to the government’s coffers over the two years through 2023, with revenues of €21.7 billion. [Energy Voice]

Solar farm, northeast of Gien (Supplied by TotalEnergies)

¶ “World Bank Group Announces Major Initiative To Electrify Sub-Saharan Africa With Distributed Renewable Energy” • The World Bank Group announced an initiative to accelerate the pace of electrification in Africa to achieve universal access by 2030. To accomplish this, it will promote private investment in distributed renewable energy systems. [Mirage News]

¶ “These Two Energy Giants Are Joining Forces To Ramp Up Renewable Power” • Global sustainable energy giants Hitachi Energy and Equinor today announced that they have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. They’re going to join forces on global electrification, renewable power generation, and low-carbon initiatives. [Electrek]

Solar panels (Mariana Proença, Unsplash)

¶ “Finnish Offshore Wind Pipeline Nudges 14 GW” • Finland’s offshore wind pipeline has almost reach 14 GW, according to the Finnish Wind Power Association’s half-yearly report. At present, 13 offshore wind projects with a total output of almost 13,500 MW are planned. Over 3,200 MW more offshore wind power is under development than in the spring. [reNews]


¶ “Average US Construction Costs Drop For Solar, Rise For Wind And Natural Gas Generators” • Construction costs for solar PVs continued to fall in the US in 2020; the capacity-weighted average fell 8% compared with 2019, the latest data shows. By contrast, construction costs for both wind turbines and natural gas-fired generators increased. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Ford Is #2 Electric Vehicle Seller In USA” • Tesla has been dominating US electric vehicle sales for years, though other automakers are getting more serious. Ford has risen quickly from No Man’s Land to become the second best seller of EV in the country. In October 2022, sales of Ford’s EVs were 119.8% higher than in October 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lucid Sues Texas Over Direct Sales Ban” • Lucid Group has filed suit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin division) claiming that the state’s rules on auto dealerships are a form “economic protectionism,” according to Bloomberg. Tesla has been embroiled in similar legal skirmishes in several states. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid EV (Lucid image)

¶ “US Renewable Growth Puts Them On Par With Nuclear” • The Energy Information Agency released its annual figures for how the US generated electrical power during 2021. Wind, which only started outproducing hydro three years ago, has developed a commanding lead. And solar has gone from a rounding error to 4% of annual production. [Ars Technica]

¶ “Vestas Picks Up 300-MW US Order” • Vestas has received a 300-MW order from Apex Clean Energy to power the Goose Creek Wind project in Illinois. The order consists of 50 V162-6.2 MW turbines delivered in 6.0-MW operating mode. The order includes supply, delivery, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 10-year service agreement. [reNews]

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