Archive for November 12th, 2022

November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2022


¶ “Large Scale Solar Roofs Getting The Respect They Deserve” • The notion of distributed renewables is starting to gain currency at the highest levels. It may be cheaper to build large solar arrays, but they need power lines. When you run all the numbers, there can be significant economic advantages to producing solar power close to where it will be used. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array over parking (Courtesy of the French Senate)

¶ “Can Africa Power With Renewables As It Grows?” • Africa has 60% of the world’s best solar resources and a potential for wind to meet its electricity demand 250 times over. But half of those who live in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to electricity. The question is whether they can skip fossil fuel development and go straight to solar and wind. [DW]


¶ “Biden Says US Is Back As A Leader On Fighting Climate Change As He Urges All Nations To Step Up Their Ambitions” • President Joe Biden used a short visit to the UN climate change summit in Egypt to tell the world the US was ready to take back its leadership role on fighting a warming planet after the passage of one of the president’s key priorities. [CNN]

Sign of the climate (Kelly Sikkemak, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Africa Pursues Green Hydrogen For Fossil-Free Economic Growth” • Fossil fuels have been getting high prices, but their age is ending. Green hydrogen is an alternative energy source getting ready for the market. The new hydrogen hotspot is Africa, where two massive, integrated green hydrogen and ammonia projects are taking shape. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model Y Dominated European Car Sales In September” • Automotive market intelligence company JATO posted the results of the September 2022 car sales data for Europe. The data show that in September the Tesla Model Y topped the sales chart for all cars for the first time since it was launched in Europe in August of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Alexander Migl, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Fusion Fuel And Ballard Power Commission H2Évora Green Hydrogen Plant” • Fusion Fuel has announced it has completed the interconnection of its H2Évora plant to the Portuguese electric grid and has successfully commissioned the facility. The demonstration project will produce 15 tons of green hydrogen per year. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Egypt And Norway To Build 100-MW Green Hydrogen Plant” • President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s President, and Jonas Gahr Støre, the Norwegian Prime Minister, launched the first phase of a green hydrogen project in Egypt’s Ain Sokhna region, on the Red Sea. Norway’s energy giant, Scatec, will also take part in the project. [Energy Digital Magazine]

Ain Sokhna (Kaŕeem Saleh, Unsplash)

¶ “Billionaire Gautam Adani Lands In The Middle Of India-China Fight In Sri Lanka” • Pooneryn is an impoverished area in northern Sri Lanka, not far from India’s southern tip. It’s where Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest man, plans to build renewable power plants, thrusting him into the heart of an international political clash. []

¶ “German Parliament Extends The Use Of Three Nuclear Power Plants Until April In View Of The Gas Crisis” • Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, approved keeping three of the country’s nuclear power plants in operation at least until mid-April to guarantee electricity supply in the midst of the energy crisis. [MSN]

Emsland nuclear plant (Corradox, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Over 11 Years, Close To 9 Million People Sign Drive Against N-Power” • An anti-nuclear petition drive that began 11 and a half years ago has an impressive 8,831,163 signatures, with the most recent delivered to the economy ministry on November 11. One of the campaign founders, Journalist Satoshi Kamata, said now it is reaching out to other groups. [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ “Florida Picks Up After Nicole Kills At Least 5 And Leaves ‘Unprecedented’ Damage To Daytona-Area Coastline” • As Nicole moved north, Floridians are picking up the pieces. It killed at least five people and ripped apart buildings with its dangerous storm surge and powerful winds. Many were still recovering from Hurricane Ian when Nicole hit. [CNN]

Flooding after Hurricane Ian (US CBP, public domain)

¶ “Vermont Officials Poised To Review Renewable Energy Policy” • Advocates of net metering want Vermont to consider raising compensation for solar producers. In contrast to this, utilities say the current compensation rates are not sustainable. The Vermont Department of Public Service is about to embark on a review of net metering. [WCAX]

¶ “First Global Estimates For Road Transportation GHG Leveraging AI And Satellite Images” • Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have leveraged artificial intelligence and machine learning to produce accurate estimates for road transportation emissions of the top 500 emitting cities worldwide. [CleanTechnica]

Using AI to track emissions (JHU Applied Physics Laboratory)

¶ “City Of Columbia To Study Feasibility Of 100% Renewable Energy Production By 2030” • City staff in Columbia, Missouri, are starting to explore the possibility of sourcing the city’s energy production from 100% renewable sources. An ardent community push for this started about six months ago with a demonstration at city hall. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

¶ “Biden Administration Proposes Climate Change Reporting Requirement for Federal Contractors” • To address and mitigate climate risks, the Biden administration is proposing a rule requiring government contractors to publish their greenhouse gas emissions and reduction goals as well as financial risks from climate change. [ExecutiveGov]

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