November 15 Energy News

November 15, 2022


¶ “‘Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed’” • The CEO of ScottishPower has said, “We have a cost of living crisis, energy is being weaponised and the discourse is now around energy independence. And how do you solve energy independence? You invest in renewables, which can be controlled, and built at speed.” But the task is not straightforward. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Abby Anaday, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Deep Geothermal – One Renewable Energy Source To Rule Them All?” • Imagine a supply of steam at the right temperature and pressure to make turbines spin – steam heated without any carbon emissions by geothermal energy. Science fiction? Not according to Paul Woskov, a research engineer at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hydrogen House” Deploys Rooftop Solar Panels, But Don’t Call Them Solar Panels” • The idea of a house that can produce its own hydrogen has been tossed around for a while now. We might expect solar panels to be involved, but Belgian researchers mapped out a different pathway. Their panels generate hydrogen gas instead of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

House with rooftop H₂ panels (Courtesy of Solhyd)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.


¶ “War Causing Huge Release Of Climate Warming Gas, Claims Ukraine” • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a large amount of warming gases to be released into the atmosphere, Ukraine claimed at the UN COP27 climate summit in Egypt. The amount is the equivalent of adding nearly 16 million cars to the UK’s roads for two years. [BBC]

¶ “Biggest Rainforest Nations Form Triple Alliance To Save Jungle” • The world’s three largest rainforest nations, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, have launched a partnership to cooperate on forest preservation after a decade of on-off talks on a trilateral alliance. They will pressure the rich world to finance forest conservation. [CNN]

Macaws in a rain forest (Christina Victoria Craft, Unsplash)

¶ “Uganda’s President Slams ‘Western Double Standards’ Over Coal Mine Plans” • Uganda’s President Museveni slammed Western countries over what he calls a “reprehensible double standard” in their response to the energy crisis. He criticized prioritizing coal for energy security over the climate crisis, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [CNN]

¶ “As Rich Nations Haggle Over Climate Solutions, The Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Taking Matters Into Its Own Hands” • The Caribbean leaders, residents, and even utility companies say they are tired of waiting for world leaders to save them. Experts and residents tell CNN that the islands are now eagerly phasing out fossil fuels and building microgrids. [CNN]

Solar power (RMI image)

¶ “22% Of New Car Sales Now Electric In The Netherlands!” • The Dutch auto market is fast recovering from a slow first half of the year. It grew 20% in October, to almost 29,000 units. That could mean that the easing of the chip crisis is making itself noticed in the overall market. Pure electrics, which grew 12% YOY, took 22% of all new vehicle sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Vehicles Are Duty Free In Mauritius!” • Mauritius has one of the world’s most generous tax regimes. Personal and corporate tax are harmonized at a low 15%. Mauritius has now moved to extend its tax policies to include electric mobility. From the 1st of July 2022, all hybrid and electric vehicles are now duty-free in the country. [CleanTechnica]

Mauritius (Ritesh Innovador, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewables key part of solution to end coal” •A massive scale up of renewable energy generation, system-wide improvements in energy efficiency and incentives is needed to reduce coal emissions, says a new report from the International Energy Agency, “Coal in Net Zero Transitions: Strategies for Rapid, Secure and People-Centred Change.” [reNews]


¶ “NET Power Natural Gas Generating Plant Captures Its Own Emissions” • NET Power developed technology for generating electricity by burning natural gas that it says is cheaper than conventionally methods. But the real benefit of the technology is that it captures its own CO₂ emissions, which can then be sold or sequestered. [CleanTechnica]

NET Power demonstration facility (NET Power image)

¶ “Did Elon Musk Revive Hopes For A $25,000 Tesla?” • Tesla is working on a vehicle platform that could cost Tesla about half as much to build as its other vehicles, according to a statement by Musk in Tesla’s Q3 earnings call. This has many wondering if this could eventually become a rumored $25,000 car to which Tesla has referred in the past. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Avangrid Affirms Commitment To Commonwealth PPA” • In Massachusetts, Avangrid told authorities that it wants to keep a power purchase agreement for its 1200-MW Commonwealth project. Commonwealth had called for a one-month suspension of the approval process to address the impact of the current global economic conditions. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (Pixabay image)

¶ “Solar Array In Amherst Puts Renewable Energy On Electric Grid” • Over 15,000 panels have been put up and are now online in Amherst, Massachusetts, and they are generating enough to power the electricity of over half of the town’s municipal buildings. The project features a 4-MW system that spreads across the north landfill. [WWLP]

¶ “DOE Teaming With Utilities To Support Four Hydrogen Demo Projects At Nuclear Power Plants” • The US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and the Office of Nuclear Energy are teaming up with utilities to support four hydrogen demonstration projects that are to be built at nuclear power plants. [Green Car Congress]

Have a singularly pleasant day.

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