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Green Energy #23

  • Dissecting BP’s conversion
  • Australia’s green recovery
  • Lighting up Africa
  • Assessing battery storage
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Bloomberg

Chevron’s Answer to Climate Change Is to Keep Drilling for Oil

Speaking to the Texas Oil & Gas Association in July, Chevron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth assured his audience that the global clamor for clean energy “doesn’t mean the end of oil and gas.” On the contrary, Wirth said, the energy business is simply undergoing another of its natural transitions. “We’ll find ways to make oil and gas more efficient, more environmentally benign,” he said. “And it will be a part of the mix, just as biomass and coal are still enormous parts of the mix today.”

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World Bank

Lighting Up Africa: Bringing Renewable, Off-Grid Energy to Communities

ACCRA – Adwoa Adezawa lives on the Cape Coast of Ghana near the Elmina fishing port on the Atlantic coast. Her husband is a fisherman, and each day he must travel farther to find fish. However, the most difficult part of their life as a family, she said, has been the complete absence of electricity. Until recently, her entire community lived without power.

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MIT

Assessing the value of battery energy storage in future power grids

In the transition to a decarbonized electric power system, variable renewable energy (VRE) resources such as wind and solar photovoltaics play a vital role due to their availability, scalability, and affordability. However, the degree to which VRE resources can be successfully deployed to decarbonize the electric power system hinges on the future availability and cost of energy storage technologies.

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The Conversation

Climate explained: why does geothermal electricity count as renewable?

Geothermal electricity produces emissions but is categorised with wind and solar power as a renewable source of power. Why? Can we reduce the emissions geothermal plants produce?

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Guardian

‘A story of hope’: how the Covid downturn could help Australia rebuild from its black summer

As a bushfire raged through north-east Victoria late last year, leaving destroyed houses and blackened bushland in its wake, Cudgewa man Joshua Collings, his partner Kate and their young son Tully joined a convoy of cars snaking their way down the mountain.

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IndiaSpend

How Large-Scale Solar Could Create More Problems Than It Solves

Chennai: From just over 11 megawatt (MW) of solar in 2010, India had installed 35.1 gigawatt (GW) of solar power as of June 2020, scaling up its solar capacity by over 3,000 times in less than a decade. Riding on political support, business interest, as well as positive public opinion, large-scale solar projects have come to be viewed as the silver bullet to India’s energy demands while mitigating carbon emissions.

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The Conversation

Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land

Huge clean energy projects, such as the Asian Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara, Western Australia, are set to produce gigawatts of electricity over vast expanses of land in the near future.

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Indian Express

RK Singh: ‘We believe we have to switch over to renewables … we will not only meet our commitment, we will exceed it’

It was only in April that we had a major dip (in power demand). But, I can tell you this: from what I have seen, I think our demand is going to gallop, says RK Singh.

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CNN

Does BP’s conversion signal the end of Big Oil?

The plunge in oil demand caused by the pandemic won’t fix the climate crisis. But it could force the oil industry to accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels as executives try to carve out a future in clean energy.

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The Diplomat

How Green Is South Korea’s Green New Deal?

Like many of Seoul’s previous environmental plans, corporate interests seem to be overshadowing those of the environment.

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