Archive for May 2nd, 2021

May 2 Energy News

May 2, 2021


¶ “Why E-Fuels In Cars Make No Economic Or Environmental Sense” • With the review of the EU CO₂ emissions standards for cars and vans scheduled for June 2021, some are advocating CO₂ credits for advanced biofuels and synthetic fuels. Transport & Environment’s analysis shows why this is neither environmentally nor economically credible. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in Amsterdam (Jannes Glas, Unsplash)

¶ “Time For India To Cancel Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project” • France remains desperate to sell its highly troubled EPR nuclear reactors to India, even though projects at home and outside of France have had severe cost and time overruns and continue to face safety issues. Prime Minister Modi should remember that history repeats itself. [Media India Group]


¶ “When Silence Descended Over Victoria Falls” • In a drought described as the worst in a century, the flow of the Zambezi was reduced to a relative trickle and Victoria Falls ran dry. As one of the region’s biggest attractions for tourists, Victoria Falls is a valuable source of income for Zimbabwe and Zambia, but there has been a big drop in tourist numbers. [BBC]

Victoria Falls before it dried out (Datingjungle, Unsplash)

¶ “Over Two-Thirds Of Citizens Want Their Country’s Climate Target Raised” • Public opinion in the EU strongly supports more ambitious national climate targets, according to poll taken in 12 European countries. The poll for Transport & Environment reveals that 68% of respondents who gave opinions want their country’s climate targets increased. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Siblings And Wuling Mini EV Shine In Hot EV Market – Global EV Sales Report” • Plugin vehicle registrations were up an impressive 173% last month, to some 531,000 units. The Model 3 set a big new all-time monthly record for a single EV model, with close to 76,000 units delivered. The Wuling Mini EV was second, with nearly 40,000 sold. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Macaron (Image via Wikipedia)

¶ “Companies Begin Shift To Renewable Energy” • In the Philippines, more institutions and organizations are discovering how much better things can be when they use clean energy. Their increasing number is proof that not only is it the smart choice for the climate and the environment, it is also a wise business investment. [Manila Standard]

¶ “Study Seeks To Reinforce Renewable Energy In South Africa” • South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030 envisages the decommissioning of 35 GW of its 42 GW of coal-fired capacity and supplying at least 20 GW of the additional 29 GW needed by 2030 from renewables and natural gas. A study highlights the role of renewables. [Utilities Middle East]

Cooling towers for bungee jumping (Michael Schofield, Unsplash)

¶ “Victoria Makes Pledge To Halve Carbon Emissions By 2030” • Victoria aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and all government operations, including metro trains, schools and hospitals, will be powered by renewable energy by 2025. The government said it will cut greenhouse pollution by 28% to 33% from 2005 levels by 2025. [The Age]

¶ “Vietnam Could Lead Southeast Asia In Renewable Energy Development” • Vietnam will soon be Southeast Asia’s leader in renewable energy development, Germany’s Energiezukunft said in a recent article. It described the country’s energy transition as very impressive. Vietnam is experiencing a solar boom, with 11.6 GW installed last year. [VietnamPlus]

Ninh Bình, Vietnam (Ruslan Bardash, Unsplash)


¶ “Evergy To Shutter Kansas Coal Plant, Speed Transition To Renewable Energy” • Evergy, an electric utility in Missouri with about 600,000 customers, said it will retire its coal-fired power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023. Evergy filed an “integrated resource plan” showing it is adopting renewables with the Missouri Public Service Commission. [KTTN]

¶ “Louisiana To Develop A $700 Million Renewable Diesel Plant” • Louisiana Governor Edwards announced plans for a new $700 million renewable diesel refinery in Caldwell Parish. He, along with CEO Paul Schubert of Strategic Biofuels LLC, announced that the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Louisiana Green Fuels, will develop the plant. [CleanTechnica]

Governor Edwards (Courtesy of Governor John Bel Edwards)

¶ “Solar Power Brings Energy To Quad Cities International Airport” • Solar energy is coming to Quad Cities International Airport, which is in Rock Island County, Illinois, serving cities in Illinois and Iowa. Solar panels will be installed on the terminal roof and on a carport structure over nearly 200 spots in the short-term lot. [OurQuadCities]

¶ “North County’s New Kid On The Energy Block: Three-City Community Choice Program Launches Saturday” • A new community choice energy program encompassing three cities north of San Diego begins enrolling the first of about 58,000 customers on May 1, offering an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric for electricity. [Del Mar Times]

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