May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Can You Charge An Electric Car With A Regular Outlet? Hell Yes!” • Can you charge an electric car with a regular outlet? This is actually a very common question. Many people even skip past asking this question and assume the answer is “no.” And you don’t even need special hardware to do it, though having it makes charging faster. [CleanTechnica]

Charging our Tesla Model 3 SR+ on a regular electricity outlet

Science and Technology:

¶ “NREL: About Achieving A National-Scale 100% Renewable Electric Grid” • In the United States, with its recently announced federal emissions-reduction targets, a push for decarbonization of the national power sector, and plummeting wind and solar costs, the US is poised to deploy major amounts of renewables, and they will come fast. [India Education Diary]

World:

¶ “Tesla’s First Made-In-China Supercharger Is Now Open” • There’s been more progress for Tesla in China. It just turned on its first made-in-China Supercharger station in Shenzhen. The V3 station has nine stalls produced in China. Twitter user “Jay in Shanghai” also called May 20th a historic day for Tesla China and tweeted a series of images. [CleanTechnica]

Tweet from Jay in Shanghai

¶ “Indonesia’s PLN To Stop Building Coal Plants By 2023” • PLN, Indonesia’s state-owned electricity distributor, pledged to stop building coal plants by 2023 after finishing the 35 GW of projects it has in its pipeline. The company said it will “commit to only adding renewable energy” in the future and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. [Pinsent Masons]

¶ “OX2 Kicks Off Merkkikallio Build” • OX2 and Renewable Power Capital kicked off construction of the Merkkikallio wind farm in Finland. The 66-MW project in South Ostrobothnia, featuring GE 5.5-MW turbines, is due to be completed in 2022. Merkkikallio is the third of three wind farms OX2 and RPC agreed to build last year. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine construction (OX2 image)

¶ “WWF Assists Vietnam On Renewable Energy Development” • According to Mr Nguyen Thanh Trung, a representative of World Wildlife Fund in Vietnam, WWF Vietnam, Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Green Innovation and Development Center set up an alliance for a 100% renewable energy target. [SGGP English Edition]

¶ “Queensland’s First REZ Announced” • Queensland launched the Northern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone in Cairns, the state’s first REZ. Powerlink’s 132-kV transmission system running between Townsville and Cairns will be upgraded to 275-kV. It will also support the development of Neoen’s 157-MW Kaban Green Power Hub wind farm. [Energy Magazine]

Wind farm (Johanna Montoya, Unsplash)

¶ “Construction To Begin On Kidston Pumped Hydro” • Genex Power reached financial close on its $777 million Kidston Stage 2 pumped hydro energy storage project, so construction can begin. The project will be the first pumped hydro plant in Australia specifically built to support the integration of variable renewable energy generation. [Energy Magazine]

¶ “Wind Power Sets New Record In The UK” • UK wind energy set a record on 21 May meeting almost two-thirds of electricity demand, according to preliminary data from National Grid ESO. Between 2:00 am and 3:00 am on 21 May, wind power met 62.5% of UK demand at 16.3 GW, National Grid ESO said. The previous record was set in August 2020. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Alex Eckermann, Unsplash)

¶ “Pakistan’s Newest Nuclear Plant Boosts Grid By 1,100 MW” • Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the 1,100-MW Karachi Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2, or K-2, set up with support from with China. The ceremony was held simultaneously via video-link between the K-2 nuclear power plant in Karachi and Beijing. [The News International]

US:

¶ “President Joe Biden Orders Agencies To ID And Mitigate Climate Risks” • President Biden ordered federal agencies to prepare for risks to the American economy posed by climate change. Some effects of global warming are already being felt in the form of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and wildfires, but other effects are still hidden. [CleanTechnica]

Storm damage (Mick Haupt, Unsplash)

¶ “FritoLay’s Tesla Semi Megacharger Installation Will Charge Up To 100 Tesla Semis” • FritoLay is reportedly installing the first Tesla Semi “Megacharger” at its delivery center in Modesto, California. The charging stations are being installed as part of the current facility’s expansion and will service up to a hundred Tesla Semi trucks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning Gets 44,500+ Reservations In Under 48 Hours!” • Ford CEO Jim Farley has announced that Ford pulled in more than 44,500 reservations for the F-150 Lightning in fewer than 48 hours! I think that, by many standards, that’s a great achievement and an indication that the F-150 Lightning is doing exactly as it should. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford via screenshot)

¶ “Reports: Tesla Has Over 1 Million Cybertruck Reservations” • A crowdsourced reservation tracker shows that Tesla has a waitlist of over 1,000,000 Cybertruck orders, Drive Tesla Canada has reported. Wow! The article pointed out that reservations for the Cybertruck were being placed every two seconds during the weeks after its launch. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Luckless Lake Charles: Louisiana city battered by extreme weather – again” • Last week biblical rains again pounded Lake Charles, and residents could be forgiven for thinking they lived in the most unfortunate city in the US over the past 14 months. They had two hurricanes last summer, a long deep freeze last winter, and now a flood. [The Guardian]

Have an abundantly sufficient day.

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