February 27 Energy News

February 27, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “The Supreme Court is hearing a major case on EPA’s authority over planet-warming gases. Here’s what’s at stake” • The US Environmental Protection Agency is going before the Supreme Court in a case that could deal a significant blow to the federal government’s ability to fight the climate crisis and prevent its worst outcomes. [CNN]

Supreme Court building (Farragutful, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “IPCC Report: How Prepared Is Ireland For Inevitable Climate Shocks?” • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue its verdict on the scale of needed adaptation and resilience for climate change. In a major departure, it will identify the options needed to adapt to living with those consequences, not to stop those consequences happening. [The Irish Times]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Gas Cars Produce More Supply Chain Emissions Than EVs – Yale University Study” • EVs offer lower emissions on the road, but some skeptics criticize the mining, manufacturing, and charging practices. A study shows how minuscule the lifespan emissions of EVs are, especially when compared to those of fossil fuel vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Conventional car in race (Ian Gulinao, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Right-Hand-Drive Electric Vehicle Markets – Projections” • Although the current EV market appears to concentrate on the left-hand-drive markets of the USA, Europe, and China, a lot of earth’s citizens live in right-hand-drive markets. Here is a set of projections for the right-hand-drive EV markets, from Rethink Energy’s lead analyst, Peter White. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renault Driving On Hydrogen ICE With New Concept Car” • Renault knows how to amaze its public. It is famous for the most original and creative concept cars. Now Renault is looking at a hydrogen ICE (internal combustion engine) for a new concept car. This car has to be on the top of the list of most original surprises. [CleanTechnica]

Renault concept car

¶ “Serbian Companies To Have More Active Role On Electricity Market In The Coming Years – Conference” • Serbia provided a framework for financing renewable power plants and selling of their output by adopting a set of energy laws last year. Those buying the electricity can now use all the possibilities, panelists at a conference said. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “HCM City Hopes For Stronger Cooperation With US In Renewable Energy Development” • Ho Chi Minh City hopes to strengthen cooperation with partners in climate change response and renewable energy development, Secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen told US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. [Vietnam Plus]

Ho Chi Minh City (Lieu Cap, Unsplash)

¶ “415 Solar Power Systems Go Operational Across Iran” • Some 415 new solar systems with a total capacity of 2.4 MW have gone operational across Iran over the past two months, the spokesman of the country’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization announced. Many are used to provide for deprived households in rural areas. [Tehran Times]

¶ “Forrest Outlines Plans For $3 Billion Wind, Solar And Battery Hub In Queensland” • Iron ore billionaire Andrew Forrest has unveiled plans for a $3 billion wind, solar, and battery storage hub in central Queensland. He said the proposed project would create the biggest renewable energy precinct in the Southern Hemisphere. [Renew Economy]

Farm in Queensland (Carnaby Gilany, Unsplash)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Policy – Another Positive Step Towards India’s Energy Security” • The Government of India announced the first phase of its Green Hydrogen Policy as a step towards its National Hydrogen Mission. The mission’s goal is to help meet a climate target of five million metric tonnes per year of green hydrogen by 2030. [Power Technology]

¶ “Russian Military Threatens Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant” • The Russian military is threatening a nuclear power plant in Ukraine amid the ongoing invasion in the country. Russia’s military presence has increased near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine’s ministry of internal affairs has reported. [TheHill]

Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant (Ralf1969, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Tesla Is Closer To Delivering Its Giga Texas Model Ys” • Tesla is closer to delivering Model Y cars made at its Giga Texas factory, as EPA certification is expected soon. Tesla has produced several Model Y all-electric crossovers at Giga Texas, and the EPA told Teslarati that once it approves the Texas-made Model Y, Tesla will be able to begin deliveries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Best Electric Vehicle Of 2022 Is Tesla Model Y, Cars.Com Concludes” • Cars.com has named the Tesla Model Y the best EV in its “Best of 2022” awards. The car-buying marketplace stated, “As more automakers bet on an electric future, consumers are starting to pay attention to the once-outlying rogue tech of automotive.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Image courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Number-Two US Grid To Boom As Wind Trumps Solar To Oust Midwest Coal Power: S&P” • A wave of coal retirements and higher natural gas prices will drive over 73 GW of onshore wind and 13 GW of utility-scale solar build over the next decade for Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which manages the second-largest US electric power market. [Recharge News]

¶ “Renewable Energy Needs Storage – Here’s One Company Charging Up Solar Power” • The CEO of North Carolina-based POWERHOME Solar, a specialist in solar panels and batteries, talked with TAG24. Jayson Waller said his company hired 1,500 people during the pandemic, switched to more costly US-made solar panels, and increased sales. [TAG24.com]

Have a sustainably cheerful day.

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