March 20 Energy News

March 20, 2022

Opinion and Interview: 

¶ “Could Russia’s Reckless Rampage Endanger Nuclear Power?” • Russia’s reckless rampage includes savage attacks on Ukrainian nuclear plants. Shelling the plants raises questions about Russia’s future role in the international energy picture. It also poses a dilemma about whether nuclear energy is safe in a world where a madman can unleash vengeance. [Forbes]

Rivne nuclear power plant (Tanya Dedyukhina, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “The Hydrogen Risks For Homeowners And Public Money” • The author talks with Paul Martin about the new Hydrogen Science Coalition, embrittlement of steel, and transmission leaks. Then they go to other leakage, especially in homes, the increased risks from hydrogen in buildings, shipping boil-off rate, global supply implications, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Odd Car Designs Are Lacking In Today’s Auto Industry” • Is it just me, or has all the fun been sucked out of the auto industry? In previous decades, the unique design of a car was something to be celebrated. It used to be that cars had fins, and chances were taken. Some models succeeded and some didn’t. Quirky and odd were qualities to be celebrated. [CleanTechnica]

Really? Toyota concept (Maximalfocus, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Expos Proliferate As Queensland Introduces An EV Subsidy” • Queensland has finally joined the southern Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia in offering a rebate for the purchase of an electric vehicle. The Queensland government is proposing a $3000 rebate for the purchase of vehicles under $58,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Model 3 And Model Y Top EV Sales In Germany In February” • In Germany, the overall new car market had its first signs of relief (+3% year over year), but that was due to strong sales of battery EVs (+55% YoY). There were 28,306 battery EV registrations for the month, a 14% share of the market. The rest of the market was down. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Cameron’s Decision To Cut ‘Green Crap’ Now Costs Each Household In England £150 A Year” • A study finds that ending onshore wind projects, solar subsidies, and schemes for energy efficiency has inflated bills. The decision by David Cameron’s government to ditch policies he called “green crap” will cost households £150 a year by fall. [The Guardian]

¶ “Anglo American To Build Huge Renewable Energy Plants” • Anglo and Électricité de France have agreed jointly to develop on-site and off-site solar and wind farms in South Africa with 3 GW to 5 GW of production capacity over the next decade, the companies said. The plan will bolster South Africa’s renewable electricity output greatly. [TechCentral]

Anglo American platinum mine (Anglo American image)

¶ “IAEA Director General Statement On Situation In Ukraine” • Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that Ukrainian engineers had repaired and reconnected one of three previously disconnected power lines linking the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant to the electricity grid, the IAEA’s Director General said. [International Atomic Energy Agency]

¶ “Russia’s Energy Clout Doesn’t Just Come From Oil And Gas – It’s Also A Key Nuclear Supplier” • As Western nations look for ways to reduce their reliance on Russian oil and gas, another aspect of the Ukraine crisis has received less attention: Most of the 32 countries that use nuclear power rely on Russia for some part of their nuclear fuel supply chain. [NDTV.com]

Yellow cake, processed uranium (US NRC image, public domain)

US:

¶ “Can Tesla Meet 2022 Goals For In-House Battery Production?” • In late 2020, Musk announced that Tesla aimed to halve the costs of the most expensive part of an EV by producing its own batteries. With a smaller number of Tesla’s 4680 lithium-ion batteries, the car gets longer range. But Tesla faces a lot of work ramping up its battery factory. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RI Plans To Buy More Offshore Wind Power To Help Meet Goal Of 100% Renewable Energy” • Governor Dan McKee is moving ahead with a plan to ramp up Rhode Island’s supply of power from offshore wind farms that would be developed off the coast of Southern New England. He asked for another 600 MW of offshore wind energy. [The Providence Journal]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Big-Box Stores Could Reduce Emissions And Save Millions By Putting Solar Panels On Roofs” • As the US attempts to wean itself off its heavy reliance on fossil fuels and shift to cleaner energy sources, many experts are eyeing a promising solution: your neighborhood big-box stores and shopping malls. But the solution could be used much more. [KESQ]

¶ “Drought Deepens In West, Flooding Ebbs” • There’s no relief in sight for the West’s record-shattering drought, which will likely keep deepening this spring, NOAA said. But central and eastern states should be mostly spared from significant flooding. Spring is likely to be hotter than normal in most states and drier in much of the West. [KSL News]

Have a completely auspicious day.

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