March 22 Energy News

March 22, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Virginia Governor Tilting At Windmills, Releases Bogus RGGI ‘Report’” • Incoming Virginia Gov Youngkin in January tasked his Special Advisor and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler with producing an assessment of Virginia’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Somehow, the report lost about every good mention of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Pollution (Ella Ivanescu, Unsplash)

¶ “Reliance On Nuclear Power Is The Last Thing Japan Needs” • A nuclear power state of emergency issued by the government on the day of the March 11, 2011, Fukushima nuclear disaster has yet to be lifted. Eleven years on, the nation is still reeling from the catastrophic damage to TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ “Going Nuclear: Can Boris Johnson Really Ramp Up Nuclear Power?” • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is no stranger to eye-catching pledges and, in fairness, he occasionally achieves them. His latest media-friendly commitment for “big new bets” on nuclear is typical Johnsonian politics. It is brash and bold. It is also intentionally vague. [City AM]

Construction of new power station at Hinkley
Point, 2017 (Nick Chipchase, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Climate Change: ‘Madness’ To Turn To Fossil Fuels Because Of Ukraine War” • The UN Secretary General says the rush to use fossil fuels due to the war in Ukraine is “madness” and threatens climate targets. Antonio Guterres warns that these short-term measures to get fossil fuels to replace those from Russia might “close the window” on the Paris climate goals. [BBC]

¶ “Taiga Begins Deliveries Of Its Electric Snowmobile” • Taiga has electrified one of the most challenging vehicles in the off-road segment. The Taiga Nomad was the world’s first electric snowmobile to reach production, and the first examples have begun to reach customers, as the company continues to ramp up production. [CleanTechnica]

Taiga electric snowmobiles (Taiga image)

¶ “IEA Ten-Point Plan To Cut Demand For Oil By 2.7 Million Barrels A Day” • The International Energy Agency foresees an energy crunch ahead, especially for summer travel times. This is due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the disruption to energy supplies that results. The IEA has a ten-point plan to reduce energy demand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Revenge Of The Electric Truck Hydropower Scheme, Infinity Train Edition” • The idea behind the electric truck hydropower scheme is simple. Send an electric truck with a large container up to the top of a mountain, fill it with water from streams that are there, and send it down the mountain again. Fortescue is using the same idea for ore trains. [CleanTechnica]

Fortescue ore train (Fortescue image)

¶ “Crown Estate Invests In Welsh Tidal Demo Zone” • The Crown Estate to invest over £1 million in a Welsh tidal stream energy demonstration project site, located off the coast of Anglesey in north Wales. The Morlais tidal stream demonstration zone, being developed by Menter Mon, covers an area of 35 sq km in the Irish Sea. [reNews]

US:

¶ “Severe Storms And Reported Tornadoes Tear Through Texas As Storm System Heads East” • There were 17 tornado reports across Texas and Oklahoma, a CNN meteorologist said, and over 800,000 people were under a flash-flood warning in the Austin area. The line of severe weather struck as the state was already dealing with more than 170 wildfires. [CNN]

Austin, Texas (Carlos Alfonso, Unsplash)

¶ “Electricity Prices Are Up, But An EV Is Still Much Cheaper Than A Conventional Car” • Based on calculations, CNBC says while oil prices are likely to fall in the coming months as output is increased, “it’s unlikely that the price of electricity will rise enough to make EVs less affordable over their life cycles than internal combustion alternatives.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Begins Production Of Electric Cadillac Lyriq” • GM celebrated the production of its first Ultium-powered electric Cadillac Lyriq rolling off the assembly line. It also announced plans to reopen its order books in May after selling out the entirety of its first production run within minutes of the vehicle’s announcement last year. [CleanTechnica]

Cadillac Lyriq (Nissangeniss, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Deep Red Alabama Dives Headlong Into Green Energy” • Renewable energy can make strange bedfellows along the political divide, and the latest example is Alabama, which has been wandering in the doldrums of the green energy revolution while others leap ahead. Alabama is now poised to kick its solar output into high gear. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “AEP Brings 998-MW Traverse Wind Online In Oklahoma” • American Electric Power brought online the 998-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Oklahoma. The project has 365 2-MW GE turbines. It provides electricity to customers of AEP’s Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. [reNews]

Traverse wind farm (AEP image)

¶ “Sustainability Planners At ATL Draft Plan For 100% Renewable Energy By 2035” • Major efforts are underway to reduce carbon footprint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airport’s new sustainable management plan is a roadmap aimed at achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. [CBS46 News]

¶ “Governor Signs New Wyoming Nuclear Regulations Into Law” • Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed into law legislation to amend the state’s nuclear power and storage regulations. The law includes various provisions related to producing nuclear energy and storing nuclear waste. The state is anticipating construction of a TerraPower Natrium reactor. [Oil City News]

Have a simply splendid day.

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