March 24 Energy News

March 24, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Eliminating The UK’s Reliance On Russian Oil” • Almost a fifth of the diesel oil and 5% of the jet fuel used in the UK comes from Russia. This oil helps fund Putin’s war in Ukraine. There is now a moral and energy security imperative to stop Russian imports as quickly as possible. A briefing paper sets out steps as to how this can be done. [CleanTechnica]

Protesting the war (Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona, Unsplash)

¶ “A Dereliction Of Fuel Duty: Europe’s €9 Billion Gift To Putin And The Rich” • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has pushed fuel prices to recent highs. To appease drivers at the pump, 14 of the 27 EU member states have reacted by cutting fuel taxes. While simple, this approach is expensive and helps fund Russia’s war on the Ukraine. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “We Can Get To 30% Electric Heavy-Duty Trucks By 2030 – Here’s How” • Zero-emission trucks hardly seemed viable not long ago, but now heavy-duty electric trucks, such as semis and delivery vans, are beginning to hit the roads and are poised to bring with them significant benefits for clean air, climate change, and fleet operators. [CleanTechnica]

Electric truck charging (Image courtesy of ABB)

World:

¶ “The Tesla Effect Is Happening In Germany” • The region of Brandenburg, Tesmanian noted, has been struggling with a job shortage. Tesla’s recent grand opening and its Phase 1 will help transform the area from one struggling with a job shortage into an economic powerhouse for Germany. That’s what might be called the “Tesla Effect.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Shell Is Offering Tesla & Other EV Subscriptions In Germany” • Shell oil company is offering Tesla and other EV subscriptions in Germany. Oil and gas companies need to evolve if they want to survive the eventual EV revolution, and Shell may be leading the way. This isn’t to say that Shell is 100% a good company, but it is making progress. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Renewable Power To Account For 20.6 GW Of Morocco’s Power Capacity By 2035” • GlobalData has issued its latest report on renewable energy in Morocco. The country is focusing on attracting international companies and easing financing to get to its target of 52% of power installed capacity being renewable energy by 2030. [Power Technology]

¶ “Eden Scoped For $10 Billion Floating Offshore Windfarm” • The Southeast of New South Wales is expected to see an influx of more green energy projects over the next two decades. A floating offshore wind farm has been proposed to be built near Eden, at an estimated cost of A$10 billion, while a large-scale solar farm has been touted for Rock Flat, near Cooma. [ABC]

Wind turbine (Supplied by Saitec Offshore)

¶ “Russia Destroys Chernobyl Lab, Gaining ‘Highly Active Samples'” • The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management said the Russian military destroyed a laboratory near the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant that was working to improve the management of nuclear waste and contained “highly active samples.” [The Hill]

¶ “Johnson To Defy Cabinet Fears And Push For Onshore Wind Expansion” • Boris Johnson is expected to favor more onshore wind at next week’s energy strategy, despite lobbying by some cabinet ministers against relaxing planning laws. The cabinet has been split on windpower since officials drew up plans for a target of 30 GW by 2030. [The Guardian]

Wind farm at Lochgelly Loch (Alexnoel66, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Jamie Dimon To Joe Biden: We Need A ‘Marshall Plan’ For US And European Energy Security” • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon urged President Joe Biden in an off-the-record meeting this week to develop a “Marshall Plan” to fortify the energy security of the US and Europe, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. [CNN]

¶ “Mercedes Will Be Legally Responsible While Drive Pilot System Is Engaged” • Mercedes says its Drive Pilot system is the first Level 3 hands-free autonomous driving technology available on a production car. It says that means it assumes liability for mishaps – provided you are on an approved road, and you are going no faster than 40 mph. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes drive pilot system (Image courtesy of Mercedes)

¶ “USPS Inspector General Study Favors Electric Vehicles” • The Office of Inspector General for the USPS has issued an extensive report on the purchase of new postal vehicles. It states nearly 99% of all postal delivery routes in the US could be served reliably by battery EVs that would cost less to buy, fuel, and maintain than conventional vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Chevy Equinox: 300-Mile Range, $30,000, Coming In 2023” • Chevy introduced a new teaser video of the Equinox EV this week. It doesn’t offer many new details, other than the fact that is a battery-electric SUV that offers up to 300 miles of range and rapid charging (we presume) at a base price of “around $30,000.” Sweet! [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Equinox EV (Image courtesy of Chevrolet)

¶ “Veteran Officials Say Invoke Defense Production Act for Renewable Energy” • As gas prices across the country are at record levels due to the Russia-Ukraine war, elected officials who are also military veterans are calling on the Biden administration to invoke the Defense Production Act to accelerate the transition to clean energy. [Public News Service]

¶ “Wind, Solar Could Replace Coal Power In Texas” • Texas can be a model on how to replace coal with wind and solar for its energy needs while meeting environmental goals, according to research by Rice University engineers. Their report is based on modeling to determine the least-cost combinations of proposed wind and solar projects. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a perfectly jubilant day.

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