April 15 Energy News

April 15, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Powerful ‘Rivers In The Sky’ Could Cause Biggest Ice Shelf In Antarctic Peninsula To Collapse” • When the temperatures in Antarctica soared to 38 degrees Celsius above normal, an ice shelf the size of Los Angeles collapsed. A study showed that the event resulted from an atmospheric river. The Larsen C ice shelf could collapse the same way. [CNN]

Antarctic ice (Jay Ruzesky, Unsplash)

¶ “Finding The Invisible Climate Killer, So-Called “Green” Ships” • LNG-powered ships look clean, but they have a dirty, invisible secret: methane. In fact, about 80% of Europe’s LNG used by ships today are worse for the climate than the fuels they replace, due to emissions of methane, which is roughly 80 times more warming than carbon dioxide. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Ukraine’s President Zelensky To BBC: Blood Money Being Paid For Russian Oil” • In an interview with the BBC, President Zelensky spoke to continued purchases of Russian oil. He singled out Germany and Hungary, accusing them of blocking efforts to embargo energy sales, from which Russia stands to make up to £250 billion ($326 billion) this year. [BBC]

Protest (Samuel Jerónimo, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar PV Energy Breaks Records And Together With Wind Energy Lowers European Electricity Markets Prices” • In the first week of April, the PV energy broke records in the Spanish, French, and Italian markets. This technology and the wind energy contributed to lower the prices of most European electricity markets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lilium Jet EVTOL Project Inches Towards EASA Certification” • German startup Lilium took a key step towards certifying its eVTOL aircraft when they submitted means of compliance proposals to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. Lilium has already made a $1 billion deal to sell 220 of its electric VTOL aircraft to Brazilian airliner Azul. [CleanTechnica]

Lilium electric airplane (Lilium image)

¶ “Bermuda Electrifies 1/3 Of Its Public Bus Fleet” • Bermuda’s Department of Public Transportation launched the first of 30 electric buses into service, a third of its public bus fleet. The electric buses are replacing old diesel-powered buses, cutting capital, maintenance, and operations costs in half. This will save $10 million over their lifetime. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blackrock, Mubadala To Invest $526 Million In Tata Power’s Renewable Energy Unit” • India’s Tata Power Company said that BlackRock Real Assets and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company would invest ₹40 billion ($525.76 million) for a 10.53% stake in its renewable energy unit. The investment is expected to fund growth in renewable energy. [Nasdaq]

Tata Power office in Bengaluru (Ameyajkamat, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Luxembourg Calls On French Electricity Supplier To Release ‘All Details As Soon As Possible'” • Minister for the Environment Carole Dieschbourg and Minister for Energy Claude Turmes are demanding an emergency meeting and “full details” from EDF on cracks that have allegedly been detected in welds in a reactor at the Cattenom nuclear power plant. [RTL Today]

US:

¶ “Governor Youngkin Signs Energy Generation Property Tax Exemption Into Law, Strengthening Energy Freedom In Virginia” • Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law which creates a property tax exemption for residential and mixed-use solar energy systems up to 25 kW. The law expands energy freedom for consumers. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar systems (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Police Confused As They Pull Over Autonomous Chevy Bolt With No Driver” • Police were confused recently as they pulled over an autonomous EV in a viral TikTok video. The autonomous vehicle realized that it was being pulled over and stopped. You can hear the police officers saying, “Ain’t nobody in it,” and “This is crazy” in the video. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oklahoma’s SB 512 Wants To Shut Tesla Down And Stop OTA Updates” • Oklahoma’s SB 512 would outlaw Tesla and other EV manufacturers from servicing customers in the state. It’s being considered by the state’s House of Representatives. If this bill becomes law, Tesla would have to close its existing locations in Oklahoma. [CleanTechnica]

Oklahoma State Capitol (Daniel Mayer, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “State Approves Massive Electricity Transmission Lines To Power Climate Goals” • The New York state Public Service Commission approved two transmission lines to bring electricity generated by hydroelectric, solar, and wind power to the New York City, where it can be difficult to tap such renewable sources of energy. [The City]

¶ “Vision Fellowships Expand To Host Renewable Energy Positions” • With a focus on environmentalism, agriculture, and sustainability, the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship has announced seven scholarships, and in a first for the organization two new fellowship positions aimed at encouraging renewable energy on the Island. [The Vineyard Gazette]

Houses in Martha’s Vineyard (Aubrey Odom-Mabey, Unsplash)

¶ “Hannaford’s Goal: Use Only Renewable Power By 2024” • At Hannaford, the newest environmental goal is to run its stores on 100% renewable electricity by 2024. Ahold Delhaize, Hannaford’s parent company, is striving to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2040, and for its entire supply chain by 2050. [Yahoo News]

¶ “Massachusetts Senate Debating Sweeping Climate Change Bill” • The steps Massachusetts needs to take to meet its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 were debated by the state Senate as part of a sweeping climate bill. The bill sets out a range of strategies, which are distributed across a wide array of technologies. [AP News]

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