April 24 Energy News

April 24, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “A 100% Renewable Energy Future Is Possible, And We Need It” • We’re living in a time of high volatility in the price of gas that has hit close to all sectors of our economy. We’re also living in a time plagued with costly ”this is not normal” weather events. But how feasible is a transition to renewable energy? And can this transition benefit us all? [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it (© 2022 UCS)

¶ “Macron And Le Pen’s Nuclear Plans Torn Apart: ‘Waste Of Time And Money'” • French presidential hopefuls Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have unveiled ambitious plans to boost France’s nuclear power capacity – already at 70% of its domestic electricity generation – but experts have questioned the feasibility of such plans. [Daily Express]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Magic Mushrooms: Scientist Says Fungi Could Revolutionize Climate Change Fight” • Visit any forest, and you’re bound to see mushrooms growing alongside trees and other plants. These fungi can play an important part in the health of that ecosystem and its ability to fight climate change. Some fungi benefit the trees they are with. [FOX 11 Los Angeles]

Alba white truffles, symbionts (Chuttersnap, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Considering 800 Volt Systems For Cybertruck And Semi” • Tesla is considering using 800 volt architecture for the Cybertruck and the Semi, Drew Baglino, senior vice president of powertrain and energy engineering said during the Q1 earning call lasts week. But the company probably will not adopt 800 volt architecture for existing models. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “HY4 Passenger Plane Sets Hydrogen Altitude Record” • H2FLY set a world altitude record with its four-seat HY4, as it is the first hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft to reach an altitude above 7,000 ft (2,135 m). This came less than a day after the HY4 made the first flight in a hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft between major European airports. [CleanTechnica]

H2FLY HY4 in Flight (H2FLY image, cropped)

¶ “China Electric Car Market Reaches 26% Plugin Market Share In March” • Plugin vehicles are all the rage in the Chinese auto market. Even with Covid-related lockdowns happening in some major cities, plugins scored 458,000 registrations, up 118% year over year, and the second best monthly result ever. And the Q1 growth was 130%, YOY. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China’s Renewable Energy Capacity Expands In Q1” • In the January-March period, China’s windpower capacity jumped 17.4% YOY to 340 GW, the National Energy Administration said. Solar farms saw capacity reach 320 GW, with an increase of 22.9%. By the end of March, the country’s total installed power generation capacity hit about 2,400 GW. [China.org]

Solar power plant in China (そらみみ, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Labor Outlines Plans To Shift Energy System To Renewables” • Labor is vowing to reduce Australian household power prices with a plan to shift towards renewable power. Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen told the 9News political editor Chris Uhlmann on Today that renewable energy is “the cheapest form of energy.” [9News]

¶ “Could Anglesey’s Tidal Energy Project Drive A New Energy Revolution?” • On the stunning and craggy coastline of Holy Island in north Wales, work has started on a construction project to generate energy from one of the world’s greatest untapped energy resources: tidal power. The tides at the site are among the highest in the world. [The Guardian]

Old breakwater at Holy Island (Reading Tom, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “‘Environmental Extremist, Arsonist And Former Fugitive’ Pleads Guilty To Arson In Pacific Northwest” • Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, who is linked to environmental extremist acts in the mid 1990s and early 2000s, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson in California and Oregon, and arson in Oregon, according to the US Department of Justice. [CNN]

¶ “Rural Nevada Is At The Frontline Of Renewable Energy Development” • Greenlink Nevada is an NV Energy-led initiative that would put up power lines to transport renewable energy around Nevada. The proposal would have two main energy corridors supplying Las Vegas and Reno, along with three smaller transmission lines. [Sierra Nevada Ally]

Renewable energy in Nevada (Greenlink courtesy image)

¶ “Tesla Is Working With Manor ISD To Give High School Graduates Jobs At Giga Texas” • Tesla is working with Manor Independent School District to give high school graduates an opportunity to work full-time at Giga Texas while completing courses in Advanced Manufacturing Programming at Austin Community College. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Florida Seeks 100% Renewable Electricity By 2050” • Florida utilities would increase their electricity to 100% renewable by 2050 under a proposed rule. The rule is an result of a lengthy court battle in which dozens of young people claimed Florida is violating their constitutional rights by continuing to promote use of fossil fuels that drive climate change. [Bay News 9]

Have a sufficiently gorgeous day.

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