April 25 Energy News

April 25, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “John Kerry Is Trying To Convince The World To Act On Climate Change. Russia’s War Made It That Much Harder” • John Kerry has a mission. It is To convince the rest of the world to embrace renewable energy and reduce their planet-warming emissions as much as possible. The US Climate Envoy’s job isn’t getting any easier in its second year. [CNN]

¶ “How Can We Help Kids Cope With ‘Eco-Anxiety’?” • Close to 60% of the young people who responded to the survey said that they felt “very” or “extremely” worried about climate change while 75% said that “the future is frightening”, 56% believe that “humanity is doomed,” and 58% felt that governments were betraying them or future generations. [BBC]

¶ “Video: Seven TV Meteorologists Discuss Their Coverage Of Climate Change And Weather” • Time was – and not so long ago, it seems – you might have had trouble rounding-up a half-dozen broadcast meteorologists to speak openly about how they address climate change as part of their weather forecasting. That time is changing. [Yale Climate Connections]

Microburst (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Why Ukraine war should turbocharge US transition to renewable energy” • The war in Ukraine has laid bare the West’s overdependence on Russian oil and gas, which is squeezing many NATO nations. But trading Russian oil for that produced in Iran or Venezuela is self-defeating. It is simply storing up issues for later. [South China Morning Post]

Science and Technology:

¶ “NREL Tool Aims To Predict Interactions Between Soaring Eagles And Wind Turbines” • Understanding and minimizing the risks to raptors is critical to achieving the US renewable energy goals. Being able to visualize just how eagles might fly around wind power plants will help developers and operators consider how wind turbines can be safe for them. [CleanTechnica]

Release of a golden eagle (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

World:

¶ “Entrepreneurs Have Solutions To SA’s Electricity Problems” • Loadshedding and ongoing electricity issues have forced South Africans to seek for renewable energy solutions. Owners of two small businesses in the province of Eastern Cape are helping people achieve energy independence and electricity security for households or businesses. [SowetanLIVE]

¶ “‘Positively Electrifying’ Renewable Power Buy Will Be Quebec’s Biggest Ever” • Quebec will issue two new requests for proposals for 2,300 MW of new wind and other renewable energy capacity, Premier François Legault announced. The RFPs are on top of three new wind farm contracts totaling 1,200 MW announced last week. [The Energy Mix]

Wind turbines in Quebec (Qcgag, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “New Generation Takes An Interest In Renewables” • As the urge to move towards a climate-friendly energy paradigm is increasingly felt every day, more solar power projects are being set up in Bangladesh. Spectra Solar Park Limited is one of the latest such projects. The 35-MW plant has 137,520 solar panels and 12 central inverters. [The Business Standard]

¶ “Can Flow Batteries Support India’s Renewable Energy Pivot?” • Prof Kothandaraman Ramanujam of IIT-Madras has developed a flow battery based on lead. Ramanujam tells Quantum that the battery has been found to work well and is market-ready. It has the advantage that its source materials are very inexpensive and available in India. [The Hindu Business Line]

Redox Flow Battery (Colintheone, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Power Minister Calls On Nations To Come Together For International Credit Guarantee Fund To Promote Renewable Energy” • In India, Union Power Minister Raj Kumar Singh called for the creation of an international credit guarantee fund and a renewable energy bank to facilitate development of renewable energy projects worldwide. [Moneycontrol]

¶ “A View From Outside The Onkalo Storage Facility On Olkiluoto Island” • In a few months, the Onkalo Storage Facility will turn the page to a new chapter of nuclear energy’s turbulent 80-year story, making history for the power plant just a short drive down the road. For the first time, high-level nuclear waste will be put into permanent storage. [EMEA Tribune]

Workers in the Onkal storage facility (kallerna, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “EV Owners Join Supporters At Connecticut State Capital In Favor Of SB 214” • EV owners across all brands showed up in the Connecticut State Capital to show their support for Senate Bill 214. Paul Braren, writer at TinkerTry, shared his perspective in a recent post with several photos. Paul noted that Tesla, Rivian, and Lucid were all represented. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dallas County Will Add 3 Tesla EVs To Its Fleet” • Dallas County will add three Tesla EVs to its fleet of vehicles, Fox4 has reported. Dallas county’s commissioners voted last week to approve the purchase of three Tesla Model 3s, which will be used at first as replacements for law enforcement agency cars that are in for service. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y police car in Fremont, California (City of Fremont)

¶ “NREL Explores The Dynamic Nature Of Wind Deployment And Land Use” • Through spatial analysis of US wind power facilities deployed over the past two decades, the NREL studied the intersection of wind energy siting and the environment. This advanced understanding how wind technology and plant design affect land use requirements. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Sees Drop In Gas-Fired Power Production” • Natural gas-fired power generation in the US peaked in 2020, and it will continue to fall as it competes with increasingly affordable wind and solar capacity, according to analysts who say renewables’ growth is being “supercharged” by rising fossil fuel costs and disruptions in energy security. [The Energy Mix]

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