April 26 Energy News

April 26, 2022


¶ “Big Oil – PBS Frontline Series On An Industry That Lies To Get What It Wants” • A PBS Frontline three-part series goes into how Big Oil – led by ExxonMobil – used its money and influence to thwart attempts by federal and state officials to reduce carbon emissions. The first video is already available on PBS stations. It will be aired in the UK this summer. [CleanTechnica]

Pollution (Matteo Catanese, Unsplash)


¶ “Replacing NSW Coal Plant With Renewables Would Create Thousands More Jobs Than Gas” • Replacing the Eraring coal-fired power station in New South Wales with renewable energy would create tens of thousands more construction jobs than replacing it with gas, an analysis found. Eraring is Australia’s largest coal-fired power station. [The Guardian]

¶ “Slovenia’s Populist PM Loses Election To Environmentalist Party” • Slovenia’s populist Prime Minister, Janez Janša, lost a national election on Sunday as the environmentalist Freedom Movement party won more votes than his SDS party, according to preliminary figures from election authorities. Janša conceded that he had been defeated in the vote. [CNN]

Ljubljana, Slovenia (Zach Pickering, Unsplash)

¶ “Fifteen European Countries Have 15% Or More Plugin Vehicle Sales For New Cars” • There are now fifteen European countries that have 15% or more of new-car buyers buying plugin electric cars (full electric cars or plugin hybrids). There are twelve European countries that have 10% or more of new-car buyers buying full battery EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “XPRIZE And Musk Foundation Award $15 Million To Carbon Removal Prize Winners” • On Earth Day, XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation announced that a total of fifteen teams from nine countries were awarded $1 million milestone awards each as part of the next stage of the $100 million XPRIZE carbon removal competition. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk (XPRIZE image)

¶ “The Demand For Green Skills Is Growing Globally” • Climate change, global warming, greenhouse gas emissions, economic instability, health, safety, waste, and energy in buildings are all changing environmental factors that point to the need for green jobs and skills. Green investments are most effective in where workers have green skills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Aker Horizons And Statkraft Forge Green Hydrogen Tie-Up” • Aker Horizons and Statkraft are to partner for green hydrogen and ammonia production in India and Brazil. Statkraft is a renewable energy company with a presence in those countries, and Aker Clean Hydrogen is a global hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol producer. [reNews]

Renewable energy (Statkraft image)

¶ “LG Chem Becomes The First Korean Company To Sign A Long-Term Purchase Contract For RECs” • LG Chem announced that it signed a 20 year purchase contract of renewable energy certificates with Korea South-East Power Co. Doing this, LG Chem became the first Korean company to sign a long-term supply contract of RECs. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Europe Needs To Dramatically Increase Recycling Of Raw Metals Used In Electric Cars And Renewable Energy Sources If It Wants To Become ‘Carbon Neutral’ By 2050” • A study by the Belgian university KU Leuven found that the EU’s ‘Green Deal’ goal will need 35 times as much lithium and up to 26 times as much rare earth metals as are used today. [Daily Mail]

Metal objects (Pavel Neznanov, Unsplash)

¶ “Shell Closes In On $1.8 Billion Deal For Indian Renewable Power Developer Amid Low-Carbon Push” • Shell is closing in on a deal for Sprng [sic] Energy as it looks to speed up its shift to low-carbon energy and expand its presence in India. Shell is preparing to buy the Indian renewable power developer from private equity group Actis. [City AM]

¶ “Eighteen Chinese Drones Flew Over UK Nuclear Installations In Past Two Years – UK Report” • Defense officials believe that Beijing spies have been responsible for 18 drone sightings at military sites and power facilities around the UK in just two years, The Mirror reported. The drone sightings were reported between 2019 and 2021. [EurAsian Times]

Drone in flight (Aaron Burden, Unsplash)


¶ “Man Who Died After Self-Immolating In Front Of Supreme Court Was A Climate Activist” • Wynn Alan Bruce, 50, from Boulder, Colorado, died on Saturday after setting himself on fire in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He was a climate activist, according to social media posts from various people who claim to know him. [CNN]

¶ “Brightdrop Zevo 600 Sets Guinness World Record For Electric Delivery Vans” • The world world record for the distance an electric delivery van went on a single charge went to Brightdrop’s Zoev 600. The record, 258.85 miles, was set by Stephen Marlin, a client solutions account executive for BrightDrop, which is a division of GM. [CleanTechnica]

FedEx vans (Photo courtesy of FedEx and GM)

¶ “Meet The Power Plant Of The Future: Solar + Battery Hybrids Poised For Explosive Growth” • America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change. The first decade of the 2000s saw huge growth in natural gas generation, but the 2010s were the decade of wind and solar. Now, signs suggest the 2020s may see a boom in “hybrid” power plants. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “Texas Among State Leaders For Solar And Wind Renewable Energy Development” • A report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows Texas is among the leading states in developing renewable energy. The study found many projects are forming a queue of initiatives, seeking to connect to power grids. [San Marcos Corridor News]

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