April 29 Energy News

April 29, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Should People Get Rid Of Their Garden Lawns?” • Many of us create or maintain lawns in our gardens without giving it a second thought. But could these innocent patches of greenery be a colossal waste of space? They are relatively easy and cheap to maintain, but there are many more environmentally friendly ways to use the space they take up. [BBC]

Lawn (Paul Moody, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Europe Has Bought $46 Billion Worth Of Russian Energy Since The Ukraine War Began” • Russian revenues from fossil fuel exports to the EU soared during the first two months of the Ukraine invasion, up by more than double from what it was last year, despite some buyers shunning Russian energy and finding alternative suppliers, a report shows. [CNN]

¶ “Soaring Costs And Shortages Push German Industry To The Brink” • Many of Germany’s manufacturing businesses, which provide almost a fifth of its GDP, are finding it difficult to buy raw materials and energy, according to the World Bank. The problem is acute for small and medium-sized businesses, which provide over half of the country’s output. [CNN]

Heavy industry (Ant Rozetsky, Unsplash)

¶ “Trillions In Unpaid Health And Environmental Costs” • The five biggest oil majors in Europe pocketed €47 billion – mostly in profit for shareholders and management – in 2021, taking their total profits to €850 billion since 1993, a study shows. The study also shows that their pollution, public health effects, and carbon emissions total €13 trillion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Meet The 200 MPH Gen 3 Formula E Race Car” • Described as “a seriously quick and agile racing car” by the only driver to drive it thus far (three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Treluyer), the eagerly anticipated Gen 3 version of the Formula E race car made its debut in Monaco. The power, applied to both front and rear, comes to 800 hp. [CleanTechnica]

Gen 3 EV (Jaguar image)

¶ “Steel Company Shifts To Renewable Energy” • A steel manufacturer and property developer based in the Philippine province of Cebu is set to be a carbon-neutral firm by 2025, after shifting to renewable energy by tapping First Gen Corp as its power supplier. The power supply is coming from the EDC geothermal plant in Leyte. [The Manila Times]

¶ “Candela Opens Electric Boat Experience Center On The French Riviera” • Candela has announced it will open an electric boat experience center this September in Cannes on France’s Côte d’Azur, as a joint effort with the leading French recreational boat dealer, Sud Plaisance. Potential customers can get test drives during the Cannes Yachting Festival. [CleanTechnica]

Candela C-8 (Image courtesy of Candela, cropped)

¶ “Xlinks wants CFD support for UK-Morocco link” • Xlinks is in talks with the UK government about possible Contract for Difference support for a project that would link power generated at a solar and wind facility with storage in Morocco to the UK. The project aims to cover connect 3,800 km (2,361 mi) of HVDC subsea cables, the company said. [reNews]

¶ “Origin Bags 900-MW Oz Solar Project” • Australian energy retailer Origin has acquired a solar project of up to 900 MW in New South Wales as part of plans to boost renewables in its portfolio. The Yarrabee Solar Farm, in the Riverina district, consists of a 450-MW initial project. There is a potential to double its capacity. [reNews]

Solar array (Red Zeppelin, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “EV Conversions Are Awesome, But You’ll Have To Wait” • Some people with old cars they love would rather perform EV conversions, switch them over to electric power, and get the best of both worlds, than buy a new EV. The LA Times recently went out and talked to the owners of EV conversions and the shops that do the work. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sixteen States, DC, And Environmental Groups Sue USPS Over Gas-Powered Trucks” • Attorneys general from sixteen states and the District of Columbia, along with a coalition of environmental groups, are suing the US Postal Service in an effort to stop the purchase of thousands of gasoline-powered trucks instead of electric trucks. [CNN]

USPS delivery trucks (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

¶ “In Atlantic City, Optimistic Offshore Wind Advocates Acknowledge Uncertainty” • To hear advocates tell it, prospects have never looked so good for the US offshore wind industry, after its record-setting $4.37 billion sale of wind power leases in the New York Bight. Some uncertainty does arise with concerns over inflation and supply issues. [WorkBoat]

¶ “FPL Package Deal – EV Charger, Installation, And Unlimited Off Peak Charging For $38 A Month” • Florida Power & Light has a deal for EV drivers that sounds rather tempting. For just $38 a month, it will install an EV charger at your home and provide unlimited off-peak electricity to charge your car for one low fee. A ten year contract is required. [CleanTechnica]

Dream of the future (FPL image)

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Advances Three Transmission Projects To Connect More Clean Energy To The Grid” • The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management announced significant milestones on three transmission projects that will potentially carry 10,000 MW of renewable energy across the West. [US Department of the Interior]

¶ “US Nuclear Power Agency Seeks Staff Documentation Of NuScale’s Quake Protection” • An official with the US NRC has ordered staff to supply documents that could lead to a review of a 2020 approval of a the NuScale nuclear reactor after an engineer raised concerns about its ability to withstand earthquakes, documents showed. [Financial Post]

Have a gloriously serene day.

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