April 30 Energy News

April 30, 2022

Opinions of Various Authors: 

¶ “Electric Vehicle Misinformation: How Do You Deal With It?” • When I bought my first electric car in 2011, I didn’t plan on promoting them as a disruption to the auto industry. I also didn’t see a lot of attacks on EVs, because people I knew just looked at them as a joke and nobody really felt threatened by them. But I had to learn to deal with attacks. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “225 Reasons Why People Buy Electric Cars” • The reddit EV forum has a post, “Why Have You Gone Electric?” When I saw that it had 225 responses, I looked to see what all those people said. These folks were already driving electric and talking about the factors that motivated them move to EVs. Some of what they said is worth thinking about. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Ukraine War: Clean Energy Tipping Point?” • The US and its allies have also tried to sanction Russia as severely as possible for their aggression in Ukraine. To do that, it is necessary to greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar and wind electricity generation are already less expensive than electricity from coal or fossil gas. [CleanTechnica]

Howitzer similar to 72 going to Ukraine (US Army photo)

¶ “Do-It-Yourself Electric Vehicles” • “I love Teslas,” says Graeme, owner of Oz-DIY Electric Vehicles, “they make great spare parts!” Graeme knows a lot about cars, both fossil fueled cars and EVs. Looking around his workshop, I see a number of cars in various stages of retrofit. He also makes and sells kits for those who want to do their own conversions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Clorox Company Signs A 47-MW Virtual Power Purchase Agreement” • The Clorox Company said it signed a 12-year, 47-MW virtual power purchase agreement with Enel Green Power North America for renewable electricity. The deal should provide about half of the renewable electricity Clorox needs in the US and Canada. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Clorox products (Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash)

¶ “Azure Power Global Signs An Expression Of Interest With Government Of Karnataka To Develop 1700 MW Renewable Energy Projects” • Azure Power, an Indian power producer, signed an Expression of Interest with Government of Karnataka to develop solar, wind, and hybrid renewable energy projects aggregating to 1,700 MW capacity. [MarketScreener]

¶ “Solar Delivered 15% Of 201 GW Peak Demand On April 26” • Renewable energy has come to the rescue during the ongoing power crisis triggered by surging demand amid the heat wave condition in India, especially when the peak electricity supply hit the record level of 201.06 GW earlier this week, a senior official said. [Saur Energy International]

Solar parking canopy in India (Rsrikanth05, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “TC Energy Wants To Power The Oilsands With Small Nuclear Reactors” • The head of Canadian pipeline giant TC Energy Corp said he sees an opportunity to get involved in providing small-scale nuclear power for Alberta’s oilsands. TC Energy already has a 48.4% ownership stake in the nuclear generating company Bruce Power. [Canada’s National Observer]


¶ “A Watershed Moment: Key Findings About Potential Drinking Water Contamination” • Every day, people across the US turn on their faucets for a glass of drinking water, but few of them ever think about where their water comes from. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found a wide range of potential contamination. [CleanTechnica]

Areas of contamination (Sean Turner, PNNL)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “Approximately 5,000 More EV Chargers Coming To Southern California” • There was a time when there were no drive-in gas stations, but despite that, the number of gas-powered vehicles grew. Today, critics of EVs say there aren’t enough public EV chargers, which is true, but that situation is changing. California is acting to get them installed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Time To Shine: Solar Power Poised To Surpass Wind As Michigan’s #1 Renewable Energy Source” • DTE, southeast Michigan’s largest energy provider, says it’s working to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2040, and net-zero carbon by 2050. Wind will continue to be important, but solar is likely going to be DTE’s driving force moving forward. [WXYZ]

Wind turbines in Michigan (NOAA via Flickr)

¶ “Video: Yes, Renewable Energy Plants Are Cheaper To Operate Than Non-Renewables” • In March, the US generated 18% of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar, according to a study from Ember, a global energy think tank. Some people wanted to know if renewable energy saves money as well as the environment. It does. [WCNC]

¶ “RFPs Solicited By Dominion For Renewable Energy Projects In Virginia” • Dominion Energy Virginia issued a request for proposals for up to 1,200 MW of new solar and onshore wind projects, as well as about 125 MW of energy storage. Another RFP, looking proposals for power purchase agreements, will be issued in September. [North American Windpower]

Solar panels in Virginia (USDA via Flickr)

¶ “South Carolina Companies Team Up For Renewable Energy Project At McCall Farms” • A new facility at the McCall Farms plant in South Carolina turns waste into usable natural gas. It filters natural gas gathered from nearby wastewater lagoons, which hold the parts of fruits and vegetables that don’t make their way into food. [WBTW]

¶ “California Governor Reconsidering The Future Of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant” • Concerns about the power grid in California, especially with the shutdowns Californians have seen in the past two summers, have prompted Governor, Gavin Newsom to think again about shutting down the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. [KSBY]

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