May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2022


¶ “Fight Fascists And Save Money: Go Electric” • The price of a gallon of gasoline is surging, straining drivers’ pocketbooks. At the pump prices seem extreme, but we’ve been here before. Gas prices were similarly high in 2006, 2008, and for a while after 2011. For US consumers, a switch from fossil fuels to electricity is one solution. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “A Fair Green Deal For The Last Coal Plant In Mississippi” • Some power plants are protected by complex arrangements of long-term contracts that insulate them from competition. RMI has developed a novel approach to accelerate the transition of these plants to clean energy and provide fair compensation to impacted workers and communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Six Years Late And 250% Over Budget: Georgia’s Newest Nuclear Plant” • The Municipal Energy Authority of Georgia, announced that the Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear generating stations approaching completion in that state are now likely to cost roughly $34 billion. They were originally estimated to cost $14 billion and be operational in 2017. [Oil Price]

Vogtle construction in 2011 (Charles C Watson Jr, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Queensland Floods: Residents Evacuate As Australia Faces New Emergency” • Hundreds of Australians have been told to evacuate their homes as Queensland faces another flooding emergency. The storm system causing the problem has now moved south towards Queensland’s heavily populated southeast, which includes Brisbane. [BBC]

¶ “Europe Is Running Out Of Time To Find Alternatives To Russian Gas” • The security of Europe’s gas supplies is getting shakier. Soon after Ukraine reduced the flow of natural gas across its territory into Europe, blaming interference by Russian troops, Gazprom suspended supplies through a Polish pipeline and cut off gas to a distributor in Germany. [CNN]

¶ “LPG Price: Millions Hit Hard As Cooking Gas Cost Soars In India” • Food and fuel costs have been soaring. Last week, India’s central bank announced its first interest rate hike in two years in an attempt to slow inflation. Experts say any increase in the price of essential commodities such as cooking gas cylinders will force people to change priorities. [BBC]

¶ “Saving The Books And Cooking The Planet” • Oil and gas companies are increasingly using mergers and acquisitions to offload emissions from their balance sheets and meet corporate climate targets without actually reducing emissions, according to an Environmental Defense Fund report that examined mergers and acquisitions in 2017 through 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Genius Plans To Develop 700 MW Of Renewable Energy Capacity” • Renewable energy firm Green Genius plans to develop 500 MW of solar power plant capacity in Lithuania by 2025. The company also intends to develop wind farms with 200 MW of capacity in the country. An investment of €750 million ($783 million) will be required. [Power Technology]

¶ “GM Plans To Return To European Market With EVs And Mobility Services” • For 90 years, GM had a presence in Europe through its Opel and Vauxhall brands, though it struggled to make a profit there. But recently, as the EV revolution picks up steam, CEO Mary Barra said that GM is looking to re-enter the EU as an all-EV player. [CleanTechnica]

Electric delivery vans (Courtesy of FedEx)

¶ “Household Energy Bills Could Rise Even MORE To Cover Costs Of Building New Nuclear Plants” • Britons already struggling to pay their energy bills may be asked to have to pay even more to fund the Government’s nuclear power push in the form of a new monthly levy, according to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. [Daily Mail]


¶ “As Water Runs Short In California, Commission Rejects $1.4 Billion Desalination Plant” • As a water crisis looms in California, the state’s coastline protection agency unanimously rejected the development of a $1.4 billion desalination plant in Huntington Beach that would have converted ocean water into municipal water for Orange County residents. [CNN]

Canal, Venice California, May 2016 (NewtonCourt, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Coastal Fire: California Mansions Burn As Wildfires Spread” • Hundreds have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to a swift-moving wildfire in southern California that has torched some 20 mansions so far. The Coastal fire in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, has grown to 199 acres since it began on Wednesday. [BBC]

¶ “US Distributed Wind Energy Potential Can Meet Half Of National Electricity Demand” • A study funded by the Wind Energy Technologies Office used highly detailed data and new modeling techniques to identify sites with the highest potential for distributed wind energy. Distributed wind has nearly 1,400 GW of economic potential. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Alaska (James Brooks, USCG, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Two Affordable Used Electrified Cars Available Nationwide” • One basic problem for finding a good used EV is that the more affordable models don’t have the range or fast charging for trips. A top solution to this problem is to rent a car for trips. Hertz is now renting out Teslas, which opened up new possibilities! Now you have choices for good used EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Two Dozen States Can Meet 100% Of Electricity Demand With Renewables By 2035” • Since its founding in 2017, the US Climate Alliance has grown to 24 states and one territory. They represent 56% of the US population, generate 62% of the country’s gross domestic product, and are responsible for 43% of the country’s annual carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]

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