May 15 Energy News

May 15, 2022


¶ “How We Can Stop Lithium Mining From Depleting Water Resources, Draining Wetlands, And Harming Communities In South America” • To deal with climate change, we must move away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. However, many green technologies depend on lithium, and extracting lithium can be destructive. [CleanTechnica]

Uyuni Salt Flat (Samuel Scrimshaw, Unsplash)

¶ “Building US Infrastructure Fast And Smart” • The Biden Administration released a Permitting Action Plan this week. The plan promises to deliver infrastructure investments on time and on budget that will revitalize communities across the country. The plan is built on five key elements, but they needs actions that are not in the plan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Creaky US Power Grid Threatens Progress On Renewables, EVs” • The nation’s transmission network, plagued by outages and increasingly severe weather, needs a trillion-dollar overhaul to handle the Biden administration’s promised clean-energy revolution and deal with climate change. Unfortunately, no one is taking charge of that problem. [Reuters]

Transmission lines (Ernest Brillo, Unsplash)

¶ “Iceland Serves As A Role Model To Other Countries For Renewable Energy” • Iceland runs entirely on renewable energy, harnessing the land’s natural hydro and geothermal power sources to sustainably power the country. In contrast, only 16% of our energy in North Carolina comes from renewable resources. Iceland may be worth studying. [WRAL]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Study Says Climate Change, Water Sports Posing Threat To Sea Turtles” • A new study conducted by the University of Exeter has found that climate change and water sports are posing a threat to sea turtles. The study, which was published in the journal Endangered Species Research, shows that thousands of sea turtles are dying every year. [WION]

Sea turtle (Giorgia Doglioni, Unsplash)

¶ “Size Matters For Speeding Up Nuclear Waste Cleanup” • A team of researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory designed and demonstrated a particle separation technology that may decrease the time and money needed for cleanup. The application is described in Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “£200 Million Boost To Rollout Of Hundreds More Zero-Emission Heavy Goods Vehicles” • Transport Minister Trudy Harrison announced at the Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference that over £200 million of UK government funding will be injected into an extensive zero emission road freight demonstrator program. [CleanTechnica]

FUSO eCanter in London (Daimler image)

¶ “BYD Atto 3: As Easy As Ordering Takeaway” • At a time when it seems almost impossible to buy a new car, one Australian has found that buying a BYD Atto 3 was as easy as ordering takeaway. Not only that, but the car is available with only a 3 month waiting period. EV Direct is making 1500 BYD Atto 3 electric crossovers available per month starting in July. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Supply Chain Issues Are Getting Worse, And Climate Change Is A Main Culprit” • Supply chain disruptions have caused problems from bare grocery store shelves to shortages of microchips. The product shortages are caused in part by the fact that most of our goods are transported across long distances to be used for manufacturing. [Salon]

Shipping (Dominik Lückmann, Unsplash)

¶ “Investors Eye Renewable Power Plants In The Philippines” • Negros Occidental governor Eugenio Jose Lacson revealed that two investors were eyeing to build renewable power plants in the province. According to Lacson, investors were eyeing to build a hydro power plant along the Bago River and a solar power plant in the town of Hinoba-an. [Panay News]

¶ “Drones Seized At UK Nuclear Bases After A ‘Swarm’ And Reports Of ‘Red Lights’” • Drones have been seized by security personnel at nuclear facilities with one report of a ‘swarm’ at a UK installation, newly released files show. The unmanned aerial systems were sighted at plants across the country amid concerns over the security threat they pose. [Metro]

Drone (Dose Media, Unsplash)


¶ “Texans Asked To Turn Up Thermostats After Sweltering Heat Knocks Six Power Plants Offline” • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas made the appeal in a statement saying that soaring temperatures increased demand and caused six power generation facilities to trip offline. That resulted in the loss of about 2,900 MW of electric power. [CNN]

¶ “Hydrogen Valley Vision For Washington Gets Boost From Aussies’ Proposed Plant” • An Australian company, Fortescue Future Industries, is eying property next to the soon-to-close coal power plant in Centralia, Washington, to build a big hydrogen fuel production facility. The company publicized its plans during a hydrogen symposium. [OPB]

Hydrogen production plant (Fortescue Future Industries)

¶ “Elon Musk Is Confident In Tesla’s Ability To Sell All The EVs It Makes” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident of Tesla’s ability to sell all of the EVs it makes. Elon Musk’s statement was part of an answer to a question about the Twitter purchase in an interview with Peter Campbell of the Financial Times during the Financial Times Future of the Car summit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massive Solar Project Proposed In Rio Rancho” • The City of Rio Rancho could become home to one of the largest solar farms in New Mexico. Clenera, a private renewable energy company based in Boise, Idaho, wants to build a solar plant of up to 400 MW capacity on about 3,100 acres of unused land on a part of Quail Ranch. [Albuquerque Journal]

Have a delightfully peaceful day.

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