May 16 Energy News

May 16, 2022


¶ “The East Coast Diesel Crisis Highlights The Urgency For Widespread EV Adoption” • News on availability of diesel oil has some trucking companies worried, according to a report from FreightWaves. There are solutions that would help both truckers and everyone else. One critical solution is switching from diesel vehicles to EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Semi (Image courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Elon Musk On Tesla’s Aspiration Of Reaching 20 Million Cars Made Per Year By 2030” • Elon Musk shared his thoughts on his aspiration to produce 20 million electric cars annually by 2030 in an interview. The basis of the aspiration is his belief that Tesla must replace 1% of the world fleet per year to have a meaningful effect on climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How The US Can Speed Its Shift To Climate-Smart Energy” • In the US, President Biden has set goals consistent with the IPCC findings, but will the country act fast enough to meet this fast enough to have the effects we need? One thing is clear: To make the changes needed to stop global warming, we need to build a lot of infrastructure, very quickly. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging from Electrify America (Electrify America image)

¶ “Russian Energy Insecurity Fuels the Green Transition” • The last few months make it perfectly clear that overdependence on foreign energy is a national vulnerability. IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said, “Nobody is under any illusions anymore.” The rush to offload Russian energy gives the offshore wind industry a powerful new argument. [The Maritime Executive]


¶ “European Ministers Back CO₂ Emission Standards For Cars And Vans” • Environment Committee MEPs are in favor of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The plan would mitigate negative economic impact of the transition with targeted funding. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Car charging (Image courtesy of Volvo)

¶ “Tesla’s Move Into India Is On Hold According To Reports” • Tesla’s move into India is currently on hold, Reuters reports, adding that Tesla has abandoned a search for a showroom space while reassigning some of its domestic team. This, according to three anonymous sources, is after Tesla failed to secure lower import taxes in India. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Malaysia Prime Minister Wants Tesla To Open A Plant” • Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob wants Tesla to open a plant in Malaysia. He recently invited several Fortune 500 companies to invest in his nation, but he especially mentioned Tesla. “I’ve suggested to Tesla to invest in Malaysia in producing electric cars.” [CleanTechnica]

Tesla logo (Austin Ramsey, Unsplash)

¶ “Government To Ban New Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation” • The Government of New Zealand is planning to ban electricity companies from investing in new baseload generation from fossil fuels like coal and gas. New Zealand had already banned new offshore oil and gas exploration in 2018, and committed to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. [NZ Herald]

¶ “Researcher Says $8 Million May Get Stewart Island Off Diesel Energy” • A research fellow at Victoria University of Wellington says $8 million in capital expenditure can get Stewart Island off diesel power. Dr Soheil​ Mohseni​ has designed an energy network for the island as part of his PhD studies at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. []

Dr Soheil​ Mohseni​ (Education NZ Think New Initiative)

¶ “Hundreds Protest Over Building Of £20 Billion Sizewell C Nuclear Plant As Government Delay Decision” • With banners reading “chaos coast coming soon”, “EDF-off” and “we don’t want to be beside the C”, a crowd of protestors marched from Leiston to Sizewell beach in Suffolk, protesting construction of the proposed £20 billion Sizewell C plant. [ITV]


¶ “California Is In A Water Crisis, Yet Usage Is Way Up. Officials Are Focused On The Wrong Problem, Advocates Say” • A group advocating for affordable access to clean water, said that urban communities don’t seem to understand the severity of the water crisis in the way that rural communities do, where water could literally stop flowing out of the tap. [CNN]

Napa Valley (Fredrick Lee, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Consumers Can Soon Buy Solar Panels At IKEA: Here’s When The National Rollout Begins” • A leading furniture and home furnishings retailer is stepping up its commitment to renewable energy with a new solar panel launch. IKEA has partnered with SunPower Corporation to make home solar panels more easily accessible to US customers. [Benzinga]

¶ “Ørsted To Acquire 121-MW Illinois Wind Project” • Ørsted has agreed to acquire the 121-MW Ford County wind farm in Illinois from funds managed by the Ares Management Corporation’s Infrastructure Opportunities strategy for an undisclosed price. Ford County is contracted via power purchase agreements with Mars, Silgan Containers, and BHJ USA. [reNews]

Wind project (Ørsted image)

¶ “US Wildfire Dangers Seen Spreading East As Climate Risks Grow” • From New Jersey to Georgia, states thousands of miles from wildfire hotspots in the west face a growing risk from forest blazes as global warming makes “safe havens” increasingly rare, researchers warned. Wildfires pose at least a moderate risk to more than 30 million US properties. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “Citizen Science Shows That Climate Change Is Rapidly Reshaping Long Island Sound” • A study based on decades of student work shows how rapidly temperatures in eastern Long Island Sound have increased over the past forty years. At 0.45°C per decade, Long Island sound is warming four times faster than the global ocean. [Yahoo News]

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