May 23 Energy News

May 23, 2022


¶ “Canada Storms: Nearly A Million Homes Lose Power In High Winds” • Nearly 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Power company Hydro One, which covers Ontario, said it would take several days to reconnect every home that is without power. [BBC]

Supercell (Raychel Sanner, Unsplash)

¶ “Could Hydrogen Be The Victor In UK’s Hydrogen Vs Electric Truck Probe?” • The UK government launched a £200 million investigation into the future of its road freight. Over a three-year period, it will look to understand advantages of hydrogen and electric trucks, as well as the infrastructure needed for road freight to be decarbonized. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ireland Allocates 1.53 GW Of PV In Second Renewables Auction” • Grid operator EirGrid announced provisional results of Ireland’s second renewable energy auction. Overall, EirGrid selected 80 of the 130 projects that were submitted. The projects range in size from 0.5 MW to 104.4 MW and are mostly located in central and southern Ireland. [PV Magazine]

Ireland (Nils Nedel, Unsplash)

¶ “Eamon Ryan Rules Out Nuclear Power As An Option In The Transition From Fossil Fuel Dependence” • Irish environment minister Eamon Ryan told the Irish Examiner it would be too expensive and cumbersome for Ireland to build a nuclear industry, insisting offshore wind is a far better and less expensive way to fight against climate change. [Irish Examiner]

¶ “EDF Crew Signs Up BW Ideol For French Floaters” • BW Ideol has signed an agreement with the consortium made of EDF Renouvelables and Maple Power, a joint venture between CPP Investments and Enbridge, to cooperate on the design of floating foundations for the 500-MW AO6 floating offshore wind tender in France. [reNews]

Floating wind turbine (BW Ideol image)

¶ “Nuclear Expert Reaffirms Harm Of Dumping Contaminated Water Into Ocean” • After Japan initially approved the discharge plan last week, experts have reaffirmed that radioactive pollution will inevitably be caused by dumping nuclear-contaminated water from storage tanks at the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. [Global Times]


¶ “Australia Aspires To Be ‘Renewable Energy Superpower’ After Decisive Climate Change Election” • While it’s possible Labor will win a lower-house majority of at least 76 seats, it’s also likely the party will need to negotiate with the Green party and a slew of climate-warrior independent lawmakers who want more ambitious targets. [Energy Voice]

Wind turbine in Australia (Kshithij Chandrashekar, Unsplash)

¶ “EV Surge Likely After Labor Wins In Australia” • For ten years, Australia’s Liberal federal government has denied climate change science and slow-walked the transition to renewable energy. The historic defeat for this coalition will change all that and likely lead to an EV surge. The Labor government is set to introduce large tax incentives for EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Outback Town Teams With CDU To Research Renewable Energy Future” • The Northern Territory town of Alice Springs is turning to renewable energy to power its isolated grid. Scientists from Charles Darwin University have announced they will help investigate how it can facilitate its transition towards a future dependent on renewables. [pv magazine Australia]

Alice Springs (ARENA image)


¶ “Tesla’s 100-Stall Supercharger Oasis In The Mojave Desert Will Be The Largest In The US” • Tesla is reportedly building a 100-stall Supercharger station, which will be the largest such station in this country to date. The location is in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow, California, around 115 miles outside of Los Angeles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “With Climate Change Fueling Wildfires, Changes Are Needed To Prevent Worse Scenarios” • A study published this month in the journal Ecology Letters found that wildfire risks are going to increase in states like New Mexico because of climate change. Scientists say humans need to make changes to prevent worse fire risks. [The NM Political Report]

Wildfire (USDA Forest Service)

¶ “Climate Change Will Force Big Shift In Timing, Amount Of Snowmelt Across Colorado River Basin” • Research by Los Alamos National Laboratory predicts that changes in mountain snowmelt will shift peak streamflows to much earlier in the year for the Colorado River Basin, altering reservoir management and irrigation across the entire region. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Palisades Nuclear Power Plant Retires Early” • Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan shut down eleven days earlier than planned. Control room operators removed the 805-MW plant’s nuclear reactor from service on May 20. The plant was originally scheduled to shut down on May 31. It will be decommissioned by Holtec International. [Power Engineering]

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