Archive for June 11th, 2022

June 11 Energy News

June 11, 2022


¶ “Texas Repays Tesla – Excludes It From EV Rebates” • Tesla’s new global headquarters in Texas was always weird since Texas has always had anti-Tesla laws that make it hard to buy a Tesla there. Now, as a backhanded “thanks” to Tesla for building its headquarters there, Texas is excluding the EV maker from its EV rebate program. [CleanTechnica]

Giga Texas (Tesla image)

¶ “Colorado EV Charging Readiness Bill Vetoed – Big Mistake” • Amid an otherwise positive legislative session for transportation, air quality, and climate, Colorado Governor Jared Polis vetoed a bill that would have ensured that new buildings and major renovations had the electrical wiring and capacity to host future EV charging stations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Nuclear Power Is Not Viable For Our World Today” • The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine, built between 1984-1995, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. With a Russian invasion and war going on around the plant, it highlights a problem with the assumption that nuclear plants can be secure. [Colorado Daily]

Nuclear power plant (Fusun Tut, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Green Aviation Fuels Could Save 5 Million Tonnes Of CO₂ In 2030” • E-kerosene, generated by combining green hydrogen and carbon dioxide, has the potential to substantially reduce the climate impact of aviation. Transport & Environment analysis shows that the European e-kerosene market is ready for higher rates and faster scaling. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canal-Top Solar Solutions” • Canal-top solar was pioneered in India a decade ago with a canal-top solar array in Gujarat. There are now findings from the University of California and the resulting Project Nexus that shine attention on a symbiotic application: saving water, while generating solar energy, without occupying arable land. [pv magazine India]

Rendering of Project Nexus (Solar AquaGrid image)


¶ “Multi-Gigawatt Solar From The Middle East” • Azerbaijan has announced a partnership with UAE-based developer Masdar for 1 GW each of solar and onshore wind, with 2 GW on integrated offshore wind plus green hydrogen production. The fact that green hydrogen production is included is noteworthy because Azerbaijan is a gas exporter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World’s Tallest Timber Residential Tower To Be Built” • The world’s tallest timber residential building is set to be built in Switzerland. The project, named Rocket&Tigerli, will consist of four buildings including one that boasts a 100-meter-tall (328-foot) tower. The development will be built in the Swiss city of Winterthur, which is near Zurich. [CNN]

Rendering (Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects)

¶ “Energy Dome Introduces Its Carbon Dioxide Energy Storage System On Sardinia” • Energy Dome says it has the solution to energy storage, which is to use a closed system based on CO₂. Its first demonstration facility is operational on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, home to Energy Dome founder Claudio Spadacini. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How This PEI Company Aims To Reduce Diesel Power By 50% In Remote Communities” • A company in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, is building a new wind and energy storage system specifically designed for remote communities, with the goal of displacing 50% of the diesel fuel that communities now use for power generation. [CBC]

Remote wind turbines (Frontier Power Systems)


¶ “It’s Not Your Imagination, US Summers Are Hotter Than Ever Before” • From Texas to California, most of the Southwest is experiencing scorching heat this week, with temperatures soaring above 100°F (38°C) in dozens of locations. This is part of an alarming trend. American summers are hotter than ever, research by Climate Central shows. [The Guardian]

¶ “Biden’s National EV Charging Plan Emphasizes Standards, Interoperability, And Rural Access” • The Biden administration proposed a new program entitled the National Electric Vehicle Charging Network. The program will be used to provide a minimum of four fast chargers every 50 miles along major transportation corridors. [CleanTechnica]

Shell EV charging area (Shell image)

¶ “Climate Change Keeps Creating Challenges For Michigan Farmers” • With more extreme weather conditions than we were seeing ten or twenty years ago, climate change is creating challenges for Michigan farmers. Here is a look at how that state’s farmers are adapting and how they can even help slow climate change. [FOX 47 News]

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Completes Its First Project In 750-MW Solar Plan” • Duke Energy Florida announced it has completed construction of the 74.9-MW Fort Green Renewable Energy Center. The facility is part of a plan that allows Duke customers to opt-in to sourcing a designated amount of capacity from the project on their monthly bill. [pv magazine USA]

Duke Energy technician (Duke Energy image)

¶ “Google, Facebook Stoke Wind-Farm Debate” • Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are sounding the alarm on a renewable energy project a Warren Buffet company proposed in Iowa. MidAmerican Energy’s project would cost nearly $4 billion. It asked state regulators to approve terms including a guaranteed 11.25% rate of return. [Data Center Knowledge]

¶ “Xcel Energy-Colorado Gets Green Light For $2 Billion Transmission Project” • Xcel Energy said in a statement that the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved plans for the five segments of its Colorado’s Power Pathway, which will cost up to $2 billion. The project will upgrade the state’s high-voltage transmission system. [The Fort Morgan Times]

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