Archive for August 3rd, 2022

August 3 Energy News

August 3, 2022


¶ “The Hollow Promise Of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors” • Nuclear power offers a great example of what happens when hype, advertisement, and belief in impossible promises are very much the norm. And Small Modular Reactors are one class of nuclear reactors that have been extensively promoted in this vein during the last decade. [Counterpunch]

Nuscale Small Modular Reactor (Nuscale Power image)


¶ “The Promise And Danger Of Scotland’s Bog” • The ancient blanket bog of northern Scotland is reaching a turning point in its long history – degrade or flourish. Which way it goes will have significant consequences for climate change. This is critically important, because globally, peatlands store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests. [BBC]

¶ “Tsunami-Engulfed Fukushima Prefecture Is The Target Of An EV Transport Program” • Eleven years after the Fukushima Disaster, the prefecture government has shifted itself from hosting a nuclear power plant to leading in renewable energy development. This occurred as a lot of the areas within the town have remained abandoned. [CleanTechnica]

Aikawa Solar Power Plant (Σ64, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “BYD To Begin Selling Cars In Germany And Sweden” • Shortly after announcing it will sell 3 models of EVs in Japan, BYD let it be known that it will soon begin selling cars in Germany and Sweden also. According to CnEVPost, BYD has partnered with European dealer group Hedin Mobility to provide electric cars for customers in those countries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Good Car Company” • Anthony Broese van Groenou is importing used Nissan Leafs from Japan to an unquenchable market in Australia. Last time we could chat, he had backorders for 300 vehicles and was also looking into importing the Peugeot e-Expert and Nissan e-NV200 from the UK. These are now available as a special order. [CleanTechnica]

Good Car Company at Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo (NEVE)

¶ “City Of Windsor Turning Twelve Facilities Green By Shifting To Renewable Energy Consumption” • In Ontario, the City of Windsor is shifting twelve facilities to renewable energy as part of a $2.4 million investment to make city-owned buildings more efficient. Mayor Drew Dilkens and others announced the launch of the $2.4 million investment. [CTV Windsor]

¶ “Neoen Inks 40-MW Offtake For Oz Wind Farm” • Neoen has signed a power purchase agreement with Australian energy retailer Flow Power covering 40 MW of capacity at its Goyder South Stage 1 wind farm in South Australia. Construction of Stage 1, comprising 75 wind turbines with a total capacity of 412 MW, is already underway. [reNews]

South Australia (Neoen image)

¶ “UN Nuclear Chief: Ukraine Nuclear Plant Is ‘Out Of Control’” • The UN nuclear chief, Rafael Grossi, warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine “is completely out of control” and issued an urgent plea to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit it to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident. [WIVB]


¶ “Grid-Scale Battery Storage In US Tripled In 2021” • The US Energy Information Agency posted preliminary findings from its latest energy survey, with generator-level specific information about existing and planned generators and their environmental equipment at electric power plants with 1 MW or greater of combined nameplate capacity. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (EIA image)

¶ “Tesla Files To Expand Its Gigafactory In Texas As Production Ramps Up” • Tesla is planning to expand the Gigafactory Texas general assembly area by 500,000 square feet, as revealed in a permit filed by the automaker with the city of Austin, Texas. An online document also shows that Tesla has already chosen a plumbing contractor for the project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “All 50 States, DC, And Puerto Rico Have Submitted Plans For National Electric Vehicle Charging Network” • The Departments of Transportation and Energy announced all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico have submitted their plans for EV infrastructure deployment as required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program. [CleanTechnica]

EVolve chargers (EVolve NY, New York State)

¶ “Solar Technical Assistance Grants Available In Maryland” • The Maryland Energy Administration announced the opening of the Solar Technical Assistance Program. This program provides technical assistance to state and local government agencies to evaluate the potential for, and to site, solar arrays on or around government buildings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DOE Funds Research On Renewable Energy Resources For Grid Reliability” • The Biden-Harris administration, through the US DOE, is releasing $26 million to fund projects that will demonstrate that America’s electricity grid can reliably run with a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and other clean distributed energy resources. [North American Windpower]

Wind farm (Anastasia Palagutina, Unsplash)

¶ “New Mexico To Get A Share Of $1 Billion In Energy Savings Via Federal Solar Power Program” • New Mexico has joined a six-state pilot community solar program created by the federal government as the state enacted its own state-level regulations to bring solar power and electric bill savings to low-income customers. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “Louisiana Utility Regulators Blame Entergy For Creating Grid Dependent On Costly Gas” • With Louisiana residents receiving unprecedentedly high electricity bills, members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission blamed Entergy Louisiana for the “mess,” saying the utility ignored calls to diversify its sources of fuel for power generation. [Louisiana Illuminator]

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