September 2 Energy News

September 2, 2022


¶ “Russia’s Stranglehold On The World’s Nuclear Power Cycle – Analysis” • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the international community to ban Russian nuclear technology. However, blocking and replacing Russia’s exports of uranium, reactors, and nuclear technology to the rest of the world is easier said than done. [Eurasia Review]

Nuclear power plant (Kelly, Pexels)

¶ “California’s Climate Bill – Huge? Or Not Really News?” • The California Assembly secured passage of the largest climate bill in state history. The bill includes $54 billion in spending over five years on things like EVs, infrastructure, and resilience to drought. It also pushes the retirement date for a nuclear plant from 2025 to 2030. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Why Electric Airplanes Are Taking Off At Flight Schools” • Air travel has been slow to transition to clean energy, but the next generation of aviators need not wait for commercial airlines to move away from fossil fuels. The Velis Electro, the world’s only electric plane fully certified in the EU and the UK, is taking off as a greener option for trainee pilots. [CNN]

Pipistrel Velis Electro (Pipistrel image)

¶ “’Outbursts’ From Pakistan’s Melting Glaciers Have Tripled This Year And Are Worsening Floods” • Pakistan is home to more glaciers than anywhere in the world outside the polar regions. As the climate warms, it’s becoming more vulnerable to sudden outbursts of melting glacier water that have the power to bring widespread destruction to its people. [CNN]

¶ “Ravil Maganov: Russian Lukoil Chief Dies In ‘Fall From Hospital Window’” • The chairman of Russia’s Lukoil oil giant, Ravil Maganov, has died after falling from a hospital window in Moscow, reports say. Officially, he died after a severe illness. But he is one of several Russian energy oligarchs have recently died in unusual circumstances. [BBC]

Vladimir Putin and Ravil Maganov (Kremlin photo)

¶ “UN Experts Make First Inspection At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • UN nuclear experts have made their first inspection of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia power plant in Ukraine and are to maintain a presence there. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said the “plant and physical integrity of the plant” had been “violated several times”. [BBC]

¶ “Electrolyzer Supply To Increase Green Hydrogen Availability” • A report shows that there is a surge in the production capacity of electrolyzers. For green hydrogen to succeed, the word needs a surfeit of renewable energy, plenty of clean water, and cheap electrolyzer supply. Rethink Energy UK believes these elements are coming together. [CleanTechnica]

Production capacity projections (Courtesy Rethink Energy)

¶ “Native Forest Wood Waste Burning To Be Excluded From ‘Renewable’ Classification, Senate Report Recommends” • As Australia’s Climate Change Bill 2022 moves through parliament, a Senate committee has recommended using wood waste from native forests to generate power should no longer be classified as “renewable energy.” [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Regional SA Solar Farm ‘Energised’ To Help Reach Australia’s Zero Emissions Goals” • A new solar farm in the regional South Australian town of Padthaway will be fully operational by year’s end, bolstering the country’s efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The project comprises 8,500 solar panels, about 20 inverters and a Tesla megapack battery. [ABC]

Padthaway solar farm (Courtesy of  Haydn Yates, Yes Group)

¶ “Boris Johnson Pledges £700 Million For Nuclear, With Dig At Truss On Fracking” • Boris Johnson promised £700 million of taxpayers’ money to the much-delayed Sizewell C nuclear power project in Suffolk as he sought to make energy security part of his legacy as prime minister. Also, in what may be a veiled put-down of Liz Truss, he cast doubt on fracking. [MSN]


¶ “Rapid Response Team To Support Energy Communities In The Four Corners” • A federal interagency working group has announced the Four Corners Rapid Response Team, bringing together eleven federal agencies to partner with local officials and community leaders in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah to deal with energy transitions. [CleanTechnica]

Mountains in Arizona (Donald Giannatti, Unsplash)

¶ “Questions About IRA Benefits? Rewiring America Has The Answers” • Rewiring America has an online tool that lists all the incentives and tax credits available in the Inflation Reduction Act. The law, popularly known as the IRA, has an amazing number of provisions that can help people decarbonize their lives and save money doing it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Record Numbers Of Solar Panels Were Shipped In The US During 2021” • US shipments of solar PV modules rose to a record electricity-generating capacity of 28.8 million peak kW in 2021, from 21.8 million peak kW in 2020, based on data from our Annual Photovoltaic Module Shipments Report. Solar module shipments were 80% imports. [CleanTechnica]

PV shipments (EIA image)

¶ “Duke Energy Delivers On 700-MW Solar Commitment In Florida” • With the completion of a new 74.9-MW solar facility in Hardee County, Duke Energy reached a significant milestone – it has delivered on its commitment to provide 700 MW of clean energy to Florida customers. The new solar farm is the last of ten such sites. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “DOE Funding Opportunity For Nuclear-Coupled Hydrogen Production And Use” • The US DOE is seeking applications for projects in “Nuclear Coupled Hydrogen Production and Use.” This just-announced amendment to a funding opportunity aims to support the development of nuclear plant thermal integration with hydrogen end uses. [Department of Energy]

Have a splendidly sensible day.

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