Archive for October 3rd, 2022

October 3 Energy News

October 3, 2022


¶ “Hurricane Ian Amplifies Urgent Need For Resilient, Renewable And Just Energy Grid” • Climate change is fueling more intense storms, with power outages that can be lethal. But distributed renewable energy – generated at or near the place where it will be used – can keep the power flowing to homes, hospitals, and businesses when disasters hit. [The Hill]

Solar array (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Powerwalls Survive Hours Underwater In Hurricane Ian” • Kelly Roofing, a licensed Tesla Solar Roof installer in Southwest Florida where Ian made landfall, says a solar roof it installed has no damage, apart from a small amount it got when a 30-foot boat landed on it. And two Powerwalls that were under water for hours are doing fine. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Renewable Energy Sector Excluded From Philippine Foreign Investment Cap” • Foreign ownership in the renewable energy market is not covered by the so-called 60-40 investment rule, according to the Department of Justice. The legal opinion stated that the investment cap seeks to “preserve for Filipinos limited and exhaustible resources.” [CNN Philippines]

Philippine wind farm (Froi Rivera, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Revenge Of The ICE Car In Italy As Plug-Ins Down To 7% In August” • There is no sign of relief for the ongoing EV crisis in Europe’s fourth largest auto market. As the rest of the continent continues to enjoy an increasing share of plug-in vehicles across all major countries, Italy is showing a worrying pullback, with causes that are political. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Iran To Produce 10 GW Of Nuclear Power ‘With Or Without Foreign Help’” • Iran’s nuclear  generating capacity is planned to hit 10 GW, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization said, noting that the target does not rely on international partnership. The target will be achieved with national self-sufficiency and local technologies. [Eurasia Review]

Tehran (Sajad Nori, Unsplash)

¶ “Uttar Pradesh To Start Solar Rooftop Projects” • The Uttar Pradesh government decided to develop solar rooftop projects on government and semi-government buildings and offices as part of its new renewable energy initiative. It plans to have twenty-five 2-MW solar PV projects on government buildings and offices. [The Economic Times]


¶ “Owner Of UK Power Station Drax Cuts Down Primary Forests In Canada” • Drax, which got billions of pounds in green energy subsidies from UK taxpayers, is cutting down environmentally important forests, a BBC investigation found. Drax says it only uses sawdust and waste wood. The BBC discovered some of the wood comes from primary forests in Canada. [BBC]

Canadian forest (Eelco Böhtlingk, Unsplash)

¶ “Equinor Hits The Construction Start Button On UK Storage Project” • Equinor has approved the final investment decision on its Blandford Road battery storage project in the south of the UK. This is Equinor’s the first commercial battery storage asset. The Blandford Road project is a 25-MW, 50-MWh battery storage asset in Dorset. [reNews]

¶ “Siemens And Aker Sign Norfolk Boreas EPCI Grid Contract” • Siemens Energy and Aker Solutions, both preferred bidders to provide the power system to the full 3.6-GW Norfolk zone, have signed a contract with Vattenfall to deliver infrastructure for grid connection for Vattenfall’s 1800-MW Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm off England’s east coast. [reNews]

Offshore living quarters platform (Vattenfall image)


¶ “Death Toll Soars To 76 In Florida After Entire Communities Are Demolished By Hurricane Ian” • Newly homeless Floridians are struggling to restart their lives while rescuers scramble to find any remaining signs of life in the wreckage left by Hurricane Ian. In some cases, there are emergency workers who juggle both unimaginable tasks. [CNN]

¶ “This 100% Solar Community Endured Hurricane Ian With No Loss Of Power And Minimal Damage” • Babcock Ranch says it’s “America’s first solar-powered town.” Its solar array makes more electricity than the 2,000-home town uses. When Hurricane Ian came barreling through southwest Florida this week, the lights in Babcock Ranch stayed on. [CNN]

Babcock Ranch solar array (From

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning Powers Florida Man’s Cooking, Lights, Fridge, Entertainment During Hurricane Ian” • A Ford F-150 Lightning helped one Florida man and his family ride out the storm. They used their electric Ford pickup truck to power their refrigerator, lights, fans, TV, electric stove burner, record player, speakers, and probably more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Achieves Record 343,830 Deliveries In 3rd Quarter” • Tesla published its 3rd quarter production and delivery totals. The company produced a record 365,923 vehicles and delivered a record 343,830 vehicles to customers. The deliveries could have been higher, but there were delays, with more cars in transit at the end of the quarter. [CleanTechnica]

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