Archive for October 4th, 2022

October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2022


¶ “Trains, E-Bikes, And Blimps: Bill McKibben Envisions Slower, Cleaner Transportation” • Years ago, a group of people in France founded a “slow food” movement, celebrating the joy of dining rather than downing a burger with fries and dashing back into life’s fray. Could we be ready for a “slow travel” movement? McKibben certainly thinks so. [CleanTechnica]

Inside an Airlander 10 blimp (Hybrid Air Vehicles image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Microgrids For Anyone” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a description of the improvised controls that saved NREL during its own outage. It describes a microgrid approach that sidesteps the central controller, an expensive and complicated component, to make microgrids easy and low cost where they are needed most. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Can Agrivoltaics Fuel The Growth Of Sustainable Farming?” • The Inflation Reduction Act, lauded as the largest climate change investment in US history, features a $369 billion investment in clean energy. It includes more than $20 billion for climate-smart agricultural practices, and that will likely produce more grants or subsidies for agrivoltaic projects. [CleanTechnica]

Agrivoltaics (Image courtesy SolarEdge)


¶ “Bad News For Fossil Fuels: Barbados Seeks Green Hydrogen With Sheep, Too” • A new green hydrogen project in the tiny island nation of Barbados is providing a glimpse of the future that awaits after the global economy wakes up from its collective fossil energy nightmare. Unless, of course, sheep give you nightmares. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tata Tiago EV Is A $10,000 Electric Car For India” • Tata Motors, one of India’s largest vehicle manufacturers, announced a new made-in-India electric car called the Tiago EV, a 5-door hatchback based on the the company’s Ziptron electric car platform, which is optimized for driving conditions in India. The Tiago EV starts at around $10,000. [CleanTechnica]

Tata Tiago EV (courtesy of Tata Motors)

¶ “German Measures To Support Renewable Energy Production Granted EU Approval” • The European Commission approved three additional measures for Germany to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources. The approval is in the context of EEG 2021, which aims to increase climate protection and expand renewable energy. [Energy Live News]

¶ “372-MW Bjornberget Wind Farm Generates First Power” • Enlight Renewable Energy’s Bjornberget onshore wind farm has achieved all necessary regulatory requirements to start moving to commercial operation. Bjornberget is in Sweden. It is one of the largest wind farms in Europe, at 372 MW, and it is Enlight’s largest operational project to date. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Image by Emil Serrgel)

¶ “Head Of Russian-Held Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Freed: UN Watchdog” • The detained chief of Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been released, according to Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ihor Murashov had been detained by a “Russian patrol” on Friday. [Kyiv Post]


¶ “Kaban Wind Farm Powers Up And Connects To Queensland’s Renewable ‘Supergrid’” • Neoen Australia’s 157-MW Kaban wind farm has connected to Queensland’s “SuperGrid,” the state’s grand name for the beefed up electricity network that will need to accommodate 80% renewables by 2035. The wind farm has 16 of its 28 turbines fully installed. [Renew Economy]

Transporting masts (CleanCo image)

¶ “Queensland Seeks Local Manufacturers To Build The State’s Renewable Energy ‘Supergrid’” • Queensland is looking for local manufacturers to build its “supergrid” and ambitious renewable energy rollout, with a plan to set up new local clean technologies supply chains. It is aiming to switch its energy supply from coal to 80% renewables by 2035. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Telstra Dials Up Wind Power Generation” • Ark Energy announced it would supply Telstra, the telecommunications giant, with renewable electricity from the 923.4-MW MacIntyre Wind Farm, now under construction. Telstra has bankrolled over $1 billion of renewable energy projects in Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales. [The Canberra Times]

Wind turbine construction (PR handout image)


¶ “Death Toll From Hurricane Ian Surpasses 100 As The Search For Survivors Continues In Florida” • The number of people killed in Florida by Hurricane Ian rose to at least 101 on Monday, days after the Category 4 storm made landfall, wrecking coastal areas and leaving rescue crews searching for survivors while residents face the daunting task of rebuilding. [CNN]

¶ “Babcock Ranch Was Designed To Be Resilient. Hurricane Ian Was Its First Real Test” • Florida Power & Light is invested in building community solar facilities. It installed battery storage as part of the solar plant at Babcock Ranch, creating a microgrid. But compliance with a strong building code was an important factor in keeping BR safe. [CleanTechnica]

Babcock Ranch solar array (Babcock Ranch image)

¶ “Vermont’s New ‘Replace Your Ride’ Funds Cleaner Options For Transportation” • Under the Replace Your Ride program, incentives of $3,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis to income-eligible Vermont residents who retire a working high-polluting vehicle that is at least 10 years old and switch to a new or used plug-in EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Youngkin Plan Calls For Reevaluating Major Clean Energy Law” • On Monday, Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin called for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state’s powerful utilities. [AP News]

Have a rather flawless day.

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