December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “How To Keep The Lights On In Extreme Winter Weather” • Extreme weather events, including severe winter weather events, are projected to become more common due to climate change. And as the temperature drops, the heat increases from the fossil fuel industry. Building a reliable grid that performs in extreme winter weather is imperative. [CleanTechnica]

Snow day (Patino Jhon, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Health Benefits Of Wind Energy Could Quadruple By Dialing Down Fossil Fuels” • The IEA’s new report demonstrates that in the vast majority of nations, utility-scale solar PV and onshore wind are the least costly solutions for new generating capacity. As we move away from fossil fuels, our health benefits, but it could benefit more with planning. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Panels Go Perfectly With Pickup Truck Tonneau Covers” • Worksport doesn’t make EVs, but it does make tonneau covers for pickup trucks. They are the flat covers that go over truck beds to protect against loss, theft, and weather. Worksport has been busily getting solar panels integrated into tonneau covers. Soon, they will be ready to go to market. [CleanTechnica]

Solar-enabled tornneau cover (Courtesy of Worksport)

World:

¶ “The Making Of A Pumped Hydro Water Storage Battery In Switzerland” • The Nant de Drace pumped hydro facility, with a capacity to store 20 GWh of electricity, is now in operation high in the Swiss Alps near the border with France. It has been under construction for 14 years, and uses 18 km of tunnels cut into the Valais Alps. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nation’s PV Growth, Exports Chase Demand” • China’s new PV installations grew 98.7% year-on-year to 58.24 GW during the first 10 months this year, as the country has actively promoted solar power development for some years. Exports hit a record high amid surging demand overseas, hitting $44.03 billion, up 90.3% year-on-year. [China Economic Net]

Solar energy (Raphael Cruz, Unsplash)

¶ “SA Winery First To Power With Solar Energy Stored In EV” • Joseph Evans, owner of Ballycroft Vineyard, Barossa Valley in South Australia, made history as the first person in the country to power his business using solar energy stored in his EV. A Nissan Leaf vehicle-to-grid system stores excess solar energy in the car’s battery to be used after sundown. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Seven Offshore Wind Farms Awarded Marine Area Consents” • Maritime area consents have been issued by Ireland’s Minister for Environment for seven offshore renewable energy projects. The projects may participate in the Offshore Renewable Energy Support Scheme 1, which is expected to procure approximately 2.5 GW of generating capacity. [Afloat]

Offshore wind farm at sunset (Pete Godfrey, Unsplash)

¶ “Russia’s Nuclear Energy Giant Expects 2022 Exports To Rise By 15%” • Russia’s state nuclear energy company Rosatom expects its exports to have increased by 15% this year, chief executive Alexey Likhachev said, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia. He said Rosatom’s portfolio of foreign orders is set to remain stable at $200 billion. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “Winter Storm Leaves At Least 37 Dead In The US. Residents In Western New York Remain Trapped Under Feet Of Snow” • The massive winter storm is still blasting much of the US with brutal winter weather. It has caused at least 37 deaths. Parts of western New York were buried by 43 inches of snow, leading to eleven ambulances being abandoned. [CNN]

Snow (Ali Inay, Unsplash)

¶ “Around 14,000 Customers Impacted After Substations In Tacoma Area Vandalized By Burglars” • About 14,000 customers in Puyallup and Graham, Washington, were affected by vandals who damaged three power substations belonging to Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy, police said. They seem not to have stolen anything. [CNN]

¶ “Why Are Some Of Electrify America’s Stations Failing In The Cold?” • In some recent videos, Out of Spec tested Electrify America stations in the recent cold weather. What they found was that at some local stations charging units didn’t work in 0°F (-18°C) temperatures. However, the problem does not seem to have been universal. [CleanTechnica]

Have a transcendentally practical day.

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