December 27 Energy News

December 27, 2022


¶ “Calling Nuclear Fusion A Potential ‘Climate Solution’ May Undermine Actual Solutions” • On a practical, near-term level, nuclear fusion and climate change have almost nothing to do with each other. One remains in more-or-less scientific infancy, many years away from even a hint of usable form; the other gets more urgent by the day. [Grid News]

Corona mass ejection (NASA, Unsplash)

¶ “The War In Ukraine May Help The World Save Itself From Climate Ruination” • Two positive developments have resulted from Putin’s monstrous war in Ukraine. He has awakened Western nations to the essential nature of NATO. Much more important is that the war has shown the necessity of weaning the world off of fossil fuels. [The Hill]

¶ “Tennessee Has Massive Wind Energy Potential. Why Isn’t Anybody Talking About It?” • Wind power accounts for nearly half of all renewable energy in the US, but virtually all of it comes from outside the Southeast. Tennessee could make wind its dominant source of power, according to data analysis by the National Renewable Energy Lab. [WPLN News]

Wind turbines (, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Puerto Rico’s Agriculture Solution To Climate Change” • Agroecology is a low-impact agricultural method. It protects biodiversity and soil quality by working with nature to produce food sustainably. Agroecology, initially ridiculed and labeled a hippy movement by universities and government officials, has spread across the territory. [Pasquines]


¶ “Carbon Tracker Report: ‘Slipped Gear’” • Carbon Tracker’s recent report “Slipped Gear” analysed how twenty passenger vehicle makers align to the Paris Agreement and what their positions are for the automotive energy transition. It seens either the car makers have no highly visible plans for the transition or they have no plans at all. [CleanTechnica]

GreenWay charging, VW ID.4 (Courtesy of

¶ “Tanzania Starts Filling The Julius Nyerere Dam For 2,115-MW Hydropower Plant” • Tanzania is now filling the Julius Nyerere Dam for the new 2,115-MW hydropower plant. The project cost is said to be about $3 billion. Tanzania has an installed capacity of around 1,600 MW. The new plant will see its installed capacity jump to about 3,700 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Riga Soon Getting Its First Solaris E-Buses” • Rīgas Satiksme, a Latvian carrier, made another advancement toward e-mobility. The contract is for the delivery of 35 “Urbino 12” electric buses, with an option to add seventeen more. The basic contract has a total value of more than €19 million and should be completed within a year. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris e-bus (Courtesy of Solaris)

¶ “Britishvolt: Plans To Create 30-GWh Battery Gigaplant” • Electric vehicles will play an important role in establishing a sustainable future, but first, battery production must be updated so that it is environmentally friendly. Britishvolt provides an example of what this might look like with their new Gigaplant in Northumberland. [AZoM]

¶ “ESB Networks Connected 23 Renewable Projects This Year” • ESB Networks says it connected 23 large renewable energy projects to Ireland’s electricity network this year. The projects added 688 MW of green capacity to the network, enough to power around 350,000 homes. This, it said, is above all previous renewable energy connection records. [RTE]

Wind farm (Peggy Sue Zinn, Unsplash)

¶ “World Bank Group Financing West Africa Power Project” • The World Bank Group’s International Development Association is investing $311 million into an initiative designed to benefit electricity customers across West Africa. The project’s focus is to improve the pace of grid connections for renewable energy, and strengthen the regional power grid. [POWER Magazine]


¶ “US Winter Storm Traps New York State Residents In Cars” • A New York state official said some people had been trapped in cars for more than two days during what was “probably” the worst storm of their lives. Up to 9 inches (23 cm) more of snow are expected in parts of the state through Tuesday, forecasts warn. Nationally, the storm has killed 56 people. [BBC]

Plowing snow (Sanne Knoops, Unsplash)

¶ “In Wisconsin, 49 Habitat For Humanity Homes To Be Solar Powered” • Thanks to their sustainable solar systems, 49 Habitat for Humanity homes in Wisconsin will have significant decreases in their energy costs. Cost-effective renewable energy is used in the initiative, which is to be run by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oregon Joins Other US States In Adopting The Life-Saving Advanced Clean Cars II Standards” • Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission adopted rules to require all new passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs sold in Oregon to be zero emissions by 2035. The EQC is the rulemaking board for the Department of Environmental Quality. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Image courtesy of Forth)

¶ “Cities Begin To Question Minimum Parking Regulations” • According to The Guardian, Buffalo, New York, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, scaled back their minimum parking rules a few years ago and were astonished to find that developers rushed in to transform previously derelict buildings into shops, apartments, and restaurants. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Renewable Energy Facilities Underway In The Lone Star State” • Texas is known for its world-class oil and gas industry. While Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick has set his goals for 2023 to build more natural gas facilities, Texas will also be getting several massive renewable energy facilities, some using using innovative technologies. [Brownwood News]

Have an abundantly remunerative day.

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