January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2023


¶ “Nucor’s Green Steel Trumps Anti-Wokedness In Bluegrass State” • Kentucky is celebrating its new green steel factory, the biggest in the US. It aims to be the top supplier to the domestic offshore wind industry. Kentucky is also part of the “anti-woke” movement, which seeks to prevent financial institutions from investing in clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

Kentucky green steel workers (Courtesy of Nucor)

¶ “US And EU Climate Markets And Cleantech” • Wasn’t it only a few months ago when Europe was far ahead of the US in climate action? Not anymore. The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act in the US prompted growling and frowning by EU diplomats at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ursula von der Leyen said, “We must also step up EU funding.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘No Miracles Needed’: Prof Mark Jacobson On How Wind, Sun And Water Can Power The World” • “Combustion is the problem – when you’re continuing to burn something, that’s not solving the problem,” says Prof Mark Jacobson. The world can rapidly get 100% of its energy from renewable sources with, as the title of his new book says, “No Miracles Needed.” [The Guardian]

Wind farm (Charl Folscher, Unsplash)


¶ “The Spanish Town Powered By Waves” • Mutriku is called “one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Basque Country.” It was built as a fishing village. Its harbor’s breakwaters protecct it from the effects of the constant waves. In 2011, it installed the Mutriku Wave Energy Plant, the first commercial wave power plant in Europe. [BBC]

¶ “TESLA 50Hz To Provide 40 MW Of Rooftop Solar To Element Industrial In Romania” • Element Industrial develops, invests in, and manages logistics and industrial real estate in southeastern Europe. It signed an agreement with TESLA 50Hz (not affiliated with Tesla) to design and build rooftop solar installations on all its buildings in Romania. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy of TESLA 50Hz)

¶ “Sasol Seals Deal For Wind Power While Coal Mining Outlook Dims” • Chemicals and energy group Sasol signed three power purchase agreements for almost 300 MW of wind energy to help kick off its decarbonisation plans for its Southern African value chain. The group reported declines in revenues due to continued operational challenges at its coal mines. [News24]

¶ “KABISA Launching Awesome Electric Mobility Ecosystem In Rwanda” • Rwanda is one of the countries in Africa that has led the way in introducing incentives to catalyze the adoption of EVs. Now, thanks to the country’s progressive policies, the price point of new EVs is reaching cost parity with the purchase price of old ICE vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging in Rwanda (Courtesy of KABISA)

¶ “BPCL Signs MOU With Government Of Rajasthan For 1-GW Renewable Energy Plant” • Bharat Petroleum Corporation has signed an MOU with the Rajasthan government to set up a 1-GW renewable energy power plant. Bharat Petroleum has set itself the ambitious goal of Net Zero in Scope 1&2 emissions by the year 2040.  [Construction Week India]

¶ “India Can Save $19.5 Billion Per Year By Shifting From Coal To Clean Power, Says New Study” • India can save up to $19.5 billion a year if it goes with its plan to add 76 GW of utility-scale solar and wind power by 2025, research from Global Energy Monitor shows. The report ranked India in the top seven world countries for prospective renewable power. [Business Today]

¶ “Ukraine Reports That Permanent IAEA Missions Are Now Operating At All Of The Country’s Nuclear Power Plants” • The Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom reported that a number of permanent International Atomic Energy Agency missions are operating at all Ukrainian nuclear power plants, after arriving in the country over the past week. [MSN]


¶ “NOWRDC Announces US Offshore Wind Supply Chain Road Map” • The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium released a report showing how the US can develop a robust and equitable domestic supply chain required to achieve the national offshore wind target of 30 GW by 2030, with a fully domestic supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

Floating offshore windpower (DOE image)

¶ “Texas Solar Plant Enters Operation” • US independent power producer Advanced Power has commenced full commercial operation at a 140-MW (DC) solar farm in Texas. The Cutlass solar farm, in the Greater Houston area, started delivering power into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) system in July 2022. [reNews]

¶ “Hawaiian Electric Seeking Proposals For Renewable Energy Projects On Maui, Oahu” • Hawaiian Electric is seeking proposals for renewable energy projects on Maui and Oahu in a new round of clean energy procurement. The RFP includes development of firm renewable capacity, which can deliver power full time, on the islands. [Maui Now]

Maui (Benjamin Rascoe, Unsplash)

¶ “Federal Study Calls For Rooftop Solar Panels To Meet Puerto Rican Renewable Energy Goals” • Puerto Rico should install rooftop solar panels at such sites as airports and industrial areas to reach renewable energy goals, a federal study said. More than $12 billion in disaster funds were announced in early 2022 for recovery and the redesign. [The Hill]

¶ “New Study Confirms ExxonMobil Knew Exactly The Danger Posed By Climate Change” • ExxonMobil knew just how much the continuing use of carbon-producing fossil fuels was likely to heat up the planet at the same time it was funding a campaign tp denying the reality of global warming, according to a new study published in the journal Science. [GoLocalProv]

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