January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2023


¶ “Youngkin’s Attack On Virginia’s Cars Law Threatens Climate Progress” • Gov Glenn Youngkin personally thwarted Virginia’s first EV factory from being built, though every state that borders on Virginia has at least two new EV factories. His latest salvo against climate action is his call to repeal a keystone climate law: Virginia’s Clean Cars initiative. [CleanTechnica]

EVs charging (EVgo image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carbon Capture For Less Than $40 A Ton? It’s Possible, Says PNNL” • Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they have a cheap way to capture carbon dioxide as it’s emitted from power plants and factories, such as iron and steel making facilities. It costs less than $40 a ton, which is a huge drop in the cost of carbon capture. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Solar And Farming Is A Match Made In Heaven” • Paul Mathewson and Nicholas Bosch, Clean Wisconsin researchers, make some startling observations in a report. The million acres of Wisconsin farmland that grow corn for ethanol could produce 100 times as much energy if planted with solar PVs instead. And crops may be grown under the PVs. [CleanTechnica]

Agrivoltaics (Tobi Kellner, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “What’s A Virtual Power Plant?” • A virtual power plant  is a collection of small-scale energy resources that, aggregated and coordinated with grid operations, can provide the same kind of reliability and economic value to the grid as traditional power plants. In an emergency, a VPP can mean the difference between operating and failure. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “How Onions Became A Luxury In The Philippines” • In the Philippines, the price of onions surged to around ₱700/kg ($5.80/lb) last month, according to official statistics. That makes onions more costly than meat. Onions are a staple ingredient in Filipino cuisine, and their high cost has become a symbol of the rising cost of living. [BBC]

Philippine produce vendor (Lance Lozano, Unsplash)

¶ “Enfinity Global And Statkraft Sign Long-Term PPA For The Commercialization Of 191 GWh Of Clean Electricity Per Year In Italy” • Enfinity Global and Statkraft signed a 10-year solar power purchase agreement in Italy. The committed energy will be produced by a 112-MW solar power portfolio that is owned by Enfinity Global. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Hydrogen Deal Unites Australian Innovation With German Expertise” • Australia and Germany are boosting research into green hydrogen production with about $110 million combined conditional funding for four projects. The agreement brings together Australian and German industry and research partners for the projects. [Australian Renewable Energy Agency]

Planned 1-GW green hydrogen production facility (Edify image)

¶ “£100 Billion In Savings With 100% Renewable Energy By 2050, New Report Finds” • A report on UK energy strategies commissioned by UK group 100percentrenewableuk concludes that ALL of the UK’s energy needs (not just electricity) CAN be met with renewable energy, without fossil fuels or nuclear, by 2050. [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament]

¶ “CWP Enters Montenegrin Renewables Market With 400 MW Solar Project” • Renewable energy company CWP Europe plans to install a solar power plant in Montenegro with a capacity of 400 MW. The planned investment is around €360 million. CWP Europe said project development and construction are planned to be in phases. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Kotor, Montenegro (George Kedenburg III, Unsplash)


¶ “How California’s Recent Flooding Could Set The Stage For A Dangerous Wildfire Season” • Weather has swung from drought to floods. But Californians know the pendulum could abruptly swing the other way again. If moisture doesn’t stick around and heat sets in, winter’s rain and snow could prime the landscape for an intense wildfire season. [CNN]

¶ “Funding Opportunity For Clean Energy Tech Deployment On Tribal Lands” • The US DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a Notice of Intent to release a $50 million Funding Opportunity Announcement to support clean energy technology deployment on tribal lands. Awards are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $5 million. [CleanTechnica]

Tribal House (National Park Service, Public Domain)

¶ “How The Salton Sea Could Solve Battery Mineral Supply Issues” • The Salton Sea has gone through many cycles of filling and drying up. Right now, it is in the latter stage. A recent YouTube video by PBS shows us a way that the underground remnants of the lake could come to the rescue of not just the Salton Sink, but the EV industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NextEra Commissioned 5 GW Of Renewables And Storage In 2022, Ups Growth Plan” • NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light and the largest developer of clean energy in the US, said it deployed 5,000 MW of new renewable energy resources and energy storage in 2022, while adding 8,000 MW of projects to its pipeline. [Power Engineering]

Jordan Creek Wind Farm (Courtesy of NextEra Energy)

¶ “How California’s Ambitious New Climate Plan Could Help Speed Energy Transformation Around The World” • California is embarking on an audacious climate plan that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas footprint by 2045, and in the process, reduce emissions far beyond its borders. The blueprint calls for massive transformations. [FlaglerLive]

¶ “Equinor And BP Bid For Third New York Offshore Wind Solicitation” • Equinor and bp today jointly bid into New York’s third offshore wind solicitation, building on strong commitments to deliver renewable energy for New Yorkers, create sustainable jobs, boost the economy across the state, and support a just transition to renewable energy. [BP]

Have an obviously impeccable day.

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