February 1 Energy News

February 1, 2023


¶ “The Decline And Fall Of Fossil Fuels” • The latest projections from FERC say natural gas capacity will not grow in the US in the near term. Fossil fuels were in decline overall, but now no part of the fossil fuels or nuclear industry is projected to grow. So about 100% of net generating capacity growth to 2026 is expected to made up of renewables. [Green Energy Times]

Wind farm in Iowa (Voice of America, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stackable Offshore Floating Wind Turbine Platform Cuts Costs” • The American Bureau of Shipping gave approval in principle to a stackable, offshore floating wind turbine platform. The stacking feature is part of a soup-to-nuts campaign to cut the maritime-related costs of floating wind, from the Swedish firm Bassoe Technology. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Nigeria Election 2023: The Oil Land With No Electricity” • In oil-rich Nigeria, businesses cannot rely on electricity from the national grid, as blackouts are common. The country has 210 million people, but its 5,000 MW of generating capacity is only enough to power about five million households. Candidates for election are promising to provide more. [BBC]

Street in Lagos (Muhammad-taha Ibrahim, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Volkswagen Had A Great 2022: 26% More EVs, More Than 15,000 Rapid Charging Stations” • The Volkswagen Group says it has made significant progress toward EV transformation in 2022. Despite supply challenges and temporary manufacturing halts, customers received 572,100 all-electric vehicles, a notable 26% increase globally from 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plugin Electric Vehicles Get 30% Share Of Auto Market In Another Record Month In China” • Plugin vehicles in China once again ended the year with a record month, growing by 83% year over year in the last month of the year to a record 671,000 units. Interestingly, full electric vehicles had a slow month, growing just 13%, to 471,000 units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Big Return To Coal In Europe Killed Off By Record Renewable Energy” • As Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe last year, countries put more coal power on standby to fill the gaps. But the bloc fended off a feared dramatic increase in burning coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, by installing large amounts of solar and wind generating capacity. [Sky News]

¶ “Jera Finishes Formosa 2 Turbine Installation” • Jera completed installation of all 47 wind turbines at the 376-MW Formosa 2 offshore wind project off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan. Jera continues to actively promote large-scale offshore wind projects both in Japan and abroad to achieve sustainable growth in its corporate value, it said. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Jera image)

¶ “Royal Navy Orders Investigation Into Nuclear Submarine ‘Repaired With Glue’” • The Royal Navy has ordered an urgent investigation amid claims that workers on a Trident nuclear armed submarine fixed broken bolts in the vessel’s reactor chamber using glue. Reportedly, the bad repairs were found when a bolt fell off during an inspection. [The Guardian]


¶ “California Floated Cutting Major Cities Off Colorado River Water Before Touching Its Agriculture Supply, Sources Say” • In a closed-door negotiation about Colorado River, representatives from California’s water districts proposed modeling what the basin’s future would look like if some of the West’s biggest cities were cut off from the water supply. [CNN]

All-American Canal (Charles O’Rear, US EPA, public domain)

¶ “Monthly Plug-In EV Sales In The US Exceeded 7% Of All New Light-Duty Vehicle Sales For The First Time In September 2022” • From the introduction of mass-market plug-in EVs in 2010, it took about a decade for monthly sales to routinely exceed a 2% share of all light-duty vehicle sales. That share more than tripled in just two years to over 7%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford Cuts Mustang Mach-E Prices, Plans Production Increase, May Sell German Factory” • Ford says it will continue to position the Mustang Mach-E as a compelling option for those looking for an electric SUV. The company said that it has secured enough batteries and raw material to scale production of all of its EV models in 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Eduardo Arcos, Unsplash)

¶ “Exxon Announces Record Profits For 2022” • ExxonMobil announced record profits for the year 2022, reporting it made $55.7 billion over the past year and drawing ire from the left. Other major energy companies also posted record earnings for the year. Democrats have been critical of corporate profits at a time when consumers faced high prices. [The Hill]

¶ “Amazon Buys Record 8.3 GW Of Renewable Energy In 2022” • Tech giant Amazon announced it had secured more renewable energy in 2022 than any other company had bought in a year, as part of its drive to power its stores, data centres, and fulfilment centres entirely using clean energy by 2025. It bought 8.3 GW of wind and solar power in 2022. [Computing]

Wind turbine (Annie Spratt, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Corridor To Northern Maine Clears Hurdle With OK From State Commission” • A major renewable energy project in Aroostook County, Maine got a boost, as the state’s Public Utilities Commission concluded that it is in the public interest. The wind farm and transmission line are driven by Maine’s climate goals. [Maine Public]

¶ “Duke Energy Proposes Two Programs To Help Customers Use Renewable Energy” • Duke Energy has asked North Carolina regulators to approve the expansion of a program that lets large customers contract for renewable energy. Duke also wants to offer renewable energy credits to customers who want to support the shift to clean energy. [WFDD]

Have an unreservedly elated day.

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