Archive for February 10th, 2023

February 10 Energy News

February 10, 2023


¶ “The Fossil Fuel Industry Is ‘Immorally Undermining Climate Action’” • “We must end the merciless, relentless, senseless war on nature,” UN Secretary General António Gutterres said, as that war “is putting our world at immediate risk of hurtling past the 1.5-degree temperature increase limit and now still moving towards a deadly 2.8 degrees.” [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Monster Profits For Fossil Fuel Companies Spur New Legal Challenges From Activists” • After the five largest fossil fuel companies reported their largest annual profits ever, ClientEarth sued the eleven directors of Shell in the high court of England. It is the first case seeking to hold corporate directors personally liable for climate inaction. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Law: 50% Or More Solar Power Over Parking Lots In France” • France stormed into a new era of solar with a law just passed requiring a massive increase in solar canopies. The new law requires that that large parking lots have at least 50% of their lot covered in solar canopies. It applies to parking lots with 80 spaces or more. [CleanTechnica]

Solar covered parking (Econet image)

¶ “Ukraine Schools And Hospitals Getting Solar + Storage From ‘Energy Act For Ukraine Foundation’ And Menlo Electric” • As the people of Ukraine fight for their survival, they need all the help they can get, including electricity. Energy Act for Ukraine Foundation and Menlo Electric teamed up for solar + storage for schools and hospitals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Qualitas Inks PPA For 494 MW Of Spanish Solar” • Qualitas Energy has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for output from its 494-MW solar plant in the region of Murcia, in southern Spain. Through the PPA, the electricity generated by the plant will be sold to an IG global energy company for the next ten years. [reNews]

Solar project (Antonio Garcia, Unsplash)

¶ “European Institutions Combine Know-How On Energy Storage To Unlock The Full Potential Of Renewable Energy” • Fourteen leading European energy groups, universities, and research organizations launched a four-year project to help rapid deployment of renewables through the integration of innovative energy storage technologies. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Philippines’ Citicore Prepares For IPO, To Invest $4 Billion In Renewable Energy” • Citicore Renewable Energy Corp, one of the Philippines’ biggest solar power producers, is planning to go public to fund a $4 billion investment in solar projects over the next five years, its CEO said. Citicore hopes to increase its solar portfolio to 5 GW. [Market Screener]

Manila (, CC0)

¶ “Delhi To Raise Power Generation Capacity By 6 GW Through Renewable Sources” • Currently, 33% of the total energy demand in Delhi is met by renewable sources. In the next three years, 6 GW of renewable energy will be produced in Delhi through various initiatives of the government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. [Millennium Post]

¶ “Datacom Partners With Mercury To Bring Renewable Energy To Data Centers” • New Zealand’s largest homegrown technology company, Datacom, has completed a new energy provider tender to ensure its data centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch are powered by renewable energy for minimal impact on the environment. [New Zealand]

Wellington (Lucas W, Pexels)

¶ “Russia, IAEA Hope To Make Progress On Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Safety Zone” • Russia and the UN’s nuclear watchdog said they hoped to make progress on creating a safety zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which has come under repeated shelling over the months since it was seized by the Russian military. [Reuters]


¶ “California Aims To Boot Dirty Investment With California Fossil Fuel Divestment Act” • One of California’s big recent announcements on climate laws is that state policymakers have introduced the California Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. It would require all large corporations to report carbon emissions, including their scope 3 emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Demonstration (Courtesy of Youth vs Apocalypse)

¶ “Interactive Map Shows Communities Impacted By Ethylene Oxide” • The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report assessing 104 facilities that emit ethylene oxide, a toxic, colorless gas that causes cancer. An interactive map shows whether one of these facilities is in a community, with information about who may be most impacted. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Heat Pump Wars In Maine” • New England and much of the northeast US suffered through a brutal cold snap lately. Much to the surprise of many, a heat pump designed for operation in low temperatures (not all of them are) is quite capable of functioning just fine even when the temperature outside falls below zero. And the message is getting around. [CleanTechnica]

Winter cold (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Comcast Sources Solar Power For Regional Operations” • Comcast is making a major investment in renewable electricity in Connecticut. Under a 15-year agreement with Constellation, the telecommunications company is getting enough electricity from the Gravel Pit Solar project in East Windsor to 43% of its needs in Connecticut and Massachusetts. [CBIA]

¶ “Several Universities, Including Purdue, To Experiment With Micro Nuclear Power” • Some universities take interest in micro nuclear technology to power their buildings and to see how well it can replace the coal and gas-fired energy that causes climate change. Purdue University is working with Duke Energy on the feasibility of using nuclear technology. [CBS 4]

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