Archive for February 23rd, 2023

February 23 Energy News

February 23, 2023

Opinion:

¶ “Red States Lap Up IRA Dollars From The Government They Despise” • A lot of conservatives hated the IRA and pushed hard against it. But now the IRA is in force and, wonder of wonders, Republicans love it! So-called red states, where hatred of “the other” is rampant, will be the biggest beneficiaries of the credits and incentives baked into the IRA. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (Holly Ireland, Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Want People To Support Climate Legislation? Explain It In Everyday Language” • What can be done to help more people translate their climate concerns into approval of more legislative mitigation policies? Well, it might help to start using everyday language rather than complicated legalese or scientific discourse to expose the climate crisis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why A US National Electric Grid Would Be Great For The Climate – And Is Nearly Impossible” • Building large-scale transmission lines to carry electricity across the US could be an extremely cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also improving reliability of the country’s energy grid. But it would not be easy. [CNBC]

Transmission lines (Jay Heike, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Holcim’s 14Trees Delivers The Largest 3D-Printed Affordable Housing Project, And It Is In Kenya!” • 14Trees, a joint venture with British International Investment, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, impact investor and Holcim, has completed the successful construction of the largest 3D-printed affordable housing project to date. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Magna Expands In Ontario To Support F-150 Lightning And Other Future EV Production” • Magna, an automotive supplier, disclosed its plan to invest over $470 million in expanding its operations in Ontario. This expansion includes a new battery enclosures facility that will cater to the Ford F-150 Lightning and other OEM programs. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Roam Teams Up With Hitachi To Electrify Transport Across Africa” • With nearly 150 employees, Roam is one of the leading providers of EVs in Africa. Founded in 2017, it was one of the first companies to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses. Roam was recently listed on TIME magazine’s top 100 most innovative companies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CP Foods Installing Solar Panels At 180 Facilities In Renewable Energy Push” • Agro-industrial and food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company has announced that it plans to increase its usage of green energy through the installation of solar panels at 180 animal farms, feed mills, and processing plants across Thailand. [SeafoodSource]

Solar panels (Courtesy of CP Foods)

¶ “Europe ‘Must Strengthen Manufacturing Capacities’” • Federal Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck has said both Germany and Europe must strengthen production capacities for renewable energies. The Minister was speaking at the the third virtual production summit to strengthen energy transition technologies. [reNews]

¶ “Newcastle Airport Signs Up To Go 100% Renewable, Seven Years Early” • In New South Wales, Newcastle Airport will look to hit its 100% renewable energy target this year – seven years ahead of schedule – under an energy purchase agreement with major renewable energy retailer Flow Power. The plan took effect in January and lasts eight years. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbines (Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Costs Continue To Rise For The Hinkley Point Nuclear Megaproject” • For close to a decade, Great Britain’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project has served as the go-to punching bag for anti-nuclear activists. Sure enough, the gift that keeps giving has furnished still another reason to be chary of big nuclear projects. [Yahoo Finance]

US:

¶ “North America Hit By Blizzards And Heat Wave” • Record snow falls are expected in Minnesota. Los Angeles is under a blizzard warning. Low temperatures of -9°F are forcast for Montana. At the same time, high temperatures may be above 90°F in Florida, and record highs could be set in other parts of the South. Extreme weather is hitting the US. [BBC]

Snow (Les Anderson, Unsplash)

¶ “Los Angeles Meteorologists Marvel At Blizzard Warnings” • Meteorologist Evelyn Taft of station KCAL has been covering California weather for nearly 14 years. This is the first time she has seen a blizzard warning in the SoCal area. Meteorologists say such extreme weather events are likely to grow more severe as the climate changes. [BBC]

¶ “New Oil & Gas Terminals In The Gulf Of Mexico Will Unlock 24 Billion Tons Of Greenhouse Gases” • A story in The Guardian says the federal government quietly approved the Sea Port oil terminal project, a proposed offshore oil platform 35 miles off the Texas coast. And it will decide soon whether to allow three other oil terminals nearby. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil & gas platform (Global Energy Monitor image)

¶ “More Than Half Of New US Electricity Generating Capacity In 2023 Will Be Solar” • Developers plan to add 54.5 GW of new utility-scale electric-generating capacity to the US power grid in 2023, according the EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory. More than half of the new capacity will be solar (54%), followed by battery storage (17%). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “University of Michigan Seeking 25 MW Of On-Campus Solar Power” • The University of Michigan plans to build on-campus solar installations with a capacity of 25 MW on the Dearborn, Flint, and Ann Arbor campuses, including Michigan Medicine and Athletics. The university recently called for proposals from vendors to build projects. [The University Record]

Have an inconceivably refreshing day.

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