Archive for March 10th, 2023

March 10 Energy News

March 10, 2023


¶ “Ukraine War: Why Russia’s Infrastructure Strikes Strategy Isn’t Working” • A coordinated wave of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s power infrastructure was the first in almost a month. Western officials believe missiles and other precision-guided weaponry Russia needs to carry out such attacks with any measure of effectiveness is in short supply. [BBC]

Bombed building (Alex Fedorenko, Unsplash)

¶ “Shell Makes Another Green Hydrogen Move, Exxon Gets The Blues” • As oil and gas giants creep slowly into decarbonization mode, some are slower than others. A case in point is green hydrogen. Shell is supporting new solid oxide electrolyzers that push renewable or “green” hydrogen gas from water. Meanwhile, ExxonMobil does what it does best. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Roam’s New Production Facility Could Turn Out 50 Thousand Electric Motorcycles Per Year” • Roam, a Nairobi-based company that develops, designs, and deploys EVs tailored for the African continent, has just unveiled its new production facility. It will allow for an expanded production and have an annual capacity of 50,000 motorcycles. [CleanTechnica]

Roam electric motorcycles (Roam image)

¶ “Latin America Poised To Become Renewable Energy Giant: Report” • Latin America is poised to become a major renewable energy producer, with nearly a billion solar panels’ worth of large-scale clean-electricity projects slated to come online in the next seven years, a report found. The report was by the Global Energy Monitor, a US non-profit. [Daily Times]

¶ “DTEK Completes First Phase Of 500-MW Ukrainian Project” • Despite Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, the DTEK Group is completing construction of the first phase of the Tyligulska wind power plant, with a capacity of 114 MW out of the total declared 500 MW. In spring 2023, its 19 wind turbines will start generating electricity to support Ukraine’s energy grid. [reNews]

Installing a turbine (DTEK image)

¶ “EBRD’s Renewable Energy Project In Central Asia Is Largest To Date” • Two syndicated loans totalling $520 million were set up by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to help construct and put into operation two wind power plants in Uzbekistan, Zsuzsanna Hargitai, EBRD Managing Director for Central Asia, told Trend. [Trend News Agency]

¶ “Once Powered Primarily By Coal, Alberta Now Gets More Electricity From Renewables” • Less than a decade ago, Alberta relied on coal for the majority of its electricity needs. Today, the province gets more power from wind, solar and hydro, according to the latest data from the Alberta Electric System Operator. Coal has been replaced largely by natural gas. [CBC]

Alberta highway (Alexis Mette, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Zen Energy Charging Up First Big Battery Project In SA” • The electricity retailer Zen Energy has announced plans to develop its first utility-scale battery energy storage system after acquiring the 111-MW, 270-MWh Templers Battery storage project in South Australia from UK-based developer Renewable Energy Systems Group. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Tata Power Renewable Energy Signs 510-MW Wind Solar PPA With Delhi Discom” • Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for a hybrid wind-solar power project. The project is to have capacities of 170 MW of solar power and 340 MW of wind power. [pv magazine India]

Delhi (Laurentiu Morariu, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine Says Power Restored At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Ukraine’s energy provider said the power to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant has been restored, after it was disconnected by Russian missile attacks. The plant is switching from diesel generators to receiving electricity for its own needs from the United Energy System of Ukraine. [The Nation]


¶ “TikTokers Target Controversial Willow Oil Project” • US government officials are soon to decide on the huge Willow oil project. Environmental groups and some Native residents oppose it because of potential climate impacts and wildlife damage. Opposition has grown rapidly of late as campaign to stop it has gone viral on TikTok. [BBC]

National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (US BLM image)

¶ “How The US Power Grid Is A Target For Far-Right Groups” • Far-right groups are increasingly talking about attacking the US power grid to cause chaos and advance their cause, terrorism experts say. The warnings come after the founder of a neo-Nazi group and a woman he met in prison were charged with plotting to attack power installations. [BBC]

¶ “Sol Systems And Google Team Up To Bring Clean Energy To Low Income Communities” • Low income communities are likely to have drafty windows, insufficient insulation, out of date heating and cooling systems, and doors that don’t close tightly. Sol Systems and Google intend to address some of those issues and bring clean energy, too. [CleanTechnica]

Sol Systems solar farm (Sol Systems image)

¶ “Tesla Is #2 Best Selling Auto Brand In California” • Just ten years after the launch of the Tesla Model S, the California-born automaker has risen to #2 in the Golden State among all auto brands, for all types of car and light truck sales. That was Tesla’s ranking in 2022, only trailing Toyota. And Tesla is well ahead of #3 Ford and #4 Honda. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NREL-Led Team Explores Potential Of Geothermal Energy Storage For All Seasons” • Technologies for Renewable energy storage with long-duration capabilities are essential as the US power grid and wider energy economy move to decarbonize. To meet these needs, researchers are exploring novel means to capture excess energy production. [NREL]

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