March 11 Energy News

March 11, 2023


¶ “Bloomberg Calls “Peak ICE” Just As GM Offers Buyouts To Salaried Employees” • Colin McKerracher of Bloomberg New Energy Finance observed that the global market for internal combustion vehicles peaked in 2017 and is now in structural decline. GM announced it is offering to buy out US salaried employees. Is there a connection? [CleanTechnica]

Ferrari (Guillaume Bleyer, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia Must Learn Lessons From Fukushima Disaster” • On March 11, 2011, a massive tsunami devastated large areas along Japan’s eastern coastline. It also breached the safety and backup systems of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power stations, leading to meltdowns. More than $120 billion has been spent, but the crisis continues today. [Independent Australia]

Science and Technology:

¶ “La Niña Has Ended And El Niño Will Form During Hurricane Season, Forecasters Say” • After three consecutive years of an unusually stubborn pattern, La Niña has ended and El Niño is on the way, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That could mean a less active Atlantic hurricane season and another spike in global temperatures. [CNN]

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¶ “South Africa’s Naamsa Recommends Incentives Up To R80,000 ($4,320) To Catalyze Growth Of EV Sector” • Naamsa, the Automotive Business Council in South Africa, has released its document, “New Energy Vehicle Roadmap Thought Leadership Discussion.” It notes the need for “meaningful NEV transition in South Africa.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Agrees To Push For Global Phase Out Of Fossil Fuels Ahead Of COP28 Climate Conference” • European Union countries agreed to promote a global fossil fuel phase out ahead of the UN’s COP28 climate summit. Europe is transforming its energy system to meet climate targets and end decades of reliance on Russian fossil fuels. [CNN]

Windfarm (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “UK And France Sign New Renewable Energy Partnership” • The governments of the UK and France have signed an energy partnership that will mean greater regional and global energy security, as well as delivering secure, green, affordable energy for both countries. They also committed to further cooperation on civil nuclear power. [Energy Digital Magazine]

¶ “The Ice Cream, A Small $5000 EV, May Spark More EV Interest In The Philippines” • The Ice Cream, a popular small footprint electric vehicle in China, will soon be launched in the Philippines. The vehicle is available in three variants in China: Pudding, Cone, and Sundae, for as little as $5,000. It is made by Chinese car maker Chery. [CleanTechnica]

Chery QQ Ice Cream (Quzhouliulian, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)


¶ “’Pineapple Express’ Winter Storm Pummels California” • The latest winter storm to hammer California is bringing torrential rain, flash flooding, and landslides. It is closing roads, felling trees and raising avalanche fears. It is the state’s tenth atmospheric river of the winter, and nearly all residents are under weather warning this weekend. [BBC]

¶ “Biden Administration To Approve Major Alaska Oil Drilling Project Willow” • The Biden administration is soon set to approve ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project, a major oil drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope, according to a congressional source familiar with the details. The decision will be announced next week, the source confirmed. [CNN]

Nuiqsut, Alaska (Paxson Woelber, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Remote And Rural Communities Boosted By Distributed Wind Energy” • St. Mary’s installed a single 900-kilowatt wind turbine in 2019. That turbine produces about 50% of their power. Now, thanks to a four-year study on microgrids, there are data showing that distributed wind energy could be cost-effective to power to many communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Policy-Driven Supply Constraints Cause Steep Drop In Solar Installations In 2022” • The US added 20.2 GW of solar capacity in 2022, a 16% decrease from 2021. The decline was largely due to an investigation into new anti-circumvention tariffs by the US Commerce Department and equipment detainments under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. [CleanTechnica]

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