March 15 Energy News

March 15, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Diverse Approach Is Key To Carbon Removal” • One key takeaway from a study led by scientists at the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is that diversification reduces risk. The effective path to limiting global warming to 1.5°C in this century likely requires a mix of technologies to pull CO₂ from Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. [CleanTechnica]

Forest (John Towner, Unsplash)

¶ “Drought Study Finds Climate Change Responsible, Irrefutable Research” • A NASA-led study published in Nature Water confirms that major droughts and pluvials – periods when precipitation and water storage on land was excessive – have been occurring more often. For the study, NASA scientists examined 20 years of data from the NASA satellites. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “What Are Atmospheric Rivers?” • Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. They come in many shapes and sizes, but those that have the largest amounts of water vapor and the strongest winds can create extreme rainfall and floods. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Oroville, Sep 2021 (California Department of Water Resources)

Lake Oroville, Dec 2022 (California Department of Water Resources)


¶ “South Africa Issues Tender For 513-MW, 2,052-MWh Battery Storage Spread Across 5 Sites” • South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has called for bids for storage capacity totaling 2,052-MWh under the Battery Energy Storage Capacity Bid Window of the Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Trucks Is Bringing Electric Trucks To South Africa!” • Volvo Trucks has announced that it will start delivering heavy electric trucks to customers in South Africa from May of 2023. In South Africa, these heavy electric trucks fall within the extra heavy commercial vehicle segment, with gross vehicle weight ratings exceeding 16.5 tonnes. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric truck (Volvo image)

¶ “2,000 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects To Be Developed By Onix Group In UP” • Onix Group revealed at the recently finished Uttar Pradesh Investors Conference 2023 that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Uttar Pradesh to build 1,000-MW of solar capacity and 1,000-MW of wind capacity in the state. [Construction World]

¶ “Renewable Energy Market Size To Grow To $2.0 Trillion By 2028” • The Global Renewable Energy market was estimated at $1.20 trillion in 2021 and is anticipated to reach $2.0 trillion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 7.5%. Sources counted as renewable energy are wind, ocean, bio, sunlight, the movement of water, and geothermal heat. []

Wind turbine (Crissy Ocallaghan,, CC0)

¶ “168.39 GW Renewable Energy Capacity Installed In India – Union Power & NRE Minister RK Singh” • So far, a total of 168.39 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in India. This includes 63.89 GW of solar, 46.85 GW of large hydro, 41.98 GW of wind, and others. Also, 80.15 GW of capacity is under implementation. [Odisha Diary]

¶ “Premier: No Electrical Shortage After Nuclear Generator Decommission” • Premier Chen Chien-jen says Taiwan will not experience electrical shortage following the decommissioning of the Kuosheng nuclear plant’s No 2 reactor. The government is retiring the generator because the operating permit reached its 40-year contract. [Radio Taiwan International]

Nuclear plant in Taiwan (Toach japan, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)


¶ “West And East Coasts Battered In Storm ‘Double-Whammy’” • Intense storms slammed into both coasts of the US on Tuesday, bringing more rain, flooding and mud slides to California, and high winds and heavy snow to the north-east. Nearly 90,000 customers are without power in New York State and over 3,000 flights in the US have been delayed. [BBC]

¶ “Inside The Biden Administration’s Fraught Decision To Green-Light The Controversial Willow Project” • About two weeks before the Willow oil project was approved, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland held a meeting with key environmental advocates and Indigenous groups that opposed it. She told them the agency had to make difficult choices. [CNN]

North Slope of Alaska (Paxson Woelber, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Opens Applications For First Round Of $2.5 Billion Program For EV Charging Infrastructure” • The Biden-Harris Administration opened applications for a new multi-billion-dollar program to fund EV charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in US communities and along designated highways. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “American Lung Association Supports All-Electric Building Act” • The American Lung Association penned a memo in support of the All-Electric Building Act, which seeks to effectively ban gas-powered appliances in residential units. The ALA urges the New York state senate and assembly to include the bill in their new One House budget proposals. [CleanTechnica]

Gas stove (Dane Deaner, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Honeysuckle Solar Farm Powers Through Winter, Ramping Up Construction” • Honeysuckle Solar Farm, a renewable energy project located on just over 1,000 acres of former farmland in St. Joseph County, Indiana, is set to generate 150 MW of power early next year. The $164.7 million project is being developed by Lightsource BP. [NewsBreak Original]

¶ “Republicans Want Nuclear Power Back In Maine” • Two Republican lawmakers are looking to bring nuclear power back to Maine. Reps Mark Walker (R-Baldwin) and Richard Campbell (R-Orrington) both have bills in that could open the door to the generation of electricity using nuclear power in Maine for the first time since 1996. [The Maine Wire]

Have a charmingly uncomplicated day.

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