March 20 Energy News

March 20, 2023


¶ “US EIA Is Sending Mixed Messages On Fossil Fuels And Emissions” • The US Energy Information Agency says that US emissions will fall in the years to come as more renewable energy comes to the US electrical grid. The same agency says that US oil production will increase through 2050. So we burn less, as we push more on the rest of the world. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Electric Vehicles Tantalizingly Close To Price Parity With Gas Burners” • The main barrier to widespread EV adoption, from a buyer’s standpoint, is very simple: They cost more to buy than legacy vehicles. Due to a variety of factors, the costs of producing EVs could drop drastically over the next few years, and that is likely to lead to lower prices. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Six Ways To Remove CO₂ Pollution From The Atmosphere” • Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have emitted more than 2,000 gigatons of CO₂ into the atmosphere. This concentration of CO₂ and other greenhouse gases in the air causes the climate change impacts we’re experiencing today. Here are six ways to draw it down. [CleanTechnica]

Seaweed (Photo by the National Parks Service)

¶ “How Climate Change May Be Triggering More Earthquakes – And Vice Versa” • Between 1900 and 1950, the Earth recorded an average of 3.4 earthquakes per year with a magnitude greater than 6.5. That figured doubled to 6.7 a year in the early 1970s, and was almost five times that in the 2000s. The increase may be connected to climate change. [Worldcrunch]


¶ “Millions Of Dead Fish Have Washed Up In A River Near An Australian Town” • Millions of dead fish have washed up in a river near a small Australian town, in a phenomenon that state officials say is related to the “heatwave conditions” that are sweeping the country at a time when flood waters are receding. The combination leads to low oxygen levels. [CNN]

Pool at Menindee Wier (Jeremy Buckingham, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Indonesia To Assemble Minicab-MiEV For Local Use By 2024” • Last February, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that Indonesia would definitely host the assembly of its first mini EV, the Minicab-MiEV. Sources in Indonesia told CleanTechnica that vehicle prototyping has begun and the first locally assembled vehicles will be released by mid 2024. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Delivers Its First Electric Heavy-Duty Truck In Africa” • Volvo Trucks has delivered its first heavy-duty electric truck to Morocco, marking a major milestone in the development of EVs in Africa. The truck, to be used for refuse collection, is the first battery-electric truck from a global manufacturer to be put into commercial operation in Africa. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo heavy-duty truck (Volvo Trucks image)

¶ “Emerald Set To Supercharge By Joining CQ Big Battery Blitz” • The town of Emerald was selected for Central Queensland’s next large-scale network-connected battery site. Emerald is home to over 1,920 solar systems, and the battery will allow locals to capture cheap renewable energy and drive down power bills, easing the cost of living. [Media Statements]

¶ “Malaysia’s Renewable Energy Supply Now At 25%, On Track To Achieve 2025 Target” • Renewable energy supply in Malaysia is now at 25%, said Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. The country was on the right track to source 31% of its power capacity from renewables by 2025 and 40% by 2035. [New Straits Times]

Kuala Lumpur (Ishan @seefromthesky, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “When Russia Took Control Of Zaporizhzhia’s Nuclear Power Plant, Ukrainian Technicians Were Forced To Flee, Or Work At Gunpoint” • The warfare taking place around Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant has prompted warnings of possible disaster – but workers say the scenes inside the Zaporizhzhia station are just as alarming. [RNZ]


¶ “A 12th Atmospheric River Is Headed Towards Storm-Fatigued California, Threatening Even More Floods” • Still reeling from an onslaught of powerful storms and floods, California is bracing for a 12th atmospheric river that’s expected to bring a new round of heavy snow and rain to the state. The latest storm is already dumping rain and snow on the state. [CNN]

Atmospheric river (NOAA, CCo)

¶ “Foxconn Wants To Manufacture Half Of All Electric Cars” • Foxconn now owns GM’s former Lordstown factory in Ohio, a facility capable of cranking out 330,000 vehicles a year at full capacity. It plans to standardize the primary systems needed to make electric cars, so it can quickly and cheaply the plant to build a wide range of models. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SparkCharge Expands Mobile EV Charging Fleet Service Across The US” • SparkCharge, the company behind the world’s first mobile EV charging system, announced that its Charging as a Service option called SparkCharge Fleet is going nationwide in the US. The service provides businesses with immediate access to EV charging. [CleanTechnica]

SparkCharge Fleet (Courtesy of SparkCharge)

¶ “These Small States Punch Above Their Weight On Clean Energy” • It’s no surprise that huge states like California and Texas are heavy hitters in generating electricity from wind and solar. But what if we look at generation per square mile of land? Then the leader is Iowa, powered largely by wind. Second place is Rhode Island, with its solar power. [Mother Jones]

¶ “Vermont Teens Call On Lawmakers To Act On Climate Change And Pass The Affordable Heat Act” • As legislators scrambled to meet crossover deadlines for policy bills at the Statehouse, youth climate activists from Youth Lobby, Sunrise Chittenden and the Sierra Club were calling on lawmakers to prioritize climate justice. [VTDigger]

Have an excitingly comfortable day.

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