Archive for March 21st, 2023

March 21 Energy News

March 21, 2023


¶ “Five Things We’ve Learned From UN Climate Report” • The sober tones of the study by the IPCC make clear that there is very little chance of keeping the world from warming by more than 1.5°C. Governments had agreed to act to avoid that. But the world has already warmed by 1.1°C and now experts say that it is likely to breach 1.5°C in the 2030s. [BBC]

Business as usual (Christopher Lague,, CC0)

¶ “Strategic EV Charging Might Eliminate The Need For New Power Plants” • Charging control and infrastructure build-out are critical factors shaping charging load. MIT researchers found that it’s possible to mitigate or eliminate EV charging problems without advanced technological systems of connected devices and real-time communications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Pipelines Contain Four Years Of US Steel Demand, And Will Be Scrapped For It” • Peak oil demand ies expected to arrive between 2025 and 2030 and peak natural gas around 2035. That means lots more scrap steel will become available, including the 3 million miles of US pipeline, and 40% of deepwater ships that carry bulk coal, oil, and gas. [CleanTechnica]

Oil pipeline in Alaska (, CC0)

¶ “Nuclear Energy Will Not Halt The Climate Crisis – Lorna Slater” • As yesterday’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report confirmed, the Climate crisis is the greatest and most urgent crisis that we will ever face. But the government of the UK is looking to double down on fossil fuels and a so-called “Great British Nuclear” scheme. [Edinburgh News]


¶ “‘The Climate Time-Bomb Is Ticking’: The World Is Running Out Of Time To Avoid Catastrophe, New UN Report Warns” • The world is rapidly approaching catastrophic levels of heating with international climate goals set to slip out of reach unless immediate and radical action is taken, according to a new UN-backed synthesis report. [CNN]

Melting glacier (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Over 1 GW Of Private Solar And Wind Projects Registered In South Africa In The First 2 Months Of 2023” • South Africa has removed some stringent requirements for companies to generate their own power. Before the change, to generate electricity, they needed licenses for power plants larger than 1 MW. That’s been changed to 100 MW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Apollo To Build Substations For Floating Wind Research Site” • Apollo has received a contract from Celtic Sea Power to develop a floating offshore wind test site in Wales. The contract covers the pre-FEED for the 400-MW Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone Multi-connection Offshore Substation and two 1-GW MOSs for the Crown Estate Refined Area of Search A. [reNews]

Floating wind turbines (Equinor image)

¶ “DOE To Bid Out 11,000-MW Renewable Energy Capacity” • The Philippine Department of Energy eyes to auction off more than 11,000 MW of renewable energy capacity for the next three years under its second Green Energy Auction Program, an official said. They looking for renewable energy developers with a ready capacity of 3,590 MW by next year. [Inquirer Business]

¶ “Climate Alarm Underlines Need For UK CfD Action” • The latest IPCC report underlines the urgent need to secure more clean power in this year’s UK renewable energy Contract for Difference auction, according to RenewableUK. The trade body’s executive director of policy Ana Musat said the research sounds a ‘final warning’ on the climate crisis. [reNews]

Ana Musat (RUK image)

¶ “Netherlands Plans 500-MW Wind-To-Hydrogen Project” • The Government of the Netherlands has announced plans to use offshore wind power for offshore hydrogen production. The project has about 500 MW of electrolysis capacity and will be based in the North of the Wadden Islands wind energy area. It is to be operational around 2031. [reNews]

¶ “BV-Classed Hybrid Ferries With Battery And Solar Power To Be Deployed In Hong Kong ” • Bureau Veritas, a world leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification, has announced that it will class two hybrid double hull, double end ferries, which will be equipped with battery and solar power technology for operation in Hong Kong. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Electric ferry for Hong Kong


¶ “Lucid Continues To Expand Its Retail Presence In California” • Lucid Motors is revolutionizing the EV industry with its luxury electric cars. Lucid has created an unparalleled level of comfort and performance. Its flagship model, the 2023 Lucid Air Touring, offers a range of up to 517 miles on a charge while providing a smooth and quiet ride. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Number Of Light-Duty All-Electric Vehicle Models In USA Nearly Doubled From Model Year 2021 To 2022” • The number of light-duty battery EV models nearly doubled from model year 2021 to 2022, going from 20 to 38. The number of EV models in 2022 also surpassed the number of plug-in hybrid EV models for the first time since 2014. [CleanTechnica]

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning (Courtesy of Ford)

¶ “President Biden Vetoes Republican Attempt To Undo Labor Department Rule On Sustainable Investment In Retirement Plans” • President Joe Biden issued his first presidential veto, rejecting an attempt by Congress to nullify a Labor Department rule that allows managers of retirement plans to consider ESG factors in making decisions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Utility Regulators Approve Purchase Of Wisconsin’s Largest Renewable Energy Plant” • The Wisconsin PSC approved the $649 million purchase of the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center by We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, and Madison Gas and Electric. The project is to have 300 MW of solar and 165 MW of battery storage. [Wisconsin Public Radio]

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