Archive for March 25th, 2023

March 25 Energy News

March 25, 2023


¶ “Want Electric School Buses? Been Waitlisted? Consider A Repower” • Many school districts are having trouble complying with laws requiring them to electrify because the wait for new electric buses is so long. There are alternatives. Complete Coach Works has converted 65 buses to electric since 2015, logging over 3 million repowered miles. [CleanTechnica]

Electrifying a school bus (Courtesy of Midwest Transit Equipment)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Commercially Operated Wärtsilä Engine Runs On 25% Hydrogen Blend” • Wärtsilä and WEC Energy Group successfully tested a Wärtsilä engine running on 25% hydrogen-blended fuel. The tests were conducted at WEC Energy Group’s 55 MW AJ Mihm power plant in Michigan, and they were completed in October 2022. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Renewables Generation Predictability Can Improve Profitability” • A study by researchers at the University of Adelaide looked to quantify the effect of predictability on the profitability of renewable assets. It found that low predictability can reduce up to 10% of a solar facility’s revenue. The findings were published in Patterns. [pv magazine USA]

Electrical grid simulation (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)


¶ “Earth Hour: Why People Across The World Are Turning Their Lights Off” • Each year, millions of people in over 190 countries and territories coordinate to turn off their lights for just one hour to raise awareness about climate change. To participate, all you’ll need to do is turn off the lights in your home from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in your local time zone on Saturday. [CNN]

¶ “Gogoro’s Swappable Batteries To Power Food Delivery Scooters In Singapore” • Gogoro got their start in Taiwan, where scooters are already veryy popular. But, Gogoro figured out a way to make it easier to keep an electric scooter charged up in a place where most people can’t plug in where they park, creating a lot of electric transportation potential. [CleanTechnica]

Gogoro ad (Gogoro image)

¶ “New Global Solar Capacity Additions Hit 191 GW In 2022, Says IRENA” • The International Renewable Energy Agency said developers installed 295 GW of renewable energy worldwide in 2022, bringing the total global installed capacity to 3,372 GW. The growth was largely PV systems, with 191 GW of solar PV systems installed during the year. [PV Magazine]

¶ “HDF Energy Signs MOU With Zimbabwe’s ZETDC For Utility-Scale Solar Project Plus Green Hydrogen Storage” • HDF Energy (Hydrogène de France) said it signed an MOU with the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company for Zimbabwe’s first high-powered green hydrogen power plant, the Middle Sabi Renewstable®. [CleanTechnica]

Solar plus storage (HDF Energy image)

¶ “How China, The US And Others Watered Down A Key UN Climate Document” • China, the US and Saudi Arabia are among the countries that significantly altered a UN IPCC document that will shape global climate policy for years to come, says a report by Earth Negotiations Bulletin of the international negotiations preceding its release. [The Japan Times]

¶ “More Predictable Renewable Energy Could Lower Costs” • Lower electricity costs for consumers and more reliable clean energy could be some of the benefits of a study by University of Adelaide researchers who have examined how predictable solar or wind energy generation is and the impact of it on profits in the electricity market. [EurekAlert!]

Wind turbine in Denmark (Bernetta Tinkham,, CC0)

¶ “Restart Of Damaged Swedish Nuclear Reactor Delayed Further” • Ringhals 4 was originally scheduled to be reconnected to the energy system last November, after a damaged pressure vessel was repaired. The restart date was first pushed back to January 2023, then to Feb 24, March 19, March 26, and now to April 1, Dagens Nyheter reported. [The Star]


¶ “California Govermor Newsom Rolls Back Some Drought Restrictions, Keeps Others, As Recent Storms Ease Dry Spell” • California Gov Gavin Newsom announced the removal of some drought restrictions, while keeping others to bolster water supply for vulnerable communities and develop water resilience after a parade of atmospheric river storms. [CNN]

Gavin Newsom speaking (Office of the Governor of California)

¶ “Ford Teases Second Electric Truck, Shows BlueOval City Progress” • Ford’s EV and battery manufacturing campus in West Tennessee is to begin production in 2025. It should produce up to 500,000 electric trucks each year at full capacity. The facility will be home to Ford’s second-generation electric truck, code named Project T3. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The US Department Of Energy And Stellantis Announce The Battery Workforce Challenge” • BattChallenge is a three-year competition joining universities with vocational partners, such as community colleges, trades and apprenticeship programs, to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery into a future Stellantis vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Working on an EV (Argonne National Laboratory image)

¶ “Researchers Suggest Prosecuting Fossil Fuel Companies For Climate Homicide” • Two researchers are suggesting that fossil fuel companies could be prosecuted for climate homicide. They have laid out their case in an article that has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Environmental Law Review. The paper is titled “Climate Homicide.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Renewables To Provide 117 MW-AC Of Solar Energy To Southern California Public Power” • EDF Renewables North America inked a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Public Power Authority for the energy and renewable attributes related to the 117 MW-AC (148 MW-DC) Sapphire Solar project. [Solar Builder]

Have a very enjoyable day.

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