April 2 Energy News

April 2, 2023


¶ “The Oceans Just Reached Their Hottest Temperature On Record As El Niño Looms” • Ocean temperatures have steadily risen over the past several years – despite a lengthy cooling La Niña. The oceans have been record-warm for the past four years, scientists reported in January, temperatures are still rising, and an El Niño will warm things even more. [CNN]

High waves in an El Niño year (PDPhoto.org, public domain)

¶ “BYD Launches The ATTO 3, Han, And Tang SUV In Spain” • BYD has been on a roll announcing its entry into new markets on a seemingly weekly basis. BYD has launched new battery EVs in markets all across the world. Now, BYD is launching in Spain with 3 BEVs from its lineup. These three are the ATTO 3, the Han, and the Tang SUV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BYD Debuts The Dolphin And Seal In Costa Rica” • BYD has been the number one company selling “New Energy Vehicles” in Costa Rica for three years in a row. BYDs NEVs consist of plugin hybrids and full battery electric vehicles. BYD has already sold over 2,000 NEVs cumulatively in Costa Rica since it launched sales there a few years ago. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Dolphin (Courtesy of BYD)

¶ “The BMW IX1 Now On Sale In South Africa” • The all-electric BMW iX1 is now on sale in South Africa. It starts from R1,140,000 ($62,928). It joins the growing list of battery EVs now available from BMW for South African consumers, joining the BMW i4 eDrive 35 M Sport, the MINI Cooper SE, the iX3, the i4 M50, the iX, and the flagship i7 sedan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hampshire renewable energy company sells major project” • A global renewable energy company based near Romsey sold its first battery energy storage system. French utility Engie acquired the Broxburn 50-MW project in Scotland from East Wellow’s Hive Energy and its partners Ethical Ethical Power, Sirius Group, and EcoDev Group. [Hampshire Chronicle]

Hive Energy bamboo farm in Portugal (Hive Energy image)

¶ “Coal-Fired Projects Back On, Mega Lithium Battery Storage Push In New Power Policy Blueprint” • A new blueprint for India’s power sector planners marks a discernible reversal in the policy thrust from its last edition, where the focus was almost entirely on renewable energy. The fresh draft cites the need for fresh coal-based capacity. [The Indian Express]

¶ “Marlish Waters Switches Northumberland Farm Factory To All Renewable Power” • Soft drinks firm Marlish Waters promised its range of drinks flavoured with natural fruit extracts will be made with 100% solar, wind and biomass energy. The Marlish Waters facility has undergone investment in technologies to build solar capacity and efficiency. [Business Live]

Marlish Waters drinks (Marlish Waters image)

¶ “CSIRO’s Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap: CSP Lowest Cost” • The CSIRO Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap outlines the significant role that concentrating solar thermal power (CSP or CST) will play in supplying industrial heat and long-duration storage. The Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association is in support of the findings. [SolarPACES]

¶ “VAT Rate On Solar Panels Cut To Zero Saving Households €1,000 On Installation” • Irish households installing solar panels are to save an extra €1,000 as the VAT on initial costs is to be completely abolished. Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, is reducing VAT to 0% on the supply and installation of solar panels on homes and public buildings. [Irish Examiner]

Rooftop solar systems (Jaggery, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “US Company Signs Deals In Europe For Small Nuclear Reactors” • Last Energy, based in Washington, DC, announced that it had signed agreements in the UK and Poland for 34 small modular reactors. These are among the tiniest small modular reactor designs we have seen to date, producing a mere 20 MW of electricity each. [OilPrice]


¶ “US Treasury Releases New EV Tax Credit Rules” • The US Treasury has published its new EV tax credit rules. The window of opportunity to claim the full tax credit is to close on April 18. If you are in a position to make new EV purchase before then, you may want to hurry out to your nearest dealer and get the paperwork done post haste. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (myenergi, Unsplash)

¶ “Here’s Where Renewable Power Is Increasing (And Where It’s Not)” • Despite supply-chain problems amid the pandemic, 2022 saw major increases in solar and wind power in the US, though that growth varied by state, according to a report released last month by a nonprofit focused on climate change. Here is an assessment of how states did. [Kansas Reflector]

¶ “Washington’s Cherry Blooms Draw Crowds – And Climate Questions” • In the nation’s capital, nothing captures springtime more than swaths of soft pink cherry blossoms slowly emerging. This year, it was anticipated between March 22 and March 25. While directly in line with last year’s peak, that’s a full two weeks earlier than the area’s historic average. [WIRED]

Cherry blossoms (Mark Tegethoff, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Jane Goodall Brings Message To Miami-Dade: ‘We Have A Window Of Time To Try And Slow Down Climate Change’” • World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall spoke at Florida International University. The 88-year-old conservationist and climate activist met with Local 10 News Environmental Advocate Louis Aguirre before the event. [WPLG]

¶ “Georgia Power Says New Nuclear Reactor At Plant Vogtle Is Now Online” • Georgia Power says a new nuclear reactor at its Plant Vogtle is now generating electricity. And another reactor should be online later this year. In 2012, the estimated cost was $12 billion. Georgia Power says the actual cost at least $34 billion. Now come higher customer rates. [13WMAZ]

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