April 8 Energy News

April 8, 2023


¶ “Beyond Going Green, Here’s Why You Should Buy An EV” • Business Insider’s Tim Levin shared his thoughts on going electric after driving 24 different EVs. The story compiles his’s thoughts on why buyers should go electric, including experiences driving EVs from brands such as Tesla, Volkswagen, Rivian, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, and more. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “EV Home Charging Safety: What’s The NEC 80% Rule For EV Charging And Why Does It Matter?” • The National Electric Code defines safety standards for homes. It had to modify its safety load standards since EV charging can run continuously, defined as greater than 3 hours. The code limits the time at which circuits run at over 80% of rating. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Beavers Could Help The Colorado River Survive Future Droughts” • Beavers are natural engineers, instinctively building dams and canals. A growing movement of nonprofits, experts, and government agencies see a potential to take learn beavers’ natural engineering prowess to capture more water for the places that desperately need it. [ABC News]

¶ “A Study Says Climate Change May Push More Hurricanes Toward US Coasts” • Changes in air patterns as the world warms will likely push more and nastier hurricanes up against the east and Gulf coasts of the US, especially in Florida, according to a study. Published in the journal Science Advances, it focuses on the crucial aspect of where hurricanes go. [WUSF News]


¶ “Polluting Planes And Ships Get Green Investment Label From EU” • Planes and ships that run on fossil fuels could be given ‘green’ investment status as the EU Commission published its updated list of sustainable investments. Investments in more ‘efficient’ planes and ships would qualify as green, regardless of their use of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Airplane (Emanuel, Unsplash)

¶ “Largest Battery Energy Storage Facility Up In Northern Philippines” • The Philippines is now set to become one of the world’s leaders in the Battery Energy Storage System with a facility that has 1000 MW of capacity, according to officials of SMGP. The BESS is in the historic province of Bataan, 127 km (78 miles) from the capital city Manila. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “World BEV Sales Now 10% Of World Auto Sales” • Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 49% in February 2023 compared to February 2022. There were 812,000 registrations, representing 14% share (9.7% battery EV share) of the overall auto market. This means that the global automotive market is in the Electric Disruption Zone. [CleanTechnica]

EV Charging (Michael Fousert, Unsplash)

¶ “Cambodia Approves Five Renewable Energy Projects” • The Royal Government of Cambodia has approved five renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 520 MW. The projects will increase the power supply to the national grid and contribute to reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and protecting the environment. [Khmer Times]

¶ “China’s Top Oil Companies Are To Invest $14.5 Billion In Renewable Energy” • Three companies, China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec), China National Offshore Oil Corp, and PetroChina, joined to achieve net-zero CO₂ emissions by 2060. The companies have set aside a joint investment of $14.5 billion to diversify their energy portfolios. [Oil Price]

Chuanshan wind farm (Siyuwj, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Vibrant Energy Secures $268 Million To Build Wind-Solar Projects In India” • Vibrant Energy, an Indian renewable energy developer, has obtained ₹22 billion ($268.8 million) in funding from Power Finance Corporation. The financing will support construction of two wind-solar hybrid projects with a total capacity of 300 MW. [Power Technology]


¶ “Tesla Cuts US Prices For Fifth Time Since January” • Tesla cut prices in the US between 2% and nearly 6%, its website showed on Thursday, as the company extends a discount drive on its EVs that analysts caution could hurt profitability. The company has cut the price of its base Model 3 by a cumulative 11% since the start of the year. [CNN]

Tesla Model 3 (Vlad Tchompalov, Unsplash)

¶ “North Carolina Solar Installers Settlement With Duke Energy Approved By NC Utilities Commission” • A rate modification for solar customers in North Carolina was recently approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. This impacts people living in North Carolina who want to use the grid that Duke Energy manages for net metering. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford To Radically Reduce Complexity, Announces EV Tax Credit Eligibiliy” • The head of product development for Ford said the company plans “dramatic reductions” in the complexity of its product lineup starting in the 2024 model year. Also, Ford said all three of its currently available popular EVs are eligible for IRA tax credits in 2023. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Image courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Invoke Eminent Domain, Marshall Plan For Renewable Energy, Said JP Morgan Ceo” • In a letter to shareholders, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon recognized that the window for action to avert the costliest effects of global climate change is closing. He voiced support for nonpartisan permit reform for renewables development. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Leaks From Minnesota Nuclear Power Plant Raise Safety Fears Across US” • After finding that 400,000 gallons of radioactive water had leaked, Xcel did not announce it publicly for months. While some experts are not worried about health effects, even people who back nuclear power say that Xcel could have been more forthright in its actions. [The Guardian]

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