April 9 Energy News

April 9, 2023


¶ “Will Washington Halt The Global Renaissance Of Nuclear Power?” • New rules mandated by US Congress were supposed to provide a streamlined licensing process for small reactors, which are in advanced stages of development. Instead, the NRC staff simply cut and pasted the existing rules for conventional reactors into a 1,200-page regulation. [Foreign Policy]

Nuclear power plant (Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “’You Could Feel The Stress And Terror’: Inside Fukushima’s Abandoned Hospitals” • Urban explorer Bob Thissen and crew explored two abandoned hospitals near the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant that had meltdowns in 2011. His documentation is a stunning time capsule inside one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. [Business Insider]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Why MLB Players Could Be Hitting Hundreds Of More Home Runs Each Season By The End Of The Century” • Whether it’s a change in the baseballs, better analytics, or more robust training, many have wondered about what could be behind the increase in Major League Baseball home runs in recent years. But research raised another possibility: climate change. [CNN]

Home run (Hudson Graves, Unsplash)

¶ “The Rise Of Human Composting” • Human composting is the process of turning human remains into nutrient-rich soil. It’s an option that avoids the environmental pitfalls of mainstream practices: cremation releases CO₂ and air pollutants, and casket burial typically involves hazardous embalming chemicals and nonbiodegradable materials. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Ways To Protect Food Crops From Climate Change And Other Disruptions” • As climate and security crises destabilise our food sources, researchers are taking a critical look not just at how we produce food, but at the entire systems behind our food supplies. In this case, the systems behind the seeds that produce our food crops. [Partner Science Norway]

Rye (Kai Pilger, Unsplash)


¶ “Renewable Energy To Power Delta Public Hospitals” • In Nigeria, the Delta State Government said it has approved the installation of renewable energy (solar) in government hospitals across the state. The Delta Information Commissioner said the approval addressed an energy deficit in medical facilities such as general hospitals. [The Nation Newspaper]

¶ “GRIDSERVE Opens Two New Electric Super Hubs In UK’s North East” • GRIDSERVE and Moto opened two Electric Super Hubs on the A1(M), allowing for quick charging on one of the busiest roads in the UK. Since 2021, the partnership has installed over 320 EV charging stations, including 142 high-power stations in eighteen locations. [CleanTechnica]

Braintree Electric Forecourts® (Courtesy of Gridserve)

¶ “SMEs Turn To Solar Power” • Many companies, especially small and medium enterprises, are adopting solar energy, saving up to thousands of ringgit (1 ringgit = 23¢) each month on power bills. This comes in the wake of the hike in electricity tariffs to 20 sen per kWh (4.5¢/kWh) for medium-voltage and high-voltage users from Jan 1 to June 30. [The Star]

¶ “Masdar To Construct Three Solar Projects In Uzbekistan” • Masdar announced that it has closed on three solar PV projects in Uzbekistan. The plants will have a combined capacity of about 900 MW and represent the largest solar development program in Central Asia. Construction is to begin on all three projects in first half of this year. [Energy Digital Magazine]

Uzbek landscape (WantTo Create, Unsplash)


¶ “Tesla Broke Two Important Quarterly Records In Q1” • The first three months of the year were eventful for Tesla, to say the least, with sweeping price drops and the announcement of a new gigafactory in Mexico. Through all of it, Tesla has continued to increase its sales and production, clinching significant quarterly records for both in Q1. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gas Generators Get Caught With Their Plants Down” • Gas power plant owners are facing performance penalties levied by the grid operator PJM, which they are attacking for enforcing the rules. An added irony is that the penalties, over $1 billion, are meant to pay incentives to the plants that over-performed their obligations, including wind farms. [CleanTechnica]

Winter Storm Elliot (NOAA image)

¶ “Walmart To Build Dedicated Fast Charging Network” • 90% of Americans have a Walmart store within ten miles, the company says. If the country needs conveniently located fast chargers for its growing fleet of EVs, driving to the nearest Walmart or Sam’s Club would be super convenient, especially for people who need something in the store. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Two-Year Degree Lands A Green Energy Job That Pays ‘A Pretty Penny’” • Leah Benne has no worries about finding a job. She’s in her first year of a two-year program at Cloud County Community College, and when she graduates with a degree in wind technology she expects several job offers, most of which pay at least $40,000 a year to start. [USA Today]

Have a resplendently magical day.

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