April 14 Energy News

April 14, 2023


¶ “US Needs Power Highways From The Plains To Spread Wind, Solar Benefits” • As the Biden administration takes measures to accelerate renewable energy deployment, the US DOE released a national draft transmission study that highlights the importance of new transmission capacity to achieve emissions goals and reduce costs. [Reuters Events]

Transmission lines (PhotoMIX Company, Pexels)


¶ “Cyclone Ilsa Sets A New Wind Record As It Smashes Into Australia’s Western Coast” • Cyclone Ilsa smashed into a remote stretch of coast in Western Australia around midnight Thursday local time with wind speeds that broke previous records set more than ten years ago in the same place. Ilsa seems to have missed large population areas. [CNN]

¶ “Record Rise In China’s Sea Levels Threatens Coastal Cities Like Shanghai” • Sea levels on China’s coastline have hit their highest on record for the second year in a row. In 2022, China’s coastal sea levels were 94 mm (3.7 inch) higher than the average over the 1993-2011 period. The rising sea poses a serious threat to coastal cities such as Shanghai. [CNN]

Shanghai (Yufeng Fei, Unsplash)

¶ “KfW Approves $110 Million Loan For Indian Renewable Energy Transmission Project” • Reportedly, the government of Kerala got a nod from German development bank KfW for a loan worth ₹9.16 billion ($110 million). This will enable building a transmission project worth ₹14.5 billion, bringing solar and wind projects online in the Indian state. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Delhi Metro Aims For 50% Share Of Solar Power” • Delhi Metro announced that it will increase share of solar power in its power procurement to 50% by 2031. At present, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation sources 34% of its power from solar power projects, the bulk of which comes from Rewa Solar Power Park, 500 km away in Madhya Pradesh. [CleanTechnica]

Delhi Metro station (Naman Mehra, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “PM Announces Fast-Track Consenting For Waikato Solar Power Projects” • New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has announced plans to fast-track consenting for two Waikato solar farm projects. Hipkins said the projects could reduce over 200 million kg of carbon pollution each year and create as many as 280 jobs in New Zealand. [Stuff.co.nz]

¶ “Nova Scotia Power Fined $10 Million For Missing Renewable-Electricity Targets” • The provincial government has fined Nova Scotia Power $10 million for missing its targets for renewable electricity. The Natural Resources and Renewables Minister said he did not think the company had done enough to mitigate the shortfall in renewable energy. [CBC]

Lighthouse in Nova Scotia (Barbar Facemire, Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Global Wind Energy Set To Hit 1 TW In 2023 And Double In Eight Years” • After more than 40 years of wind energy buildout, Wood Mackenzie projects that global capacity will hit 1 TW this year and double to 2 TW in the next eight years. One official says this highlights the need for rapid expansion of transmission and grid interconnection. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Green Faction Leader: Nuclear Power Is A Waste Of Taxpayers’ Money” • Shortly before the planned end of the use of nuclear power in Germany, Green Party faction leader Katharina Dröge criticized calls to extend nuclear power. “You would not get a continuation of nuclear power plants for free,” Dröge said on ARD’s “Morgenmagazin.” [Market Screener]

Wind turbines and nuclear plant (Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “German Government Rejects New Call To Delay Nuclear Shutdown” • The German government dismissed calls for a last-minute delay in shutting down the country’s last three nuclear power plants. Some politicians have demanded a reprieve for the remaining reactors, which were already operating without the requisite safety checks. [Power Engineering]


¶ “Texas Dairy Farm Explosion Kills 18,000 Cows” • A blast at a Texas dairy farm earlier this week killed approximately 18,000 cows, according to local authorities. The explosion, at South Fork Dairy near the town of Dimmitt, also left one person in critical condition. Authorities believe that machinery in the facility may have ignited methane gas. [BBC]

Smoke from the dairy farm (Castro County Sheriff’s Office)

¶ “New Battery Center Launches In USA” • The US DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have announced the launch of a new joint battery center. It will bring together the resources and expertise of the national lab, the university, and Silicon Valley to accelerate the deployment of energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Saietta Orders 3,000 EDrives From AYRO” • US low-speed EV manufacturer AYRO placed an order with Saietta Group, a UK electric drive  specialist, for 3,000 electric drive units. The AYRO Vanish, a low-speed electric utility vehicle unlike any other that supports campus mobility and last-mile deliveries, will go into production later this year. [CleanTechnica]

AYRO Vanish (Saietta image)

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Adds 150 MW Of Renewable Energy To The Grid” • Duke Energy announced the completion of two solar projects in Florida. They are the latest projects added to the company’s community solar program portfolio, Clean Energy Connection. The sites have a total 150 MW of capacity to benefit Florida customers. [Valdosta Daily Times]

¶ “Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri Partner For Application To Create Clean Hydrogen Hub” • In partnership with the states of Iowa and Missouri, Governor Pillen announced that Nebraska has submitted a grant application with the US DOE for funding to establish the Mid-Continent Clean Hydrogen Hub in the tri-state region. [Governor Jim Pillen]

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