April 16 Energy News

April 16, 2023


¶ “Ignoring Science, Environmental Protection And International Law – G7 Endorses Japan’s Fukushima Water Discharge Plans” • The G7 nations chose politics over science and the protection of the marine environment with a decision to support the Japanese government’s plans to discharge Fukushima radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean. [Greenpeace]

Fukushima water tanks (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Catastrophic Flash Droughts Brought By Climate Change Are Catching Farmers Off Guard” • A study published in the journal Science says climate change is speeding up and intensifying droughts, particularly a fast-developing type driven by heat that catches farmers off guard. The crop-killing events are called “flash droughts” by experts. [Nature World News]


¶ “Kia Starts Building Facility For Electric Purpose-Built Vehicle Production” • Kia recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its special factory for the manufacture of vehicles designed specifically to be purpose-built battery EVs. Over 200 people attended the ceremony at Kia’s Hwaseong plant in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. [CleanTechnica]

Niro Plus Taxi (Damian B Oh, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Hyundai Motor Group Aims To Be A Top-3 EV Maker By 2030” • At the groundbreaking for Kia’s plant for purpose-built EV production, Hyundai Motor Group declared its intention to rank among the top three EV makers in the world by 2030. It said it plans to invest ₩24 trillion ($18.4 billion) in the domestic EV market by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “G7 Ministers Falsely Claim They Have Ended Fossil Fuel Finance, Leave Door Open To Gas Investments” • G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers issued a communique ahead of next month’s G7 Leaders Summit that leaves the door open for investments in new capacity and technologies despite IEA climate analysis. [Oil Change International]

Gas valves (Long Pyles, Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Brazil’s Acelen To Invest $2.44 Billion In Renewable Diesel Business” • Acelen, backed by Mubadala Capital, will invest 12 billion reais ($2.44 billion) over 10 years to make “green” diesel and jet fuel in Brazil, starting in 2026, in a move that will place the company among global leaders in this segment, executives told Reuters. [Reuters]

¶ “Iberdrola Increases Renewable Energy Production By 11% In The First Quarter” • Iberdrola’s renewables investing increased its energy production and installed capacity in the first quarter. The data sent today to the CNMV shows an increase of 11% in the group’s global renewable energy production, reaching 24,137 GWh in the first quarter of the year. [EV Wind]

Wind turbine (Bernetta Tinkham, Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “G7 Seeks Nuclear Fuel Pact To Isolate Putin’s Russia” • An alliance between the UK, US, Canada, Japan, and France, aimed at displacing Putin from the international nuclear energy market, was announced in Japan. The group will leverage resources and abilities of each country’s civil nuclear power sectors to weaken Russia’s grip on supply chains. [Mirage News]


¶ “Wind And Solar Power Now The Clear Champions On Cost” • There is some question about whether the ambitious goals of the Biden administration to promote EV adoption will succeed, but there is no question that renewable energy – wind and solar – is taking over from thermal generation when it comes to making electricity. [CleanTechnica]

LCOE, April 2023 (Courtesy of Lazard)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “GM Leads $50 Million Funding Round In EnergyX To Unlock US-Based Lithium” • General Motors and Energy Exploration Technologies disclosed a strategic partnership to advance lithium extraction and refinery technologies in the US. They revealed that GM Ventures is leading a $50 million Series B investment round in EnergyX. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Harrisville Files Complaint Against Eversource Over Community Power” • Harrisville, New Hampshire, is starting a community power program. The town has filed a complaint at the Public Utilities Commission against Eversource, saying the utility company has violated disclosure requirements in the state’s community power law. [NHPR]

Pond and mill at Harrisville (Magicpiano, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Pueblo Economy ‘Growing’ With Expansion Of World’s Largest Wind Tower Manufacturing Site” • CS Wind, a wind tower manufacturing company based in South Korea, said it is expanding the world’s largest wind tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo, Colorado, with plans to create 850 jobs for the city over the next several years. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

¶ “New Hampshire Sits Out On $3.6 Billion Northeast Clean Hydrogen Hub Proposal” • Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and over 100 partners are competing for a share of $8 billion in federal funding for six to ten clean US hydrogen hubs. New Hampshire is not interested. [The Keene Sentinel]

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