April 17 Energy News

April 17, 2023

Opinion and Review:

¶ “Video Review Of The Wuling Bingo – It Looks Really Good!” • The SAIC, GM, Wuling joint venture had great success with the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, introduced in 2020. The JV hopes for similar success with the Wuling Bingo. At $8,682 for a decent 5-door car with 17.3-kWh battery and a 30-kW (41 hp) motor, it should sell like hot cakes. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Bingo (Zotyefan, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Don’t Let Big Oil Blame You For Climate Change” • We have to know and do so very much. “It might seem overwhelming – it definitely does to me – but this is all intentional. Companies that destroy the planet, like the oil and plastic companies, are really, really good at marketing, and part of the marketing is convincing you climate change is your fault.” [The Tartan]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Confirm Long Held Theory About What Inspired Monet” • Claude Monet was a founder of Impressionism. A team of scientists looked at over 100 works he and the earlier British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner painted, with the goal of finding whether their paintings capture the increasingly polluted skies of the Industrial Revolution. [CNN]

Studying a Monet painting (Liza Rusalskaya, Unsplash)


¶ “Indian Railways Awards 960 MW Of Round-The-Clock Renewable Power Project” • Railways Energy Management Company Limited reportedly allocated 960 MW of renewable capacity to four companies. The winners are required to supply round-the-clock renewable power to Indian Railways, REMCL’s parent company. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coca-Cola Canada Bottling To Become First Food & Beverage Manufacturer To Use Electric Trucks In Canada” • Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited will buy six Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric trucks for a pilot program to support its “Red Fleet” customer delivery routes in the Greater Montreal Region, according to Volvo Trucks North America. [CleanTechnica]

Electric truck (Courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

¶ “The First All-Electric Concrete Mixer In The UK Shows A Pathway To Low Carbon Logistics” • Heavy trucks are used for several applications that are just perfect for electrification. Some of these trucks are built for specific applications, such as tippers and cranes. As pillars of the construction industry, concrete mixers offer an exciting prospect. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “G7 Targets 1 TW Of Solar To Speed Up Renewable Energy Transition” • Ministers from the G7 states and representatives of the EU, wrapped up a meeting in Japan with an agreement to ramp up the total amount of solar power generation to more than 1 TW by 2030 as part of plans to speed up the clean energy transition. [pv magazine Australia]

Meeting (IEA image)

¶ “G7 Nations Commit To Renewable Energy Targets, But Stop Short Of 2030 Deadline For Coal Phase-Out” • The G7 nations wrapped up a two-day meeting in Japan, agreeing on new targets for solar and offshore wind capacity. They pledged a quicker phase-out of fossil fuels. However, they did not endorse a 2030 deadline for phasing out coal. [menafn]

¶ “EU Introduces First Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism Tender” • The first cross-border tender to encourage EU member state cooperation in projects related to renewables has been approved by the European Commission. The action is to hasten the achievement of clean energy targets. The tender structure will be a request for bids. [Construction World]

Windpower (Bastian Pudill, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany Stands Firm On Nuclear Phase-out, Rejects Bavarian Plea To Keep Nuclear Power” • Germany’s environment ministry denied a request from Bavaria, a south-eastern state of the country, to continue using nuclear power. This decision came shortly after the last three nuclear power stations in Germany were closed on Saturday. [Republic World]


¶ “‘It Buys Us Time’: Great Salt Lake Is Still At A High Risk Of Disappearing After Epic Snow, Scientists Warn” • Three months ago, nearly three dozen scientists and conservationists sounded the alarm that the Great Salt Lake in Utah faces “unprecedented danger” and required immediate “emergency measures.” Heavy winter snow bought a little time. [CNN]

Great Salt Lake (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

¶ “Our Cleveland Duplex Case Study: The All-Electric Side Saves Money Compared To The Gas Side” • In 2021, the authors fixed up a duplex. After serious improvements, they “unintentionally ran a multi-year case study,” in which they “experimented with two identical housing units, one powered by gas and the other electric.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pennsylvania To Fight Climate Change Under New EPA Climate Grant Program” • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Rich Negrin joined EPA Region 3 Administrator Adam Ortiz, and others to celebrate Earth Month and highlight federal, state, and local governments working together to fight climate change. [PennWatch]

Farm in Pennsylvania (Steve Adams, Unsplash)

¶ “UF Students Face Environmental Anxiety With Threat Of Climate Change” • With increasing forest fires, hurricanes gaining strength, and other natural disasters more frequent, members of Generation Z wonder: What does our future look like? What will be lost? Students at the University of Florida are not exceptions. [The Independent Florida Alligator]

¶ “Mars CEO Sees ‘Moral’ Duty In Tackling Climate Change” • The new CEO of Mars, maker of M&M’s sweets, chewing gum, and pet food, says companies have a “moral” duty to reduce their environmental footprint as the world battles climate change. Poul Weihrauch acknowledges that the food industry has a big impact on the environment. [Philippine Star]

Have an adequately perfect day.

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