April 18 Energy News

April 18, 2023


¶ “What Is The Best Way To Allocate Colorado River Water Rights?” • The debate over Colorado River water rights seems to focus on the needs of agriculture, primarily livestock feed crops, over the daily needs of everyday people. Isn’t it time for the US government to put the people first and business second when it comes to water? [CleanTechnica]

Colorado River from Moab Rim (USGS, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Next-Gen EV Batteries From Wood Pulp: Yet Another Reason To Hug A Tree” • Graphite is used to make lithium battery anodes. In the past, it has been made from coal derivatives and petroleum, but now wood-based replacements are being put forward. It looks like eucalyptus trees are about to push fossil fuels out of another market. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The Volkswagen ID.7 Is Finally Here” • Volkswagen has taken the camouflage off the ID.7 sedan. It will go on sale in Europe and China later this year and in America in 2024. The ID.7 is the company’s first global electric sedan for the upper midsize class. It has a projected range of 700 km (WLTP), or 435 miles, and it has a spacious interior. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen ID.7 (Courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Brookfield To Invest $1 Billion In Indian Renewable Energy Company” • Canadian investor Brookfield will reportedly invest $1 billion in Indian renewable energy project developer Avaada Ventures. The first tranche of $400 million has already been released by Brookfield, and the balance is linked to achievement of milestones. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kosol Energie Targets 1.9 GW Of Solar Module Production In India” • Kosol Energie, part of Munich Re insurance group, has announced aggressive plans to expand its solar module facility in India, which is now 250-MW. According to media reports, Kosol Energie has placed an order for an 850-MW module production line with SC Solar. [CleanTechnica]

Solar modules (Priamo Mendez, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Growth Must Double To Meet Australia’s Emission Goals: Clean Energy Council” • Australia’s renewable energy industry is growing at half the pace needed for the sector to meet the Albanese government’s emissions reduction goals, despite the sector having one of its best years, the Clean Energy Council said in its annual report. [The Guardian]

¶ “Goldwind Toasts 100-GW Milestone” • Goldwind has achieved a milestone of exceeding 100 GW of global installed capacity, with successful operation of several wind power projects. The company held an event to mark the 100-GW installed capacity milestone and the launch of two new wind turbine models for areas of uncertain winds. [reNews]

Wind turbines (Goldwind image)

¶ “Mainstream, Hexicon File To Build 2.5-GW Swedish Floater” • Mainstream Renewable Power and Hexicon joint venture Freja Offshore has submitted a planning application for the Mareld floating wind farm. The site could host 2.5 GW of capacity, which corresponds to more than half of electricity consumption of the Västra Götaland region of Sweden. [reNews]

¶ “Could electric vehicles reshape the grid?” • The Realising Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Services trial in Canberra was to find whether a fleet of EVs could provide grid services as big batteries and virtual power plants do. The trial is complete and the results are promising: Vehicle-to-Grid technology can provide support for the grid. [Australian Renewable Energy Agency]

Charging a V2G-capable Nissan Leaf  (Image from AREA)

¶ “Legal Attack On EU Calling Nuclear Power, Gas ‘Sustainable’” • Greenpeace and other allied environmental organizations filed a complaint at the European Court of Justice opposing possible EU financial support for nuclear ang gas eneryg. “Atomic energy and gas cannot be sustainable,” said Greenpeace Germany’s head of economic and societal issues, Nina Treu. [DW]


¶ “The Oil And Gas Industry Is Emitting Way More Of This Potent, Planet-Warming Gas Than The EPA Estimated, Study Shows” • Planet-warming methane pollution from the US oil and gas industry was 70% higher than the EPA’s estimates between 2010 and 2019, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [CNN]

Gas flare (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Enel X Way Plans To Install Over 2 Million EV Chargers In The US By 2030” • Enel Group, Italy’s largest utility company, is establishing itself as a major force in the market for EV chargers through its Enel X Way subsidiary, which markets the Juicebox brand. Enel X Way said it plans to add at least two million EV chargers in North America by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Since The IRA, $150 Billion Of Investment, 46 Factories, And 18,000 Jobs In Renewable Energy” • Over the last eight months, following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, over $150 billion in domestic utility-scale clean electric power investments have been announced, according to the American Clean Power Association. [pv magazine USA]

Wind turbines under a low sun (Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Tribal Colleges Tap Us Energy Funds To Build ‘Living Labs’” • US tribal colleges and universities will be able to tap nearly $15 million in grant funding to boost clean energy development as part of a federal government investment to create more reliable and sustainable electric generating capacity for Native American communities. [Arizona Capitol Times]

¶ “Three US States Team To Build Clean Hydrogen Hub” • A coalition based in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan took the next big step in its bid to obtain up to $1.25 billion in federal funding for a regional clean hydrogen hub intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It has now submitted its full application to the US DOE. [Government Technology]

Have an agreeably fragrant day.

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