April 19 Energy News

April 19, 2023


¶ “Electric Vehicles And The Utility Grid – A Match Made In Heaven” • Utility companies sell electricity. It’s what they do. It’s a business and they are very good at it. They want to sell more electricity, not less, and the EV revolution will allow them to do just that. Here are two examples of analysis that trickled in to the CleanTechnica news desk. [CleanTechnica]

EV charging (Pixy.org, CC0)

¶ “Climate Diplomacy Is Failing – But We Need It To Survive” • IPCC reports take six to seven years to compile. They already lag the latest climate science by the time member states agree to their findings. By the time governments pledge their emissions reductions, the outdated science is lags even more. And then they seldom honor the pledges. [CBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Biodiversity Targets May Be Slipping Out Of Reach – Study” • A study published in the Royal Society journal, Proceedings B says effects of climate change and habitat loss on animal populations have been underestimated. Scientists say preventing extinctions may take longer than expected and that unless we act now global biodiversity targets will be out of reach. [BBC]

Golden lion tamarin (su neko, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Permanent And So Huge That A Coastal Ecosystem Is Thriving On It” • Scientists are finding thriving communities of coastal creatures thousands of miles from their original home on plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a 620,000 square mile swirl of trash in the northern Pacific Ocean. [CNN]

¶ “NASA Launches TEMPO To Track Air Pollution On A Whole New Level” • It is difficult to monitor emissions across a small area from space. NASA launched the TEMPO air quality project to do that. It will be the first Earth-observing satellite with an instrument locked in a geostationary orbit, hovering over a specific area of the world. [CleanTechnica]

Seeing CO₂ pollution (Matthias Heyde, Unsplash)


¶ “Fukushima’s Fishing Industry Survived A Nuclear Disaster. Twelve Years On, It Fears Tokyo’s Next Move May Finish It Off” • After the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the area’s fishermen found their fish were banned. After that no one would buy them. Now Japan plans to gradually release over 1 million metric tons of filtered wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. [CNN]

¶ “Cape Town Launches $66 Million Solar PV Project With Help From C40 & GIZ” • The City of Cape Town is working to reduce the impact of electricity rationing in the city in the near future, and ultimately, to eliminate it altogether. Cape Town is busy implementing several projects to achieve this. Among them is procurement of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Cape Town (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Europe’s Biggest Charging Network: 500,000 Elli Charging Points” • With access to over 950 providers in 28 countries, Elli offers comfortable cross-border charging. E-mobility relies on a tight-knit charging network that is dependable, with charging stations that are simple to use. Elli is providing for Volkswagen Group EV drivers now. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “House Fails To Override Biden’s Veto Of Resolution To Overturn EPA Water Rule” • The House of Representatives failed to override President Joe Biden’s veto of a resolution to overturn an EPA water rule. Republicans argue that the rule puts a burden on the agriculture community by being too restrictive in defining what is a navigable waterway. [CNN]

Capitol Building (Donghun Shin, Unsplash)

¶ “A Quarter Of Americans Live With Polluted Air. People Of Color And Those In Western States Disproportionately Affected” • About 1 in 4 people in the US breathe polluted air that can hurt their health and shorten their lives, a report from the American Lung Association says. People of color are disproportionately affected, as are residents of Western cities. [CNN]

¶ “$25,000 Electric Car Coming To USA? It’s Already Here!” • We see stories about how disruptive the coming less expensive EVs will be. But they have pretty much already arrived. You can go out there and buy a $26,500 electric car today and then save oodles of money not buying gas. And with a range of roughly 250 miles, they are not shabby. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt (Chevy image)

¶ “Polestar 4 Revealed, US Production Of Polestar 3 Planned For 2024” • Polestar pulled the covers off of the Polestar 4 at the Shanghai auto show to reveal the very latest thinking on how to make an SUV that resembles something else. The car shows a new approach, including a rear window replaced by a camera. And it is coming to the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Avangrid Signs 1-GW Clean Power MOU With Navajo Utility” • Avangrid and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities to develop up to 1 GW of clean energy. The green energy projects will be built within the Navajo Nation in the states of New Mexico and Arizona. [reNews]

Wind farm (Avangrid image)

¶ “The US Has Seen 5 Years’ Worth Of Clean Energy Investments In Just 9 Months – Here Are The Highlights” • The American Clean Power Association’s new Clean Energy Investing in America study reports the statistical breakdown of where all this capital investment is going. Here are some of the statistics the report has in it. [Electrek]

¶ “University Of Vermont Pledges To Go Carbon Neutral By 2030” • The University Of Vermont has committed to achieving carbon neutrality on campus by 2030 in a new Comprehensive Sustainability Plan. The university will prioritize decarbonization and develop a plan to “green” campus labs, reduce generation of waste, and more. [WPTZ]

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