April 24 Energy News

April 24, 2023


¶ “No, Nuclear Power Isn’t The ‘Big Bazooka’ Climate Fix You Might Think” • Germany’s exit from nuclear power doesn’t single it out as a quirky anomaly or black sheep in a world otherwise enthusiastically embracing nuclear energy. It puts Germany in the global mainstream. Ever more countries are abandoning or scaling back nuclear power programs. [CNN]

Nuclear power plant (Frédéric Paulussen, Unsplash)

¶ “Nissan Leaf For Energy Security And Independence” • When Farid Shahidinejad’s friend, a petrol industry engineer, told him that Australia only has 24 days’ supply of petrol in reserve, he did his research and bought an EV. His initial purchase was a 2015 Nissan Leaf. He bought it for security, so his family would not be caught up in an energy crisis. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scania And Northvolt Announce New Battery For Heavy-Duty Trucks” • Scania, the heavy truck manufacturer that is part of Volkswagen Group, and Northvolt say they have teamed up to create a battery for heavy-duty electric trucks that will last as long as the vehicles themselves – about 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles). [CleanTechnica]

Northvolt battery (Northvolt image)

¶ “Lush Prairies Could Really Be ‘Green Deserts’” • It’s tough out there for a hungry grasshopper on the Kansas prairie. Oh, there’s plenty of grass to eat, but this century’s grass isn’t what it used to be. It’s less nutritious, and it’s deficient in minerals, including sodium, potassium, and calcium. A major culprit is increased carbon dioxide levels. [The Atlantic]


¶ “Russia’s Shadowy Energy Trade Raises Fears Of A Devastating Oil Spill” • The EU has banned most seaborne oil imports from Russia in response to Moscow’s assault on Ukraine. As crude and refined petroleum products that would usually go to the EU are rerouted to Asia, cargoes are being transferred onto larger vessels to make the long trip. [CNN]

Oil tanker (Ian Simmonds, Unsplash)

¶ “EV Development In Chile” • While much of South America is having difficulty with the development of an electric vehicle market, Chile has made significant efforts to deploy EVs. While this has been primarily in the area of public transport, new legislation is expected to bring a significant rise to the level of electric passenger vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “South Korea And Chile Discuss Cooperation On Green Hydrogen, Renewable Energy” • South Korea and Chile have discussed ways to boost cooperation on clean hydrogen and renewable energy. Chile has great potential for clean hydrogen with its solid renewable power capacity, and South Korea is leading the global hydrogen market. [Yonhap News]

Wind farm in Chile (Edu3k, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Netherlands, UK To Announce Major New Power Link To Boost Energy Security” • Plans for a power line to link the UK and the Netherlands with each other and offshore wind turbines in the North Sea are being announced by the two countries. The LionLink is to increase security and boost renewable power. It is the second power link of its kind. [EURACTIV.com]

¶ “Flexible Power Technologies Will Make Africa’s Energy Leapfrogging A Reality” • In-depth studies from Wärtsilä show that with the adequate support of flexible power technologies, ambitious renewable energy objectives in Africa are not only achievable, but represent the soundest and cheapest strategy for the successful electrification. [ZAWYA]

Heliostats in South Africa (Jaro Nemčok, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “China Ramps Up Coal Power Despite Carbon Neutral Pledges” • Local governments in China approved more new coal power in the first three months of 2023 than in all of 2021, Greenpeace’s analysis of official documents shows. In the first three months of this year, at least 20.45 GW of coal power was approved, up from 8.63 GW in the same period in 2022. [The Guardian]

¶ “Britvic Taps Wind PPA For Irish Water Brand” • Britvic Ireland and Flogas Enterprise have signed a power purchase agreement ensuring that Irish water brand Ballygowan is produced using power from wind turbines. The £2.5 million PPA will allow Britvic to buy electricity directly from the Sonnagh Old Wind Farm in County Galway. [reNews]

Home in County Galway (Ann Schreck, Unsplash, cropped)


¶ “South Florida Faces Fuel Crisis From Flooding – Electric Cars Are Fine” • South Florida got some crazy, record-breaking rain and flooding last week. With natural disasters, come fuel crises, and in this case, there were massive fuel shortages in the South Florida region. You know who didn’t have any such problems? Electric car drivers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted Unveils Maryland Investment” • Ørsted confirmed plans to invest in Maryland’s first offshore wind “advanced foundation component centre” at Tradepoint Atlantic, about ten miles from Baltimore. The $14 million Advanced Foundation Component Center brings Ørsted’s total investments at the site to nearly $30 million. [reNews]

Dry dock at Sparrows Point, Maryland (US DOD, public domain)

¶ “US Inflation Reduction Act ‘To Spur $3 Trillion Investment In Renewable Energy Tech” • The US Inflation Reduction Act will spur about $3 trillion of investment in renewable energy, a report from Goldman Sachs says. The IRA could produce double the amount of energy from the US shale revolution more than a decade ago, the report says. [The National]

¶ “EPA To Issue Power Plant Rules That Lean On Carbon Capture” • The US government may soon require power plants that burn natural gas to install technology to capture carbon emissions, sources said, as President Joe Biden’s administration enacts new rules to help decarbonize the power sector in twelve years. The EPA is unveiling the new standards. [AOL]

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