April 25 Energy News

April 25, 2023


¶ “Commercial Rooftop Solar On Warehouses Could Power All Of Them” • Even though there are plenty of examples of solar and agriculture working well together, providing guaranteed income to struggling farmers, powerful groups backed by dirty money try with all their might to prevent solar panels from being installed on farm land. [CleanTechnica]

Solar potential map (Environment America image)

¶ “Renewables Have Pulled Ahead of Coal. What’s Next?” • There are new numbers from the United States Energy Information Administration, which collects data from power plant operators from across the country. They offer a lot of good news about clean energy progress. Here is a look at what is going on for the US renewable capacity. [UCS blog]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Recent, Rapid Ocean Warming Alarms Scientists” • A major study highlights a worrying development. Over the past 15 years, the Earth’s accumulated heat has increased by 50%, with most of the extra going into the oceans. In March, temperatures of the sea surface off the east coast of North America were up to 13.8°C (24.8°F) higher than the 1981-2011 average. [BBC]

Ocean (Bella White, Pexels)

¶ “Climate Change Continues To Shatter Records And Disrupt Human Society” • From mountain peaks to the ocean depths, climate change continued its advance in 2022, an annual report from the World Meteorological Organization says. Droughts, floods and heatwaves affected communities on every continent and cost many billions of dollars. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “SAIC’s Maxus Launches The EDeliver 7 Electric Van In The UK” • There is a lot of good news for the UK’s van market. Deliveries of battery-electric vans were up by 32.7% last month compared to March 2022. This was driven by an increasing choice of models, which makes switching to zero emission vehicles more compelling. [CleanTechnica]

Maxus eDeliver 7 electric van (Maxus image)

¶ “Where Elephants Roam, Struggle For Clean Cookstoves Continues” • The new National Geographic series “Secrets of the Elephants” is getting rave reviews. The series is recorded where human households still depend primarily on foraged kindling and other biomass as well as charcoal and kerosene to manage the daily task of cooking. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corio And A Energi Launch Nordvegen Vind” • Corio Generation and A Energi launched a joint venture aiming to deliver Norway’s first grid-scale floating offshore wind farm. Nordvegen Vind aims to build 1.5 GW of offshore windpower in Utsira Nord, a deep water site off the south-west coast of Norway, in an initial round of development. [reNews]

Floating offshore wind turbine (BW Ideol AS image)

¶ “International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day” • April 26 is International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. It is observed to remember the victims of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Nearly 8.4 million people were exposed to radiation by an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine in 1986. [News9Live]

¶ “European Governments Agree On 120-GW Offshore Wind Pact” • Nine European governments agreed to a combined 120-GW offshore wind capacity target for this decade. The countries have also pledged to more than double it to 300 GW by 2050. The targets increase those set in 2022 by Germany, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. [reNews]

Agreement at North Sea Summit (UK government image)

¶ “What Now For Germany’s Remaining Nuclear Waste?” • The last nuclear power stations have been shut down in Germany. But the issue isn’t going anywhere, as the country faces the question of how to proceed from here. The nuclear reactors still have to be dismantled, and the final disposal of the radioactive nuclear waste has not yet been clarified. [DW]


¶ “‘Like A Dam Breaking’: Experts Hail The Decision To Let US Climate Lawsuits Advance” • Without weighing in on the merits of the cases, the Supreme Court rebuffed an appeal by major oil companies that want to face litigation in federal courts, rather than in the state courts they see as more favorable to plaintiffs. It felt “like a dam breaking,” experts said. [The Guardian]

Pollution (C.G., Unsplash)

¶ “Trump’s Latest False Climate Figure Is Off By More Than 1,000 Times” • Former President Donald Trump has for years dismissed the existence and impact of climate change. In a speech at a conservative conference last year, he said, “the oceans may rise, over the next 300 years, 1/100th of an inch.” NASA’s estimate is at least 1,000 times that. [CNN]

¶ “US Department Of Energy Expands Support For Community Solar” • The US DOE recently announced that it is making solar energy investments aimed at reducing electricity bills and local pollution while supporting President Biden’s ambitious goals of a 100% clean electricity grid by 2035 and having net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (US BLM image)

¶ “Silicon Ranch Agrees On A Socially And Environmentally Responsible Solar Supply Deal” • Silicon Ranch, a major US-based independent power producer, has obtained 1.5 GW of cutting-edge thin film solar modules from First Solar, Inc. The modules were developed in First Solar’s R&D centers and made at its Ohio-based factory. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Google And EDPR Team Up To Develop 500 MW Of Distributed Solar Power In The US” • EDP Renewables  and Google have agreed on a framework to develop 500 MW of distributed US solar projects through EDPR North America Distributed Generation. It is expected to benefit nearly 25,000 low-to-moderate-income families. [Power Technology]

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