April 29 Energy News

April 29, 2023


¶ “Free Solar Panels? Don’t Get Burned” • The US DOE is aware of claims of offers for free solar panels or that solar companies must provide solar panels for free if requested. This is not true. The federal government does not offer programs for free home solar panel installations, nor does it require companies to give customers solar panels for free. [CleanTechnica]

Scam alert (Tara Winstead, Pexels)

¶ “Will The EU Sanction Russia’s Nuclear Industry?” • So far, the EU has avoided sanctioning Russian nuclear power, largely due to the significant role that Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy monopoly, Rosatom, plays in global nuclear power. Rosatom provided the US with 14% of its uranium in 2021, and the EU buys an even more from Russia. [Oil Price]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Life In The Ocean’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Could Disappear Due To The Climate Crisis” • One of Earth’s largest habitats could see its rich diversity of life reduced by the end of the century due to the climate crisis. The ocean’s mesopelagic zone, also called the “twilight zone,” is located between 656 feet and 3,280 feet (200 meters to 1,000 meters) below the surface. [CNN]

Gnathophausia zoea (Yale Peabody Museum, CC0)

¶ “NREL And Partners Build All-Data Approach For Automated Grid Recovery” • With partner technologies and community input, NREL will demonstrate an automated, affordable, all-in-one method for grid resilience, which can and will be used by vulnerable communities and the utilities that serve them. The project is called Solar-HERO. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Power In The Arctic And Antarctica” • It is common knowledge that warm countries can generate the best results from solar power. By the same logic, you may assume that cold environments like the Arctic and Antarctica may not be great places to use solar. Solar power does have challenges in such areas, but it can work well. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic ice (Mike Dunn, NOAA Climate Program Office)

¶ “New Report Details Some Alarming Health Impact Of Climate Change On Children” • A report released this week by the EPA projects the devastating health impact of climate change on children. Effects include higher rates of respiratory disease, lower academic achievement, higher rates of infections and risk of housing insecurity in coastal cities. [1310 KFKA]


¶ “BYD Charges Philippine Market With Its All-EV Lineup” • The Philippine distributor of BYD vehicles shifted into high gear with a complete lineup of electric cars. In April 2022, BYD announced that it had halted production of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The effects of that transition are now being seen in the Philippines. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Han EV (Courtesy of BYD)

¶ “Indian Cab Aggregator Secures $75 Million Loan To Acquire 6,000 EVs” • Media reports say that Power Finance Corporation Indian, which is owned by the Indian government, sanctioned a loan worth $75 million to Blusmart Mobility. Blusmart competes with Uber and Ola Cabs in cab aggregation, but it only operates electric cars. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Atlas Renewable Energy Signs 21-Year PPA With Albras” • Atlas Renewable Energy signed a 21-year power purchase agreement with Albras, the largest primary aluminum producer in Brazil. The renewably generated energy will come from the 902-MW Vista Alegre Photovoltaic Project, which is expected to be built and operating in 2025. [GreentechLead]

Solar array (Atlas Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Oil India And Himachal Govt Agree To Adopt Renewable Energy Sources” • The Himachal Pradesh government signed a memorandum of understanding with Oil India Ltd to create a framework for cooperation in utilizing and developing new and renewable energy sources in the state, including exploring the state’s solar potential. [Construction World]

¶ “NTPC Secures 500 MW Round-The-Clock Renewable Power Supply Project” • State-run power producer NTPC announced this week that its arm NTPC Renewable Energy has secured a 500 MW round-the-clock renewable power supply project. The project was awarded by REMCL, a joint venture of the Ministry of Railways and RITES Ltd. [pv magazine India]

Pylons in a lake in India (Aravindan Ganesan, CC-BY-SA-2.0)


¶ “Democrats Target House Republicans Who Voted To Repeal Climate Provisions Driving Billions Of Dollars Of Investments To Their Districts” • More than two dozen House Republicans who welcomed multi-million-dollar clean energy manufacturing investments in their districts voted to repeal the tax incentives that stimulated those very same projects. [CNN]

¶ “Texas Continues Its Attack On EVs, Now With A $200 Annual Fee On Them” • “Giga Texas” is to be one of the world’s largest EV factories, and Tesla’s global headquarters are in Texas. But the state doesn’t allow Tesla to operate stores there, and to give Tesla just a little more thanks, Texas is going to slap a $200 annual fee on EV owners. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Reaches EV Sales Goal Two Years Early” • Data published by the California Energy Commission show that the state’s buyers have purchased over 1.5 million EVs since 2011, The Mercury News reports. The figure marks a key EV milestone target set in 2012, which has now been reached two years earlier than the goal’s initial target. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Port Of Virginia Goes All In On Renewable Energy Sources To Fulfill Green Supply-Chain Demand, CEO Says” • The Virginia Port Authority is pursuing a plan to be carbon-neutral by 2040. It will buy all the power used for Virginia port operations from renewable energy sources and will eliminate the use of diesel fuel from equipment. [The Virginian-Pilot]

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