May 3 Energy News

May 3, 2023


¶ “Rising Sea Temps Are Pushing Oceans Beyond The Level Of Habitability” • According to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, the Gulf of Maine is nourished by cold ocean waters with a complex system of deep basins and shallow banks. It has produced an abundance of seafood. But higher temperatures threaten change. [CleanTechnica]

Whale off Provincetown (Thomas Kelley, Unsplash)

¶ “The World Is Headed To 70% BEV Sales By 2030” • That the world is headed to 70% BEV sales by 2030 is likely. It is based on the expectations of some carmakers and some simple math. In the latest version of the report Global EV Outlook, the IEA predicts a 60% EV marketshare by 2030 in the main markets of China, EU, and USA. This may be unlikely. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The Wuling Air Lands In India As The MG Comet, And It’s Priced At Just $9,760” • Developed on the Global Small Electric Vehicle platform, The Wuling Air has been a big hit in Indonesia, selling over 8,000 units in half a year after its launch last year. Now it is selling as the MG Comet EV in India, starting from ₹798,000 (about $9,760). [CleanTechnica]

MG Comet (Courtesy of MG)

¶ “France In April – BEVs Up, PHEVs Down, Spring Is Sprung” • France saw plugin electric vehicles take 21.1% share of the auto market in April, flat year-on-year, in a growing overall market. Full battery electrics, however, grew share, whilst plugin hybrids dropped share. Overall auto volume was 132,509 units, up some 22% year over year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Vans Take 52% Of The Van Market In Singapore In Q1” • In Q1, sales of battery-electric commercial vehicles hit 30.8% in Singapore, according to Singapore’s Land Transport Authority. A total of 1,780 vans were sold in the city-state, and the numbers show that an awesome 52% of the vans sold in Singapore were fully electric! [CleanTechnica]

BYD T3 electric van (BYD image)

¶ “NTPC To Install 20 GW Renewable Power Capacity In Andhra Pradesh For Green Hydrogen Manufacturing” • NTPC has declared its plan to construct a green hydrogen hub in coastal Andhra Pradesh. The project will consist of 13.4 GW of solar power and 6.6 GW of pumped storage capacity, optimized for green hydrogen production. [Energetica India]

¶ “Germany’s Baerbock Urges Global Action On Renewable Energy” • German Foreign Minister Annelena Baerbock called for a global target for the expansion of renewable power as demand for electricity grows. “We’re facing the greatest security challenge of our century, namely the climate crisis,” she said at the 14th Petersberg Climate Dialogue. [DW]

¶ “Inna Braverman Survived Chernobyl, Now She’s Making Waves In Renewables” • Inna Braverman almost perished as an infant after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. These days she leads Eco Wave Power and spreads awareness about clean energy. Eco Wave Power’s technology converts the movement of waves into energy that can produce power. [Silicon Republic]

¶ “Wärtsilä Bags 57-MW UK Battery Order” • Wärtsilä has signed a repeat order with EDF Renewables UK to deliver a grid-scale energy storage system in Bramford, the UK. The 57-MW, 114-MWh project will support the transition to a decarbonized electricity system and help achieve the UK’s net zero goals. It is to be delivered in 2024. [reNews]

Wärtsilä battery system (Wärtsilä image)

¶ “The Murdoch Media Empire Has Been Lying In Australia As Well” • After Fox News lost a legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems, a ruling by Australia’s media regulator found another part of the Murdoch empire guilty of lying. It found that Sky News Australia was misleading Australians about climate change and covid-19 vaccines. [Quartz]

¶ “UK Government Gives Up On Imposing Nuclear Energy On Scotland” • A UK energy minister has given up hope on imposing new nuclear energy developments on the Scottish Government, saying his government has given up trying to roll out its new fleet of nuclear reactors in Scotland. He accused the SNP and Greens of holding a “Luddite mentality.” [The Herald]

Andrew Bowie (Jessica Taylor, UK Parliament)


¶ “Hundreds Of Hazardous Sites In California Are At Risk Of Flooding As Sea Level Rises, New Study Finds” • Hundreds of hazardous industrial sites that dot the California coastline – including oil and gas refineries and sewage-treatment plants – are at risk of severe flooding from rising sea level if the climate crisis worsens, research shows. [CNN]

¶ “Shell Aims To Harness The Power Of The Lower Mississippi” • ORPC, a renewable energy developer whose power systems harness the energy of free-flowing rivers and tides, signed a contract with Shell Technology – Marine Renewable Program for a Modular RivGen Power System demonstration project in the Lower Mississippi River. [Marine Technology News]

Mississippi River (ORPC image)

¶ “California’s New Diesel Emissions Reduction Rules For Trucks And Trains” • California decided the curse of the diesel engine’s pollution more than offsets the engine’s advantages. The state’s Air Resources Board unanimously approved new rules that will require the trucking and railroad industries to reduce diesel engine pollution dramatically. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TVA Turns To The Sun For More Power” • To be carbon free within the next three decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add at least 10,000 MW of solar-power capacity, and many of the 153 local power companies that buy wholesale power from TVA also are planning their own smaller solar projects in the Tennessee Valley. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Have a relaxingly untroubled day.

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