May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2023


¶ “Clean Fleets Rule To Deliver Healthier Air For Californians” • Californians will see a massive switch away from polluting fossil-fueled trucks to electric trucks. The California Air Resources Board unanimously adopted recently what may be the most transformative clean trucks regulation ever considered: the Advanced Clean Fleets rule. [CleanTechnica]

Truck (Robson Hatsukami Morgan, Unsplash)

¶ “A Thinking Error That Makes People Susceptible To Climate Change Denial” • Cold spells often bring climate change deniers out in force on social media. Former President Donald Trump often claimed that a cold snap disproves the existence of global warming. But fluctuations in the weather don’t refute clear long-term trends in the climate. [IFLScience]


¶ “More Than 13,000 People In Western Canada Evacuated As Wildfires Rage Across Region Amid Hot Weather And High Winds” • More than 13,000 people who live in the Canadian province of Alberta have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the region, which is seeing abnormally hot weather and high winds, emergency officials said.[CNN]

Alberta Wildfire (Government of Alberta)

¶ “EVs In Australia – Approaching 10% Penetration” • Great news: 9.5% of new cars sold in Australia in April 2023 were fitted with a plug. The growth appears to mainly be in plugin hybrids. So all those Australians with solar on the roof can operate their cars for zero dollars, saving money, having fun, and being kind to the planet at the same time. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Improving Grid Transmission In Andean Countries ” • No continent has a perfect power grid, and federal grid investments show how far the US still needs to go to incorporate clean energy projects into the grid. As Andean countries such as Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador begin to see rapid solar and wind growth, it is important that their grid is prepared. [CleanTechnica]

Power lines (Jan Huber, Unsplash)

¶ “Loblaw Inks Deal To Power Alberta Facilities With Renewable Energy” • Loblaw Companies Ltd is entering into a deal with TC Energy to power its supermarkets, drugstores, offices and distribution centers in Alberta with renewable energy sources. The program promises to reduce Loblaw’s nationwide enterprise operating emissions by 17%. [Progressive Grocer]

¶ “Colombia’s Ambitious Renewable Energy Revolution” • Since Gustavo Petro became president of Colombia last year, hopes for the future of the country’s renewable energy sector have risen. Petro repeatedly stated that he wants to move away from oil and gas to focus on Colombia’s green resources, boosting investment in renewable energy. [Oil Price]

Solar array (Antonio Garcia, Unsplash)


¶ “NJ Clean Cars Program Could Save Drivers $60 Billion, Avoid 362 Hospital Visits – New Report” • In addition to emissions reductions, New Jersey can avoid up to 362 hospital visits and save drivers nearly $60 billion by transitioning to zero-emission electric cars and light-duty trucks, according to the New Jersey Advanced Clean Cars II Program report. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Boulder, Colorado, Buys First Electric Fire Engine” • Buses are far from the only vehicles that could benefit a city by switching to electrid. If you think about it, they could all benefit from going electric. The Boulder Fire-Rescue team acquired a Rosenbauer RTX fire engine, which is the first electric vehicle of its kind in the state of Colorado. [CleanTechnica]

Rosenbauer RTX fire engine (Rosenbauer image)

¶ “Tesla Model Y Now Cheaper Than Average US Vehicle” • Tesla has been setting the bar for vehicle pricing in the auto industry, as many automakers work to scale their first few EVs. After Tesla’s sweeping price reductions since the beginning of the year, the price of the company’s Model Y SUV dipped below that of the average car in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “100% Of The Energy Cox Receives From APS Is Renewable Solar Power” • Cox Communications is the first Arizona Public Service Co telecommunications business customer in APS’s Green Power Partners Program. By purchasing solar renewable energy from the GPPP, Cox will eliminate reliance on fossil fuels, achieving 100% renewable supply. [AZ Big Media]

APS Red Rock Solar Facility (Via

¶ “FERC Commissioners Tell Senators Of Major Grid Reliability Challenges, With Some Blaming Markets” • The US grid faces major reliability challenges, according to members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC Commissioner Mark Christie said the main problem is power plants are being retired faster than they’re being replaced. [Utility Dive]

¶ “TEP And City Of Tucson Plan To Power City Operations With Renewable Energy” • The City of Tucson signed a letter of intent with Tucson Electric Power to work towards powering 100% of city operations with renewable energy. TEP provides service to the city at over 2,000 locations the agreement would address, ranging from office buildings to water wells. [KGUN 9]

Tucson (Andrew Schultz, Unsplash)

¶ “Roads Are Drying Out After NH’s Wet Week. But With Climate Change, Flooding Could Be An Increasing Problem” • New Hampshire’s roads are starting to dry out after a wet week. But as climate change brings more precipitation and the chance of stronger storms, communities are starting to face increasing flooding risks and new planning needs. [NHPR]

¶ “Governor Mills Elected Co-Chair Of US Climate Alliance, Bipartisan Coalition Of Governors Leading On Climate Action” • Maine Governor Janet Mills and Washington Governor Jay Inslee were elected Co-Chairs by the US Climate Alliance’s members, who convened this week in Washington, D.C. for the coalition’s semiannual spring meeting. []

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