May 7 Energy News

May 7, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “Analysis Points To Massive Photovoltaic Deployment To Meet Decarbonization Target” • An “unprecedented ramp-up of production capacity” over the next two decades is needed to provide enough solar power to completely decarbonize the global electrical system, but that goal can be achieved, an analysis led by NREL researchers says. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “West Mediterranean Heat Wave Due To Climate Change” • The extreme heat that engulfed Spain, Portugal and parts of North Africa last week would have been “almost impossible without climate change,” an international scientific study found. Temperatures went to record highs for April, with the mercury hitting 38.8°C (101.8°F) in southern Spain. [The Manila Times]


¶ “Zayed Sustainability Prize Set To Drive Global Climate Action” • To harness the innovative potential of small to medium business and nonprofit organizations, impact people positively, and accelerate global climate action, the UAE’s pioneering global award for sustainability, the Zayed Sustainability Prize, launched its Climate Action category. [CleanTechnica]

Drone operation (Zayed Sustainability Prize image)

¶ “Germany’s Scholz Says More Renewables Key To Lower Industry Costs” • Ramping up renewable power production rather than subsidies is the key to lower electricity prices for Germany’s energy-hungry industry, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Saturday, in an apparent dig at proposals by his government’s economy minister. [WHBL]

¶ “Ukraine War: Evacuation Prompts Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Safety Warning” • Rafael Grossi, head of the IAEA, voiced concern about the safety of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant as Russian forces evacuate civilians from a nearby town. He said the situation was “becoming increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous.” [BBC]

Energodar Hotel (Самарская Г И, CC-by-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Situation Around Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Becomes Increasingly Dangerous – IAEA” • Near the  Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is getting increasingly unpredictable and potentially dangerous; IAEA experts present at the plant regularly hear shelling. The nearby town of Enerhodar, where most of the plant staff live, is being evacuated. [Yahoo News]


¶ “21 Critically Endangered California Condors Have Died From Avian Flu” • A species that conservationists once saved from the brink of extinction is now facing a new powerful threat: avian flu. In a little more than a month, 21 critically endangered California condors have died of avian flu, according to a Friday news release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. [CNN]

Condor (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

¶ “Fisker Delivers First Ocean SUV” • Fisker announced that the first customer has taken delivery of the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV. Fisker claims the Ocean One and extreme-specification models offer the highest driving range of any battery-electric SUV currently available on the European market, delivering 707 km (440 mi) WLTP range. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Colorado’s Win For Clean Trucks” • In April, Colorado voted to adopt two historic standards to promote clean trucks in the state: the Advanced Clean Trucks rule and the Low-NOx ruler. Together, these protective standards will reduce emissions, provide millions of dollars in economic benefits in the state, and safeguard vulnerable communities. [CleanTechnica]

Frito Lay’s electric truck (Frito Lay image)

¶ “After A Four-Year Campaign, New York Says Yes To Publicly Owned Renewables” • The new Build Public Renewables Act, passed as part of New York’s annual budget, directs the New York Power Authority to plan, construct, and operate renewable energy projects in service of the state’s renewable energy goals. []

¶ “Amazon Is The Giant When It Comes To Corporate Buying Of Wind And Solar Power” • Big Tech companies are dominating the purchase of clean power. But Amazon is lapping all of the Big Tech companies many times over. In 2022, Amazon bought 10.9 GW of clean power, more than four times the amount number two buyer Facebook bought. [CNBC]

Have an unambiguously comfortable day.

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