May 9 Energy News

May 9, 2023


¶ “Be Wary Of Lifting Moratorium On New Illinois Nuclear Plants” • A House Committee will be discussing an amended version of a bill passed by the state Senate to lift the moratorium and allow “advanced” nuclear reactors. Illinois should move carefully before repealing its three-decade-old moratorium on new nuclear power plants. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Illinois State Capitol (Shalileh, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Deploying Electric Buses At Airports Is Easy With This Tool” • Researchers at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently developed a simulation-based optimization modeling framework to help Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) transportation operators design effective electric bus deployment strategies. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “A Major Greenland Glacier Is Melting Away With The Tide, Which Could Signal Faster Sea Level Rise, Study Finds” • A major glacier in northwest Greenland is interacting with the ocean tides, scientists reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This resulted in previously unaccounted-for melting and potentially faster sea level rise. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Model Y Steals The Show In Europe! Best Selling Car On The Continent!” • Some 322,000 plugin vehicles were registered in March in Europe, making it the second best month ever for plugin EV registrations, up 29% year over year. The market for full battery EVs increased 44% YOY, and the Tesla Model Y led the overall market – by a lot. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrogenic Expands Its Range Of Drop-In, Plug-And-Play EV Conversion Kits” • UK-based Electrogenic wants to make the process of converting fueled vehicles to EVs fast and seamless, to speed up the conversion to EVs, by offering drop-in, plug-and-play kits for popular vehicles such as the Land Rover Defenders, Porsche 911s, and Jaguar E-Types. [CleanTechnica]

Conversion kit installed (Courtesy of Electrogenic)

¶ “Rimac Energy To Add Grid-Scale Storage To Its Portfolio This Year” • Rimac Technology, a highly innovative company based in Croatia, is launching Rimac Energy to accelerate the transition towards a sustainably powered planet. It will leverage expertise in making market-defining EV technology to create new stationary Energy Storage Systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Brookfield Signs UK Wind PPA” • Brookfield has signed a power purchase agreement with Canary Wharf Group covering output from a planned 60-MW wind farm in the UK. The proposed wind farm that will supply the Canary Wharf PPA is part of Brookfield’s pipeline of UK wind projects and is expected to be commissioned by 2026. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Brookfield image)

¶ “The World’s Tallest Wind Measurement Mast Has Gone Into Operation” • The world’s highest wind measurement mast was put into operation in Germany. Standing three hundred meters high, with 99 installed mast elements, it weighs almost 70 tons. It is carries 46 measuring devices, and it is the world’s highest wind measuring mast. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Actis Launches $500 Million Japanese Renewables Platform” • Actis has launched Nozomi Energy, a $500 million renewables platform focused on Japan. Nozomi will target 1.1 GW of onshore wind and solar power by 2027. The investment is made from Actis’ fifth and latest energy infrastructure fund, which has $6 billion of investable capital. [reNews]

Nunobiki wind farm (BehBeh, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Operations Suspended At Ukraine Nuclear Plant In Case Of ‘Provocations’ – TASS” • Operations at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant are being suspended in case of “provocations” by Ukrainian forces, the TASS state news agency said on Monday, citing the Moscow-installed governor of the Russia-controlled part of the surrounding region. [Reuters]


¶ “Returning Solar Panel Production To US Can Speed Emissions Cuts” • Domestic production of solar panels, mostly now made in Asia, can speed up decarbonization in the US, a research paper from Cornell University published in Nature Communications shows. US production would reduce GHT emissions from panel making by 30% by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (US BLM image)

¶ “California Ponders V2G Mandate” • The state of California has been making lots of waves lately as it continues pushing ways to reduce carbon emissions from transportation within its borders. Now a bill filed in the state legislature would mandate that every EV sold in California have V2G (vehicle-to-grid) capability built in. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Can It Be True? Florida’s Climate Resilience Plan Is Real?” • The Environmental Defense Fund has come out in favor of Florida’s new legislation that advances the prioritization of climate resilience. Moving through the Senate with unanimous House approval, this bill exemplifies a bipartisan effort to build climate and flood resilience in Florida. [CleanTechnica]

Miami (Jose Garcia, Unsplash)

¶ “NextEra Partners To Sell Gas Pipeline Assets In Renewables Shift” • NextEra Energy Partners LP announced it will divest its natural gas pipeline stakes as it gives up its non-renewables business to capitalize on the transition to clean energy. Proceeds will be spent on buying out shares to transform NextEra Energy Partners’ capital base into 100% renewables. [Rigzone]

¶ “AES Unveils Long-Term Strategy To Ditch Coal And Triple Renewables” • American power utility AES has announced a long-term strategy to exit completely from coal by the end of 2025 and triple its renewables portfolio by 2027. AES will add 25 to 30 GW in solar, wind, and energy storage across its power generation portfolio. [Power Technology]

Have a superbly serene day.

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