Archive for May 11th, 2023

May 11 Energy News

May 11, 2023

Opinion and Review:

¶ “The Emoose Solar-Compatible Portable Power Station” • For backup or small off-grid power, emoose power stations supply power to almost all electronic devices, from gadgets like mobile phones, cameras, and laptops to more power-hungry appliances such as portable heaters and refrigerators, electric grills, power tools, and coffeemakers. [CleanTechnica]

emoose power system (emoose image)


¶ “Imports Of Solar Panels And Inverters Surge In South Africa As Power Crisis Grows” • Imports of solar panels, inverters, and lithium-ion batteries are set to surge in South Africa as more businesses add solar and storage to their energy mix. In the first three months of this year, over 2,400 MW of projects have been registered by private firms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Quebec And Montreal Order 1229 Electric Buses” • The province of Quebec will soon have 1,229 electric buses providing passenger service to its residents. The provincial government is providing $1.1 billion to fund the acquisition of the electric buses while the federal government will contribute $780 million toward the purchase. [CleanTechnica]

Nova Bus in operation (Nova Bus image)

¶ “In Africa, Mini And Microgrids Will Win, Floating Solar Power Arrives” • With distributed, ubiquitous, lowest-cost minigrids and microgrids, African countries can reduce pollution, create jobs, desalinate sea water, and hopefully get rid of fossil fueled vehicles. Here is this month’s roundup of solar news from the green and gold continent. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Malaysia Opens Its Renewable Energy Market To PPAs And Cross-Border Trade” • Malaysia’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Economy are working together to establish plans and determine renewable energy initiatives and programs to drive development of the country’s renewable energy industry. [PV Magazine]

Solar project in Malaysia (Photo from Entrutech SDH BHD)

¶ “Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Facing A ‘Catastrophic’ Staff Shortage Amid Russian Evacuation” • Russia plans to relocate about 2,700 Ukrainian staff from Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Ukraine’s atomic energy company has claimed, warning of a potential “catastrophic lack of qualified personnel” at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility. [The Guardian]


¶ “How Do We Decarbonize The US Housing Stock?” • The US Department of Energy’s Building America Program, through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has opened a request for proposals for multidisciplinary expert teams to address hard-to-solve technical challenges of decarbonizing the existing US housing stock. [CleanTechnica]

Solar window installation (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Automated Solar Permitting Speeds Solar Adoption Across US” • The Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus software, – developed by NREL, in collaboration with industry and the building safety community, and with funding from the US DOE – eases the permitting process and cuts red tape, making it easier for authorities to issue permits. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pulling Power From The Ocean Is The Final Frontier For Renewable Energy” • With 70% of the Earth’s surface covered by oceans, wave power could be one of our largest untapped energy resources. The Biden administration’s Ocean Climate Action Plan reveals how the ocean holds important potential for renewable energy. [CNET]

Wave energy converter (OceanEnergy and PNNL)

¶ “New Hampshire Utility Proposes Transmission Line From Canada To Carry Renewable Power To New England” • The proposed 211-mile, $2 billion Twin State Clean Energy Link would enter the US in Canaan, Vermont. It would be buried along highways until it links to an existing transmission corridor in New Hampshire. [Yahoo]

¶ “Tesla Produces 5000 Model Y In One Week In Texas And Launches Lithium Refining Site” • Tesla is on a roll this week. To keep up with its almost constantly growing sales, Tesla has been ramping up Model Y production at sites around the world. It has also just broken ground on a lithium refinery project. The news on both fronts comes from Texas. [CleanTechnica]

Future Tesla lithium refinery (Courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “Santa Barbara County On Its Way To 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Whatever else the rest of the world is doing, Santa Barbara County is on the way to 60% renewable energy by 2025 and 100% by 2030, ahead of California targets. Central Coast Community Energy already saved 18% in billing costs on average for PG&E customers. [The Santa Barbara Independent]

¶ “Texas Proposes Tightened Renewable Energy Permits” • The utility-scale solar and wind market was dealt a blow to the head when a Texas senate group voted 21-9 in favor of SB 624, a state bill which would enforce permitting restrictions and fines on solar and wind projects in the state. A companion bill now heads to the state’s House for approval. [pv magazine USA]

The 500-MW Roseland Solar project (Hecate Energy image)

¶ “Biden And Congressional Democrats Urged To Accelerate Renewable Energy And Deprioritize Fossil Fuels” • Over 290 groups urged President Biden and Congressional Democratic leaders to take action, accelerate renewable energy, address electric transmission challenges, and advance environmental justice. [Center for Biological Diversity]

¶ “Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel Hears Reports On Plant Deconstruction And Waste Storage” • At its first regular meeting of the year, the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel heard updates from state agencies and the company decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. [WAMC]

Have an enchantingly sensible day.

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