May 13 Energy News

May 13, 2023


¶ “E-Fuels, Renewable Natural Gas, And Carbon Capture Are Deep Fakes” • The problem is, all of them hold some kernel of potential, but they are just another way for fossil fuel firms to keep on doing what they have always done – make high profits from extracting, transporting, refining, distributing, and burning coal, oil, and methane gas. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche e-fuels facility in Chile (Courtesy of Porsche)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Storing Renewables With Compressed CO₂ And A Combined Heating And Power Unit” • In China, researchers at the Southeast University investigated coupling compressed CO₂ with combined heating and power for storage of solar and renewable energy. They proposed a closed-cycle system with a 600-MW CHP unit and a CO₂ energy storage facility. [PV Magazine]


¶ “NIO: 10 Billion Kilometers, 20 Million Battery Swaps” • NIO has been rolling out big news quicker and quicker, hitting new giant milestones and innovating on its unique technology. In the past few weeks, it has reached 10 billion kilometers driven across its customer vehicle fleet, and it has surpassed 20 million battery swaps. Here is more about NIO. [CleanTechnica]

NIO EVs in Norway (NIO image)

¶ “Swiss Village Of Brienz Evacuated Over Risk Of Imminent Rockslide” • Residents of a tiny Swiss village have all been evacuated, as two million cubic metres of rock is coming loose from the mountain above. The development has raised questions about the safety of some mountain communities, as global warming changes the alpine environment. [BBC]

¶ “Jamaica Begins Renewable Energy Procurement, Keeps Nuclear Option Open” • Jamaica’s Generation Procurement Entity issued a call for expressions of interest for 100 MW from renewable energy on a build, own, and operate basis. Energy minister Daryl Vaz highlighted the increase in the renewable energy target from 30% to 50% by 2030. [BNamericas]

Buildings in Montego Bay (Trevor Cameron, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “East African Groups Urge Policymakers To Ditch Fossil Fuels For Renewables” • More than three dozen progressive advocacy groups implored East African leaders in a letter this week to stop funding fossil fuel projects and instead put efforts into ramping up investment in renewable energy production and other green economic initiatives. [Common Dreams]

¶ “Administrator Samantha Power and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti Launch Kosovo’s First Ever Solar Auction” • USAID Administrator Samantha Power joined Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Albin Kurti and Minister of Economy Artane Rizvanolli to announce Kosovo’s first-ever solar auction, which is for 100 MW of capacity. [USAID]

Construction in Kosovo (Georg Arthur Pflueger, Unsplash)

¶ “IAEA Chief Aims To Present Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Deal To UN This Month, Diplomats Say” • UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi plans to present an agreement with Russia and Ukraine on protecting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to the UN Security Council this month, indicating a deal is close, four diplomats told Reuters. [The Globe and Mail]


¶ “Why John Kerry Is Confident Biden’s Climate Policies Can Survive A Republican President” • Former Secretary of State John Kerry is confident that if a Republican is elected president, Biden administration’s wins on climate change and clean energy will still not be reversed. He believes the markets would reject a challenge to the US path to clean energy. [CNN]

Climate Envoy John Kerry (US Embassy Dhaka, public domain)

¶ “CDC Sets First Target For Indoor Air Ventilation To Prevent Spread Of Covid-19” • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its ventilation guidance on helping prevent indoor transmission of viruses. This is the first time a federal agency has set a target for how much rooms and buildings should be ventilated. [CNN]

¶ “Thirteen EV Fast-Charging Hubs For NYC” • New York City is putting in thirteen EV fast-charging hubs in city parking garages, as the city aims to have 100% of new cars, trucks, and SUVs be fully electric by 2035. The charging hubs being rolled out by the city’s Department of Transportation and Power Authority will include about 50 fast-charging plugs. [CleanTechnica]

Charging in a parking garage (Michael Fousert, Unsplash)

¶ “Rooftop Solar Panels Could Power One-Third Of The US Manufacturing Sector” • A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research: Sustainability and Infrastructure examined the possibility of using solar panels installed on the rooftops of industrial buildings to meet the electricity needs of up to 35% of US manufacturers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “As Natural Gas Shortage Looms, Alaska Utilities And Advocates Feud Over Renewable Power Bill” • Alaska GOP Governor Mike Dunleavy unveiled a bill to require the state’s utilities to generate more power from renewable sources. The utilities are fighting the legislation. They say the goal, 80% renewable power by 2040, is too ambitious. [Alaska Beacon]

Eva Creek wind project (Alaska Energy Authority photo)

¶ “Renewables Revolution: The US Green Energy Is Poised For ‘Staggering’ Growth, According To BloombergNEF Report” • The US clean energy sector is set to deliver a record-breaking 600 GW of solar, wind, and energy storage capacity by the end of the decade, according to BloombergNEF’s latest Clean Energy Market Outlook. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “TVA Ignores Clean Energy Solutions, Doubles Down On Dirty Fossil Fuels With Proposal To Replace Kingston Fossil Plant With New Gas Plant” • In a disappointing move, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced its preferred plan is to replace its Kingston Fossil Plant with a new gas power plant. We need batter than a fossil fuels switch. [Southern Environmental Law Center]

Have a magically happy day.

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