Archive for May 20th, 2023

May 20 Energy News

May 20, 2023


¶ “Our Psychological Problem With Global Warming (See: Mt St Helens) And What To Do” • No matter how small the threat, there comes a moment when a person realizes it’s not just imaginary, hypothetical, or theoretical. That’s the point when at least some action starts happening to change course and avoid becoming a victim. [CleanTechnica]

Mt St Helens eruption from 35 miles away
(Rocky Kolberg, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Smoke From Canadian Fires Is Pouring Into The US And Could Linger For Days” • Canada has had an especially active start to the fire season. In one week, wildfires in Alberta burned over 150 times the area that had burned by the same point in the year in the last five years combined, CNN reported. The smoke is polluting the air in the US Midwest. [CNN]

¶ “Sunak To Urge G7 Support For Collective Action Against ‘Economic Coercion’” • The UK and other G7 countries are planning collective action against Russia and China if they threaten trade boycotts for political reasons. A new body will deal with “economic coercion,” to be an early warning system and formulate where G7 action is needed. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “G7 Members Should Not Compete Against Each Other On Renewables – Von Der Leyen” • The Group of Seven rich nations should work together to access technology and secure sources of critical minerals for a green transition, creating additional manufacturing capacity rather than competition, a top European diplomat said. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

¶ “International Solar Alliance And UN Launch Solar Agriculture Irrigation Program” • The International Solar Alliance and the UN Development Programme have launched a program focused on solar agriculture irrigation. They have  raised €1.8 million for pilot projects with solar pumps and technical training in ten countries in Africa and Oceania. [CleanTechnica]

Solar powered pumping (Image via CouLee)

¶ “ACWA Power Signs Uzbek Wind Farm Financing Deal” • ACWA Power has signed financing documents for the 100-MW Karatau wind farm in Uzbekistan with a total investment value of $120 million. The agreement was one of two signed by the company during the EBRD 2023 Annual Meeting and Business Forum in Samarkand. [reNews]

¶ “Mercedes Plans One Electric Van Platform To Rule Them All” • Mercedes announced that all its newly developed vans will be based on a single innovative, modular, and scalable architecture. Van Electric Architecture, to be called VAN.EA, will be an all-new purpose-built platform developed from scratch for its future electric vans starting 2026. [CleanTechnica]

VAN.EA (Mercedes image)

¶ “New UK Sanctions On Russian Energy To Include Rosatom And Nuclear Energy” • The UK has announced a new wave of sanctions against Russia, as the G7 Summit begins in Japan this weekend. The sanctions will also affect companies connected to Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom, which supplies 20% of Russia’s energy. [Power Technology]


¶ “The Future Of Wind Energy In The US Is Floating Turbines As Tall As 30 Rockefeller Plaza” • The first, full-sized floating offshore wind turbine in the US will tower 850 feet above the waves in the Gulf of Maine. The 15-MW turbine will be 20 miles south of Maine’s tiny Monhegan Island by the end of the decade, the first of ten turbines in an array. [CNN]

Monhegan Island (, CC0)

¶ “Capping Oil & Gas Wells In Texas Could Create Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs” • A study from the University of Texas finds that regulating methane pollution from oil and gas sites in Texas could create up to 35,000 jobs. Texas is the top state for methane pollution, and its Permian Basin is one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the world. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Clean Cars Could Yield $95 Billion In Benefits In Colorado” • A report finds that the total benefits for Colorado would be as much as $95 billion in 2050 from public health and climate improvements, savings to drivers of zero emissions vehicles, and utility customer savings, under a Colorado Clean Cars program, if adopted through 2035. [CleanTechnica]

F-150 Lightning (Courtesy of Ford, Colorado)

¶ “Oil To Renewables: HECO Aims To Transform 85-Year-Old Power Plant In Pearl City” • Hawaiʻi’s largest electric utility, Hawaiian Electric, plans to replace six oil-fueled generators at its Waiau Power Plant in Pearl City with smaller generation units powered by fuels like biodiesel and possibly hydrogen, the company announced. [Hawaii Public Radio]

¶ “Village Waits For Green Light On Green Energy” • The village of Saranac Lake, New York, is preparing to enter the last step in a process that would give local electric customers the chance to support renewable energies through their monthly bill. Saranac Lake is waiting on the electric rate to dip low enough to lock in a better rate. [Adirondack Daily Enterprise]

Village of Saranac Lake (Mwanner, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “BLM Advances Clean Energy In California” • The Bureau of Land Management has approved the Sunlight Storage II Battery Energy Storage System to add up to 300 MW for a total 530 MW of energy storage capacity provided to the California power grid from the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm. It is another step toward a carbon-free electric grid by 2035. []

¶ “Montana GOP Lawmakers Sign Aggressive Anti-Climate Science Law” • A new law in Montana, passed by GOP lawmakers and signed by the governor, blocks climate change from being considered in the environmental review process for projects like coal mines and power plants. Of over 1,000 comments submitted by local residents, 95% were in opposition. []

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