May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2023


¶ “Nuclear Safety Is Another Casualty Of The Ukraine War” • Despite the international treaties, with nuclear power plants the possible consequences of a careless miscalculation can be too enormous to contemplate. This is why the fighting in Ukraine is perilous not only to its long-suffering population but also for the international community. [The National]

Nuclear plant (, CCo)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Synergy Project Demonstrates Renewable Energy’s Black Start Potential” • In what may be a global first, SP Energy Networks completed the first phase of a £4.4 million black start trial, demonstrating how the electricity network can be restored at a faster pace using only renewable energy in the event of a major power outage. [Smart Energy International]

¶ “Prieto Introduces Battery That Charges In Three Minutes” • Prieto, a startup based in Fort Collins, Colorado, has unveiled a prototype of a battery it says works in a range from -30°F to above 100°F. What is even more exciting about Prieto is that its 3D batteries can be fully charged from 0 to 100% in just three minutes and are nonflammable. [CleanTechnica]

Prieto battery (Prieto image)


¶ “‘Go To Hell, Shell.’ Climate Protests Disrupt Oil Company’s Shareholder Meeting” • Chaotic scenes unfolded at Shell’s annual shareholder meeting as climate activists stormed the venue, calling for the oil company to be “shut down” and accusing it of “killing” the planet. They sang, “Go to hell, Shell, and don’t you come back no more.” [CNN]

¶ “Global Temperature Rise Could See Billions Live In Places Where Human Life Doesn’t Flourish, Study Says” • If the current pace of global warming goes unchecked, it will push billions of people outside the “climate niche,” the temperatures where humans can flourish, according to a study published in the journal Nature Sustainability. [CNN]

Tamil Nadu in the morning (Remi Clinton, Unsplash)

¶ “LevelTen Energy Launches PPA Auctions, Delivering More Speed And Deal Certainty To Renewable Energy Sellers And Buyers” • LevelTen Energy, operator of the world’s largest PPA marketplace, launched PPA Auctions, a faster way to contract power purchase agreements. LevelTen’s PPA Auctions respond to the industry’s need for new solutions. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ “South Africa Load-Shedding: The Roots Of Eskom’s Power Problem” • South Africa is heading into winter with the prospect of power cuts lasting up to sixteen hours a day. The roots of the problem lie in poor management, corruption, sabotage, and gangs willing to kill anyone who threatened to clean up the coal industry or move towards renewable energy. [BBC]

Power outage (Claudio Schwarz, Unsplash)

¶ “ROK Experts Begin Fukushima Nuclear Plant Tour on Treated Water” • A delegation of South Korean experts began a two-day observation of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to look into issues related to treated water. TEPCO’s plan to release the treated water into the ocean caused strong concerns in South Korea. [The Japan News]

¶ “The Shoprite Group’s Solar Rooftop Installation Program Continues Throughout South Africa” • The Shoprite Group is accelerating the rollout of rooftop solar installations at its sites in South Africa. It is South Africa’s largest retailer by sales, profit, number of employees and customers, and market capitalization. It operates in eleven African countries. [CleanTechnica]

Solar rooftop installation at a Shoprite in South Africa


¶ “House Votes To Revoke Tougher EPA Emissions Regulation For Trucks” • The House voted Tuesday to rescind a Biden administration emissions regulation for heavy-duty trucks. The Senate voted to overturn the rule in April, so it will now be sent to President Joe Biden’s desk. The White House has said the president will veto it. [CNN]

¶ “New York’s Skyscrapers Are Causing It To Sink – What Can Be Done About It?” • The ground under New York City is sinking partly due to the sheer mass of all its buildings. But New York is not the only coastal city to be suffering this fate. And at the same time, sea levels are rising at the same time to meet these concrete jungles. Can they be saved? [BBC]

New York City (Siegfried Poepperl, Unsplash)

¶ “A Monster Typhoon Is Barreling Toward A US Territory With Deadly Winds And Dangerous Storm Surge” • Typhoon Mawar is barreling toward Guam, threatening to slam into the US territory as the strongest storm there in decades. The typhoon poses a “triple threat” of deadly winds, exceptional storm surge and torrential rainfall. [CNN]

¶ “How Clearloop Is Using Carbon Offsets To Develop Solar Power Farms In Mississippi” • Most of Mississippi’s electricity comes from natural gas, nuclear, and coal, Energy Information Administration data shows, and only about 1% is from solar. Clearloop, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is developing three solar power farms in the state. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Farm (Clearloop image)

¶ “As Debt Ceiling Negotiations Continue, Renewable Energy Groups Push Congress For Bipartisan Transmission Permitting Legislation” • Leading renewable energy organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging enactment of bipartisan transmission permitting legislation to build on the clean energy policies in the Inflation Reduction Act. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Governor Hochul Announces Ge Vernova To Invest $50 Million To Locate An Onshore Wind Nacelle Manufacturing Operation To Schenectady County” • Governor Kathy Hochul announced that GE Vernova will invest $50 million to locate an onshore wind nacelle facility to Schenectady, creating at least 160 full-time jobs. [Governor Kathy Hochul]

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