Archive for May 25th, 2023

May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2023


¶ “Ask A Scientist: Calling Out The Companies Responsible For Western Wildfires” • The US wildfire season used to last about four months. These days, it stretches six to eight months, the US Forest Service says, and in some places it’s now a year-round affair. Just seven companies accounted for a whopping 18.7% of total emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Hand crew from Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Navajo Region
returning to fire camp (Photo by Bureau of Indian Affairs)

¶ “May As National Wildfire Awareness Month: 10 Tips To Prevent Wildfires” • May is National Wildfire Awareness Month for the US. Almost nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused. These preventable wildfires threaten lives, property and our precious natural resources. Here are tips for preventing wildfires and protecting natural resources. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why You Should Care About Warmer-Than-Average Ocean Temperatures” • Humanity’s carbon pollution has the potential to turn oceans into a global warming “time bomb.” Ocean temperatures have spiked: NOAA data collection indicates ocean temperatures are probably the highest they’ve been in more than 100,000 years. [CleanTechnica]

Coral and fish (, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change And Marine Animals: A Challenge For Conservation” • Marine animals, from whales to sea turtles, depend on a functioning ocean ecosystem for survival. They are also important indicators of overall ocean health. Scientists at NOAA Fisheries are finding that climate change is leading to rapid changes in our oceans. [NOAA Fisheries]


¶ “France Bans Short-Haul Flights To Cut Carbon Emissions” • France has banned domestic short-haul flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to cut carbon emissions. The law came into force two years after lawmakers had voted to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. [BBC]

Airplane (Pascal Meier, Unsplash)

¶ “Invasion Of Ukraine ‘Has Fuelled Funding Boom For Clean Energy’” • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has helped ignite a boom in clean energy investment which will significantly outpace spending on fossil fuels, an International Energy Agency report shows. It found that clean energy investment is on track to reach $1.7 trillion (£1.4 trillion) this year. [The Guardian]

¶ “Daimler Truck Subsidiary Fuso Announces Production Start Of Next Generation ECanter” • With increased power, enhanced efficiency, and an extended range, the Next Generation eCanter from Fuso operates with zero CO₂ emissions as it is driven. Fuso, a Daimler Truck subsidiary, is now producing this all-electric light truck in Europe. [CleanTechnica]

ECanter trucks (Daimler image)

¶ “Punjab Government To Introduce Green Hydrogen Policy, Aiming For Renewable Energy Leadership” • To establish Punjab as a leading state in the production of non-conventional energy, the state government is to introduce a Green Hydrogen Policy. This was announced by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy Sources for Punjab. [SolarQuarter]


¶ “Powerful Typhoon Mawar Slams Guam With Heavy Rain And Damaging Winds” • The governor of Guam urged residents to continue staying home for their protection and safety a day after Typhoon Mawar, the strongest storm to impact the US territory in decades, slammed into the island. Mawar’s eyewall pelted the island with winds and heavy rain. [CNN]

Typhoon Mawar (NASA Earth Observatory image)

¶ “Enel Chooses Oklahoma For $1 Billion Solar Panel Factory” • Enel North America subsidiary 3Sun USA announced that it has chosen Inola, Oklahoma, to build a $1 billion manufacturing facility for innovative, sustainable, and American-made PV cells and modules. The factory will have a capacity of 3 GW of solar panels per year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford Signs Battery Materials Deal, Hints At Fixed Pricing Strategy” • There’s a torrent of news about Ford Motor Company this week, so let’s get you caught up on recent developments. For a start, Ford announced a long-term contract with EnergySource Minerals to purchase the lithium it needs to manufacture EV batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford Motor Co image)

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Celebrates A Renewable Energy Landmark” • Duke Energy Florida celebrated their milestone of surpassing 1 GW of renewable energy at an event for Duke Energy’s solar program. The Clean Energy Connection allows customers to subscribe to solar power without having to install their own equipment. [WCJB]

¶ “How MSD Plans To Turn Sewage Into Renewable Energy” • A planned anaerobic digestion plant in Cincinnati will turn sewage into renewable energy. The Metropolitan Sewer District plans to build the facility next to the existing Little Miami Wastewater Treatment Plant. In the anaerobic digestion process, bacteria makes methane from organic matter. [WVXU]

Anaerobic digestion plant (Metropolitan Sewer District)

¶ “With Responsible Mining, Idaho Shifting Toward Renewable Energy” • Idaho is emerging as a player in the move to renewable energy by ensuring responsible mining practices and acting to reduce the consumption of environmentally harmful resources. Idaho Power, the state’s largest utility, has plans to leave coal behind by 2028. [Idaho Business Review]

¶ “Timeline: How Georgia And South Carolina Nuclear Reactors Ran So Far Off Course” • The first of two nuclear reactors in Georgia is generating electricity and could be days away from achieving full-power operation. But the new units at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle are $17 billion over budget and running seven years late. [Financial Post]

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