UK Gas Pumps Run Dry in 'Needless Panic'
Fuel pumps in London are running dry as Britain's government faces a crisis of its own making. After advising the public to stock up on fuel in the event of a strike by fuel tanker drivers, the panic-stricken public began draining gasoline stations dry.
Some have even suffered injuries by storing fuel in their homes after the recommendations to set a bit of fuel aside for emergencies. Firefighters in northern England reported that a 46-year-old woman badly burned herself handling gasoline in her kitchen on Friday. She suffered burns to 40 percent of her body.
"This was absolutely a desperate incident and a terrible thing that has happened to this woman," Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday. "My heart goes out to her and her family."
Lawmakers have been slamming the government for evoking what they describe as a needless panic. The government has since warned that it is unsafe to store over 10 liters of gasoline in homes.
A threatened fuel strike is highly unlikely, however. Retailers, motorists' groups and fuel industry officials are receiving a lot of unnecessary blame.
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The "government created this fuel crisis and now must take full control," said Brian Madderson of the Retail Motor Industry to Bloomberg. "Panic-buying continues ... with thanks to Francis Maude, many retailers have sold all their small stocks of petrol jerry cans."
The union representing British fuel tanker drivers, Unite, has announced that a strike would be ruled out. Yet, drivers continue to flock to gas stations. Gasoline sales were up more than 170 percent Thursday and diesel sales were up almost 80 percent, according to Britain's Petrol Retailers Association.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.