June 4 Energy News

June 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Bill Gates And Warren Buffett To Build A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor – Is That Good News?” • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want to build a new kind of nuclear reactor to generate electricity. Why? Because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Being rich does not necessarily make a person all that smart. [CleanTechnica]

Sodium cooled fast reactor (Wikipedia, public domain, cropped)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The World’s Forgotten Greenhouse Gas” • Agriculture accounts for 16 to 27% of human-caused climate-warming emissions. But much of these emissions are not from carbon dioxide, that familiar climate change villain. They’re from another gas altogether: nitrous oxide (N₂O), also known as laughing gas. [BBC]

¶ “Lakes Are Losing Oxygen Due To Climate Change” • Climate change is contributing to falling oxygen levels in lakes across the world, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Previous studies have shown falling oxygen levels in individual lakes, but this study is the first to look at large numbers lakes on several continents. [CleanTechnica]

Lake with wooded island (Juan Davila, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Climate Change Could Ignite A Financial Crisis, IMF Official Says” • Climate change poses serious risks to the stability of the financial system, a senior International Monetary Fund official told CNN Business. Tobias Adrian, director of the its monetary and capital markets department, said the climate crisis could “absolutely” ignite a financial crisis. [CNN]

¶ “Denmark, Norway, And The US To Lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission” •The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the US, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, announced that they will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation. [CleanTechnica]

Shipping containers on land and ships (Tom Fisk, Pexels)

¶ “Sweden Continues Electric Vehicle Progress In May With 39.1% Plugin Vehicle Share” • Sweden’s plugin EV market shared reach 39.1% in May 2021, up from 21.5% in May 2020. With policy still in flux, we can expect even stronger growth in the second half of the year. Overall auto sales were still recovering, down 24% from seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Taaleri Energia Swoops For 252-MW Finnish Wind” • Taaleri Energia has bought two ready-to-build wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 252 MW using capital from its Taaleri II SolarWind fund. Construction works on both projects started in April 2021, and both are expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Taaleri Energia wind farm (Taaleri Energia image)

¶ “Danish Energy Giants Ørsted Intends To Tip $57 Billion Into Renewables” • Denmark’s multinational power company Ørsted has made a global statement with a new commitment to spend $57 billion between 2020 and 2027. “Our aspiration is to become the world’s leading green energy major by 2030,” said Ørsted chief executive Mads Nipper. [Energy Matters]

¶ “New South Wales opens call for 8-GW renewable energy zone” • The New South Wales government has launched a registration of interest process for Australia’s largest renewable energy zone, which is expected to have a capacity of up to 8 GW. The NSW government has committed A$78.9 million ($60.9 million) to support development of the zone. [PV Tech]

AGL solar plant in New South Wales (AGL Energy image)

¶ “7-Eleven To Introduce 500 EV Fast-Charging Stations At 250 Stores” • Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven announced that it will instal 500 EV charging ports at 250 selected stores in the US and Canada. The company currently has 22 charging stations located at 14 stories across four states in the US, so this represents a significant increase. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Disney, Netflix And Tech Titans Team Up To Fight The Climate Crisis” • As energy watchdogs warn that spending on clean energy is still well shy of what’s needed, Amazon, Disney, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce, Unilever, and Workday launched an alliance to boost the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions. [CNN]

Clean energy (Sander Weeteling, Unsplash)

¶ “How A Southern California School District Is Leading The E-Bus Revolution” • As K-12 budgets continue to tighten and communities are increasingly concerned about sustainability, school districts are evaluating green transportation options. One school district in Southern California recently stepped forward as a leader on this front. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “President Biden’s Budget Invests $2.8 Billion To Support Economies, Outdoor Recreation, And Access To Public Lands” • The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced their proposed Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of $2.8 billion in projects, grants and programs authorized in the Great American Outdoors Act. [CleanTechnica]

Meetse Area (Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, DOI)

¶ “Conservationists Are Planting The Seeds Of History’s ‘Biggest Ecological Turnaround’ In Maine Forest” • An orchard in coastal Maine is one of three where researchers have planted what could be the forest of the future. But what makes that future different is that it contains the next wave of American chestnut trees – a kind created in a lab. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “Climate Versus Jobs? Not In This Heartland State” • A new clean energy project – a 100-turbine wind farm here in Illinois’ Knox County – would generate tax revenue for the local school, fire department, and library, and offer an income stream to farmers who lease land to the project. Renewable energy is not just about the climate. [Christian Science Monitor]

Have a perfectly lovely day.

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