December 26 Energy News

December 26, 2021


¶ “Can Cities Thrive In Turbulent Times? Three Questions For Cities In 2022” • There are at least three compounding crises facing cities today – the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the worsening impacts of a changing climate, and growing urban inequality. The World Resources Institute looks at questions to consider and what needs to be done. [CleanTechnica]

Los Angeles (Devin Avery, Unsplash)

¶ “The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: UH Climate Expert Chip Fletcher” • The Civil Beat Editorial Board and reporters spoke with Chip Fletcher, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii Manoa. He is also chairman of Honolulu’s Climate Change Commission. [Honolulu Civil Beat]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Earth Became A Less Hospitable Place In 2021” • Much of Earth got hotter in 2021, worldwide weather weirder, wildfires more devastating, the atmosphere more problematic, and soil less fertile. In arid expanses, animal and plant life became more precarious; forests diminished; the oceans warmed, rose, and got more acidic. [The Columbus Dispatch]

Fire in Tasmania (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)


¶ “How Can Asia Achieve A Clean Energy Transition? Examples From Five Countries” • Nowhere in the world is as critical for the clean energy transition as Asia, which accounts for almost half of global energy demand and is the world’s highest emitting region. Here, we look at five examples: China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Can Australia Supply The World With Rare Earth Minerals?” • Australian governments (national and state) are seeking new revenue streams, as coal exports look like they are diminishing in the long term. Demand is increasing for rare earth elements as EVs take over the highways, and Australia has a lot to offer. But the resources have to be developed. [CleanTechnica]

Australian outback (Jeremy Bezanger, Unsplash)

¶ “How Wind Power Is Transforming Communities In Viet Nam” • In two provinces of Viet Nam, a quiet transformation is taking place, driven by renewable energy. In both areas, wind farms are providing employment and electric energy to people who need them. In both places, they provide for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Will A Nuclear Power Plant Be Rebuilt In Fessenheim?” • When French President Emmanuel Macron said in November that he wanted to build new nuclear power plants as part of his investment plan to revive the economy, the president of Alsace asked that Fessenheim, home of a recently closed reactor, be considered for hosting one. []

Closed Fessenheim nuclear plant (Florival fr, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Iran Atomic Chief Claims Country Won’t Enrich Uranium Over 60% If Nuclear Talks Fail” • The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said Iran will not exceed 60% enrichment of uranium, even if it cannot agree on a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has been openly breaching the deal since the US withdrew from it in 2018. [The Times of Israel]


¶ “US Federal Recommendations Support Monitoring For Offshore Wind” • Offshore wind energy is rapidly growing in the US. This is essential to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But offshore wind must be environmentally sustainable. NOAA and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have made some recommendations about that. [CleanTechnica]

Turbines and transformer platform (Dionysos1970, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Puerto Rico’s Shattered Power Grid Could Become A ‘Big Experiment’ For Biden” • FEMA has $9.4 billion allocated to restore and protect Puerto Rico’s power network from the type of disasters that have plagued it. It is the largest amount awarded in the agency’s history. But there are two radically different ways to use this money. [Politico]

¶ “Grand Coulee Dam Overhaul Project Ensures Another Thirty Years Of Renewable Hydropower In The Pacific Northwest” • The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration announced the completion of the major overhaul of generating units 22, 23, and 24 at Grand Coulee Dam, about 90 miles west of Spokane, Washington. [iFIBER One News]

Have an appreciably grand day.

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