January 24 Energy News

January 24, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Humans Do A Poor Job Of Calculating Risk. That’s Terrible For The Climate Crisis” • Humans do a poor job of evaluating climate risk and the cost of reducing it. Over the past five years, extreme weather disasters have cost the US more than $750 billion. The Build Back Better package would cost $555 billion over the course of 10 years. [CNN]

Bovine inconvenience (Jo-Anne McArthur, Unsplash)

¶ “Labeling Unabated Gas As ‘Green’ Risks Diverting Finance From Essential Renewables” • The European Commission’s move to label some investments in natural gas, a source of CO₂ and methane emissions, as climate-friendly risks detracting the finance community’s attention from the highest investment priority, renewable energy. [EURACTIV.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Could Open Up ‘Rivers In The Sky’ Over East Asia” • We can clearly see that the climate crisis is already having a profound effect on weather systems, altering temperatures, rainfall, wind patterns, and more. Now, a study predicts likely deluges over the mountainous parts of East Asia in the future, the result of ‘atmospheric rivers.’ [ScienceAlert]

Deluge (Jim Witkowski, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Philippines Utility Meralco Launches 850-MW Renewables Tender” • The Manila Electric Company opened a tender for 850 MW of renewable generation capacity. The utility is seeking proposals to deploy around 600 MW to start providing power in February 2026, and another 250 MW that will begin commercial operations in February 2027. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Ireland’s Data Centers Provide An Economic Lifeline, But Environmentalists Say They’re Wrecking The Planet” • A €1.2 billion investment in a data center in the town of Ennis is likely to be welcomed by the Irish government, despite concerns that growth in data centers could undermine the commitment to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030. [CNN]

O’Connell Street, Ennis (Joseph Mischyshyn, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Is Switzerland’s Electric Vehicle Story A Preview For The Rest Of The Globe?” • For a long time, Norway was the trendsetter when it came to the future of EV adoption. Now there’s another country worth admiring. Known for exquisite chocolates, fine watches, and secretive banks, Switzerland is now taking its place on the EV scene. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Deutsche Post Offsets CO₂ Emissions For Transport Of Letter Mail” • Deutsche Post Group DHL announced that it’s offsetting CO₂ emissions for letter mail transport in 2022 at no extra cost. Until recently, the GoGreen option was subject to a charge. Now, it’s offsetting all CO₂ emissions that are generated by its mail transport operations. [CleanTechnica]

DHL GoGreen cargo bike

¶ “VETERIA21 Project Will Transform Thermoplastics For Use In EV Battery Casings” • The VETERIA21, which is being developed by AIMPLAS, a plastics technology company Spain, is focusing on advanced manufacturing processes to obtain sustainable materials for the EV industry. The goal is to reduce the weight in EVs, starting with battery casings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Brunswick Power Seeks Unprecedented 25-Year License For Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Station” • The license for Atlantic Canada’s only nuclear power generating station expires in June, and the New Brunswick Crown corporation that operates the aging CANDU-6 reactor is seeking a license renewal for an unprecedented 25-year term. [Yahoo Finance]

Pickering Nuclear, a CANDU plant (John McArthur, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Advocates Say A Utility-Backed Bill Imperils Rooftop Solar In The Sunshine State” • A bill moving through the legislature in Florida, backed by a powerful utility, would reduce the financial benefits of rooftop solar panels so much that environmentalists and solar builders say it could turn the state’s fast-growing solar industry off overnight. [CNN]

¶ “US Superstores Could Power Over 7.9 Million Households With Solar” • A report released by the Environment America Research and Policy Center and the Frontier Group says that US big-box retail and grocery stores, if equipped with rooftop solar, could produce enough electricity to power more than 7.9 million households. [Power Engineering International]

Rooftop and parking lot solar (Frontier Group image)

¶ “Redwood Materials To Launch Production Of Anode Copper Foil” • Redwood Materials reports that it is planning to start up its anode copper foil production facility in the first half of this year. Redwood had earlier announced that Panasonic would be including its copper foil from recycled materials in new battery production at Giga Nevada. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Mexico House Committee Passes Renewable Energy Bills” • A State House Committee approved a series of bills this weekend designed to increase the use of renewable energy in New Mexico. One, the Energy Storage System Tax Credit, would offer homes and businesses a 40% tax credit for energy storage systems installed before 2025. [KSFR]

Solar array (US DOE image)

¶ “Large Corporations Present EV Blueprint To Auto Makers” • Ceres, a nonprofit that works with capital market leaders on sustainability issues, announced that Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance members gave a roadmap to top auto makers for developing the types of EVs companies plan to buy in the US over the next five years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Enbridge: Growth In Renewable Power Is Huge, And It’s Just Getting Started” • Enbridge’s history is soundly in the oil and natural gas pipeline space, but it has been looking to expand into clean energy, using the cash flows from its oil and gas assets. The company is spending more on clean energy today than it is on its legacy businesses. [The Motley Fool]

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