January 27 Energy News

January 27, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Is Your Seafood Climate Friendly? Scientists Outline The Benefits Of Marine Aquaculture” • Writing in BioScience, Alice Jones of the University of Adelaide, and an international team of scientists from the University and The Nature Conservancy, discuss the potential of marine aquaculture to feed a growing human population sustainably. [Newswise]

Seafood (Douglas Lopez, Unsplash)

¶ “How A Smart Electric Grid Will Power Our Future” • The largest ever simulation of its kind, modeled on the Texas power grid, concluded that consumers stand to save about 15% on their annual electric bill by partnering with utilities. In this system, consumers would coordinate with their electric utility operator on a ‘transactive’ basis. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Climate Change Is Coming For Our Coffee” • Bad news for coffee lovers: Climate change will make it much harder to grow Arabica coffee in the coming years, according to a study that appeared in the scientific journal Plos One. The study used several global climate models to examine how conditions will change for growing coffee by 2050. [CNN]

Coffee beans (Rodrigo Flores, Unsplash)

¶ “The Pandemic Has Been Great For Electric Car Sales” • Global sales of battery EVs increased to 4.5 million last year from 2.1 million in 2020, according to data from consultancy LMC Automotive. Electric cars made up 6.3% of global vehicle sales in 2021, tripling their market share from 2019. Overall passenger vehicle sales remain depressed. [CNN]

¶ “India’s ReNew Power Announces Battery Storage Partnership With Fluence” • ReNew Power and Fluence will set up a new joint venture company to offer energy storage in India. The first effort of that company will be to set up a 150-MWh battery project to support a 300-MW renewable energy project being developed by ReNew Power. [CleanTechnica]

Fluence batteries (Image courtesy of Fluence)

¶ “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Japanese Youth Sue Over Cancer Diagnoses” • Six young Japanese people are suing the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant after developing thyroid cancer in the years after the 2011 nuclear disaster. The plaintiffs aged six to sixteen at the time of the disaster. Their lawsuit is seeking $5.4 million in compensation from TEPCO. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Change: How Much Will It Cost? McKinsey Has The Answer” • McKinsey is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, identifying risks and advising clients how to deal with them. It has issued a report that attempts to put real numbers on the true cost of climate change. There is good news in the report, but to realize it, we have to act. [CleanTechnica]

Lightning ahead (NOAA image, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan To Help With Bill Gates’ Next-Gen Nuclear Power Project” • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said it will work with Japan’s atomic energy agency to provide technical assistance to a US start-up run by Bill Gates that is building a next-generation nuclear reactor in Wyoming. TerraPower plans to build its plant in that state by 2028. [Yahoo News]


¶ “Bomb Cyclone With The Power Of A Hurricane Will Unleash Snow And Blizzard-Like Conditions This Weekend” • Confidence is growing that a winter storm with the intensity of a hurricane, snow measured in feet, and blizzard-like conditions will impact major cities in the Northeast this weekend. It is described as “a nor’easter with blockbuster potential. [CNN]

Snow (Tim Foster, Unsplash)

¶ “House Democrats Announce Three New Task Forces To Address The Climate Crisis” • As President Biden’s signature climate and economic bill stalls in the Senate, House Democrats are launching three new climate-focused task forces. They will focus on the climate change impact on agriculture, national security, and the US power sector. [CNN]

¶ “Lawyer For Big Oil Tells Court That Lawsuits Threaten National Security” • Responding to a lawsuit brought by the city of Baltimore over damages resulting from oil industry lies, a lawyer for big oil firms told a federal appeals court that lawsuits alleging fossil fuel companies lied about the climate crisis could pose a security risk to the nation. [CleanTechnica]

Greenpeace climate action (Greenpeace image)

¶ “Tesla expects 50% growth despite supply chain woes” • Tesla sales will grow by more than 50% in 2022 compared with last year despite supply chain problems, chief executive Elon Musk has said. The electric carmaker reported a record $5.5 billion profit last year. Sales at the firm rocketed 71% to $53.8 billion in 2021, as it delivered over 936,000 vehicles. [BBC]

¶ “Pathways To Net-Zero For New Mexico’s Economy” • A set of briefs includes modeling with a new, in-depth look into pathways for New Mexico to cut climate-warming pollution and improve health and quality of life for its communities, particularly rural and tribal communities that have historically been overburdened by fossil fuel development. [CleanTechnica]

Desert in New Mexico (Ethan Wright-Magoon, Unsplash)

¶ “Arizona Utility Regulators Again Reject Clean Energy Rules” • Arizona’s utility regulators rejected new rules that would have drastically boosted the use of renewable energy for the second time in a year, drawing sharp reaction from advocates of clean energy, who said the decision leaves the state far behind what is needed to address climate change. [Westport News]

¶ “Brookfield Renewable Adds 20,000 MW Of Solar, Energy Projects With Urban Grid Acquisition” • Brookfield Renewable and its institutional partners acquired clean power developer Urban Grid and its pipeline of projects comprising about 13,000 MW of utility-scale solar and 7,000 MW of energy storage capacity for $650 million. [Solar Industry]

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