February 28 Energy News

February 28, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Interview: Tony Seba On The Cleantech Revolution” • Zachary Shahan sat down rwith the famous and widely loved Tony Seba to talk about the revolutions underway in energy (clean energy is taking over the energy world), transportation (the EV revolution is rolling fast now), and food. You can listen to the interview on CleanTechnica Pro. [CleanTechnica]

Tony Seba in 2020 (NCDOTcommunications, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Elon Musk Responds To Ukraine Plea For Support – And How You Can Help Ukraine” • Mykhailo Fedorov, the Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, issued a plea to Elon Musk on Twitter, shared on the Ukraine’s official Twitter account. He specifically asked for Starlink support. Elon made service active in Ukraine, and more terminals are on the way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Time To Stand Up For The People Of Ukraine: Locking Future Generations Into Fossil Fuels Won’t Help” • In recent days, the oil and gas industry and its apologists have sought to exploit the Russian invasion of Ukraine by pushing for policies that would lock future generations into decades of more dependence on fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Refinery (Dimitry Anikin, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine invasion: Putin has raised the abhorrent specter of a nuclear option. Could it be a sign of desperation?” • Unlike UK and US nuclear weapons policy, Russia’s nuclear doctrine allows for smaller, tactical nuclear warheads to be threatened in a conventional conflict, in the hope that the other side capitulates in fear. [Sky News]

¶ “Russia’s War On The Ukraine Will Hasten The Drive For Clean Energy Security” • Russia is a huge exporter of oil and gas. But waging war on Ukraine will change its energy trade. It will be a short-term boost to other energy exporters, but the bigger effect will be a fundamental re-think on energy security which will accelerate decarbonization. [Lowy Institute]

Wind turbines (Waldemar Brandt, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “BP To Offload Stake In Rosneft Amid Ukraine Conflict” • BP is to offload its 19.75% stake in Russian state-owned oil firm Rosneft after Russia’s “act of aggression in Ukraine.” The oil giant had come under pressure from the UK government to make the move since Thursday’s invasion. The Norwegian energy giant Equinor is also divesting. [BBC]

¶ “Forrest Mulls Massive 2-GWh Battery As Part Of Queensland Wind And Solar Hub” • Iron ore billionaire Andrew Forrest has unveiled plans for a $3 billion wind, solar, and battery storage hub in central Queensland in a moved that he says will create the biggest renewable energy precinct in the south hemisphere. It will start with a 450-MW wind stage. [Renew Economy]

Atherton Tableland, Queensland (Frances76, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Japan Excellent Announces Use Of 100% Renewable Energy Operation Of Omori Bellport D” • From March 2022, all of the electricity for the Omori Bellport D apartment building in Tokyo, owned by Japan Excellent Inc, will come from renewable energy. CO₂ emissions from electricity for the 18-story building will be reduced to zero. [MarketScreener]

¶ “25 NSW Councils Go Green In Landmark Renewable Energy Deal” • In New South Wales a landmark deal was announced that will see 25 councils supplied by three NSW solar farms. The $180 million agreement, brokered by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, is set to deliver over 214 GWh per year to participating councils. [Energy Matters]

Solar PV (Biel Morro, Unsplash)

¶ “Germany Aims To Get 100% Of Energy From Renewable Sources By 2035” • Germany aims to fulfil all its electricity needs with supplies from renewable sources by 2035, compared to its previous target to abandon fossil fuels “well before 2040,” according to a government draft paper that has been obtained by Reuters. [Reuters]

¶ “Germany Considers Keeping Nuclear Power Plants Online” • Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the German government is examining every option to keep the country warm and reduce its energy dependence on Russia. Keeping nuclear power plants online is being reviewed. But it may be an unlikely resource, as plant owners make clear. [EURACTIV.com]

Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear, now closed (ChNPP, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “National Community Solar Partnership Aims To Reach 5 Million And Beyond” • The US DOE hosted the second National Community Solar Partnership Annual Summit in January. With stakeholder feedback and market analysis, the NCSP developed a roadmap to address persistent barriers affecting community solar across the country. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ranking Heat Waves Like Hurricanes Is Being Proposed In California” • New legislation in California hopes to reduce heat-related deaths by ranking heat waves similarly to hurricanes, by using categories and names. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) is currently in a multiyear experiment to also categorize heat waves. [CNN]

Heat wave (Raimond Klavins, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewables Provide 21% Of US Electricity In 2021” • With strong growth in solar and wind power, electrical generation by renewable energy sources provided 21.02% of total US electrical generation in 2021, which exceeds US Energy Information Administration forecasts, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of EIA data. [Renewables Now]

¶ “North Carolina Power Plant Wants To Reopen. Residents Have Other Ideas” • Under its initial May 2015 permit, NC Renewable Power was allowed to burn chicken litter and emit up to 250 tons of waste each year. After being shut down for two years, the owners want to reopen it with a new permit and monitoring technology. [Greensboro News and Record]

Have a thoroughly enchanting day.

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