March 1 Energy News

March 1, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Bury It? Shoot It Into Space? Why Scientists Still Can’t Find A Place For Nuclear Waste” • Climate change is more urgent and leaves us with fewer options daily. This might make it tempting to rush to nuclear energy as a quick, low-carbon fix. But its faults are numerous, not least of which is that there is still no answer to the 80-year-old question of waste. [CNN]

Nuclear danger (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

¶ “What If Moscow Turns Off The Gas As The Ukraine Conflict Deepens?” • If Russia halts its supply of gas to Europe to retaliate against the punishing sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine, the region should still be able to make it through next winter, according to Bruegel, a think tank based in Brussels. But it won’t be easy or cheap. [CNN]

¶ “Fight Back Against The Fossil Fuels Autocrats: Electrify And Decarbonize!” • From Venezuela to Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to most blatantly Russia, we’ve witnessed how the dynamics of fossil fuel dependency harm both the countries that possess them and other countries that are held hostage to the whims of despotic leaders. It’s time to fight back. [CleanTechnica]

Climate demonstration (Tom Seger, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Delay Means Death’: We’re Running Out Of Ways To Adapt To The Climate Crisis, New Report Shows” • Climate change is on course to transform life on Earth as we know it. Unless it is dramatically slowed, billions of people and other species will reach points where they can no longer adapt to the new normal, according to a major report. [CNN]

¶ “Novel Australian Project Examines If Renewable Energy Machines Can Be Used To Protect Coastlines” • What can wave energy converters do that no other form of renewable energy can? Well, they can remove waves’ energy. For a country where coastlines are ever more frequently battered by extreme weather, this is especially attractive. [pv magazine Australia]

Wave (Mark Harpur, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Canada To Ban Imports Of Crude Oil From Russia” • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a ban on Russian oil imports following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. He said oil revenues have helped to prop up President Vladimir Putin and Russian oligarchs. Coordinated Western sanctions against Russia have targeted its banks. [BBC]

¶ “Shell Follows BP Out Of Russia As UK Oil Companies Abandon Putin” • Shell is getting out of Russia. The company said it would dump its 27.5% stake in the Sakhalin-2 liquified natural gas facility, its 50% stake in a project to develop the Salym fields in western Siberia and its 50% interest in an exploration project in the Gydan peninsula in Siberia. [CNN]

Tanker (Alexandr Popadin, Unsplash)

¶ “IPCC 6 Shows A ‘Criminal Abdication Of Leadership,’ Says UN Secretary General” • Bloomberg Green reports that UN Secretary General António Guterres said about the IPPC report, “With fact upon fact, this report reveals how people and the planet are getting clobbered by climate change.” He calls it an indictment of a “criminal abdication of leadership.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Plans Emerge For Another Renewable Energy Island To Power Europe” • The energy ministers from the UK and Belgium signed a memorandum of understanding, in which the two countries may work together to build another renewable energy island in the North Sea. The countries are already connected by the 1-GW Nemo Link interconnector. [Renew Economy]

Danish energy island (Danish Energy Agency image)

¶ “‘Putin Is Ready For Anything,’ Says Ukraine’s Ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko” • A former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, warned, “If Putin’s army intends to bomb our nuclear power plants, it will undoubtedly be a tragedy for the entire continent.” The Ukrainian nuclear fleet has of four power plants, with a total of fifteen reactors. [France 24]

US:

¶ “Volvo Previews Its Future Electric Car Plans To Dealers” • At a conference in Miami last week, Volvo shared its plans for future electric cars with its North American dealers. Citing a report by Automotive News, CarBuzz says company executives told their audience about plans to launch seven electrified models in the coming few years. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Recharge Concept (Image courtesy of Volvo Cars)

¶ “Unlimited EV Charging As Low As $19.99 Per Month!” • A new flat fee proposal for EV charging in the US could help convince more drivers to ditch their gasmobiles and go electric sooner rather than later. If all goes according to plan, the result would be less dependence on fossil fuels, and less of the really destructive baggage that goes with it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nissan Will Spend $500 Million On Mississippi Factory For EV Production” • Nissan said in a press release that it will spend $500 million to make a factory in Mississippi ready to produce EVs. The company plans to make 40% of its US sales battery EVs by 2030. The Canton, Mississippi, factory has been in operation for almost two decades. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan EVs (Nissan image)

¶ “Meta Plans Renewable-Powered Data Center In Idaho” • Meta, the parent company of Facebook, will invest $800 million in a data center being developed in Kuna, Idaho, southwest of Boise. The data center is planned to receive 100% of its electricity from renewable energy through an arrangement with the local utility, Idaho Power. [Argus Media]

¶ “Several Renewable Energy Projects Are Proposed In The Magic Valley” • A wind farm proposed for the Magic Valley would be Idaho’s largest, but it’s not the only renewable energy project developers want to build in the region. In the past year and a half, they submitted several proposals for solar and wind energy in south central Idaho. [Boise State Public Radio]

Have a prosperously fulfilling day.

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