March 2 Energy News

March 2, 2022


¶ “Five Takeaways From The UN’s Climate Report” • The UN’s climate science panel issued a report detailing both the impacts of climate change and potential adaptation measures society can take to mitigate the damage. The report warned of dire impacts from global warming. Here are five major takeaways from the newest report. [TheHill]

One cost of climate change (Mike Newbry, Unsplash)


¶ “Ukraine Conflict: ExxonMobil And Boeing Take Action Over Russia Ties” • ExxonMobil said it will exit a multi-billion dollar joint venture with Russian state-owned company Rosneft. It is the latest oil producer to cut business ties with the country, after similar moves by BP, Shell and Equinor. And Boeing said it is suspending operations in Russia. [BBC]

¶ “The Rise And Rise Of The Chinese EV Market – 17% Market Share In January” • In China, after the December sales peak, one would expect a sales hangover in January, only … it didn’t happen. The market had 372,000 new passenger EV registrations, for an impressive 115% jump year over year! Plugin vehicles had 17% of the market, up from 15% last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canada Provides $4.8 Billion In Annual Subsidies To Fossil Fuel Interests” • The Canada Climate Law Initiative published a report, Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Canada: Governance Implications in the Net-Zero Transition. One thing it describes is the impacts that various entities in Canada have had on sustaining fossil fuels through annual subsidies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Car Of The Year In Europe 2022 Is Yet Again An EV, The Kia EV6” • The Kia EV6 won the Car of the Year 2022 award. The Korean EV won in a field with 6 out of 7 cars were pure electrics. It is the first time that the Korean carmaker has won the title. This is the 59th time that a jury of European car journalists made the Car of the Year award. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Acciona’s 923-MW Project Passes Environmental Test” • Acciona Energía has received environmental approval for the 932-MW MacIntyre Wind Farm, which will be the developer’s largest wind farm in Australia. Due to begin construction in Q2 2022, the site marks a major milestone in Queensland’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. [reNews]

¶ “Isko: ‘Bataan Nuclear Power Plant not safe for people, Bataan'” • Manila Mayor Isko Moreno campaigned in Bataan province, where he expressed opposition to reopening the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. The presidential candidate told reporters he would keep the Bataan facility in Morong town closed if he’s elected president. [Politiko]

Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (Jiru27, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Even Before Ukraine Crisis, Majority Of Americans Wanted Country To Prioritize Renewable Energy Development, Poll Shows” • A survey of 10,237 US adults, conducted weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, shows 69% of American adults favor developing alternative energy, including wind and solar, over increasing production of fossil fuels. [CNN]

¶ “Barring A ‘Miracle,’ California Snowpack Will End The Season Below Average” • Winter is California’s wet season, but a snow survey is discouraging and an ominous record is being set for lack of precipitation in Sacramento. Statewide snow melt forecast is only about 66% of average. California reservoirs will likely not fill up again this year. [CNN]

California snow (Denys Nevozhai, Unsplash)

¶ “US Army Beats US Postal Service To Electric Vehicle Punch” • The US Postmaster General has blown off the EV revolution, but the US Army can show him how it’s done. The Army launched a net zero goal and the Army Reserve already has an electrification plan for its non-tactical vehicles with a zero emission goal by the end of FY 27. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo To Start Charging Robotaxi Passengers In San Francisco” • After years operating only in a corner of Phoenix, Waymo branched out to San Francisco in 2021. It is hasn’t been charging for its robotaxi service there, but that’s about to change. Waymo will charge riders in the San Francisco area real-life money to get a ride. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo EV (Waymo image)

¶ “Elon Musk’s $5 Billion Tesla Stock Donation To Charity” • A recent Tesla filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the company’s CEO Elon Musk made donations totaling more than $5 billion worth of Tesla stock to charity. The Ownership Disclosure filing was published earlier this month on the SEC website. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SB Energy Places 1.5-GW PV Order With First Solar” • SB Energy Global, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group, has placed a multi-year order for 1500-MW of First Solar’s advanced, ultra-low carbon thin-film photovoltaic solar modules. SB Energy will deploy these PV modules across its 4-GW US solar and storage development pipeline. [reNews]

Solar panels (First Solar image)

¶ “Coal Producer Launches 4.9-GW Renewables Plan” • Coal producer Peabody has launched R3 Renewables to pursue the development of over 3300 MW of solar PV and 1600 MW of battery storage capacity over the next five years. R3 Renewables is a Joint Venture with Riverstone Credit Partners and Summit Partners Credit Advisors. [reNews]

¶ “US Nuclear Power Industry Pushing White House Against Ban On Russian Uranium” • Reuters reports that the US nuclear power industry is lobbying the Biden administration to permit continued import of uranium from Russia despite the invasion of Ukraine, citing the cheap supply of the fuel as key to keeping US electricity prices low. [Press TV]

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