March 6 Energy News

March 6, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “With Regenerative Agriculture, Guinness Really Is Good For You!” • Regenerative agriculture improves yields by focusing on soil health, and a study indicates that it could also improve the nutritional quality of crops. That’s good news for Guinness beer fans. Guinness has just launched a new regenerative agriculture pilot project in Ireland. [CleanTechnica]

Guinness browing barley (Guinness image)

¶ “Worse Weather And More Floods: The IPCC Report Contains Warnings Australia Should Heed” • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its new report just as Australia was hit by some of the worst floods and heaviest rainfalls in its history. Set against the backdrop of disaster, the report’s findings were both bleak, and shocking. [ABC]

World:

¶ “Hyundai, Kia Reveal Electric Car Roadmap. Is Level 3 Driving Part Of The Plan?” • In its press release, Hyundai CEO Jaehoon Chang said his company plans to release 17 battery-electric car models by 2030. Chang said the company is investing over $16 billion in its electric car endeavors, which include more plants dedicated to producing EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Ionijq 7 (Image courtesy of Hyundai)

¶ “UK Plugin EV Share Doubles To 26% As Tesla Model Y Debuts” • The UK, Europe’s second largest plugin market, saw EV share almost double year on year to 25.6% in February. Full electrics alone took a 17.7% share. Overall auto volume was down 28% over seasonal norms. Debuting in February after a long wait, the Tesla Model Y was the best selling EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Indigenous Communities Turning Away From Dirty Forms Of Energy Toward Solar” • After seeing the impact an oil spill had on her home community, Melina Laboucan-Massimo knew she had to do something. The land in Little Buffalo had always been dependent on oil and gas. But she and her team are turning it toward solar energy. [Calgary Journal]

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Lubicon Cree and founder of
Sacred Earth Solar (Supplied by the University of Victoria)

¶ “Scotland ‘Could Help End Europe’s Reliance On Russian Oil And Gas'” • A “green industrial revolution” could see renewable energy generated in Scotland cut other countries’ reliance on oil and gas from Russia, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader said. Alex Cole-Hamilton urged ministers in Edinburgh to “maximise” the renewable energy produced. [STV News]

¶ “Montenegro To Introduce Renewable Energy Auctions” • The Ministry of Capital Investments of Montenegro announced that it will conduct auctions to raise the share of solar power plants and wind farms in the country’s energy mix. To do this, it will have technical support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Montenegro (olga brajnovic, Unsplash)

¶ “Government Wants To Boost Renewable Energy Sector, Says Minister” • Punjab Minister for Energy Dr Muhammad Akhtar said that work is under way on projects in the Pakistani province to use alternative energy in line with international standards to tackle climate change and generate cheap electricity to meet local needs. [The News International]

¶ “Scaling Up Of Renewable Energy A Must For Sustainable Growth, Says PM” • India is the world’s third-largest energy consuming country, and in coming years, energy consumption is sure to go up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a special address, reiterating India’s commitment to climate action and energy transition. [NewsOnAIR]

Wind turbines in India (Vairavamoorthy, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Video Shows Ukrainian Nuclear Plant Workers Pleading With Russians To Stop Shooting” • Video taken from inside Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during the Russian assault earlier this week shows workers pleading with their attackers over a loudspeaker system to stop in order to avoid catastrophe. The message is punctuated by gunfire. [HuffPost]

US:

¶ “Shock! Awe! Americans Willing To Pay Higher Gas Prices To Defeat Putin” • Americans want low energy prices, but in a poll conducted last week by Reuters, 80% of respondents including solid majorities of Republicans and Democrats said they support the idea of not importing any oil from Russia, even if that leads to higher gas prices at the pump. [CleanTechnica]

Gas prices by state (AAA image)

¶ “Panasonic Planning Massive Electric Car Battery Factory In US” • Japanese news outlet NHK reports that Panasonic is looking for land in Oklahoma or Kansas to build a massive US battery factory that will manufacture 4680 battery cells for Tesla (and maybe others?) According to Reuters, the factory will cost several billion dollars to build. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Schenectady-Based DSD On Sharp Growth Path As Green Energy Expands” • Less than three years after its creation, GE spinoff DSD Renewables has nearly tripled its workforce as it adds solar electricity to the power grid and to its customers’ facilities. DSD’s headquarters at Mohawk Harbor hosts a small part of its nearly 170 employees. [The Daily Gazette]

Rotterdam solar array by DSD Renewables (Photo provided)

¶ “World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Unveiled In Texas, With Plan To Produce Clean Rocket Fuel For Elon Musk” • US start-up Green Hydrogen International announced a 60-GW rH₂ project in South Texas, to be powered by wind and solar, with its own salt cavern for storage and a plan to produce clean rocket fuel for Elon Musk’s SpaceX. [Recharge News]

¶ “Grid Operators’ ‘Seam’ Study Paves Way For Renewable Expansion” • A joint study by two regional grid operators with territories that span a wide swath of the central US reveals how strategically sited transmission projects along their boundaries could enable a wave of new renewable energy capacity that may not otherwise get built. [Energy News Network]

Have a captivatingly brilliant day.

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