April 6 Energy News

April 6, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Who Cares About EV Fuel Efficiency? Drivers Don’t, But Investors Should” • Despite the daily disinformation from the oil industry and its enablers, driving electric is clearly cleaner than driving fossil, and if you do most of your charging at home, it’s substantially cheaper. But this doesn’t mean that the efficiency of an EV doesn’t matter. [CleanTechnica]

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(Image Courtesy of Transport & Environment)

¶ “Five Takeaways From The April IPCC 6 Report” • The latest IPCC 6 report released this week is 3000 pages long. Here, we can share some of the highlights, so you can fill in the spaces on your own. We can start with a tweet from Bill McKibben, who has just returned home after accepting the prestigious Congressional Medal of Distinction. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Fungi Cleaning New Delhi’s Air” • New Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities. Much of the pollution comes from burning agricultural waste. Pusa Decomposer, which is made up of seven different species of fungus naturally present in the soil, can be used to compost the waste in place, reducing pollution and improving the soil. [BBC]

¶ “Nature-Based Solutions Can Tap The Earth’s Powers to Sequester Carbon” • In the newest IPCC report, scientists argue that we should harness the planet’s own powers to sequester carbon. Natural solutions, such as reforestation and ecosystem restoration, pay for themselves as they sequester carbon, boost biodiversity, and aid in our well-being. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Getting Electric Off The Ground With R&D: Analysis On Battery-Powered Electric Aircraft And Seacraft” • With growing success of R&D in preparing EVs for the road, NREL researchers are applying their expertise to non-road transportation modes. Like EVs, battery-powered aircraft and seacraft can decrease emissions, noise, and costs. [CleanTechnica]

Electric airplane concept (Courtesy of Wright Electric/easyJet)

¶ “IPCC Report: Oil, Renewables And ‘Stranded Assets’” • The IPCC Report says that without carbon capture, coal and gas plants would need to retire about 23 years earlier than expected in order to hold global temperature rise to 1.5°C, and 17 years earlier in the case of the 2°C limit. Fossil fuels facilities will be stranded assets. [E&E News]

World:

¶ “Europe Proposes Ban On Russian Coal Imports” • The EU is planning a new round of sanctions that includes a ban on Russian coal imports, and it’s also working on sanctions on Russian oil. The measures were announced by President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission. They still need approval of all 27 EU member states. [CNN]

Coal on a barge (Tobias Reich, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe Is Finally Coming After Russia’s Energy” • The European Commission proposed a phased ban of €4 billion ($4.3 billion) worth of Russian coal imports per year as part of a fifth package of sanctions designed to further diminish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war chest. Other proposals on Russian imports are worth another €10 billion. [CNN]

¶ “UK Plugin EVs Hit 23% In March, Full Electrics Up Over 100% YOY” • The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles take a 22.7% share in March, up strongly from 13.5% from 2021. Battery EVs’ 16.1% share is up from 7.7%, more than double. Overall auto volumes were 243,749, down some 45% from the seasonal norms of the pre-pandemic years. [CleanTechnica]

Vauxhall Corsa-e (Vauxford, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Australia’s Oldest University Goes 100% Renewable In Supply Deal With Snowy” • The University of Sydney will become the latest tertiary institution to make the switch to 100% renewables, after striking a deal with Snowy Hydro. The university, Australia’s oldest, signed a five-year agreement for power from renewable energy projects. [Renew Economy]

¶ “Australian Businesses Bypass Federal Politics As The Switch To Renewable Energy Gathers Steam” • “What’s happening is across Australia, across the whole economy, corporations are moving to decarbonise,” said Matthew Bowen, a partner at law firm Jackson McDonald specialising in energy. He sited the IPCC report as just one reason for the change. [ABC]

BHP nickel mine (Courtesy of BHP)

¶ “Investment In Renewable Energy Can Deliver More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels, Report Finds” • Renewable energy has the potential to create three times as many jobs per million pounds invested compared to gas or coal power, while investment in energy efficiency can create five times as many, according to a report by the UK Energy Research Centre. [MSN]

US:

¶ “ExxonMobil Shows Its Lobbying Hand, But Hides Some Cards” • After years of resolutions from shareholders, reports are starting to come from ExxonMobil. They provide some insight into the fossil fuel industry’s investment in political influence, but a sleight of hand is preventing investors from seeing the company’s full strategy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Mountain Power Announces New LMI Community Solar Subscription Software Pilot” • LO3 Energy’s developed Pando, software allowing clean energy operators to offer new compensation models to optimize renewable energy assets. Green Mountain Power will use the softwar for a new “Sun Match” pilot for customers. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Eastern New Mexico University Will Soon Be Implementing Renewable Energy Practices” • Eastern New Mexico University approved a solar project that will have over 10,000 solar panels and offset around 75% of the campuses’ yearly power needs. This project plans to maximize the universities’ energy efficiency and educational opportunities. [KVII]

Have an unrestrainedly wonderful day.

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