April 9 Energy News

April 9, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “IPCC: City Planners Face “Make-Or-Break” Moment For Climate Action” • Despite cities’ significant contribution to climate change, the IPCC finds that they also represent a huge opportunity for ambitious climate action – if they undertake swift and aggressive measures on the climate. The good news is cities are starting to mobilize. [CleanTechnica]

Seattle (Thom Milkovic, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Up, Up, And Away: Vertical Farms, The Pros And Cons” • The vertical farming market now is expected to expand from $3.1 billion in 2021 to $9.7 billion by 2026 with a compound annual growth rate of 25.0% during the forecast period. However, as with any growth industry, there are also obstacles to viable, large scale vertical farms. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest Has Reached A Deforestation Record This Year Already” • The portion of Amazon rainforest impacted by deforestation in the first three months of 2022 was the highest ever recorded, according to a new report by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. That is a 64% increase from the same time period last year. [CNN]

Deforested area of rainforest (Ibama, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Europe Turns Its Back On Russian Coal. Is Oil Next?” • The European leaders have agreed to phase out Russian coal imports as part of a new package of sanctions triggered by evidence of atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine. Europe plans to wind down imports over the next four months, an EU source told CNN Business. An oil embargo could be next. [CNN]

¶ “Federal Minister Of Transport Hands Over Funding Notices To Transport Companies From All Over Germany” • Around 1,700 buses will be procured by transport companies with new German funding, including around 1,400 battery, 150 fuel cell, 50 trolley, and 100 gas buses. Their maintenance and charging infrastructure are also funded. [CleanTechnica]

German trolley (Sasan, Unsplash)

¶ “At Chernobyl: We Stole Russian Fuel To Prevent Catastrophe” • After the Russians took over the Chernobyl nuclear plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, staff were anxious to keep control of the plant’s maintenance. A lot of radioactive waste is still stored at there. The staff had to steal Russian fuel to keep generators running. [BBC]

¶ “IPP Procurement: Renewable Sector Welcomes Opening Of Electricity Bid Window Six” • Stakeholders in the South African renewable sector have welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s opening of the long-awaited Bid Window Six in its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. [IOL]

Wind turbine in South Africa (AerialcamSA, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Ukrainians Shocked By ‘Crazy’ Scene At Chernobyl After Russian Pullout Reveals Radioactive Contamination” • Radiation monitors show that a room where Russian soldiers lived at the Chernobyl nuclear plant has higher than normal levels of radioactivity. The reason is that the Russian soldiers tracked in radioactive dust from the Red Forest. [CNN]

¶ “Alberta Company Mulls Dumping Coal Mine Proposal For Renewable Energy Project” • Montem Resources, a company hoping to develop coal in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, says it will decide by the end of June whether to convert its open-pit mine proposal into a renewable energy project, as the rules for energy are changing. [Canada’s National Observer]

Alberta (James Wheeler, Pexels)

US:

¶ “Hundreds Of Thousands Of Puerto Rico’s Homes And Businesses Still Without Power Two Days After Outage” • Nearly half of the homes and businesses in Puerto Rico were without power two days after an island-wide outage began with a fire at a power plant. Electric power has been restored for about 760,000 of the island’s utility customers. [CNN]

¶ “DeLorean Will Debut Four New Models In 2022″ • The official launch of the reborn DeLorean Motor Cars EVolved is 90 days away. But the bigger news isn’t about what the electric DeLorean sportscar will be like. Instead, it’s that the new electric DeLorean sportscar is only one of several DeLorean models that will be rolled out this year. [CleanTechnica]

DeLorean EV (Screenshot)

¶ “Encinitas Flips The Switch On 100% Renewable Energy” • The city of Encinitas is the latest in California to sign up with a new electricity provider. The San Diego Community Power program says it purchases renewable power and feeds it into the electricity grid. It then works with San Diego Gas & Electric to deliver it at competitive rates. [NBC 7 San Diego]

¶ “TVA Board Nominees Support Exploring Clean Energy Options As Federal Utility Plans Coal Retirements” • As the Tennessee Valley Authority considers options for replacing two coal-fired power plants, three nominees to the federal power utility’s board told a Senate panel they would explore adding more renewable energy. [Utility Dive]

Coal-burning power plant (Retrieved from TVA)

¶ “As US Looks To Nuclear Power, Uranium Sourcing A Concern” • As the Biden administration continues to push for green energy and nuclear power is increasingly seen as an attractive option, policy experts are warning that without a reliable, domestic supply of uranium, the US could find itself dependent on Russia for fuel. [Newsmax]

¶ “US Nuclear Electricity Generation Continues To Decline As More Reactors Retire” • Six nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 4,736 MW have retired since 2017. Three more reactors with a combined 3,009 MW of capacity are scheduled to retire in the coming years. Two nuclear generating units are being built in Georgia, each rated at 1,114 MW. [EIA]

Have a preeminently propitious day.

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