June 5 Energy News

June 5, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Russia’s War Is The End Of Climate Policy As We Know It” • The headlong rush across Western Europe to replace Russian oil, gas, and coal with alternative sources of these fuels has made a mockery of the net-zero emissions pledges made by the major European economies just three months before the invasion at the UN climate summit in Glasgow. [Foreign Policy]

Alternate energy – wind turbines (Feri & Tasos, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewables Become Leader In Grid Resilience: Decentralized Approach To Disaster Recovery” • After an outage, it could be far quicker to restore electricity with energy resources that are close to home rather than through miles of transmission lines. In fact, many outages might be avoided altogether by configuring local resources into rugged microgrids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Restoring Degraded Peatlands To Mitigate Climate Change” • Peatlands play an important role in mitigating climate change. They store more carbon than all other vegetation types in the world combined. But in some places, peatlands are degrading and turning into carbon sources. Restoring them can help mitigate climate change. [CGTN]

Peat bog in Scotland (Michal Klajban, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “COP26: Are Nations On Track To Meet Their Climate Goals?” • New targets for reducing emissions, cutting back on fossil fuels, and ending deforestation were agreed by world leaders at the COP26 summit. Nations are meeting again in Bonn to discuss progress since the Glasgow Climate Pact was signed at COP26. Here is a look at how they are doing. [BBC]

¶ “Top 20 Electric Cars In The World – April 2022” • Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 38% in April 2022 compared to April 2021, despite large declines in the overall market. Looking at the monthly best seller table, the little Wuling Mini EV won another monthly title, its first this year, followed by the BYD Song PHEV. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Mini EV (David290, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Li-Cycle And Glencore Announce Partnership, Glencore Invests $200M In Li-Cycle” • Li-Cycle and Glencore announced a strategic partnership to provide customers with an integrated approach for both primary and recycled metal needs. This is in addition to a partnership announced earlier in May. Glencore is to invest $200 million in Li-Cycle [CleanTechnica]

¶ “France EV Share Grows In May, Fiat 500 Leads” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicles take 20.9% share in April, from 17.3% year-on-year. Full battery electrics grew their share by almost 1.5 times YOY, to 12%. Overall auto volumes were down 10% YOY, and down by around a third from May 2019, at 126,811 units. [CleanTechnica]

Fiat 500 (Robin Ooode, Unsplash)

¶ “Chris Bowen Says Labor ‘Actively Managing’ Energy Crisis As Dutton Criticises Response” • Chris Bowen, Australia’s climate change and energy minister, has rejected Coalition claims that Labor is not doing enough to fix the energy crisis. He labelled its input “as effective as advice from the captain of the Titanic on navigation skills.” [The Guardian]

¶ “$1m Community Battery Unveiled In Melbourne In Move Towards More Renewable Energy” • A battery the size of four fridges installed in Melbourne’s inner north is expected to provide solar power to about 200 homes and speed adoption of renewable energy. The installation is part of Victoria’s $11 million Neighbourhood Battery Initiative. [ABC]

North Fitzroy neighborhood (Bidgee, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Nuclear Terrorism: Russian Missile Flies Dangerously Close To Nuclear Power Plant” • Energoatom, the Ukrainian agency operating its nuclear plants, said, “On 5 June, Russia carried out another act of nuclear terrorism. At 05:30, a Russian cruise missile, which might have been a Kalibr missile, flew dangerously low over the Pivdennoukrainska NPP.” [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “As California’s Big Cities Fail To Rein In Their Water Use, Rural Communities Are Already Tapped Out” • Gov Gavin Newsom has pleaded with urban residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 15%, but water usage in March was up by 19% in cities compared to March 2020. In rural areas, some people have no water at all. [CNN]

Bouquet Reservoir, already low, 2008 (Kfasimpaur, public domain)

¶ “EPA’s Proposed Truck Rule Delays Justice For Communities Impacted By Freight” • Last week truck manufacturers filed a lawsuit to prevent states from enforcing protective standards on particulates. And as EPA moves forward with its own proposal to strengthen truck pollution regulations, industry has been waging an all-out war on those, too. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “At Raleigh Event, Fort Bragg Official Outlines Renewable Energy Efforts” • The largest floating solar farm in the Southeast is just one of several steps Fort Bragg has planned to increase the sprawling army facility’s use of renewable energy, the chief of Fort Bragg’s energy and utilities branch said. Renewable energy is less expensive and more resilient. [Stars and Stripes]

Have a nicely ordered day.

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