September 3 Energy News

September 3, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Beavers Are Considered Valuable in the Fight Against Climate Change” • Scientists in Utah and California recently discovered that beavers are an important factor in the fight against climate change. Dams created by the rodents help store water longer, and fend off fires. This is important as arid conditions are brought on by global warming. [Green Matters]

Beaver (mana5280, Unsplash)

¶ “NREL-Led Breakthrough Pushes Perovskite Solar Cell To Greater Stability And Efficiency” • Researchers at the US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made a technological breakthrough and constructed a perovskite solar cell with the dual benefits of being both highly efficient, 24% under 1-sun illumination, and highly stable. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “How Pakistan Floods Are Linked To Climate Change” • The devastating floods in Pakistan are a “wake-up call” to the world on the threats of climate change, experts have said. Pakistan bears the brunt of two major weather systems. One can cause high temperatures and drought, and the other brings monsoon rains. And Pakistan’s glaciers are melting. [BBC]

Baltoro glacier (Guilhem Vellut, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “A Third Of Pakistan Is Underwater Amid Its Worst Floods In History” • Over a third of Pakistan is underwater, satellite images from the European Space Agency show, as deadly floodwaters threaten to create secondary disasters. Food is in short supply after water covered millions of acres of crops and wiped out hundreds of thousands of livestock. [CNN]

¶ “Race To Remove Fuel From Stricken Ship After Collision At Gibraltar” • Salvage teams have rushed to pump fuel off a grounded ship after it collided with a gas tanker off Gibraltar and began leaking into the sea. Authorities said there had been a significant leak from the OS 35 on Thursday and conservationists fear major ecological damage. [BBC]

Leaking ship (Government of Gibraltar)

¶ “Russia To Keep Key Gas Pipeline To EU Closed” • Russia’s gas pipeline to Germany will not reopen as planned on Saturday, state energy firm Gazprom has said. The firm said it had found an oil leak in a turbine on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, meaning it would be closed indefinitely. Moscow denies using energy supplies as an economic weapon. [BBC]

¶ “Polestar 6 Roadster Sells Out In One Week!” • Less than a week after opening up the order books on the recently announced, all-electric Polestar 6 roadster comes news that all 500 of the “LA Concept” launch edition version of the Swedish convertible have been reserved. More will surely come, and they may be exported to US Volvo dealers. [CleanTechnica]

Polestar 6 Roadster (Polestar image)

¶ “Sweden Plugin EV Share At 46.1% In August” • Sweden’s auto market recorded a plugin EV share of 46.1% in August 2022, a slight drop year on year from 47.1%. The full electric share grew, but plugin hybrids lost more. Overall auto volumes were 26% down on pre-pandemic seasonal norms. The Volkswagen ID.4 was the best selling full electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “European Energy Finishes 45-MW Polish Wind Build” • The construction of a group of wind farms in north-western Poland has been finished by European Energy. The Pomerania wind portfolio, with a capacity of 45 MW, consists of five facilities. As the portfolio is grid-connected, European Energy will have a total wind capacity of 59.7 MW in Poland. [reNews]

Wind farm (European Energy image)

¶ “IAEA To Keep Experts Permanently At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi has said that two of the agency’s experts would remain permanently at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Four of the six experts will leave the plant next week, while the other two stay on. [Business Standard]


¶ “US DOE: $70 Million To Improve Supercomputer Model Of Earth’s Climate System” • The US DOE announced $70 million in funding for seven projects to improve climate prediction and aid in the fight against climate change. The research will be used to accelerate development of DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model. [CleanTechnica]

Better batteries (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Understanding The High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act” • One part of the Inflation Reduction Act that hasn’t had a lot of attention is the High Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act. This act provides point of sale consumer rebates of up to $14,000 to enable low and moderate income households across America to electrify their homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chicago To Run Civic Operations On 100% Renewables By 2026 ” • The City of Chicago runs over 400 public buildings. City Hall and two international airports are examples. After signing a five-year clean energy deal with Constellation Energy, the city said that all its facilities and operations will run on renewable energy by 2025. [The World Economic Forum]

Chicago (Pedro Lastra, Unsplash)

¶ “McCarthy leaving, Podesta joining WH climate team ” • John Podesta, a former Clinton aide, will join the White House climate team. He will oversee the implementation of the climate and clean energy provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. Also, Gina McCarthy will exit as National Climate Advisor. She is to be replaced by her deputy Ali Zaidi. [The Hill]

¶ “Nearly $100 Million Coming To Develop Renewable Energy West Virginia Coalfield Industry And Jobs” • The Appalachian Climate Technology coalition of West Virginia is one of 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, which is awarding $62.8 million in grants to ACT Now to create a hub of clean energy jobs. [WVPB]

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