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    BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s economy minister said Sunday that the country will limit the use of gas for electricity production amid concerns about possible shortages caused by a reduction in supplies from Russia. Germany has been trying to fill its gas storage facilities to capacity ahead of the winter months, when gas is more urgently needed as a heating fuel. Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that Germany will try to compensate for the move by increasing the burning of coal, a more polluting fossil fuel. “That’s bitter, but it’s simply necessary in this situation to lower gas usage,” he said. Officials in Russian gas-addicted state Germany appear to be starting to sweat as the Kremlin turns down its supply to the country over what it describes as technical issues. https://t.co/DcTOC84YNt — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 16, 2022 While the situation on the gas markets has become more acute in recent days, storage facilities are still able to make up the shortfall from Russia with purchases from elsewhere. Still, Habeck said the situation was serious. Russian gas company Gazprom announced last...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s economy minister said Sunday that the country will limit the use of gas for electricity production amid concerns about possible shortages caused by a reduction in supplies from Russia. Germany has been trying to fill its gas storage facilities to capacity ahead of the winter months, when gas is more urgently needed as a heating fuel. Economy Minister Robert Habeck said that Germany will try to compensate for the move by increasing the burning of coal, a more polluting fossil fuel. “That’s bitter, but it’s simply necessary in this situation to lower gas usage,” he said. While the situation on the gas markets has become more acute in recent days, storage facilities are still able to make up the shortfall from Russia with purchases from elsewhere. Still, Habeck said the situation was serious. Russian gas company Gazprom announced last week that it was reducing supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for technical reasons. Habeck said he believed the move was politically motivated. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be...
    Electrifying our energy sources is key to saying goodbye to greenhouse gasses. But renewable electricity has its downsides: Getting it from the environment can be finicky (the sun isn’t always shining), and batteries are often made with non-renewable materials like lithium and have a limited energy storage capacity. Enter hydrogen fuel technology, which researchers believe has a greater energy potential than conventional batteries. The fuel cells convert hydrogen, the most abundant element in our universe, into electricity without producing any carbon. While some vehicles use hydrogen fuel cells—like the Toyota Mirai—large-scale commercialization is hampered by the technology’s reliance on platinum, an expensive precious metal that the fuel cells use to speed up the electricity-making process. But scientists are hoping to change that. In a new study published on Monday in the journal Nature Catalysis, researchers at Imperial College London and other European research institutions have developed a hydrogen fuel cell that uses iron, a much cheaper metal, as a catalyst instead. In experiments, the new fuel cell performed nearly as well as a platinum-based one. This more affordable alternative could...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more These days when we hear the term solar power our minds move quickly to images of rooftops covered in solar panels or perhaps to large fields of mounted solar panels following the sun throughout the day. No doubt, renewable energy is getting more and more popular and easier to acquire. However, there are ways beyond electricity that we can harvest and use energy from the sun. With the right mindset, we can create all sorts of useful stuff—warmth, food, fertility, hot water, lighting—by harnessing the energy the sun provides day after day. Understanding these possibilities, life outside of solar electricity, is just as important if not more important than converting our electrical grid to solar and wind power. With a few tricks up our sleeve, we could be heating our homes and cooking our dinners without electricity at all. Using passive solar heating Passive solar heating utilizes the warmth created by the sun when it is out, trapping that heat to use when night falls. This is done by...
    It’s a scientific story with a sting in the tale.  Bees can create an electrical charge to charm flowers into releasing their scent. Experts are buzzing after proving for the first time that some blooms use the presence of pollinators as a cue to give up more of their perfume. This in turn boosts the plant’s chances of being visited again. The tiny electrical charge carried by bees was thought to help pollen stick to them during flight, but a study found that it can also announce their presence to the flowers they visit. Bees can create an electrical charge to charm flowers into releasing their scent. Experts are buzzing after proving for the first time that some blooms use the presence of pollinators as a cue to give up more of their perfume. Lead author Dr Clara Montgomery said the trait possibly evolved in plants to maximise the effectiveness of the attractive chemicals they release. ‘Flowers have a limited supply of these scents, so it makes sense they only release them when their pollinators are around,’ she said. ...
    As I pedal away on a spin bike in a studio beneath the railway arches in West London, Michal Homola, founder of the first chain of eco-gyms in the UK, is full of encouragement. ‘You’ve already generated 0.4 kilowatts,’ he cries. ‘To boil a kettle you need 40 watts. Over an hour more and you can have your morning tea!’ My laborious pedalling is, indeed, generating a paltry amount of electricity, 74 per cent of which is being harnessed and fed back to the grid (the rest is lost in the conversion). A screen on the wall records what the green energy produced equates to in terms of carbon dioxide emissions cut and lightbulbs powered, and informs me I’ve ‘improved the world’. Anna Maxted gives verdict on a session at eco-gym Terra Hale in West London. Pictured: Anna Maxted converts her own energy into electricity I feel this overstates my contribution, but as Michal says: ‘The little things you do in day-to-day life make a huge impact. That’s why this gym exists, to let people know that a small change can...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Flex Alert is set to go into effect Wednesday afternoon as temperatures spike across Northern California. Hot weather returns to interior #NorCal through Friday with widespread triple digit heat expected across the Central Valley. Slight cooling possible this weekend. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/xXZwCTfxsG READ MORE: California, Nevada Governors Newsom And Sisolak To Tour Site Of Tamarack Fire — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) July 28, 2021 READ MORE: I Havent Had A Good Nights Sleep In A Month: Auburn Retiree Suffers After Millions Of CPAP Machines Recalled Hot weather is returning to the region and is expected to stick around through Friday. Triple-digit heat is forecasted across the Central Valley, according to the National Weather Service. In anticipation of the sharp increase in electricity demand from air conditioners, the California Independent System Operator says the Flex Alert will be in effect from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. California residents are being urged to try and reduce their electricity use during that time by setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and refraining from using major appliances. MORE NEWS: Dixie...
    California has experienced the impacts of a warming climate firsthand. Our state has seen an increase in the frequency and intensity of wildfires that have devastated homes and communities, and another intense season is on the way. As a response, utilities are shutting off residents’ power for hours at a time – sometimes days. It’s clear that climate action was needed years ago, but there’s still an opportunity to change our course. Cleaning up California’s electric grid is a crucial piece of this equation, and individuals play a large role. By making small adjustments to when electricity is used, we all can help accelerate the transition to a cleaner and more reliable grid. In California, we generate a lot of solar energy during the day, and wind production is more plentiful at night. However, in the early evening, production of solar energy wanes, right when many people return home and start energy-intensive activities like running their dishwasher or doing laundry. Northern California is taking a big step this year with the transition to time-of-use electricity rates. This rate structure incentivizes...
    The price of Bitcoin tanked Wednesday after Elon Musk said Tesla will no longer accept the cryptocurrency, citing concerns about the use of fossil fuels for mining. CEO Musk tweeted Wednesday to say the electric car manufacturer 'has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin'.  Purchasing with Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies requires a lot of electricity, releasing massive amounts of greenhouse gases.  The cryptocurrency is 'mined' by high-powered computers that continuously solve computational maths puzzles, the complexity of which means the processors require huge amounts of energy.  While the machines use electricity, fossil fuel is a major category in electricity generation.  Musk wrote: 'We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.'  Bitcoin, the world's biggest digital currency, fell 15 per cent after the tweet.  Elon Musk has said Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin as a payment citing concerns about the amount of fossil fuels used to process the cryptocurrency CEO Musk tweeted Wednesday to say the electric car manufacturer 'has suspended vehicle purchases using...
    New York : Budweiser wants its beer to be made with 100% renewable electricity from wind power. Photo: Drew Angerer / . Budweiser announced that on St. Patrick’s Day you will be able to have a “green” certificate on all your beer brands committing to issue Renewable Energy Certificates (CER) to cover the estimated electricity that is used to make all your beer brands in the United States in one day. The beer company said its St. Patrick’s Day campaign will be supported by other beer brands to represent the entire nation’s brewing industry. “Budweiser It will be made with 100% renewable electricity from wind energy, something that we are very proud of and that has inspired us to think differently about what the definition of being a ‘green’ beer really means and how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a new way this year, ”said Monica Rustgi, Budweiser’s vice president of marketing in a company statement. “As one of the largest brands in the world, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact, and...
    The New York Times His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752. SAN ANTONIO — As millions of Texans shivered in dark, cold homes over the past week while a winter storm devastated the state’s power grid and froze natural gas production, those who could still summon lights with the flick of a switch felt lucky. Now, many of them are paying a severe price for it. “My savings is gone,” said Scott Willoughby, a 63-year-old Army veteran who lives on Social Security payments in a Dallas suburb. He said he had nearly emptied his savings account so that he would be able to pay the $16,752 electric bill charged to his credit card — 70 times what he usually pays for all of his utilities combined. “There’s nothing I can do about it, but it’s broken me.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Willoughby is among scores of Texans who have reported skyrocketing electric bills as the price of keeping lights on and refrigerators humming shot upward. For customers whose electricity...
              Unlike Texas, Tennessee has been blessed to largely keep the electricity on during the winter storms, with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) crediting its diverse generation assets. Although thousands of homes throughout the Tennessee Valley have lost power at different times thanks to issues like trees falling on transmission lines, electric generation in the Volunteer State has held up despite the high demands from below-freezing temperatures. Nearly half of the wind turbines located in Texas froze in the winter weather, Breitbart reported. Millions of customers across Texas suffered blackouts, partly due to the turbine problems. Meanwhile, the TVA has kept up with electric demand, The Tennessean reported. TVA generates 40 percent of its capacity through its nuclear power plants. Most of those plants were at full capacity on Monday and Tuesday. Aaron Paul Melda, transmission and power supply senior vice president, told the newspaper, “We have an underlying philosophy of not putting all our eggs in one basket.” Melda told WKMS that although energy use is up for this time of year, the roughly 28,000 megawatts being consumed...
    The Secretary of Energy, Rocío Nahle, commented on Wednesday that the population can save energy after the blackouts registered in the north of the country. When asked about what the citizens of the capital and the general public could do, the official stressed that the population has been called to use the electricity. « East efficient savings is, if we are not occupying a room, not having the lights on, if we have a connected equipment and we are not using it, then disconnect it, and make efficient use of energy, « he said in a conference with the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum. Later on Wednesday, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that the electricity supply was restored to 100 percent to the company’s users who were affected by the scheduled outages and blackouts in the north of the country, which affected mainly to Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Sonora and Chihuahua. We recommend you AMLO asks Mexico to ‘tighten its belt’ in electricity consumption Do you want...
    With the deployment of wind and solar installations, the production of electrical energy becomes more variable according to the circadian and seasonal cycles, the cloud cover, and the wind regime. Smoothing the supply of green energy through storage is becoming a necessity. We must therefore not only progress in energy storage technologies but also create an incentive regulatory framework for storage. Definitions As long as the demand for electricity is not able to adapt to fluctuations in supply, real-time balancing of the network will require great flexibility of supply, and in particular the storage / removal of electrical energy. produced by the sun and the wind. In the electrical system, energy storage is understood to mean ” deferring the end use of electricity to a time after it was produced, or converting electrical energy into a form of energy that can be stored, conserving that energy and converting it back later in electrical energy or its use as another energy vector“(Article 2 (59) of Directive (EU) 2019/944). The definition is very broad, apparently not excluding any technology, actor or...
    The body that runs the electric grid for most of California declared a statewide Stage 2 emergency late Friday afternoon due to excessive heat driving up electricity use and straining the grid, warning of rotating power outages if the situation doesn’t improve. The California Independent System Operator had issued a statewide flex alert earlier Friday, asking residents to conserve electricity between 3 and 10 p.m. That alert asked consumers to set air conditioner thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights and not use major appliances. In a statement, the corporation said it is “working closely with utilities and neighboring power systems to manage the strain on the grid and to limit any potential power disruptions.”
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