The Energy Mix team scans about 1,200 incoming headlines each week to build our story lineup. Here’s a rundown of some of the stories that were fit to print but didn’t fit the page.
The International Energy Agency said record oil and gas profits were set to continue, and colossal fossil Chevron handed its shareholders a US$17.5-billion payout. Governor General Mary Simon said Arctic Indigenous issues and climate change transcend Canada’s opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine, analysts looked at the unequal toll of Russia’s energy war, the EU saved €12 billion on gas costs in the first year of the war. Campaigners in France sued banking giant BNP Paribas for its fossil financing and colossal fossil TotalÉnergies on human rights issues, and Indigenous land defender Eduardo Mendúa, who fought oil extraction in Ecuador, was shot to death.
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Hydro-Québec announced record profits, an expert said the province has no need for new hydropower, and a separate analysis said the best dam sites available to Quebec are outside the province. New Brunswick’s NB Power invited proposals for 220 megawatts of renewable energy capacity and 50 MW of storage. Quebec wind giant Boralex reached three gigawatts of installed capacity, Toronto’s Northland Power invested in two offshore wind projects in South Korea. UK wind developers looked for tax breaks to offset rising costs, and the UAE’s Masdar bought into a major geothermal project in Indonesia.
Offshore wind investments in the United States tripled last year, and a U.S. agency said offshore wind was not killing whales. Republican-led “red” states were gaining the most from wind and solar projects, but developers were having trouble connecting some of those projects to the grid. Former U.S. vice president and Climate Reality Project founder Al Gore was gearing up to pitch the Biden administration’s climate plan, and Clean Prosperity quantified the differences between Canadian and U.S. climate incentives.
Thin-film solar sparked a manufacturing boom in the U.S. Midwest, U.S. community solar was set to surge, and recyclers looked to cash in on used solar panels. Americans bought more heat pumps than gas furnaces last year, European heat pumps were up to three times cheaper than green hydrogen, and a plan for a hydrogen-heated community netted a $2-billion feasibility study in Alberta.
Ottawa was overhauling its disaster relief program to include climate adaptation, New Brunswick capped disaster relief and expanded buyouts for homes damaged by floods, and disappearing winter ice threatened the traditional Inuit way of life in Labrador. Secondary canals in Venice were drying up, drought in the Horn of Africa was worse than in 2011, California’s Salton Sea was threatened by drought, and Australia was in line for unprecedented grassfires next year. Researchers said a changing climate could leave some plant species in Yukon stranded, University of Alberta researchers said animal grazing reduced biodiversity world-wide, Montrealers turned winter carports into passive solar greenhouses, and the federal Competition Bureau investigated the forest industry’s sustainable management claims.
Leaded fuels used in small aircraft were still poisoning children after colossal fossils Chevron and ExxonMobil lobbied against unleaded, and a Seattle high school student tracked emissions from private jets. Air pollution from traffic impaired brain function, data showed how much time Canadians spent in rush hour traffic in 2022, and U.S. public service union said telework is better for the planet.
A British regulator complained that closer attention to greenwashing would disrupt markets, and the EU carbon price exceeded €100 per tonne for the first time. Accused serial power plant greenwasher Drax posted record profits, a news report linked “climate-friendly” biofuels to astronomical cancer risk, and an inquiry found that ExxonMobil, Shell, and the Dutch government ignored earthquake risks from the lucrative Groningen gas field for years. The United States announced Gulf of Mexico lease sales for oil and gas and offshore wind, and the Biden administration was urged not to approve new “carbon bomb” oil terminals. Colossal fossil BP announced a bid to store carbon in limestone and cancelled its annual Statistical Review of World Energy after a 70-year run. An analyst said faster, deeper carbon cuts in rich countries could free up more carbon space for the rest of the world.
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