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US energy sector bolstered against cybersecurity threats

US energy sector bolstered against cybersecurity threats

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $45m for 16 projects to protect the nation’s energy sector from cybersecurity threats. In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda, DOE’s investment will help develop new cybersecurity tools and technologies to reduce risks to the US’s energy sector. The selected projects will bolster the resilience of America’s energy systems, including the power grid, electric utilities, pipelines, and renewable energy generation sources like wind and solar. The announcement underscores President Biden’s commitment to securing the US’s energy and national security, ensuring that power flows safely and reliably to communities across the country. US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm said: “DOE is committed to strengthening the nation’s energy sector, including protecting it against current or emerging cyber threats that would threaten Americans’ access to secure, reliable energy. “With today’s announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping help teams across the country develop innovative next-generation cybersecurity solutions for tackling modern day challenges.” Importance of preventing cybersecurity threats Cybersecurity threats can disrupt the reliable flow of energy to …

An overview of Europe’s ocean energy revolution

An overview of Europe’s ocean energy revolution

Ocean Energy Europe, a network of over 120 organisations, discusses its work in developing a new sustainable energy industry and in which areas more support will be needed. In the battle against climate change, the key to keeping the global temperature rise to 2°C or below is to switch from primarily fossil-fuel-based energy production to sustainable, zero-emissions energy production. The recently-held COP28 reinforced this, with attendants agreeing that at least 50% of energy production needs to come from sustainable sources by 2030. As such, Ocean Energy Europe is doing its part to facilitate this shift. Here, they tell us more about the wave, and tidal energy industries, how they are growing, and what they need to continue. Renewable energy in Europe Transitioning Europe’s energy system away from fossil fuels and towards homegrown, renewable energy sources is vital, now more than ever. Putin’s war in Ukraine has demonstrated that price stability for gas is gone. Europe has been reminded the hard way that indigenous renewable energy sources are the best way to provide Europeans with affordable …

We need to be more aware of the spies in our midst – POLITICO

We need to be more aware of the spies in our midst – POLITICO

And it’s not just Russia. China’s intelligence services, too, avail themselves of all manner of people with legitimate reasons to be in Norway, Finland or any other Western country. For example, PST reports that “Chinese intelligence and influence activities in Norway are carried out to a large extent by intermediaries, Chinese state-owned and private companies, organisations, academic institutions and think tanks.” So, who is an ordinary academic and businessperson, and who is a spy? For us ordinary citizens, it’s virtually impossible to tell. “On larger [business] projects, state and private Chinese companies often act in consortia. With overlapping ownership interests, the Chinese state is represented throughout the value chain. Often Chinese companies use subcontractors who also have links to the Chinese authorities,” Norway’s military intelligence agency, Etterretningstjenesten, notes in its report. But the challenge facing Norway and other Western countries isn’t just that foreign spies are becoming harder to identify — it’s also that they’re monitoring everything. “Cooperation in research, business and political relations makes Norway an accessible intelligence and influence target for China,” PST …

US invests m to create clean energy jobs nationwide

US invests $24m to create clean energy jobs nationwide

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated a significant $24m in funding to create clean energy jobs. This funding, sourced from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is tailored to enhance training opportunities for clean energy jobs that do not require a four-year degree. The funding injection will primarily expand the existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) network. This expansion will encompass various educational institutions, including union training programmes, community colleges, and trade schools. The IACs play a vital role in advancing the US’ objectives by assisting small and midsized manufacturers (SMMs) in identifying avenues to reduce costs and enhance productivity. How will the initiative create clean energy jobs? The enhanced IAC network will pursue two primary objectives to increase clean energy jobs: Career training: Providing training to students and incumbent workers for careers in clean energy, energy efficiency, and advanced manufacturing that do not necessitate a traditional four-year degree; and Support for SMMs: Assisting small and midsized manufacturers in saving costs, minimising energy waste, and improving overall productivity. Under the solicitation, the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing …

7 Tiny Habits Of People With Insane Amounts Of Energy

7 Tiny Habits Of People With Insane Amounts Of Energy

A lot of people espouse the importance of time management. But I’ve always found this uninspiring and impossible to follow. What I found over years of figuring this stuff out, was that managing one’s energy is way more powerful. At least, focus on optimizing your energy first — as foundational. If you can cut out the stuff that drains your energy and boost those things that do, your time management tends to sort itself out. You become unstoppable. RELATED: 9 Tiny Energy Hacks That Will Instantly Make You More Productive Here are 7 tiny habits of people with insane amounts of energy: 1. They spend a lot of time in physical motion. How energized we feel is inextricably tied to how aligned we are with our natural behaviors. Humans are not built to handle a modern, sedentary, ginormous butt-in-seat lifestyle. This is the main reason why everyone’s depressed these days. Energized people do as our bare-chested ancestors did, and they keep moving. To be honest, I believe we’re all nomadic at heart. Continually moving. Motion and …

The Guardian view on GB Energy: Labour’s big idea could be a great one for the planet | Editorial

The Guardian view on GB Energy: Labour’s big idea could be a great one for the planet | Editorial

Sir Keir Starmer’s announcement earlier this month that he will be shrinking his green prosperity plan was disappointing. Last year was the hottest on record and, most likely, in the past 100,000 years. If there were ever a moment to go big on the climate, it is now. However, even in its diminished state, Labour’s plan represents progress compared with the government’s. That is the message contained in a report by the Common Wealth thinktank, which takes heart from Labour’s proposal for a publicly owned company, Great British Energy. Common Wealth says this could be the vehicle to deliver Labour’s 2030 clean power goal. It warns that the UK is not on course to deliver on its green generation target through its current approach to decarbonising the power system. The problem is that the status quo relies on private profits and fragmented markets. But the thinktank argues that this is “slower, more expensive, less secure and more carbon intensive” than a transition based on state coordination. Renewable investment financed out of Labour’s £8.3bn capitalisation of …

EU must find ‘enormous amount’ of money to face global challenges, Draghi says – POLITICO

EU must find ‘enormous amount’ of money to face global challenges, Draghi says – POLITICO

All the participants appeared to agree on what needs to change to boost EU competitiveness, from lowering energy prices to reducing regulatory burdens, but divisions emerged when talking about public money. “They made clear that a lot of discussions would be needed in the months to come,” the Draghi aide said, adding that Draghi called for “bold action” on the matter of investments. Draghi stressed the necessity to channel European private savings, because “public money will never be enough,” but he also put on the table options to find funds at the EU level, according to the aide. The EU could create a new common cash facility, such as debt or loans, or use private partnerships where the European Investment Bank would have a role to play. French President Emmanuel Macron and others support the idea of new common debt. EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni has pitched many times the idea of a sort of second Next Generation EU fund, but the proposal has not generated enthusiasm among all countries. Asked about the need for new …

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto dismissed early climate concerns

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto dismissed early climate concerns

Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto Damien Loverso/Alamy Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, dismissed early concerns about the potential for the cryptocurrency to consume large amounts of electricity and contribute to carbon dioxide emissions, according to newly released emails. The true identity of the creator of bitcoin has never been revealed, but after the currency’s launch in January 2009, Nakamoto – a pseudonym – was active in online forums and email until late 2010, when they removed themselves from the project and dropped out of communication. … Source link

What Would Happen if Every American Got a Heat Pump

What Would Happen if Every American Got a Heat Pump

“The answer ended up being, yes, in all US states, on average heat pumps will reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Eric Wilson, a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the lead author of the new paper. “Even if it’s a relatively low-efficiency heat pump that relies on electric resistance heating during the coldest times, and even if it’s the most pessimistic grid scenario that has prices for wind and solar being higher than their current trajectory has been.” Because a heat pump can be reversed to provide cooling, getting more of the devices into homes could also improve public health during the summer, the study notes. That is, with a heat pump, a home that has never had AC now has a way to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures. That’ll be all the more critical as outdoor temperatures march relentlessly upward, especially in cities, where the built environment absorbs and slowly releases the sun’s energy. The tricky bit is that even though a heat pump can be more efficient at cooling than …

The essential role of diversity in the energy sector

The essential role of diversity in the energy sector

Marine Cornelis, Executive Director at Next Energy Consumer, Digital Ambassador of the European Sustainable Energy Week 2024, explores the importance of diversity in the energy sector to drive the energy transition. In a world crying out for sustainable energy solutions, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) still represent an untapped potential. Why are those notions essential to a just energy transition? How can organisations promote these values to innovate and prosper? Embracing diversity in the energy sector: More than a trend The energy sector, a pivotal player in greenhouse gas emissions and historically suffering from a lack of diversity, with women representing only 22% of its workforce, faces significant challenges. In this context, diversity in the energy sector becomes critical for a successful and equitable energy transition. A diverse workforce fosters innovative, effective problem-solving and better solution adoption. This is echoed by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which stresses that DEI is key to addressing the urgent need for universal energy access by 2030, as highlighted in the joint IEA-IRENA-World Bank-WHO report on SDG7. However, the energy …