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May 8 Green Energy News

Tue, 05/07/2024 - 22:44

Headline News:

  • “Lilium Announces Firm Order Of Twenty Lilium Jets From US Operator UrbanLink” • Lilium NV announced a partnership with air mobility operator UrbanLink for Lilium Jets in South Florida. UrbanLink will buy twenty Lilium Jets, with pre-delivery payments, and become the first airline in the US fully committed to using eVTOL aircraft in its fleet. [CleanTechnica]

Lilium e-jet (Lilium image)

  • “Earth Experienced Its Warmest April On Record” • Earth just experienced its eleventh straight warmest month on record. Last month continued a relentless stretch of record-breaking global temperatures for the planet after it was found to be the warmest April on record, said the monthly climate report by Copernicus, Europe’s climate change service. [ABC News]
  • “Fossil Fuels Are ‘Becoming Obsolete’ As Solar Panel Prices Plummet” • The cost of solar power has dropped by 87% over the last decade, a study by Berlin-based Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change shows. The world is moving towards a point where fossil fuel-generated power is no longer economically viable. [Yahoo News UK]
  • “Electricity From Clean Sources Reaches 30% Of Global Total” • Last year set a record for renewable energy sources, the ones that do not emit such global warming gases as carbon dioxide and methane, says a report published by Ember, a think tank based in London. For the first time, 30% of world’s electricity was from clean energy sources. [ABC News]
  • “Renewable Energy Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk” • Vermont lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that will accelerate the state’s transition toward clean energy by requiring utilities to get 100% of their power from renewable sources by 2035. The bill, H.289, was lauded by environmentalists. Republicans, claiming cost concerns, blasted it. [Seven Days]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 7 Green Energy News

Mon, 05/06/2024 - 23:13

Headline News:

  1. “Renewable Energy Set To Overtake Coal As Largest Source Of Power Globally” • The IEA found that a massive move towards clean energy, largely driven by Russia invading Ukraine, will see the world add as much renewable capacity in the next five years as it did in the last two decades. As a result, coal is falling behind renewables. [Yahoo Lifestyle Canada]

Solar panels (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

  • “Alaska Tidal Energy: New Study Shows Alaska’s Cook Inlet Could Power 70,000 Homes” • An NREL study funded by the US DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office examines how much value the new but fast-growing tidal energy industry could bring to Alaska’s Railbelt grid. Cook Inlet contains some of the largest tidal energy resources on Earth. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Microsoft Signs Record Corporate PPA For Green Energy” • Microsoft signed a $10 billion agreement for over 10.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, to be developed by Brookfield Asset Management and Brookfield Renewable Partners. The deal is almost eight times as big as the largest single corporate PPA ever signed, Brookfield said. [Balkan Green Energy News]
  • “Texas Goes Big On Solar + Storage That Can Power Over 41,000 Homes” • A 208-MW solar farm with 80 MWh of storage has come online west of San Antonio, Texas. Developers Cypress Creek Renewables brought the Zier Solar + Storage facility online in Brackettville, Texas, on May 2, 2024. Zier can provide annual electricity needs of 41,600 homes. [Electrek]
  • “How Do Scientists Know How Much Climate Change Affects A Hurricane, A Heat Wave, A Drought, And More?” • Scientists can tell with increased certainty how much climate change influences the severity and intensity of weather events, by comparing data from weather in the real world to a modeled world that has not had climate change. [Yale Climate Connections]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

EPA reminds New Englanders to use free air quality monitoring tools this summer

Mon, 05/06/2024 - 16:43
Air Quality Awareness Week is May 6 – 10, 2024

Contact InformationR1_Press@epa.gov

BOSTON (May 6, 2024) – With the onset of warmer weather, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges New Englanders to be aware of the increased risk of ground-level ozone (often referred to as smog) and fine particle air pollution, when combined, and to take health precautions when air quality levels are predicted to be high. EPA and the New England states continue to offer free resources and tools for the public to monitor the latest air quality forecasts.

“The New England States have made great strides in reducing air emissions, but ozone air pollution continues to be a significant public health issue in our communities,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. “We also know that many historically underserved communities have suffered from exposure to more air pollution over the years and may also suffer from higher asthma rates. When air quality is poor, we can all take individual actions to reduce our emissions that contribute to air pollution, such as reducing energy use and driving less.”

Warm summer temperatures aid in the formation of ground-level ozone. The current ozone standard, set in 2015, is 0.070 parts per million (ppm) on an 8-hour average basis. Air quality alerts are issued when ozone concentrations exceed, or are predicted to exceed, this level. EPA’s New England office posts a list of exceedances of the ozone standard, by date and monitor location, at Current AQI in New England.

Although the number of unhealthy days varies from year to year due to weather conditions, New England has experienced a significant decrease in the number of unhealthy ozone days over the long term. For the 2015 ozone standard, New England had 118 unhealthy days in 1983, compared with 21 in 2023. This downward trend is mainly due to a reduction in emissions from powerplants, mobile sources, and other industrial facilities. Despite this progress, we continue to work in partnership with our states to reduce the number of unhealthy air quality days across New England, particularly in southern New England.

As climate change increases the probability of unseasonably warm weather and wildfires, poor air quality events are predicted to increase in frequency. Between March and September 2023, there were 12 days in which fine particulate matter (PM2.5) monitors recorded PM2.5 concentrations above levels to be considered healthy. In addition to hazy skies and reduced visibility, wildfires from Canada elevated the 24-hour PM2.5 concentrations for New England. PM2.5 are inhalable particles with diameters that are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller. For reference the largest PM2.5 particles are about 30-times smaller than a human hair. EPA and the U.S. Forest Service developed a map to give the public information on fire locations, smoke plumes, near real-time air quality and actions to take to protect your health in one place. The map is available at https://fire.airnow.gov.

Pollution sources that contribute to smog formation are diverse. They include cars, motorcycles, trucks, and buses; industrial sources; and fossil-fuel burning at electric generating stations, particularly on hot days. Smaller sources, such as gasoline stations and print shops, and household products, such as paints and cleaners, as well as gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment, also contribute to the formation of smog.

Here are some of the actions everyone can take to reduce air pollution:

  • Use public transportation, bike, or walk whenever possible.
  • Combine errands and carpool to reduce driving time and mileage.
  • Avoid using small gasoline-powered engines, such as lawn mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, power-washers, air compressors, and leaf blowers.
  • Avoid outdoor burning, including leaf burning and use of firepits and campfires.

In addition, during poor air quality events, it is important to reduce household energy usage, such as setting air conditioners to a higher temperature, turning off unnecessary lights, equipment, and appliances. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program also provides trusted guidance and online tools to help homeowners make smart decisions about improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

In March 2023, EPA finalized federal plans that would cut pollution from power plants and industrial sources that significantly contribute to unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone, or smog, for millions of Americans who live downwind from those facilities. This “good neighbor” policy will help air quality in many areas of New England. Additionally, on March 20, 2024, EPA finalized standards to further reduce harmful air pollutant emissions from light-duty and medium-duty vehicles starting with model year 2027. On March 29, 2024, EPA also issued a final rule to revise existing standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in model year 2027 and set new, more stringent standards for model years 2028 through 2032.These new vehicle standards will help ensure that air pollution levels improve over the years to come.

Poor air quality affects everyone, but those who are active outdoors and/or have respiratory diseases, such as asthma, are more sensitive. When air quality is predicted to be “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” EPA and states announce an air quality alert for the affected areas. On these days, EPA recommends that people in these areas limit strenuous outdoor activity and asks that the public and businesses take actions to help reduce air pollution and protect public health.

Tools and information: 

Real-time ozone data and air quality forecasts for New England air quality: https://www3.epa.gov/region1/airquality/aqi.html

National real-time air quality data (free iPhone and Android apps)

AirNow: https://www.airnow.gov/

Air Quality Alerts from EnviroFlash: https://www.enviroflash.info/

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map: https://fire.airnow.gov/

EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program: https://www.energystar.gov/

NH Energy Week Starts This Week

Mon, 05/06/2024 - 15:59
NH Energy Week is dedicated to advancing a sustainable and equitable energy future for the Granite State. The mission is rooted in four core principles: empowerment, equity, accessibility, and education.

 

Most events during NH Energy Week are free of charge and open to the public – though registration is required.

Financial assistance for the Friday event is available to those who otherwise may not be able to participate. If you would like a reduced cost of registration for this event, please email Anna Li at annali@cleanenergynh.org.

All proceeds from NH Energy Week support the costs associated with the events as well as the following years program. If you are interested in supporting this week-long event series, please contact hello@cleanenergynh.org for more information.

View the calendar of events here.

May 6 Green Energy News

Sun, 05/05/2024 - 23:35

Headline News:

  • “Making More Batteries With Fewer Materials” • The US DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory is developing a process that could dramatically increase the number of EV batteries produced from mined nickel ore. The effort is part of a partnership with Talon Metals, a US mining company with plans for high-grade nickel ore production domestically. [CleanTechnica]

Scientists examine core samples (Image by Talon Metals)

  • “India Tendered ‘Record’ 70 GW Of Renewables In FY 2024” • Renewable energy tender issuances in India crossed a record 69 GW in FY 2024 on the back of a strong push for them by the central government, according to a joint report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and JMK Research & Analytics. [pv magazine India]
  • “EU Reaches Provisional Deal To Raise Renewable Energy Target” • The EU parliament reached a provisional deal to raise the share of renewables in its energy mix. The European Council said the agreement would raise the renewable energy target to 42.5% of total consumption by 2030. The current goal for the EU is 32%. [Yahoo Movies Canada]
  • “Long Duration Energy Storage From Thin Air: Just Add Water” • Unlike lithium-ion batteries that typically last about 4-6 hours, a long duration energy storage system can deliver for periods up to full days, weeks, or even seasons. At that level, wind and solar energy could provide for nuclear-style stability, at a fraction of the cost. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Activists Behind Shell Climate Verdict Target Multinationals” • The Dutch wing of environmental group Friends of the Earth won a landmark court case against Royal Dutch Shell last year. It launched a campaign demanding thirty corporations with legal bases in the Netherlands publish plans for big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. [Yahoo News Singapore]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 5 Green Energy News

Sat, 05/04/2024 - 21:14

Headline News:

  • “Why Scotland Is Leading The World In This Essential Type Of Alternative Energy” • It is by a quirk of geography that the Orkney Islands, off the northern tip of Scotland, are unusually well-positioned to bear witness to the ocean’s might. On the islands’ western shores, waves crash ceaselessly. The Orkney Islands are ideally suited for research. [Inverse]

Orbital Marine Power generator (Orbital Marine Power image)

  • “US EV Sales Up 170% In First Quarter vs First Quarter Of 2021” • Is the hype about EV sales drooping true? Well, a little, maybe. Compared to Q1 2023, EV sales are up only a little bit in the first quarter of 2024, just 2%. However, if you look back two years, EV sales are up 71%, and if you look back three years to Q1 2021, EV sales are up 170%! [CleanTechnica]
  • “Three Groups Are Suing New Jersey To Block An Offshore Wind Farm” • Three groups opposed to wind power filed suit in appellate court challenging a determination by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that the Atlantic Shores wind farm project meets the requirements of a federal coastal protection law. [ABC News]
  • “EVs Take 91.0% Share In Norway – Volvo EX30 Grabs Top Spot” • The April auto market saw plugin EVs take 91.0% share in Norway, roughly flat from 91.1% year on year. Battery EVs took 89.4% share, up from 83.3% YOY. Overall auto volume was 11,241 units, up 25% YOY, a recovery over recent months. April’s best selling battery EV was the Volvo EX30. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Hydrostor Plans Two Large Compressed Air Storage Facilities, One In Australia And One In California” • Hydrostor, based in Toronto, has a plan to construct two massive long-term energy storage facilities. One is a 200-MW, 1,600-MWh facility near Sydney, Australia. The other is a 500-MW, 4,000-MWh plant in Kern County, California. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 4 Green Energy News

Fri, 05/03/2024 - 22:56

Headline News:

  • “Extremely Active Hurricane Forecast Highlights Importance Of Resilient Solar Power” • Colorado State University forecasters issued a dire prediction for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season: it is expected to be “extremely active,” with the highest number of hurricanes ever forecasted since the team released predictions in 1995. [Environment+Energy Leader]

Hurricane (NASA, Unsplash, rotated)

  • “Renewables reached 64.6% in April in Spain” • In April of 2024, renewables generated 13,515 GWh, 21% more than in April 2023, and reached a share of the total of 64.6%. This past April was the first month in history in which three renewable technologies led the Spanish mix: wind (22.2% of the total), hydropower (19.7%) and solar PV (18.8%). [evwind.es]
  • “Car Fires By Vehicle Type” • If you believe the memes from people who try to deter you from driving an EV, fires in EVs might seem like a big deal. Data from federal recalls, the Federal Transportation Safety Board, and the Bureau of Traffic Statistics don’t show that. It turns out that fires are thousands of times more likely in gas-powered cars than in EVs. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New Sodium-Ion Battery Could Charge An Electric Vehicle In Seconds, Not Minutes” • EV charging goalposts are moving. New research indicates that sodium-ion EV batteries could charge up in seconds, not minutes. Not only does that beat today’s best lithium-ion technology, it even beats gas and diesel fuels at their own game. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Wind Turbine Blades Made Of Wood Can Outperform Those Made Of Composites” • Wind turbines are mostly recyclable, but not usually the turbine blades. There is a race on to find more sustainable materials to make them, with wood among those in the running. Wood can offer better performance and contribute to a circular economy. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 3 Green Energy News

Thu, 05/02/2024 - 23:37

Headline News:

  • “EV Sales Continue To Increase In Norway” • If incentives like the exemption from paying import duties and VAT disappear, sales should go down, right? Not always. Electrive reports that 10,051 electric cars were sold in Norway in April, 2024. EV sales were up by 2,580 vehicles compared to April, 2023, an increase of 34.5% year over year. [CleanTechnica]

Norwegian countryside (Michael Fousert, Unsplash)

  • “Winds Of Change: UK Offshore Wind Sector Breaks Records” • In 2023, the UK offshore wind industry achieved significant milestones according to The Crown Estate’s UK Offshore Wind Report. Highlights include a record-setting 49 TWh of electricity generated by offshore wind, equivalent to powering half of all UK households. [Energy Live News]
  • “Ireland Unveils Roadmap For 37 GW Of Offshore Wind By 2050” • The government of Ireland announced a roadmap to enable the country to deliver 37 GW of offshore wind by 2050. It plans to deliver 20 GW of offshore wind by 2040 and at least 37 GW by 2050. It also provides the basis for Ireland’s ambitious offshore renewable energy targets. [Splash247]
  • “UK’s Battery Project Pipeline Skyrockets By Two-Thirds” • RenewableUK’s latest report on battery projects in the UK indicates a 67.4% growth in battery project capacity over the past year, totalling 95.6 GW. The operational capacity of battery storage has now reached 4.4 GW, with an additional 4.3 GW under construction. [Energy Live News]
  • “Paris Vows To Halve Offshore Wind Rollout Times” • The French Government vowed to halve the time it takes to develop offshore wind farms to help meet renewable energy targets. Government ministers said the length of time it takes to get an offshore wind operational in the country was damaging the development of the sector. [reNews]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 2 Green Energy News

Wed, 05/01/2024 - 23:56

Headline News:

  • “Costa Rica Restored Its Forests And Switched To Renewable Energy. Can The World Learn From It?” • Switch to renewable energy. Stop deforestation. Restore ecosystems. They’re lofty goals that more and more corporations and governments are setting for themselves. If it seems too ambitious, just look to Costa Rica. [The Verge]

Costa Rica (Filip Mroz, Unsplash)

  • “World Heading On 3°C Trajectory” • A five-year delay to the energy transition could see the global average temperature rise to 3°C above pre-industrial levels, Wood Mackenzie analysis shows. The data provider studied the implications of a delayed energy transition, amid political uncertainties, inflation, and elections across the world. [reNews]
  • “Uzbekistan To Build Over 20 GW Of Renewable Capacity By 2030” • Uzbekistan will create more than 20 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said. Trend reports that the president also said the country is aiming to increase its share of the green energy balance to 40%. [Trend News Agency]
  • “Appeals Court Rejects Climate Change Lawsuit By Young Oregon Activists Against Us Governmen” • A federal appeals court panel of three judges rejected a long-running lawsuit brought by young Oregon-based climate activists who argued that the US government’s role in climate change violated their constitutional rights. [ABC News]
  • “Congressional Investigation Reveals New Evidence Of Big Oil’s Decades-Long Campaign To Deny Climate Science” • Oil and gas companies, along with their top trade groups, were aware for decades that carbon emissions contribute to climate change, according to a scathing new report published by congressional investigators. [DeSmog]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 1 Green Energy News

Tue, 04/30/2024 - 23:34

Headline News:

  • “Eurostar Pledges To Power Trains With 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Eurostar, the high-speed rail network in the northwest of Europe, announced a goal of enabling 30 million passengers to travel sustainably while lowering carbon emissions. Eurostar’s objective is to power its trains using 100% renewable energy by 2030. [Rail Business Daily]

Eurostar train (Eurostar image)

  • “Data Reveals Big Milestones For California’s Wind, Water And Solar Power Production” • According to data at the California Independent System Operator’s website, during the past 52 days wind, water, and solar power have provided an average of 61.5% of the state’s electricity demand. And renewables meet 100% of demand for at least 15 minutes of 44 days. [MSN]
  • “G7 Energy Ministers Agree To Close Coal-Fired Generating Stations By 2035” • Energy ministers from the G7 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and the EU – agreed at a meeting in Turin to close all of their coal-fired generating stations by 2035, exceptions are Germany, which has until 2038, and Japan. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Buh-Bye, Conflict Minerals: US Gets First Sodium-Ion Battery Factory” • In the latest sodium-ion battery news, the US startup Natron Energy staked out its claim to the first commercial-scale production of a sodium-ion battery in the US when it hit the start button on its factory in Michigan. It plans to make 600 MW of sodium batteries per year. [CleanTechnica]
  • “New Jersey Seeks Fourth Round Of Offshore Wind Farm Proposals As Foes Push Back” • New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities opened a fourth round of proposals to build wind farms off its coastline, forging ahead with its clean energy goals. Local opposition and challenging economics, however, are creating blowback to the effort. [ABC News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 27 Green Energy News

Fri, 04/26/2024 - 23:50

Headline News:

  • “Controversial Methods To Cool The Earth By Reflecting Sunlight Gain Traction As Global Temperatures Rise” • As the impacts of climate change intensify and become more severe, relatively untouched ideas are gaining momentum as potential short-term solutions to lower Earth’s temperature. One of them is solar geoengineering. [ABC News]

Ship tracks reflecting heat off the U.S. West Coast (MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC)

  • “Climate Action ‘Cannot Trample Over The Poor.’ Guterres Launches Initiative To Protect Key Minerals For Clean Energy Transition” • The UN Secretary-General launched an initiative to ensure fairness, sustainability, and respect for human rights in the entire process of sourcing and using critical minerals needed for the clean energy transition. [UN News]
  • “Tripling Renewables: European G7 Leaders Need To Turn Words Into Action” • The COP28 goal means increasing global renewables capacity from under 4 TW at the end of 2022 to 11 TW by the end of 2030. Ember’s analysis shows that collectively G7 countries are only targeting a doubling of renewables by 2030. They need to triple it. [Euractiv]
  • “Ribbon Cut At Arizona Solar Giant” • Developer Longroad has cut the ribbon at its giant Longroad Sun Streams Complex in Maricopa County, Arizona. The development is comprised of three projects totaling 665 MW (AC) of solar and 515 MW, 2,060 MWh of storage, but when complete, the site will be somewhat largers than those figures indicate. [reNews]
  • “Russian Atomic Agency Faces Accusations Of Covering Up Tobol River Radioactive Pollution” • On April 26, Russia marked the 38th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster as its atomic agency Rosatom faces accusations of covering up yet another nuclear incident involving the flooding of its uranium mills in Siberia. [POLYGRAPH.info]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 26 Green Energy News

Fri, 04/26/2024 - 00:22

Headline News:

  • “India’s New Solar Installations Hit 6.2 GW In March” • Rystad Energy figures show India’s monthly installations of renewable energy surged to a record 7.1 GW in March 2024. The previous record was 3.5 GW, set in March 2022. More than 6.2 GW of the March 2024 total was solar capacity. That is over 80% of the 7.5 GW installed in all of 2023. [pv magazine International]

Solar plant in Gugarat (Citizenmj, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Electric Cars Are The Spawn Of The Devil, Ex-CIA Dude Tells Faux News” • If you are wondering where all the negativity about electric cars is coming from, you probably don’t spend every moment of the day filling your cranial cavity with detritus from Faux News. If you did, you would be treated to a constant barrage of stunningly stupid nonsense. [CleanTechnica]
  • “PG&E’s Electricity 100% Greenhouse Gas-Free, Utility Says” • One of the largest US utilities, PG&E is delivering electricity to its customers that is free of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2023, its electricity was 53% nuclear, 13% hydroelectric, and 34% solar, wind, and other renewable resources. GHG emissions reached record levels elsewhere. [Energy Digital Magazine]
  • “Renewable Energies Cover 56% Of Germany’s Q1 Electricity Consumption” • Renewable energies covered around 56% of electricity consumption in Germany in the first quarter of 2024, according to projections by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries. [Yahoo]
  • “Nearly $1 Billion In Grants To Invest In America’s Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicle Transition” • Competitive grants will be awarded by the EPA for projects that reduce climate and air pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, support good jobs, and improve air quality for communities, especially those burdened by air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 25 Green Energy News

Wed, 04/24/2024 - 23:49

Headline News:

  • “A Golden Age Of Renewables Is Beginning, And California Is Leading the Way” • California has had a record-breaking string of days in which the combined generation renewable sources has exceeded demand on the main electricity grid for anywhere from 15 minutes to 9.25 hours per day. The implications are spectacular. [Scientific American]

Solar PVs (Tom Brewster Photography, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

  • “Share Of Electricity Generated By Fossil Fuels In Great Britain Drops To Record Low” • Fifteen years ago, gas and coal power made up 75% of the electricity mix, while renewables were only 2%. Last year only a third of Great Britain’s electricity came from fossil fuels, and 40% from renewables. There are times when over 90% is from renewables. [The Guardian]
  • “US Unveils Five-Year Offshore Leasing Plan” • US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new five-year schedule of offshore wind leasing rounds, with up to 12 lease sales by 2028. Four lease sales in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and near US territories will take place this year, one each in 2025 and 2026, two in 2027, and four in 2028. [reNews]
  • “US Interior Department Finalizes Rule to Streamline And Modernize Offshore Renewable Energy Development” • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement finalized updated regulations for renewable energy development on the US Outer Continental Shelf, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Strict Rules Stop Green Hydrogen Production Diverting Clean Power From The Grid. What Are They?” • Green hydrogen must be made from green electricity. But its makers must ensure more than that. Renewable hydrogen is only produced when sufficient renewable energy is available, and is not diverting clean energy away from the grid. [Energy Post]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 24 Green Energy News

Tue, 04/23/2024 - 23:37

Headline News:

  • “Mercedes-Benz Explores Pairing eSprinter Vans With E-Cargo Bikes For Last-Mile Deliveries” • A pilot program uses a special Mercedez-Benz eSprinter electric van as a mobile micro-depot to bring standardized container modules to transfer points. A container is off-loaded onto an ONO electric cargo bike which makes the last-mile deliveries. [CleanTechnica]

Delivery EVs (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Vans)

  • “CATL Claims Grid Battery Will Experience No Degradation In First Five Years” • CATL’s TENER is the first mass-producible energy storage system with zero degradation in the first five years of use. Featuring greater safety, five-year zero degradation, and a 6.25 MWh capacity, TENER will accelerate adoption of energy storage technologies. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Wasting Renewables: Where Is Europe In The Race For Clean Energy Transition?” • Europe is not yet on track with its energy transition goals, but it is best positioned to succeed in reaching them, according to French multinational energy management company Schneider Electric. It needs to increase its renewable capacity to phase out of fossil fuels. [Euronews.com]
  • “Queensland Passes Legislation To Deliver On Renewable Energy And Jobs” • The Queensland Government has passed the transformation of Queensland’s energy grid into law, which they have stated will create over 100,000 new jobs in manufacturing, renewable energy generation, power transmission, and industries of the future. [PACE Today]
  • “Alaska Groups Awarded $125 Million For Solar Projects” • Several Alaska organizations are set to share in $125 million in federal funding so low-income and disadvantaged communities can be powered by solar projects. Awards are going the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Housing Finance Corp, and tribal solar projects. [Anchorage Daily News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 23 Green Energy News

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 23:39

Headline News:

  • “Renewables To Thank For Weeks Of No Load-Shedding” • In the past three weeks there has been no load-shedding in South Africa. The good performance was due to deliberate plans by the government and utility Eskom to deal with power outages. The Energy Action Plan is starting to bear fruit, with the contribution of renewable energy projects. [ITWeb]

Wind farm in South Africa (NJR ZA, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

  • “China Faces Huge Energy Transition Challenge” • China is proving itself a global green energy leader, but it is expected to depend heavily on fossil fuels in 2050. DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook China says the country’s build out of renewable energy is unrivalled, but fossil fuels will still make up 40% of its energy mix in 2050. [reNews]
  • “High Interest Rates Are Challenging The Global Transition To Renewable Energy” • After a period of low interest rates from 2009 to 2022, central banks have sharply raised interest rates to fight inflation. The higher cost capital has profound implications for the energy and natural resource industries, said a report from Wood Mackenzie. [pv magazine USA]
  • “Earth Day 2024 Report Card” • Earth Day offers an annual opportunity for citizens, experts, and lawmakers to celebrate the planet, examine our impact on the changing environment and demand a push toward a sustainable future. To make a united step forward, awareness of the mounting climate crisis is vital, one scientist told ABC News. [ABC News]
  • “Biden Unlocks $7 Billion Solar Investment On Earth Day” • On Earth Day 2024, President Joe Biden announced $7 billion in grants through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Solar for All grant competition. The competition is a key component of the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund of the Inflation Reduction Act. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Happy Earth Day 2024

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 03:19

Earth Day Poster

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 02:27

Earth Day Poster by a fourth grade artist.

April 22 Green Energy News

Mon, 04/22/2024 - 00:31

Headline News:

  • “Europe’s First Commercial-Scale Floating Offshore Wind Farm Secures All Planning Approvals” • With onshore consent, Green Volt has all its planning approvals and remains on track to be Europe’s first floating offshore wind farm. Green Volt will include up to 35 floating wind turbines, providing up to 560 MW of capacity. [Offshore Wind]

Floating turbines (Green Volt Floating Offshore WindFarm)

  • “Climate Advocates Want To Solve Their ‘Biggest Problem’ In The US: Turning Out Voters” • During a recent effort to turn out voters who care about climate change, a biology professor told ABC News she used to lobby lawmakers directly to take action on climate change, but they told her voters don’t care about it. Now she’s trying to prove them wrong. [ABC News]
  • “Australia Targets 6 GW Of New Renewables In ‘Largest Ever’ Tender” • The Australian government said a new national Capacity Investment Scheme tender process will open in May seeking 6 GW of new variable renewable energy projects to replace aging coal power generation in the National Electricity Market. [pv magazine International]
  • “Europe Is The Fastest-Warming Continent, At Nearly Twice The Average Global Rate” • Europe is the fastest-warming continent and its temperatures are rising at roughly twice the global average, two top organizations monitoring the climate said in a report. They warned of consequences for human health, glacier melt, and economic activity. [ABC News]
  • “Largest Floating Solar Array In Australia Switched On” • The 350-kW system at Gippsland Water has 644 solar panels and floats on a treatment lagoon at the Drouin wastewater treatment plant. Gippsland Water said it is the largest floating solar array in Australia, and the solar panels result from the its commitment to renewable energy. [Energy Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 21 Greene Energy Times

Sat, 04/20/2024 - 22:38

Headline News:

  • “Queensland Looks To Cut Emissions By 75% In A Decade In Rare Show Of Bipartisanship” • Queensland is looking to harness its power as the Sunshine State for something more than the skin cancer capital of the world. Cutting emissions by 75% by 2035 and a renewable energy target of 80% by 2035 have been enshrined in law in a bipartisan vote. [ABC]

Queensland wind farm (Queensland government image)

  • “Wind Farms Require Far Less Land Than Previously Believed” • Decision-makers have hesitated to embrace wind farms, partly because of a belief that the wind farms require vast tracts of land. However, a remarkable study conducted by researchers at McGill University reveals that this belief may be based on outdated and inaccurate information. [Earth.com]
  • “Data Centers Fuel AI And Crypto But Could Threaten Climate, Experts Say” • Artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency take a lot of power. At complexes, which typically span 100,000 square feet, the increased energy usage could jeopardize the fight to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change, experts told ABC News. [ABC News]
  • “Tesla Model Y Cheaper Than Ever In USA” • A week ago, the Tesla Model Y had a base price below the average selling price of a new car in the US. In fact, taking the US EV tax credit into account, the Model Y was essentially $10,000 cheaper than the average selling price of a new car in the US, which is $47,244. Now the Model Y is even cheaper. [CleanTechnica]
  • “’Uncharted Territory’: El Niño To Flip To La Niña In What Could Be The Hottest Year On Record” • El Niño is likely to give way soon, a NOAA scientist said. For the US, this climatological flip-flop will likely mean a greater risk of major hurricanes in the Atlantic as well as areas of drier-than-usual weather in southern portions of the country. [Live Science]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

April 20 Green Energy News

Fri, 04/19/2024 - 23:09

Headline News:

  • “Mexican Presidential Frontrunner Would Focus On Water And Renewable Energy” • Mexican presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum said that if she is elected, her administration would focus on water management and renewable energy as part of a plan to boost the country’s sustainability. She is strongly favored to win the June elections. [Yahoo News Canada]

Claudia Sheinbaum (Claudia Shein, public domain)

  • “Nearly 200 Clean Energy Companies Urge Congress To Pass Siting, Permitting, And Transmission Reform Before The 2024 Election” • Nearly 200 solar and storage companies sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for legislation to improve project siting, permitting, transmission, and access to public lands for solar and solar plus storage projects. [CleanTechnica]
  • “RTX Partners With ENGIE For Renewable Electricity In Texas Facilities” • RTX has announced an agreement with ENGIE North America to power 12 of RTX’s facilities in Texas with 100% renewable electricity. This deal is RTX’s largest renewable energy procurement to date, nearly doubling the company’s use of renewable electricity. [GreentechLead]
  • “New York Cancels Three Offshore Wind Projects” • Provisional contracts for three New York Bight wind projects were cancelled, after it became impossible for developers to move forward, New York State energy planners announced. The cancellations are tied to General Electric’s decision not to proceed with building 18-MW turbines. [WorkBoat]
  • “GM Picks Up The Electric Pickup Truck Torch Dropped By Cybertruck” • When you have a powerful electric pickup truck, do you really need to shell out for a home energy storage system as well? The launch began earlier this week with a focus on the new Chevy Silverado electric pickup truck and its bi-directional charging capability. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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