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January 31, 2019

Top Story

If the Earth Is Warming, Why Is It So Cold Outside?

By KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:26:11

As climate change heats up the planet, winters are warming faster than summers. But on days when the temperature tumbles below freezing, it leaves many people wondering, “If the Earth is getting warmer, how can winter still be so cold?” President Trump is among them, and he weighs in frequently. He tweeted this on Jan. 28: The answer lies in the difference between local weather and climate. [ read more … ]

Winter storms don’t prove that global warming isn’t happening

By NOAA Climate  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:26:35

Given the size and tremendous heat capacity of the global oceans, it takes a massive amount of accumulated heat energy to raise Earth’s average yearly surface temperature even a small amount. Behind the seemingly small increase in global average surface temperature over the past century is a significant increase in accumulated heat. That extra heat is driving regional and seasonal temperature extremes, reducing snow cover and sea ice, intensifying heavy rainfall, and changing habitat ranges for plants and animals—expanding some and shrinking others. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

House climate change committee sets hearing for hectic week on climate

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 05:58:26

Democrats have been chomping at the bit to take on climate change since they won the House in November, and after a brief delay due to the partial government shutdown, they will finally get their chance next week. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change will hold its first hearing on the topic Feb. 6, subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and full committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) announced in a joint statement last night. [ read more … ]

Polar Vortex set to test Midwest grids amid FERC resilience debate

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:27:06

Grid operators throughout the Midwest U.S. say they are prepared as record-breaking cold buffets the region, raising electricity demand and putting energy infrastructure at risk. PJM Interconnection and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) put emergency generation procedures into effect this week ahead of a “polar vortex” event expected to dip temperatures into the negative 20s across much of their service areas. As of Wednesday morning, their systems were operating normally. [ read more … ]

Consumer demand drives record year for wind energy purchases

By Greg Alvarez, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:27:28

Fortune 500 brands and a range of other non-utility entities, including cities and universities, are catalyzing America’s growing demand for renewable energy by purchasing a record amount of wind power in 2018 according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association. Consumer demand combined with policy stability and low, stable prices helped wind power capacity installations rise to the third strongest quarter in the industry’s history. [ read more … ]

Majority of U.S. coal mines shuttered in last decade — EIA

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:27:51

The U.S. Energy Information Administration today reported more than half of all American coal mines closed during the worst decade for coal in modern memory. In 2008, there were 1,435 coal mines in the United States. By the end of 2017, there were 671. [ read more … ]

ND Senate approves fees on electric, hybrid vehicle

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:28:17

The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and hybrid vehicles an annual fee. The Senate approved the bill 26-19 yesterday. It now goes to the House for consideration.
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Ambitious effort launched to cut California building emissions

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-31 04:28:45

California is about to launch a landmark effort to cut greenhouse gases from buildings, with an aim of getting them as close to zero as possible. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) will begin Thursday to implement S.B. 1477, a law enacted last year requiring natural gas utilities to provide $200 million for technologies to cut building emissions. About one-third of the money will go to low-income communiti [ read more … ]

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