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February 27, 2019

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Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’: scientists

By Alister Doyle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:26:26

Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday. “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years. [ read more … ]

When the ‘new normal’ becomes too normal

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:26:45

From increasing severe weather events to extreme temperatures, scientists often suggest that global warming is defining a “new normal” for climate conditions around the world. And the public may be getting a little too used to it. A new analysis published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that when unusual or extreme weather conditions start to happen more frequently, they become less remarkable. In other words, they start to feel normal. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Californians drive energy and environment debate

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:27:06

The new House of Representatives is rolling out its game plan and strategies for the next two years, and it’s clear which state holds the most clout: California. The Golden State sent 46 Democrats to the House after flipping seven Republican-held seats in November. California now has more Democrats in the lower chamber than the entire congressional delegations of Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Washington combined. On top of that, the leaders of both political parties in the House call California home. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) may be speaker and second in line to the presidency, but her home base is San Francisco. Rep. Kevin McCarthy leads the GOP and represents Bakersfield in the Central Valley. [ read more … ]

Dems eye ‘present’ vote on ‘Green New Deal’

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:27:31

Democrats are eyeing a “present” vote if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brings the “Green New Deal” resolution to the floor, but they’ll likely flesh out their strategy further in a caucus meeting today. “I’m still pondering it. A lot of Democrats may vote — we’ll see, but a lot of us may vote ‘present’ on the cloture motion,” Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.) said yesterday of a potential procedural vote on the resolution. [ read more … ]

El Niño takes wind out of sales of U.S. power generators

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Christopher Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:27:50

Calm winds are hurting U.S. wind power producers. Unusually still weather in the upper Midwest and Great Plains in late 2018 has already taken a bite out of earnings at NextEra Energy Inc. and Avangrid Inc., which both operate large wind farms. Other wind generators have yet to report fourth-quarter results, including Pattern Energy Group Inc., TerraForm Power Inc. and Clearway Energy Inc. [ read more … ]

Trump Said the Electric Grid’s Under Threat, But Regulators Aren’t Acting

By Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:28:11

It’s been more than a year since the Trump administration declared that coal and nuclear retirements were threatening the electric grid — and regulators still aren’t rushing to the rescue. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has so far taken no public action to resolve what President Donald Trump and his officials have characterized as a grid emergency. In the meantime, the agency has received more than 200 comments on the matter, and shutdowns of coal-fired power plants have accelerated. [ read more … ]

This Report Says Blockchain Is One Of 30 Key Innovations Set To Transform Renewable Energy

By Jennifer Kite-Powell, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2019-02-27 04:28:34

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Brussels, says that to accelerate low-cost renewables in the power sector, countries will need innovative technology tools which enable them to benefit from renewable scale-ups.  The report, Innovation for a Renewable-Powered Future, mapped 30 key innovations and 11 solutions in the variable renewable energy (VRE) landscape expected to transform the power sector while simultaneously creating cost-effective global energy transformation. [ read more … ]

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