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July 16, 2019

Top Story

Cause of weekend NYC outage still unknown; ConEd to investigate why grid failed to isolate probem

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:30:20

A blackout left more than 70,000 New York City residents without power Saturday evening, and Consolidated Edison (ConEd) is “investigating the cause of the equipment failures,” the utility said over the weekend. The outages began on the west side of Manhattan before 7 p.m. and ConEd said it got the last of six electrical networks back in service shortly before midnight the same day. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ford, VW share details of high-stakes partnership

By Cathy Bussewitz and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:30:46

Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that’s mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to develop driverless and electric vehicles in an ultra-competitive landscape. The two automakers will become equal owners of Argo AI LLC, and they plan to put autonomous vehicles on the roads in the U.S. and Europe as early as 2021, the companies said Friday. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax proposal gaining steam on Beacon Hill

By Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:31:06

A bill designed to rev up the state’s reliance on renewable energy by imposing a charge on carbon emissions is gaining steam at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Under the proposal, the state would set a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels. The tax would start at $20 per ton and increase $5 a year until it reaches $40 per ton. The money would be collected by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. [ read more … ]

Gov. Jay Inslee on holding a climate debate, Tom Steyer, Trump’s foreign policy

By POLITICO STAFF  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:31:21

“I just want to be able, on my last days, to look at my grandkids and say, ‘I did everything possible to solve the climate crisis’…and that is not going to happen unless the U.S. becomes a major leader in this, and that’s not going to happen unless we’re in presidential leadership. So, that’s when I decided to get into the race…so, relatively late. And not just a reaction to Donald Trump, although he is a pretty inspirational and unifying figure. But it is a reaction to a crisis that threatens all of our kids and grandkids.” [ read more … ]

EIA expects U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions to fall in 2019

By EIA  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:31:59

After a 2.7% increase in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, EIA’s July Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts a 2.2% decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019. Nearly all of the forecast decrease is due to fewer emissions from coal consumption. Forecast natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged. [ read more … ]

Scotland just produced enough wind energy to power all its homes twice over

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2019-07-16 04:31:39

“Up and down the country, we are all benefiting from cleaner energy and so is the climate,” Robin Parker, climate and energy policy manager at WWF Scotland, said in a statement Monday. “These figures show harnessing Scotland’s plentiful onshore wind potential can provide clean, green electricity for millions of homes across not only Scotland, but England as well,” Parker added. [ read more … ]

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