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November 12, 2019

Top Story

How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

By Eugene Linden, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:19:07

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far North and, according to the Belgian climate scientist Xavier Fettweis, melting some 40 billion tons of Greenland’s ice sheet. Had a scientist in the early 1990s suggested that within 25 years a single heat wave would measurably raise sea levels, at an estimated two one-hundredths of an inch, bake the Arctic and produce Sahara-like temperatures in Paris and Berlin, the prediction would have been dismissed as alarmist. But many worst-case scenarios from that time are now realities. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Top turbine manufacturer reports record orders

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:19:32

Vestas Wind Systems A/S beat earnings estimates for the third quarter as sales soared 30% and orders hit a record, contrasting with stumbling results from rival manufacturers. The world’s biggest maker of wind turbines upgraded its outlook for revenue from its service business and said it’s continuing to pare back costs. Earnings before interest and taxes excluding special items rose 55% to €429 million ($475 million), exceeding the highest estimate.
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New Orleans Battle Fought Anew: Fossil Fuel vs. Clean Power

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:20:54

Susan Guidry stepped up as a volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, helping clear debris from the streets as part of a group calling itself the Katrina Krewe. She saw firsthand the disaster’s toll, including the crippling of the power supply. When voters elected her to the City Council, she said, she hardly knew what a kilowatt was. But she came to the conclusion that the city had to change its approach to energy. “As fragile as New Orleans is with climate change, hurricanes, sea-level rise, I just started researching,” Ms. Guidry said. “That was a lot of hard learning.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Singapore advances large-scale floating solar plant

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:17:41

After years of experiments on floating solar power pilot projects, the technology is closing in on commercialization. Singapore’s national water and utility authority is finalizing contracts for construction of a large-scale solar power plant that would be floated on the Tengeh Reservoir in the country’s West Region. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) is requesting enough floating solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate 50 megawatts of electricity at peak capacity, making it “one of the largest single floating solar PV systems in the world when it is completed.” [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. lurches into a race with sprinting China

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:19:57

The most ambitious plan to jump-start the United States’ sluggish movement toward electric vehicles was unveiled last month by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader. He proposed a $454 billion federal investment over 10 years to produce a fleet of “zero emission” cars by 2040. Just as Henry Ford and other U.S. automakers spurred a global movement toward gasoline-powered cars in the early 1900s, the U.S. could repeat the feat with cars that run on electricity, Schumer asserted late last month.
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How Whole Foods became ground zero in the charging wars

By David Ferris and David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:17:10

Whole Foods Market is known for its grass-fed beef, fancy cheeses and other expensive organic produce. But the commodity that some customers are really duking it out for are the electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot. The problem is that, while Whole Foods generally can provide avocado ice cream whenever a customer wants it, the same isn’t true for the car plugs.
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Climate

Curtain falls on N.Y.’s battle over secret carbon costs

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:21:33

The Empire State’s trial over Exxon Mobil Corp.’s climate risk disclosures has been hailed by some as an opportunity to shine a light on years of deception by the oil major regarding the financial realities of climate change. But now that People of the State of New York v. Exxon has reached its end, the outcome of the securities lawsuit will hinge on numbers and paperwork. [ read more … ]

FERC

House Democrats slam rewrite to utility rules

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:22:14

Pallone and Rush allege that the proposed changes counter repeated congressional decisions to avoid major changes to the provisions of the law. “FERC’s proposals would effectively gut PURPA and completely reverse course on competitive market development — a policy clearly enshrined by Congress in the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005 because it encourages innovation and benefits consumers and the environment,” the two said in an oversight letter to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee.
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Opinion

INSIGHT: Trump’s Environmental Legacy Could Be the Rise of U.S. Offshore Wind

By Sarah E. Hunt and Charles Hernick, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-11 15:18:25

When President Donald Trump took office, he pledged to make America a powerhouse by embracing an all-of-the-above approach to energy. While the president has criticized wind energy, ironically, it may be his administration that green-lights Vineyard Wind and substantially unlocks America’s offshore wind potential. While dozens of offshore wind projects have been developed over the past two decades from the U.K. to China, only one project has come online stateside. That is about to change. [ read more … ]

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