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November 14, 2019

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Study links tiny particles to brain cancer

By Damian Carrington, London Guardian  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:52:48

A new study from Canadian researchers has for the first time drawn a link between brain cancer and ultrafine particles of air pollution. Fuel burning, especially diesel vehicle exhaust, creates the nanoparticles, which had larger impacts on people living in more heavily trafficked areas. The research, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that being exposed to 10,000 extra nanoparticles of pollution per cubic centimeter over a year correlated to a 10% higher risk for brain cancer. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Con Edison CEO discusses investments in renewables, transmission infrastructure

By Dave Kovaleski, Daily Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:54:18

The company has plans to invest in all three areas over the next three years, including $10.3 billion in its utility businesses, $1 billion in clean energy, and $200 million in the transmission business. Con Ed uses data analytics and algorithms to analyze needs and focus investments on areas that yield optimal benefits, McAvoy said. Among the investments, Con Ed is planning to replace 90 miles of gas main pipelines per year. It is also investing in natural gas detectors that are linked to smart meters that alert company officials directly if a natural gas leak occurred. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

One of America’s biggest panel makers quits manufacturing

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:51:40

SunPower Corp., one of America’s largest solar-panel makers, is giving up its manufacturing business to focus on installing rooftop solar systems. The company is spinning off its panel production operations into a new company, Maxeon Solar, that will be based in Singapore with factories in France, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines, according to a statement Monday. As part of the deal, a Chinese supplier of silicon wafers will make a $298 million equity investment, valuing Maxeon at $1.03 billion.
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U.S. Solar Companies Are Stockpiling a Massive Amount of Panels

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:53:10

America’s rooftop solar installers are stockpiling massive volumes of panels and other equipment before a key federal tax credit for the industry starts shrinking next year. On Tuesday, Sunrun Inc. — the nation’s largest rooftop solar installer — said it’s collecting enough equipment to help qualify 500 megawatts worth of planned installations for the full investment tax credit, which currently covers 30% of a project’s costs. For comparison: Sunrun deployed 373 megawatts in all of 2018. [ read more … ]


What we learned on the Electric Road Trip

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:50:57

After two crazy months, we’re done. The reporters of E&E News have completed the Electric Road Trip, an 8,000-mile journey in an electric car and an investigation into how electric transportation will change America. What did we learn? By interviewing dozens of people, driving a total of six cars and gathering many streams of data, we have a mountain of perspective. We even drove 2,000 miles more than we first planned. Our reporters wrote postcards from gas stations in Houston, a bus factory in South Carolina, the damp curbsides of Seattle, and a futuristic charging station in California. [ read more … ]

74% of auto dealers aren’t selling EVs — report

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:53:31

Auto dealers across the country are failing to sell electric vehicles at the scale necessary to combat climate change and meet consumer demand, a new study has found. The analysis from the Sierra Club relied on 579 volunteers, who called or visited 909 auto dealerships across the United States to inquire about purchasing an electric car. The most striking finding was that 74% of dealerships nationwide weren’t selling a single EV and only offered a range of conventional gas-powered vehicles. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Just one new coal plant is planned — and it’s on the ropes

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:52:32

Time is running out on plans to build a new coal plant in Kansas. The Holcomb 2 plant, an 895-megawatt unit planned by Sunflower Electric Power Corp., is the only new coal-fired power plant on the drawing board in America today. Sunflower must begin construction on the facility by March or lose its state permit. Kansas officials say the electric power cooperative has not been in communication with the state since it filed for a permit extension in August 2018.
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Senior official defends latest ‘secret science’ proposal

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:53:53

A senior EPA official this morning rebutted media reports the agency was doubling down on a plan to limit scientific research from environmental and public health rulemaking. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, principal deputy assistant administrator for science, told lawmakers that recent news articles erroneously portrayed a leaked draft supplemental proposal, “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” [ read more … ]


Clean energy, yes. But divisions put Dems on different paths

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:52:17

The major challenge for the 2020 Democratic presidential field is that the United States isn’t close to an energy mix that relies on zero- or low-emission sources. And that’s a major hurdle for a sector that accounted for about 28% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissionsin 2017, according to EPA data. The United States generated roughly two-thirds of its power from fossil fuels last year — split mostly between coal and natural gas. Nuclear made up about 19%, and renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydropower constituted another 17%. [ read more … ]

Elizabeth Warren targets Exxon with ‘anti-corruption plan’

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-13 14:51:14

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) targeted Exxon Mobil Corp. yesterday in debuting a policy proposal that would prosecute companies for perjury if they knowingly lied to federal regulators. Warren said her plan to combat misinformation would prevent companies such as Exxon from using industry-funded research to mislead government regulators and would hold so-called bad actors accountable for lying to federal agencies. [ read more … ]


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