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January 8, 2020

Top Story

Shutdown of US coal power facilities saved over 26,000 lives, study finds

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:11:45

The human toll from coal-fired pollution in America has been laid bare by a study that has found more than 26,000 lives were saved in the US in just a decade due to the shift from coal to gas for electricity generation. The shutdown of scores of coal power facilities across the US has reduced the toxic brew of pollutants suffered by nearby communities, cutting deaths from associated health problems such as heart disease and respiratory issues, the research found. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Fishermen ask for shipping highways through wind farms

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:12:05

A fishermen’s group is pressing federal regulators to carve 4-mile-wide shipping lanes into wind lease areas off New England. The wind leasing areas — waters vetted for potential development and leased to companies by the Interior Department — lie in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass., spanning 70 miles in width in some areas. [ read more … ]

Fishermen at odds with developers over wind farm layouts

By Colin A. Young / State House News Service  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:21:12

Commercial fishing interests have put forward a proposal for how wind turbines should be laid out across the waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, asking federal rulemakers to consider establishing miles-wide, designated transit lanes that offshore wind energy developers have resisted. In a letter sent to the U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week, the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance asked that the agencies consider giving fishing vessels and other mariners six lanes, each four nautical miles in width, through which they can travel without encountering any of the hundreds of turbines that could soon populate the waters.
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Texan wind power grows again as huge turbines start spinning

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:18:41

Turbine blades have started spinning at Duke Energy Renewables’ 200 megawatt Mesteno Windpower project in Starr County, Texas. In an announcement Monday, Duke Energy said that the facility, with its 56 3.6 megawatt (MW) wind turbines from Danish firm Vestas, would generate energy to power roughly 60,000 typical homes each year. While the announcement was made this week, commercial operations actually began on December 31st.
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FERC

‘Off the deep end.’ Utility groups blast FERC order

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:09:54

Republicans at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are wrong to overlook the negative ramifications of recently approved policy changes in the nation’s largest electricity market, major trade groups representing not-for-profit electric utilities are warning. FERC’s changes to the PJM Interconnection capacity market would undermine members of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA), officials at the two utility groups say. “FERC has definitely gone off the deep end on this. It feels like a devastating, existential threat” to municipal utilities, said Delia Patterson, acting CEO of APPA. [ read more … ]

Manchin: White House met with Democrats’ FERC pick Clements

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Poltico  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:11:23

White House officials have met with Allison Clements, the former NRDC energy official who is Democrats’ pick for a vacant seat on FERC, Sen. Joe Manchin said Monday.  “I understood that people from the administration have at least met and talked to Clements, and I haven’t heard anything back about how they felt, favorable or not,” Manchin, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I heard they had a meeting and I hope it went well because she’s well qualified and experienced and would be an asset for the FERC committee.” [ read more … ]

Climate

FEMA threat report ignores climate change, sea-level rise

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:12:28

The Trump administration’s latest National Preparedness Report, which describes the greatest threats and hazards to the country, says nothing about climate change, drought or sea-level rise. The 2019 report is the eighth annual summary of U.S. vulnerability to threats such as disasters and terrorism but the first to eschew the word “climate,” except for one reference to “school climate” in a section on preventing school violence.
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EVs

Lithium-sulfur battery could cure range anxiety — study

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:10:40

Australian scientists say they’ve developed a lithium-sulfur battery durable enough to become the preferred power source for electric vehicles with double the range of a Tesla. Lithium-sulfur batteries are typically less expensive than lithium-ion types now used in electric cars, but they degrade quickly when delivering high volumes of energy. The Australian breakthrough could change that by providing a more stable cathode, the end of the battery that discharges electrical currents. [ read more … ]

Tesla aims to build 500,000 EVs per year near Berlin

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-07 14:10:58

Tesla Inc. plans to build half a million electric vehicles a year at its future factory outside Berlin. Planning documents posted online Friday reveal that the U.S. automaker wants to construct Model 3 and Model Y vehicles at the site in Grünheide, as well as “future models.” The so-called Gigafactory — Tesla’s fourth — will include facilities to assemble entire electric vehicles, including the production of batteries. [ read more … ]

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