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January 22, 2020

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The Limits of Environmental Activism From BlackRock’s Larry Fink

By Nathaniel Taplin, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:06:56

Saving the planet needs coordination from Washington and Beijing, not New York and Hong Kong. Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, made waves last week with his pledge to push environmental concerns up the corporate agenda. The world’s largest asset manager will drop major power-coal producers from its actively managed funds by mid-2020, among other plans.

This is no mere publicity stunt: Even a modest change to the composition of $7 trillion under management is nothing to sniff at. But if BlackRock really wants to avoid coal, it needs to sharpen its divestment criteria. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy’

Vestas Takes Most Radical Step Yet Toward Zero Turbine Waste

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:07:56

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, has pledged to eliminate all waste in the production of its machines by 2040 as part of its drive to hit carbon neutrality by the start of the next decade. With wind power estimated to make up more than a quarter of the world’s power mix by 2050, installation of turbines will proliferate but with that comes the problem of increased amounts of industrial waste. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Jobs Act Headed to House Floor

By Laxman Pai, Offshore Engineer  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:07:38

The House Natural Resources Committee has advanced the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act, which was authored by Bourne Congressman Bill Keating and cosponsored by Congressman Joe Kennedy III. The legislation will provide funding for educational institutions to develop training programs for a workforce in the offshore wind industry.
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Grid

Germany’s 50Hertz Power Grid Carried Record 60% Renewable Energy in 2019-CEO

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:08:13

Three-fifths of the power carried by high-voltage grid firm 50Hertz in northeastern Germany last year came from renewable sources, a record high, chief executive Stefan Kapferer told Reuters on Tuesday. “This was 5 (percentage) points more than in 2018 and our highest result ever,” he said on the sidelines of a conference in Berlin. 50Hertz is one of Germany’s four high-voltage grid firms.
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Climate

Court Quashes Youth Climate Change Case Against Government

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:06:30

A federal appeals court has thrown out the landmark climate change lawsuit brought on behalf of young people against the federal government. While the young plaintiffs “have made a compelling case that action is needed,” wrote Judge Andrew D. Hurwitz in a 32-page opinion, climate change is not an issue for the courts. “Reluctantly, we conclude that such relief is beyond our constitutional power. Rather, the plaintiffs’ impressive case for redress must be presented to the political branches of government.” [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Youth climate lawsuit dismissal shows challenge of using courts to tackle climate change

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:05:57

It was supposed to be the “trial of the century.” Now the case won’t even get its day in court.  The dismissal of a landmark, youth-led climate lawsuit late last week is a sign of how hard it will be to use the courts to solve a problem as big as climate change. That’s a wrench in the plans of environmental advocates and their Democratic allies who are frustrated with Congress’s failure to pass major climate legislation — and have increasingly turned to the court system to stop what they see as the pressing ecological and economic crisis of rising global temperatures. 
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Why China’s coal problem is also a U.S. problem

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:07:22

Almost half of the world’s coal is used in China, so what the country does on coal drives the global market for the high-emitting fossil fuel. It’s “completely wrong” to say the world is seeing the end of coal, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, told Abby. While coal is falling quickly in the U.S. and the European Union, though, it’s tough to expect the same sort of rapid changes in Asia, he added. [ read more … ]

EVs

Car buyers shun electric vehicles not named Tesla. Are carmakers driving off a cliff?

By RUSS MITCHELL, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:06:13

Regulators are demanding zero-emission vehicles. And manufacturers are scrambling to provide them, spending billions on electric-car development. Ford says a third of its vehicles will be electric by 2030. Volkswagen plans to sell a million EVs annually just two years from now. At Volvo, half its offerings will be electric by 2025. By the end of this year, most major automakers will be offering at least one EV. And buyers? So far, they’re not on board — especially those in the United States. [ read more … ]

Opinion

FERC gets around: PJM super MOPR — an around-market solution for the around-market solutions

By Raymond L. Gifford and Matthew S. Larson, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-21 17:08:32

FERC closed out the decade with a bang, issuing its long-awaited PJM Capacity Market Order. Large swaths of the regulatory policy community have criticized FERC’s decision as an overtly partisan anathema and a ploy to disadvantage clean generation resources and give a leg up to coal and gas. The reality is simpler — it is not an attack on clean energy. It is an indictment of a regulatory construct that is crumbling.  [ read more … ]

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