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July 6, 2020

Top Story

Want jobs and clean energy? This overlooked technology could deliver both

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:48:09

Today, the United States is buckling under the weight of a worsening pandemic that has claimed more than 127,000 lives and put an estimated 30 million Americans out of work. Building more power lines wouldn’t stop the spread of COVID-19. But energy experts say investing in transmission would put people back to work and help urban areas across the country ditch fossil fuels. The burning of those fuels not only drives the climate crisis, but generates lung-damaging air pollution that has been linked to greater likelihood of death from the coronavirus. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

What Does the Future of Offshore Wind Energy Look Like?

By Emily Folk, RealClear Energy  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:46:22

Wind power is a leading concept in the renewable energy industry. Alongside solar, wind energy is a sustainable resource that can generate enough electricity to power cities and states. With mass implementation, wind power can make entire countries sustainable. Offshore wind, specifically, is the leading pursuit within this sector. The future of offshore wind energy will continue to develop regarding efficiency, power, technology and structure. With new changes and bigger investments, wind can become a leader within the renewables industry. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Change Fuels U.S. Dust Storms With Dire Health Consequences

By Breanna T Bradham, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:46:47

The phenomenon, worsened by accelerating climate change, was the subject of the first national study on how they affect the U.S. Dust storms were associated with a 4.8% increase in local admissions to ICUs on the day of the event. Respiratory admissions increased by 9.2% on the day of the storm and again by 7.5% five days later. This second increase could be due to several causes, the authors write, including a slowly worsening respiratory condition, a lack of access to care, or conditions with a longer incubation period such as meningitis or influenza. [ read more … ]

Britain, birthplace of coal industry, to close last plant

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:48:48

George Orwell once observed British civilization was “founded on coal.” The author of “1984” would hardly recognize his home country today. Coal, which fueled the factories, steam engines and power plants that made Britain the center of the Industrial Revolution, has all but disappeared from the United Kingdom. The country’s last deep-pit coal mine closed in 2015. Now, the fuel is poised to vanish from its electric system. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

What the second COVID-19 spike means for electricity

By Jeffrey Tomich, Edward Klump and Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:49:40

The worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States seemed to have passed in mid-May as governors began the phased reopening of their states from coast to coast. Restaurants, retailers, offices and manufacturers unlocked their doors. As they did, electricity demand — a vital sign for the economy — began to steadily increase. Grid operators like PJM Interconnection LLC and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., whose territories cover half the U.S., have seen power demand rebound over the past month and a half, aided by warming weather that has air conditioners humming. [ read more … ]

Grid

The Power Grid Is Getting Bigger, But Plants Are Shrinking

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-05 14:49:09

The delivery of a gas turbine doesn’t normally make the news. But the Siemens 9000HL model that arrived last week to the Keadby2 combined-cycle power plant in the U.K. is something special. Weighing in at just under 1.1 million pounds (497,000 kilograms), it’ll rotate 3,000 times a minute and generate 593 megawatts of power at peak, likely for decades. It’s the pinnacle of today’s combustion technologies. And—in Europe at least—it’s probably one of the last of its kind. [ read more … ]

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