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August 3, 2020

Top Story

Rising Seas Could Menace Millions Beyond Shorelines, Study Finds

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:26:12

As global warming pushes up ocean levels around the world, scientists have long warned that many low-lying coastal areas will become permanently submerged. But a new study published Thursday finds that much of the economic harm from sea-level rise this century is likely to come from an additional threat that will arrive even faster: As oceans rise, powerful coastal storms, crashing waves and extreme high tides will be able to reach farther inland, putting tens of millions more people and trillions of dollars in assets worldwide at risk of periodic flooding. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Europe’s wind industry catches up with fossil fuels — report

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:24:10

Offshore wind in some European countries is now cost competitive with fossil fuels and may even result in negative subsidies that lower consumers’ energy bills, a new study has found.
Offshore wind projects approved in the United Kingdom in 2019 could be the first in the country to return money to the general public because of their low costs, said the study, which was published Monday in the journal Nature. The development follows in the footsteps of Germany and the Netherlands, which have already approved negative-subsidy offshore wind farms as well, according to the study. [ read more … ]

Feds approve tariffs on imported wind towers

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:23:29

Federal trade officials have signed off on new tariffs on wind tower imports, setting up the Trump administration to finalize them over the objections of the wind industry’s main trade association. The tariffs would affect utility-scale wind towers from Canada, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam, which accounted for over three-fourths of all the towers imported last year, or about $376 million worth, according to the Commerce Department. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Buffett utility signs up for 22 years of solar, storage

By Christopher Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:25:07

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s NV Energy agreed to buy the output from a sprawling solar power and battery storage system near Las Vegas for 22 years. The 200-megawatt Chuckwalla solar project includes batteries that can store 180 megawatts of power for four hours, a U.S. unit of Electricite de France SA said in a statement late Wednesday. The project is located on the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Reservation and will supply power for 45,000 homes when completed in late 2023. [ read more … ]

U.S. solar power plant backed by over $700 million in government loans goes bust

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:22:08

The owner of a big Nevada solar-thermal power plant that received $737 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Energy filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, according to a court filing, potentially leaving U.S. taxpayers with a whopping bill. The project’s failure is a blow to the DOE renewable energy loan program, which had already been criticized by Republicans as a waste of money after it backed failed solar panel maker Solyndra during the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC faces environmental justice reckoning

By Arianna Skibell and Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:22:35

In April, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the green light to turn on a natural gas compressor station in the southwest Georgia city of Albany as the area emerged as one of the worst coronavirus hot spots in the country. Now, the rural and predominantly Black Dougherty County — which houses Albany — has recorded over 2,500 coronavirus cases and 167 deaths, accounting for more than 40% of all COVID-related fatalities in the state, according to Georgia Department of Public Health data. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy

Ohio lawmaker ousted as speaker over nuclear bribery scandal

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:23:01

The Ohio House voted 90-0 to oust Speaker Larry Householder yesterday, moments after a federal grand jury indicted the Republican lawmaker and four others for allegedly running a $60 million racketeering scheme to pass and defend an unpopular energy law. The 43-page indictment provides more details about Householder’s plan to reclaim leadership of the Ohio House and use the position to pass H.B. 6, which provided $210 million a year in nuclear and coal subsidies and effectively nullified the state’s clean energy standards. [ read more … ]

Climate

Senators demand review of methane emissions

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:26:30

Four high-ranking senators are asking for a “comprehensive review” of methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas development, arguing the country doesn’t have a clear enough picture of those emissions. Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro asking the Government Accountability Office to conduct the review, expressing unease about a possible reliance on “outdated” methods to measure emissions. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

John Podesta on climate: ‘Strike while the iron is hot’

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:26:48

John Podesta wants Democrats to take the gloves off. As an adviser to President Obama, Podesta helped shape some of the most aggressive climate policies in American history. Virtually all of that work has been targeted by the Trump administration for rollback, replacement or rejection. Now, Podesta wants Democrats to go “bigger and better” than previous efforts on climate change. [ read more … ]

How Joe Biden’s surprisingly ambitious climate plan came together

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:21:39

During a virtual fundraiser late last week focused on climate action, former vice president Joe Biden made a direct appeal to voters young enough to be his grandchildren. “I want young climate activists, young people everywhere, to know: I see you. I hear you. I understand the urgency, and together we can get this done,” said the 77-year-old Democrat, who days earlier had announced a $2 trillion plan to combat climate change and environmental racism — by far the most ambitious blueprint ever released by a major party nominee for president. The moment marked a shift months in the making. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

An Oil Executive Is Listing His Solar-Powered Hawaii Mansion

By James Tarmy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-08-02 04:21:13

In 2009, Linda Stobart and her husband John, then an executive at BHP Billiton Petroleum, decided to build a vacation home on Maui. “My initial foray to Maui was on the west side of the island, and I just couldn’t fathom what people saw in it, to be honest,” she says. “But then we drove across the top to the north shore, through the town of Pa’ia, and just went, ‘Wow.” [ read more … ]

 

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