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August 28, 2020

Top Story

Common pollutant linked to 11% higher virus death rate

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:29:11

In fresh evidence of a link between air pollution and vulnerability to COVID-19, Emory University researchers have tied a modest increase in nitrogen dioxide exposure to a markedly higher death rate from the virus-borne illness. The national study associated a 4.6-parts-per-billion rise in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations with an average 11% increase in the fatality rate for people with the respiratory disease, Donghai Liang, an assistant professor at the Atlanta school, told participants yesterday in a virtual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Chinese-backed wind project sparks Texas border brawl

By Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:26:14

A plan to generate wind power near the Texas-Mexico border is becoming a geopolitical flashpoint as national security and military training join concerns about wildlife and tourism.
At issue: A Chinese-backed project called Blue Hills Wind, which could bring more than 40 turbines to Val Verde County, Texas. The proposal’s future is in doubt as the Trump administration ramps up criticism of both renewable energy and China. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Evolution in people’s thinking’: Solar arrives in W.Va.

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:26:48

Renewable energy has historically faced opposition in coal-rich West Virginia. Coal powered 92% of the state’s electricity in 2018, while renewables accounted for just 5% of the state’s electricity mix. But this spring, the West Virginia Legislature passed with bipartisan support a bill that would allow utility-scale solar for the first time. The bill, S.B. 583, could increase solar capacity statewide from 9.9 megawatts to 400 MW. In June, one of the state’s utility companies, Appalachian Power, released a request for proposals for its first 50-MW solar project in the Mountain State. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Kan., Mo. get capacity boosts from Grain Belt Express

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:27:26

The developer of the Grain Belt Express direct-current transmission project now plans to commit more than half of the line’s capacity to Kansas and Missouri. Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, which took over the planned project from Clean Line Energy Partners LLC last year, announced the change Tuesday. New plans call for 2,500 megawatts of the line’s 4,000 MW capacity to be dedicated to Missouri and Kansas. [ read more … ]

Europe Union

Europe Poised to Ramp Up Emission Cuts With Ambitious Target

By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:28:18

The European Union is likely to propose the most ambitious acceleration of its 2030 emissions target as as it ramps up efforts to slash pollution in the bloc through its Green Deal. The European Commission will probably seek to accelerate pollution cuts to 55% compared with 1990 levels by the end of the next decade, according to two diplomats who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. The current target, approved in 2014, is to lower pollution by 40%. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric-Car Surge Paces Europe’s Best Auto Sales in 10 Months

By Tara Patel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:28:04

Hybrid and electric-car registrations soared in Europe last month, seizing a record share of the market and lifting total sales to the highest in 10 months. Registrations of plug-in hybrids more than quadrupled, while battery-electric vehicles more than doubled, according to auto-market researcher Jato Dynamics. Total sales slipped just 4% from a year ago to 1.28 million, the most since September.
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Honda goes small with first mass-produced all-electric car

By Maki Shiraki, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:28:58

s many automakers bet on sedans and SUVs in the switch to electric vehicles (EV), Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd has decided smaller is better for its first-ever mass-produced all-battery car. The Honda e, released in Europe earlier this month, is a compact model meant solely for city driving. That contrasts with Tesla Inc, whose Model 3 sedan dominates the battery EV market, and others such as Audi AG (NSUG.DE) and Hyundai Motor Co that have focused on SUVs with long driving ranges.
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Campaign 2020

Would Biden pick the ‘queen of green’ to lead EPA?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:27:35

If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, allies say he should pick an EPA administrator who can boost morale at the agency and craft aggressive regulations to fight climate change.
Few are better prepared for that work than California regulator Mary Nichols, according to former colleagues and officials. Since 2007, Nichols has served as chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the main air pollution regulator in the Golden State. [ read more … ]

Big hurdle for Biden’s energy plan: Trump staff cuts

By Jeremy Dillon and Lesley Clark, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:26:35

Congress has focused in the past year on a staffing shortage in the DOE division that oversees efficiency and renewables, questioning the administration’s commitment to bolstering new technologies. Bledsoe noted that the Trump administration has “denuded” the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy “rather purposefully.” But he noted there is an “immense cadre of young energy experts around the country now trained to address climate change.” [ read more … ]

Pence derides Biden’s climate ‘regime’ as expensive folly

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-27 15:27:02

Vice President Mike Pence ripped Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as he formally accepted the nomination to the Republican ticket last night, charging that Biden’s climate change “regime” would hike costs for Americans. “Where this president achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families,” Pence said at Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore.
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