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October 29, 2020

Top Story

New Polls Show Most Voters Support More Renewable Energy

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:58:30

Fresh off a final presidential debate that saw President Donald Trump accuse Joe Biden of seeking to abolish oil, a new poll shows most registered voters say they support increasing the United States’ use of renewables like solar and wind, according to the survey from POLITICO and Morning Consult. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

RI set to double down on offshore wind power

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:55:19

Rhode Island is set to double down on its commitment to offshore wind power. The Ocean State became home to the first offshore wind farm in the nation with the completion of the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm in 2016 and followed up last year with a contract for another 400 megawatts of capacity from the proposed Revolution Wind project to be built southwest of Martha’s Vineyard. Now, Gov. Gina Raimondo is looking to procure as much as 600 more megawatts of power generated by towering wind turbines that would rise up out of the ocean waters off southern New England.  [ read more … ]

Entrepreneurs see hope — and profit — in floating turbines

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:54:14

A second phase of offshore wind development is about to get underway in the U.S., starting in Maine, a state that sees its energy future built on a new type of wind turbine. It is one that can float in deeper waters and that may be built more cheaply than existing wind turbines being constructed or planned along most of the U.S. East Coast. One of the main beneficiaries of what are called “floaters” — turbines that are held by mooring lines attached to anchors in waters deeper than 160 feet — will likely be the U.S. West Coast, where California and Hawaii are planning wind farms and Oregon and Washington are expected to follow. [ read more … ]

Markets

The E-Commerce Boom Offers a Lifeline for Oil

By Alex Longley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:51:31

Look across the street from your home-office window: chances are you will see a delivery van. Trucks from Amazon.com Inc. and other e-commerce companies have become ubiquitous during the pandemic. In much of the industrialized world, an ever-growing number of vans, trucks, trains and ships are hauling everything from desks to smart phones as consumers turn to online shopping and companies re-stock their supply chains after months of disruption. [ read more … ]

Paper recycling, an electricity hog, may spike CO2 — study

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:57:05

Recycling more paper won’t do much to lower greenhouse gas emissions and might even raise them — unless global recyclers switch to renewable electricity, according to a new study.
Published in Nature Sustainability this month by researchers at Yale University and University College London, the study looked at how the global production and disposal of paper might be changed in order to cut emissions over the next three decades. Paper currently accounts for 1.3% of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Extreme Weather

Off the charts: Dryness stat shows why West is burning

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:53:55

On Aug. 3, researchers at the Plumas National Forest in Northern California received a startling result: Sticks and logs they gathered from the forest floor to assess wildfire risk had a moisture level of just 2%. The reading was the lowest ever recorded in 15 years of measurements at a site in the forest’s southwest corner. It also was a warning: The area was tinderbox-dry and primed to burn. Two weeks later, when lightning struck the region, the dry forest helped propel one of the largest and deadliest wildfires in California history, killing 15 people as it consumed an area the size of Los Angeles. [ read more … ]

Calmer California winds help firefighters beat back 2 blazes

By Christopher Weber in Los Angeles and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:54:58

Calmer weather on Wednesday allowed firefighters to beat back twin blazes that drove nearly 100,000 Southern California residents from their homes amid fierce winds and extremely dry conditions. Authorities lifted some evacuation orders Tuesday as winds began subsiding and containment was increased for the massive wildfires in brushy hills above cities in Orange County. More residents were expected to receive permission to return to their homes on Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

Future’s bright for clean hydrogen, top energy exec says

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:56:44

Clean hydrogen is rapidly growing into a viable industry, but the technology still needs investment and government support, a top German energy executive said Monday. Speaking at a conference in Singapore, Jochen Eickholt, a managing director at Siemens Energy, said there were reasons to be optimistic about the future of clean hydrogen, an alternative fuel that can be produced with green energy such as wind or solar power. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Forget Trump-Biden. Electricity hinges on these races

By Edward Klump, Kristi E. Swartz and Miranda Willson, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:51:55

While President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden get much of the attention, the fate of the U.S. electricity mix will hinge in part on a different set of candidates. Voters in 10 states are casting ballots for electric utility regulators, the industry’s overlooked power players.
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As Election Nears, Trump Makes a Final Push Against Climate Science

By Christopher Flavelle and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:54:42

The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation’s premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency. The moves threaten to stifle a major source of objective United States government information about climate change that underpins federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions and offer an indication of the direction the agency will take if President Trump wins re-election. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy

2 major Ohio cities sue to block bailout fee

By Farnoush Amiri, Report for America/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:53:11

Two of Ohio’s major cities are attempting to block the law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe from going into effect Jan. 1. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley filed a complaint yesterday, citing the need to save the state’s electric consumers “from the crushing monetary payments,” the now-tainted legislation would impose on them. [ read more … ]

Columbus, Cincinnati sue to block House Bill 6 nuclear bailout fees, citing corruption probe

By Andrew J. Tobias, Cleveland.com  •    •  Posted 2020-10-28 14:56:02

Columbus and Cincinnati city officials are suing in an effort to block the $150 million in annual fees created by House Bill 6 from going into effect in January, citing the corruption that federal investigators say allowed the nuclear bailout bill to become law. In their lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Columbus and Cincinnati officials argue the nuclear energy fee created through HB6 is an unconstitutional tax, given its allegedly corrupt origins. City officials said they’re looking for the courts to intervene since the Republican-controlled state legislature has yet to act, despite calls by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and others to repeal the bill. [ read more … ]

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