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February 5, 2021

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Biden administration to restart permitting for major U.S. offshore wind project

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:34:23

The Biden administration said on Wednesday it would restart permitting for the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, reversing a Trump administration decision that canceled the process late last year. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said in a statement it would resume an environmental review of the Vineyard Wind project as part of the administration’s broad plan to speed renewable energy development on federal lands and waters. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The Empire State Building and its related buildings are now powered by wind

By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:34:34

The world got a little bit greener when the lights of the Empire State Building flickered to life this year: For the first time, the beloved skyscraper and 13 other office buildings owned by the same company were powered solely by wind. Empire State Realty Trust will announce Wednesday a major purchase of wind power from Green Mountain Energy and Direct Energy, making it the nation’s biggest real estate user of entirely renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar is enough to power millions of Con Ed customers watching Sunday’s Super Bowl

By Bill Sanderson, New York Daily News  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:34:50

Solar electricity has grown enough in the New York area to power the TVs Con Ed customers will use to watch the big game this Super Bowl Sunday. Con Ed customers have installed enough solar panels to put the Chiefs and the Buccaneers on 4 million 42-inch LED TV screens, the company said Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

TVA turns to natural gas, EVs: What it means for Biden

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:37:07

The nation’s largest public power utility this week kicked off a sweeping electric vehicle charging expansion in Tennessee and announced progress in its goal of slashing carbon emissions 80% by 2040. The Tennessee Valley Authority also took a procedural step forward in an advanced nuclear reactor proposal at a site southwest of Knoxville, Tenn. But to environmentalists’ chagrin, TVA also announced it would replace shuttered fossil fuel power plants with new natural gas-fired generation in Kentucky and Alabama. And the federal agency has not revealed plans to fully decarbonize its electricity mix by 2035 — potentially putting it on a crash course with a signature Biden administration clean energy goal. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Red states side with Trump in Calif. waiver fight

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:36:24

A coalition of Republican attorneys general yesterday urged a federal appeals court to swiftly resolve a legal battle over former President Trump’s decision to scrap California’s vehicle emissions waiver. Top attorneys from 12 states asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reject the Biden administration’s Monday request to pause the litigation. The Republican attorneys general hailed from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. [ read more … ]


‘Counterintuitive’: The planet warmed as virus reduced CO2

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:35:53

The sprawling economic consequences of the pandemic “slightly warmed the planet” for several months last year, according to research released this week. The warming blip started in March as the wildly spreading coronavirus shut down industries and subdued transportation around the world. Such diminishing activity leads to less planet-warming emissions. So what gives? [ read more … ]

U.S. energy use may not reach 2019 levels until 2050 — report

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-04 14:35:34

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said yesterday it could take between three and 30 years for U.S. energy consumption to return to pre-pandemic levels. The finding — part of the agency’s annual energy outlook — includes projections under three scenarios of economic growth. Under a reference or business-as-usual scenario, energy consumption levels that existed in 2019 could return in eight years. If there’s low economic growth, however, they may not return until midcentury, according to EIA. [ read more … ]


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