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February 18, 2021

Top Story

150 years of spills: Philadelphia refinery cleanup highlights toxic legacy of fossil fuels

By Laila Kearney Philadelphia and Valerie Volcovici in Washington, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:42:30

Wearing blue hard hats, white hazmat suits and respirator masks, workers carted away bags of debris on a recent morning from a sprawling and now-defunct oil refinery once operated by Philadelphia Energy Solutions. Other laborers ripped asbestos from the guts of an old boiler house, part of a massive demolition and redevelopment of the plant, which closed in 2019 after a series of explosions at the facility. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Frozen wind turbines aren’t why Texas can’t keep the lights on

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:41:17

The ongoing electricity crisis in the Lone Star State hasn’t stopped a chorus of conservative pundits and even some Republican lawmakers from pointing fingers at the state’s fleet of wind turbines as the reason for the rolling blackouts, as nearly 3 million remain without power throughout the state. Even the state’s own governor, Greg Abbott (R), joined in. [ read more … ]

How the Warming Arctic Helped Drive a Deep Freeze Into Texas

By Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:41:58

The Earth’s poles are warming faster than anywhere on the planet. While the consequences of that aren’t completely understood, it’s becoming apparent that many of the world’s extreme weather events owe the Arctic at least some of the credit. A blast of cold air that swept out of Canada in mid-February, moving across the Great Plains and deep into the South, has overburdened the electrical grid and triggered widespread power outages in Texas, which like many southern states relies predominantly on electric heating, according to the Energy Information Administration. [ read more … ]

Sweden Shows Texas How to Keep Turbines Going in Icy Weather

By Jesper Starn and Krystal Chia, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:41:41

With the right gear, wind turbines can keep on generating through the harshest winter weather. That’s the experience by researchers at an Arctic test site in Sweden, and their knowledge would have come handy thousands of miles away as ice and snow storms in Texas downed generators and triggered widespread blackouts. As much as half of the wind power capacity came offline due to the extreme cold.
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Biden Administrtaion

Biden’s Plea to Remake Grid Gets a Boost on Texas Power Crisis

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:40:35

The icy weather that left millions without power in Texas has critics of the Biden administration’s fight against climate change blaming renewable energy, but the failures have more to do with an ill-prepared power grid and shortfalls in traditional electricity sources. Energy analysts and experts said the blackouts in Texas underscore the U.S. electric system’s need for more of almost everything, from additional power lines criss-crossing the country to large-scale storage systems that can supply electricity when demand spikes or renewable generation declines.
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Jaguar cars to go all-electric by 2025 as JLR plans full range of e-models by 2030

By CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-02-17 15:40:22

Jaguar Land Rover’s luxury Jaguar brand will be entirely electric by 2025 and the carmaker will launch e-models of its entire lineup by 2030, it said on Monday, as it joined a global race to develop zero-emission vehicles. JLR, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said its Land Rover brand will launch six pure electric models over the next five years, with the first one coming in 2024. [ read more … ]


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