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April 12, 2021

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The bumps ahead for Joe Biden’s plan to decarbonise America

By The Economist  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:55:39

IN 2020 LOCKDOWNS caused the largest single-year drop in America’s greenhouse-gas emissions on record: some 10%. Even then, for every American 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide were released into the atmosphere. By 2050 President Joe Biden would like that number to be net zero. Getting there within three decades seems daunting. Every sector, not just electricity generation, would need decarbonising. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Interior revokes Trump opinion on offshore wind

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:55:12

The Biden administration withdrew a Trump-era legal opinion on Friday that made it more difficult to permit offshore wind projects in order to prevent interference with commercial fishing. When considering whether to permit an offshore wind farm, the Trump opinion signed by former Solicitor Daniel Jorjani called for a cautious approach “to prevent interference with reasonable uses in a way that errs on the side of less interference rather than more interference.” [ read more … ]

Interior bolsters offshore wind by revoking Trump-era legal opinion

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:54:35

The Interior Department on Friday bolstered offshore wind energy by revoking a legal opinion issued during the Trump administration that gave more weight to fishing concerns about that kind of energy development.  Robert Anderson, the Interior Department’s principal deputy solicitor, issued an opinion that reversed the Trump-era solicitor Daniel Jorjani’s December opinion that the department should err “on the side of less interference rather than more interference” in fishing when it comes to offshore wind activities [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar-Energy Supply Chain Depends on Region Where China Is Accused of Genocide

By Phred Dvorak and Matthew Dalton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:56:59

Champions of the accelerating push for solar energy around the world are confronting a previously overlooked challenge: The industry’s supply chains are heavily reliant on Xinjiang, a Chinese region the U.S. government and others say is the scene of genocide against local ethnic minorities including the mostly Muslim Uyghur inhabitants. About half the world’s supply of polysilicon, an essential ingredient in most solar panels, comes from this part of northwestern China, where human-rights groups and U.S. officials say China runs a sprawling network of internment camps that the U.S. says have held more than 1 million Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group. [ read more … ]

Nebraska utility inks agreement with developer for solar farm in Saunders County; it would be Nebraska’s largest

By Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:55:56

The Biden administration has an ambitious agenda for expanding renewable energy, but challenges stand in the way including rebuilding jobs and navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Despite some local opposition, Nebraska’s first utility-scale solar farm is a step closer to being built south of Yutan. [ read more … ]

States

Indian Point Is Shutting Down. That Means More Fossil Fuel.

By Patrick McGeehan, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:56:18

For most of his long political career, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo railed against the dangers of having a nuclear power plant operating just 25 miles away from New York City, saying its proximity to such a densely populated metropolis defied “basic sanity.’’ But now, the plant is preparing to shut down, and New York is grappling with the adverse impact the closing will have on another of Mr. Cuomo’s ambitious goals: sharply reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Clean fuel standard, ‘cap-and-trade’ proposals pass state Washington senate last week

By Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:57:33

The Washington State Senate passed Thursday two controversial climate proposals that look to reduce carbon emissions in the state: a “cap-and-trade” bill and a clean fuel standard. Both bills have been proposed by Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee for years, but neither has made its way through the Legislature. They’re both pieces of what Senate Democrats call a “grand bargain,” which ties proposals that reduce carbon emissions to a transportation revenue package that funds new highways, roads and green energy initiatives. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

For Mexico’s president, the future isn’t renewable energy — it’s coal

By KATE LINTHICUM, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:57:47

The president has halted new renewable projects, mocked wind farms as “fans” that blight the landscape, and poured money into state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, including $9 billion for construction of a new refinery. Last month, he pushed legislation that requires that the energy grid first take power from state-run plants — fueled in large part by crude oil and coal — before less expensive wind and solar energy. [ read more … ]

47 Scientists: World Should Go 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030

By Zachary Shahan, CleanTech  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:58:01

“The core solution to meeting this timeline is to electrify or provide direct heat for all energy and provide the electricity and heat globally with 100% renewable energy (RE),” they write. There is no need for any scientific breakthrough. No nuclear code has to be cracked. No giant leap in technology is needed. Heck, not even a small hop is needed. Companies and countries just need to get to work electrifying old, inefficient tech and implementing other cost-effective, common-sense solutions to fill in the gaps.
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EVs

Once ‘green’ plug-in hybrid cars suddenly look like dinosaurs in Europe

By Nick Carey and Kate Abnett, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:54:50

Remember when plug-in hybrid cars were the go-to technology for the climate-conscious driver? Turns out, they’re not good for the environment, according to some experts, and they could be phased out by carmakers in the face of tougher European rules. EU policy plans for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which contain an electric battery and a combustion engine, could mean the “transition” technology has a shorter lifespan than envisaged by some leading automakers. [ read more … ]

Biden sees `win’ for US in electric vehicle battery deal

By MATTHEW DALY and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-04-12 16:56:35

Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the American auto industry.” The agreement between LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation ended the need for Biden to intervene in a case closely watched for its implications on Biden’s clean-energy agenda, which includes a sharp increase in the number of electric vehicles as part of his plan to address climate change. Biden had until Sunday night to make a decision. [ read more … ]

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