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May 6, 2021

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Chinese greenhouse gas emissions now larger than those of developed countries combined

By Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:57:00

China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 surpassed those of the United States and the developed world combined, according to an analysis published Thursday by the research firm Rhodium Group. China’s share of global emissions rose to 27 percent of the world’s total, while the United States remained the second-largest emitter at 11 percent. India’s share came third at 6.6 percent, edging the 27 nations in the European Union, which account for 6.4 percent, the report found. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Top Wind Turbine Maker Plans to Raise Prices

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:56:15

One of the world’s biggest wind turbine makers Vestas Wind Systems A/S will hike its prices as the costs of steel and transportation increase amid a global commodities boom that’s contributing to a rising risk of inflation. It’s an early sign that the surge in commodities prices and disruptions in supply chains could interrupt a trend of perpetually falling costs for green energy. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar hangs a help wanted sign

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND KELSEY TAMBORRINO< Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:57:23

The U.S. solar industry will need to quadruple the size of its workforce by 2035 if it plans to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean electricity by that year, a new report from the industry’s lobbying association said this morning. The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers last year, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2020 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council and BW Research Partnership. That’s a 6.7 percent drop from 2019 caused by Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, the report said. [ read more … ]

New SunPower CEO Wants Buying Solar as Easy as Amazon Purchases

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:56:41

The new CEO of SunPower Corp. — a veteran of Inc. — wants to make the rooftop solar-buying process easier for homeowners. “We have a chance to really innovate on the customer experience,” said SunPower Chief Executive Officer Peter Faricy in an interview Wednesday. “Until we make getting solar as simple as buying a book on Amazon, we’re not going to stop.” [ read more … ]

The Biden Administration

Will Okla. disrupt Biden’s 100% clean energy goal?

By Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:57:46

The state’s natural gas devotion is setting up a potential clash with the White House and environmental groups as Biden eyes climate action through a flurry of executive orders and his $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan. But while Oklahoma’s approach to electricity isn’t aimed at meeting the Biden administration’s decarbonization goals, state leaders are still betting they can foster renewables and slash emissions while keeping the lights on. [ read more … ]


How an Oil Company Becomes a Renewables Company

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:58:29

Last week a raft of oil majors released their first-quarter results, with companies like Royal Dutch Shell Plc showing a return to pre-pandemic profit levels. At the same time, some of the majors increased their energy transition commitments: as my Bloomberg Intelligence colleagues Salih Yilmaz and Will Hares noted on Twitter, Spanish firm Repsol SA devoted 40% of its capital expenditure to low-carbon projects, and France’s Total SE stated plans to increase its renewable energy capacity five-fold over the next four years.
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EU countries could face national renewable energy goals, official says

By Kate Abnett, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:58:48

European Union policy makers are likely to propose national targets on expanding renewable energy to try to ensure the bloc achieves its goals on cutting emissions, a senior official said on Wednesday. The European Commission is drafting a major package of climate change policies to be unveiled in July to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster across all sectors of the economy. [ read more … ]


Electric vehicles and renewables will need a dramatic rise in mineral supply, IEA warns

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-05-06 15:56:02

The supply of critical minerals crucial for technologies such as wind turbines and electric vehicles will have to be ramped up over the next decades if the planet’s climate targets are to be met, according to the International Energy Agency.  A new report from the Paris-based organization, published Wednesday and entitled “The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions,” focuses on the importance of nickel, cobalt, lithium, copper and rare earth elements.
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