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May 11, 2021

Top Story

Final OK of Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

By Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:59:06

The Biden administration on Tuesday will announce its final approval of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, a major step toward President Biden’s goal of expanding renewable energy production across the United States, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Vineyard Wind project calls for up to 84 turbines to be installed in the Atlantic Ocean about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Together, they could generate about 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 400,000 homes. The $2.8 billion project is a joint venture of the energy firms Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Offshore wind project seen as key to clean energy gets OK

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:55:45

An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America’s transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project, south of Martha’s Vineyard near Cape Cod, would be the first utility-scale wind power development in federal waters. The nearly $3 billion project is a critical part of the Biden administration’s plan to grow renewable energy in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:56:23

The world’s renewable energy industry grew at its fastest pace since 1999 last year, despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and may have established a standard for growth in the future, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The global energy watchdog revealed that the delivery of renewable energy projects, including windfarms and solar power projects, grew by 45% last year in a step change for the global industry. [ read more … ]

Wind, Solar Power Made Strong Gains in 2020, IEA Says

By David Hodari, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:57:46

Renewable power capacity grew at its fastest pace this century in 2020, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday, raising its growth forecast for wind and solar power for this year and next.
According to the Paris-based energy watchdog, renewables were the only energy source for which demand increased last year, with Covid-19 lockdowns hitting consumption of all other fuels as government restrictions shut factories, grounded planes and kept people at home. [ read more … ]

Colornial Pipeline

Biden energy chief says U.S. ‘utterly vulnerable’ to hackers

By Ari Natter and David Westin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:56:46

The closing of the nation’s biggest fuel pipeline system at the hands of hackers illustrates how at risk the infrastructure is to cyberattacks, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Monday. “It tells you how utterly vulnerable we are,” Granholm said during an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Balance of Power” program. “We’re seeing all of these examples of ransomware attacks coming — whether it’s telecommunications or this critical infrastructure. And obviously in my lane I’m very worried about the energy infrastructure.” [ read more … ]

Colonial Pipeline Attack Highlights Additional Obstacles

By Jinjoo Lee, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:57:04

The 5,500-mile artery, which carries roughly 45% of the gasoline and diesel fuel consumed on the East Coast, shut down on Friday after a ransomware attack—the type in which attackers gain control of systems and demand payment in return for unlocking the victim’s networks and data. The attack’s impact will depend on how long the disruption lasts. If the pipeline is up and running by Wednesday, it won’t be significant or lasting, said Roger Read, equity analyst at Wells Fargo, in a report. That is because refiners typically have some crude oil and refined product inventory on hand.
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Off-Topic

Chuck Grassley is the 80-something everyone’s waiting on

By BURGESS EVERETT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:57:23

Senators in both parties say Grassley is sharp as a ginsu knife and his health appears impeccable. He dismisses questions about his age or aptitude, either with a push-up challenge — which makes doubters look silly — or a defense of his record. No whispered questions about acuity follow him, the way they have Feinstein or the late Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Still, there’s some consternation in Iowa over whether it’s time to pass the torch. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden to visit Michigan next week ahead of electric F-150 reveal

By Riley Beggin, The Detroit News  •    •  Posted 2021-05-11 15:55:28

President Joe Biden plans to visit Ford Motor Co. in Michigan next week the day before the automaker’s Wednesday night launch of the electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The F-150 Lightning EV still will be unveiled May 19 at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, where workers spent the past few days installing a giant projector screen on the south side of world headquarters to tout the new truck. [ read more … ]

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