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May 26, 2021

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Shell Loses Climate Case That May Set Precedent for Big Oil

By Diederik Baazil, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:28:11

Royal Dutch Shell Plc was ordered by a Dutch court to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned, dealing a blow to the oil giant that could have far reaching consequences for the rest of the global fossil fuel industry. Shell has pledged to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% by 2030, and to net-zero by 2050. That’s not enough, a court in The Hague ruled Wednesday afternoon, ordering the oil producer to slash emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S., California Look to Develop Wind Farms Off Pacific Coast

By Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:31:09

Wind power is a key part of President Biden’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Soon after taking office, Mr. Biden directed the Interior Department, which controls the use of federal lands, to explore doubling U.S. offshore wind production by 2030. “The offshore wind industry has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs across the nation, while combating the negative effects of climate change,” Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Biden looks to California for next phase of offshore wind

By Joshua Partlow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-05-27 15:33:13

The West Coast has lagged behind as the Biden administration pursues its ambitious goal of producing 30 gigawatts of electricity from offshore wind by 2030. The main reason has been geography. The deeper coastal waters of the Pacific make these costly construction projects even more difficult. And the U.S. military’s frequent use of the Pacific for training and maneuvers has been a complicating factor. But the Biden administration and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Tuesday that they plan to push ahead with West Coast offshore wind by designating two areas off the California coast for future wind energy development. If wind farms in these areas ultimately get approved in coming years they would be the first of their kind on the West Coast. [ read more … ]

Waves and Seaweed Challenge France’s Plans for Floating Wind

By Francois De Beaupuy and Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:28:59

Floating wind energy projects could open up vast areas of the world’s oceans to produce carbon-free power. But developers must first solve two key technical problems, according to France’s electric-grid operator. Sea swell can cause vibrations that harm floating-substation equipment, while cables can be damaged by a buildup of shells and seaweed, Reseau de Transport d’Electricite said. These issues must be tackled before floating wind can succeed on a large scale, and RTE is among operators trying to fix them. [ read more … ]

Developers agree to fewer turbines in proposed offshore wind farm

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:29:23

The developers of the South Fork Wind Farm are set to reduce the number of turbines from 15 to 12 in response to a request from Rhode Island coastal regulators who want to minimize disruption to the marine environment and the state’s fishing industry.  At a meeting of the state Coastal Resources Management Council on Tuesday, Ørsted, the Denmark-based offshore wind company, and its partner Eversource, a regional electric utility, will formally agree to use more powerful turbines that would allow them to cut down on the number  needed while still maintaining the same, approximately 132-megawatt capacity of the wind farm.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Fight Over Solar Subsidy Tests California’s Climate Commitment

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:28:30

The subsidy that helped make residential solar affordable and mainstream in sun-kissed California may have reached its limit. The state’s biggest utilities are calling on California regulators to reduce the credit customers get for excess electricity they transmit to the grid from their rooftop panels. The utilities, along with consumer advocates and even some environmentalists, contend the incentive makes solar cheaper for those who can already afford the systems but drives up power bills for those who can’t.
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Biden Administration

Clean electricity standard, key to climate fight, awaits definition

By Benjamin J. Hulac, Roll Call  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:27:20

Tucked in the Biden administration’s public works proposal is a requirement that could remold the country’s electricity network, decarbonize the grid and wind up as one of the most dramatic steps to address climate change the U.S. has taken. But the administration has offered scant information on how its proposal for a so-called clean electricity standard would work, leaving it to Congress to fill in the details.
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Rare climate bipartisanship emerges on carbon storage, air capture

By Andrew Freedman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:29:43

Bills aimed at trapping industrial carbon emissions or pulling CO2 directly from the atmosphere are piling up in Congress — and instead of the usual gridlock, some of them may actually gain momentum. [ read more … ]


Heat and smog hit low-income communities and people of color hardest, scientists say

By Tik Root, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:27:54

“Heat is the number-one weather-related killer,” said Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments at the University of Arizona, who reviewed both reports. But he said the problem often doesn’t get as much attention as hurricanes, sea level rise or other events being exacerbated by climate change. Both studies clearly highlight how the damage from climate change is worse for minority and poor neighborhoods, Ladd said. “Bolstering evidence in that area is really important,” he said. [ read more … ]


Dartmouth Study Finds Renewable Energy Upgrades Make Grid More Resilient

By Annie Ropeik, New Hampshire Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:30:24

A Dartmouth study has modeled for the first time that renewable energy upgrades will make the nation’s power grid more resilient. Researchers modeled a grid with an influx of three innovations: distributed generation like rooftop solar, a kind of localized power system shortcut known as a meshed grid, and energy storage. [ read more … ]


Manchin not so excited for EVs

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-26 14:26:41

“I don’t remember Henry Ford — when he built the Model T — that we went out and built filling stations for him,” Manchin told reporters. “We should give them incentives and help them mature it. We’re willing to do it, but it shouldn’t cost as far as the debt to the nation.” [ read more … ]



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