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June 1, 2021

Top Story

Battle Brews Over Banning Natural Gas to Homes

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:10:49

Major cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and New York have either enacted or proposed measures to ban or discourage the use of the fossil fuel in new homes and buildings, two years after Berkeley, Calif., passed the first such prohibition in the U.S. in 2019. The bans in turn have led Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas and Louisiana to enact laws outlawing such municipal prohibitions in their states before they can spread. Ohio is considering a similar measure. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

New England offshore wind could shift Canada-US power trade balance

By Gene Laverty, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:10:24

A flood of cheap power generated by planned U.S. offshore wind projects could find its way onto Canada’s power grid, reversing a long-standing trend of mostly one-way trade that sees massive exports of Canadian hydropower to the U.S. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar panel use heats up as installation costs fall

By Michele Lerner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:09:56

When Mike Rain and his wife purchased their new house from Tri Pointe Homes at Bloom at Green Valley in Fairfield, Calif., in April 2020, they went from paying $50 to $80 per month for electricity at their previous home to paying nothing for a year. That’s because their new house came with a mandatory array of solar panels on the roof. “Our only choice was whether we wanted a system that generated three, four or five kilowatts of electricity,” Rain says. “We’re empty-nesters with a 2,400-square-foot house, so we went with the smallest and less-expensive option. Our bills were always low in our old house because we lived in an area with mild weather and didn’t use air conditioning.” [ read more … ]

Climate

More Than a Third of Heat Deaths Are Tied to Climate Change, Study Says

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:12:36

More than a third of heat-related deaths in many parts of the world can be attributed to the extra warming associated with climate change, according to a new study that makes a case for taking strong action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect public health. The sweeping new research, published on Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, was conducted by 70 researchers using data from major projects in the fields of epidemiology and climate modeling in 43 countries. It found that heat-related deaths in warm seasons were boosted by climate change by an average of 37 percent, in a range of a 20 percent increase to 76 percent. [ read more … ]

Markets

Big Setbacks Propel Oil Giants Toward a ‘Tipping Point’

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:11:33

A nun, an environmental lawyer, pension fund executives, and the world’s largest asset manager. These were among the unusual collection of rebels who claimed a series of startling victories this week against some of the world’s biggest and most influential fossil fuel companies. From Houston to The Hague, they fought their battles in shareholder meetings and courtrooms, opening surprising fronts in an accelerating effort to force the world’s coal, oil and gas companies to address their central role in the climate crisis. And even as they came with strikingly disparate points of view — corporate shareholders, children’s rights advocates, environmentalists, thousands of Dutch citizens — they delivered a common underlying message: The time to start retreating from the fossil fuel business is no longer in the future, but now. [ read more … ]

IEA Says Oil Demand May Return to Pre-Crisis Levels in a Year

By Grant Smith, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:11:15

Global oil demand may rebound to levels seen before the pandemic in a year, the International Energy Agency said, signaling a speedier recovery than its previous estimates. “Demand in one year or so may well come back to the levels of before the crisis,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said in a Bloomberg Television interview. There’s a “strong” recovery in progress in the U.S., China and Europe. [ read more … ]

A ski company built a power plant fueled by methane. It’s a success, but can it be replicated?

By Annie Gowen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:12:56

The meeting wasn’t going well. The oil and gas men were skeptical. They worked for a mine owned by one of the Koch brothers, the conservative billionaires who had long fought environmental regulations. One of the men wore a hat that said “Fire Obama.” Another said he didn’t believe climate change was real. Matt Jones, the chief financial officer for Aspen Skiing Co., said he and the other representatives of the resort firm quickly realized they had to stop basing their pitch on the environmental merits and go straight to the economics — arguing that methane was a potentially valuable resource that could be sold. [ read more … ]

EVs

California Plans ‘Massive Scale-up’ of Grid for 90% Electric Vehicles By 2035

By Meghan Roos, Newsweek  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:11:54

Meeting the goals California has set in terms of electric vehicle use will require significant infrastructure investments and a recalibration of how and when vehicle owners use energy so they can avoid steep utility bills and help protect the state’s power grid. Governor Gavin Newsom announced last fall that all cars and passenger trucks sold in the state must be zero-emission by 2035. The goal will require a big shift for California drivers, more than 85% of whom were still driving gas- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2019, according to the California New Car Dealers Association’s California Auto Outlook. [ read more … ]

A ski company built a power plant fueled by methane. It’s a success, but can it be replicated?

By Annie Gowen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-01 15:12:56

The meeting wasn’t going well. The oil and gas men were skeptical. They worked for a mine owned by one of the Koch brothers, the conservative billionaires who had long fought environmental regulations. One of the men wore a hat that said “Fire Obama.” Another said he didn’t believe climate change was real. Matt Jones, the chief financial officer for Aspen Skiing Co., said he and the other representatives of the resort firm quickly realized they had to stop basing their pitch on the environmental merits and go straight to the economics — arguing that methane was a potentially valuable resource that could be sold. [ read more … ]

 

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