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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 23, 2021

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Against Expectations, Southwestern Summers Are Getting Even Drier

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:05:32

The Southwest, already the driest region in the United States, has become even drier since the mid-20th century, particularly on the hottest days, according to new research. Humidity has declined in summers over the past seven decades, the research showed, and the declines have accelerated since 2000, a period of persistent drought in the region. Extreme heat coupled with lower humidity increases wildfire risk, said Karen McKinnon, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead author of a paper in Nature Climate Change describing the research and findings. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Why coal plant workers aren’t going green

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:06:00

To secure a future in clean energy, John Lammi had to climb. He stood on the ground inside the hollow steel stalk of a wind turbine. A thin ladder clung to its wall, vanishing to a dot almost 30 stories high. He had 12 minutes to get to the top. Go. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Most new wind and solar projects will be cheaper than coal, report finds

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:07:25

Almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built globally last year will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The agency found that the falling cost of new windfarms and solar panels meant 62% of new renewable energy projects could undercut the cost of up to 800 gigawatts (GW) worth of coal plants, or almost enough to supply the UK’s electricity needs 10 times over. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Labor, green groups urge Biden to reject any ‘watered-down’ infrastructure deal

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:06:19

Leaders of environmental and labor groups, among President Joe Biden’s biggest supporters, on Tuesday urged the White House and Democratic congressional leaders to reject any bipartisan infrastructure deal that lacks strong provisions to fight climate change and strengthen unions. The BlueGreen Alliance, which includes some of the country’s biggest environmental groups and labor unions, said in a letter its members were “troubled by recent proposals” that are “watered down.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?

By Jon Gertner, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:06:40

Interface is far from the only company trying to “embed” large amounts of carbon within commercial merchandise. For the past few years, a number of start-ups have begun developing products that aim to fold in carbon dioxide captured from smokestacks and other sources of pollution, in an attempt to reach a new level of environmentally friendly manufacturing: one in which greenhouse-gas molecules are not only kept out of the atmosphere but also repurposed. This undertaking, usually characterized as carbon utilization, goes well beyond flooring — to plastics, jet fuels, diesel, chemicals, building materials, diamonds, even fish food. [ read more … ]


BP to stick with oil and gas for decades, CEO Looney says

By Dmitry Zdhannikov and Noah Browning, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:08:08

BP (BP.L) will continue producing hydrocarbons for decades to come and will benefit from rising oil prices even as it reduces output as part of its shift to low-carbon energy, Chief Executive Bernard Looney told Reuters on Tuesday. The recent rally in crude prices, which climbed on Tuesday to a more than two-year high above $75 a barrel, is likely to continue, Looney said in an interview at the Reuters Events: Global Energy Transition conference. [ read more … ]

Amazon and Other Tech Giants Race to Buy Up Renewable Energy

By Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:07:05

The race to secure electricity deals for power-hungry data centers has tech companies reshaping the renewable-energy market and grappling with a new challenge: how to ensure their investments actually reduce emissions. Inc. AMZN 1.49% said it planned Wednesday to announce commitments to buy 1.5 gigawatts of production capacity from 14 new solar and wind plants around the world as part of its push to purchase enough renewable energy to cover all of the company’s activities by 2025.
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Electric Vehicles Seen Reaching Sales Supremacy by 2033, Faster Than Expected

By Brett Haensel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-23 15:07:42

Global electric vehicle supremacy will arrive by 2033 — five years earlier than previously expected — as tougher regulations and rising interest drive demand for zero-emission transportation, according to a new study. Consultant Ernst & Young LLP now sees EV sales outpacing fossil fuel-burners in 12 years in Europe, China and the U.S. — the world’s largest auto markets. And by 2045, non-EV sales are seen plummeting to less than 1% of the global car market, EY forecast using an AI-powered prediction tool.
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