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August 29, 2021

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The Climate Future We Envisioned Is Already Here

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:17:13

Buzzing above my family and me in our rental car, helicopters were ferrying workers and concrete to pour the foundations for new power transmission lines hundreds of feet up the eastern mountainside. Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility in the area, has 18,466 miles of transmission lines from Eureka to Bakersfield. Much of that network is like this: remote, embedded in challenging terrain, at risk from extreme weather, and a fire risk in its own right. Most importantly, this network—and so many others—are in need of a massive rebuilding and scaling to confront today’s climate.   I say “today’s climate” because after my two-week vacation in hot, dry, environmentally stressed California, “climate change” no longer seems appropriate. Whether we move to arrest future changes or merely adapt to them as they arrive, we already live in a climate that’s changed.   [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. to accelerate offshore wind energy use as industry sees global growth

By Celina Tebor, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:16:20

As the world struggles to provide cleaner, less expensive energy sources, some countries are exploring more use of wind power as a key option. The Biden administration this year pledged to increase the United States’ use of offshore wind energy, with a goal of doubling use by 2030 to 30 gigawatts, which could power about 10 million American homes annually. [ read more … ]

Wind of change?

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:15:45

 BOEM Director Amanda Lefton provided an outlook for the offshore wind industry on Thursday, noting the administration plans to hold lease sales off the Carolina and California coasts as soon as next year. Lefton, speaking virtually at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s annual International Partnering Forum, also said the agency intends to hold lease sales for the New York Bight by the end of this year or early next year. [ read more … ]

Next generation wind turbines in Minnesota could be 60 stories high

By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:14:17

The Dakota Range 1 & 2 wind farm under construction near here will sport the largest turbines of any of Xcel Energy’s many wind projects — and even bigger turbines are on tap for southwestern Minnesota. The yet-to-be built Plum Creek project will feature turbines 655 feet tall when their blades are fully extended, about 160 feet higher than Xcel’s new South Dakota project and roughly the height of a 60-story building. [ read more … ]


What 4 Sun Belt states reveal about U.S. electricity

By Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:14:43

With a rising population, robust power demand and a shifting generation mix, the Sun Belt stands on the front line of U.S. adaptation to new electric and climate realities — and its choices could echo across the country. State regulators and company executives are facing key decisions that could shape how power is produced and delivered for years to come. To get a snapshot of potential change, E&E News examined recent comments from major power providers based in four states — Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas — that held earnings calls this month. The warm-weather Sun Belt states have seen a barrage of extreme events, leading to questions about resilience, emissions and the role of emerging technologies.
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Top Texas regulator: Reform the grid so ‘people don’t die’

By Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:17:34

As Texas’ top electricity regulator, Peter Lake has as much influence as anyone over where natural gas, renewables and other fuel sources are headed in the state after fatal blackouts in February. But he’s also focused on preventing another disaster as he oversees an electricity market overhaul, mandated after the crisis.
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Climate Litigation

Exxon sting surfaces in climate litigation

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:18:09

A secret recording of an Exxon Mobil Corp. lobbyist has surfaced in climate change litigation against the oil giant. A group of academics and climate activists cited the video in a “friend of the court” brief filed late yesterday in Minnesota’s climate lawsuit against Exxon and other fossil fuel companies in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Northeast transmission fight shows Biden’s renewable dilemma

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:15:29

A billion-dollar power line proposal in New England is setting off political, environmental and advertising wars, underscoring the perils facing President Biden’s plans for an unprecedented influx of renewable energy. The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) would import Canadian hydropower from Quebec dams into Massachusetts, enough to meet 17% of the state’s yearly demand with a low-carbon, baseload resource. It recently began construction and is viewed by Massachusetts officials as an important tool for addressing climate change, [ read more … ]


EPA Vehicle GHG Hearings Showcase Industry Splits On EV Credits

By Doug Obey, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:15:05

Public testimony on EPA’s near-term vehicle greenhouse gas plan is showcasing splits between traditional automakers who broadly embrace its flexibilities — including credit “multipliers” for electric vehicle (EV) and other advanced powertrains — and EV makers arguing they could undercut the EV markets. The remarks at EPA’s August 25-26 hearing on proposed vehicle GHG standards for model years 2023- 2026 showcase how the plan’s effects depend on both its top-line stringency and detailed compliance provisions, including controversy about whether various technology incentives spur, or instead delay, GHG cuts by undercutting the rule’s overall stringency. [ read more … ]

Federal fleet electrification faces delays

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-29 15:16:46

Shortly after his inauguration, President Biden set an ambitious goal to electrify the entire federal fleet. Now, his agencies are drafting a plan to phase out hundreds of thousands of internal-combustion engines, which analysts say could save the government billions of dollars and make a dent in one of the most intractable carbon-emitting sectors. [ read more … ]



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