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September 1, 2021

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Louisiana power outages renew questions about utility giant’s preparedness for storms

By Douglas MacMillan and Beth Reinhard, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:55:14

When Hurricane Ida hit, hundreds of power substations went down and a 400-foot transmission tower collapsed on the bank of the Mississippi River — a symbol to some Louisianans of the futility of an energy monopoly that has not moved quickly enough to guard against the extreme weather that pummels this region with growing frequency. Entergy, the power provider for 3 million customers in the Gulf region, has over the past decade been fined for deferring maintenance of its aging infrastructure and criticized for moving too slowly to reinforce its grid against severe weather. [ read more … ]

Ida

Smashed grid may leave New Orleans, SE La. in dark for weeks

By Edward Klump, Kristi E. Swartz, Carlos Anchondo, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:57:22

New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana remain crippled by power outages after Hurricane Ida struck a devastating blow this week to the transmission system that helps deliver electricity. Power providers such as Entergy Corp. are assessing the situation, but there aren’t yet detailed answers as to why parts of the Louisiana grid crumpled when Ida arrived or when electricity may be restored to hard-hit areas. Some residents could be without power for weeks, and Entergy in particular is facing questions. [ read more … ]

Ida’s rapid intensification an ominous sign of climate future

By Rob Hotakainen, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:55:47

As Hurricane Ida barreled toward Louisiana Friday night, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she had decided against a citywide mandatory evacuation order because the storm would arrive too quickly. “We don’t have the time,” she said, prompting plenty of second-guessing when one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history struck yesterday afternoon. [ read more … ]

Ida-Wrecked Power Grid Could Boost Infrastructure Bill Support

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:56:45

Hurricane Ida wrecked transmission lines and left New Orleans in darkness, but infrastructure advocates see an opportunity in the destruction for the region to rebuild a grid that’s more resilient to the increasingly violent storms from the warming waters of the Gulf of Mexico. “If we are going to make our country more resilient to natural disasters wherever they are we have to start preparing now,” Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said on CNBC. “We can’t look in the rear view mirror and say ‘boy I wish we were prepared.’” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Record 2020 Wind Installations Represented 42% of New Power

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:56:08

The U.S. installed a record amount of wind-generating capacity last year, adding nearly 17,000 megawatts of power on land, according to an Energy Department report being released Monday. 
Wind energy’s share of total utility-scale generating capacity in the U.S. was only 11% in 2020, behind natural gas at 43% and nuclear and coal which both represented about 20%.  [ read more … ]

Climate

The Next Weeks Are Critical for Climate Diplomacy

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:57:02

The next few weeks will be critical. U.S. Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry will visit China and Japan in a final diplomatic push, and Sharma will travel there as well, according to Politico. Sharma’s office declined to confirm whether he will be traveling to China.  On his visit to China, Sharma is expected to press the need for an end to coal. China’s coal use continues to climb. Its provincial governments greenlit 24 new coal power projects in the first half of this year, according to research by Greenpeace last week. [ read more … ]

Carbon Standrad

Judge scraps red state lawsuit over Biden carbon metric

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:57:50

A federal court yesterday ditched a lawsuit by a coalition of Republican-led states challenging the Biden administration’s social cost of carbon. The ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri follows a hearing last week in which Judge Audrey Fleissig appeared skeptical of red states’ claims that President Biden lacked the authority to raise the dollar value assigned to the damage caused by 1 metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions [ read more … ]

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Six U.S. states accounted for over half of the primary energy produced in 2019

By Brett Marohl, EIA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-01 15:56:25

In 2019, the top six primary energy-producing states—Texas, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and North Dakota—accounted for 55 quadrillion British thermal units (quads), or 55% of all of the primary energy produced in the United States. In 2000, these six states had accounted for 39% of the nation’s primary energy production, indicating that primary energy production has become more concentrated to the top producing states. [ read more … ]

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