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October 25, 2021

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Greenhouse gas levels hit record; world struggles to curb damage

By Emma Farge and Gerry Mey, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:40:20

Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” in capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday in a stark illustration of the tasks facing UN climate talks in Scotland. A report by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) showed carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million in 2020, rising more than the average rate over the last decade despite a temporary dip in emissions during COVID-19 lockdowns. [ read more … ]

Transmission

DOE study details ‘supergrid’ for high levels of renewables

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:41:54

Connecting America’s regional electric grids to create a “supergrid” that stretches across the country would slash the cost of achieving high levels of renewable power, according to a resurfaced Energy Department study that had been shelved by the Trump administration. The Eastern and Western grid interconnections — now effectively divided by the Rocky Mountains — connect at just seven small junctions, with the capacity to deliver a fraction of the total power produced in each region. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in its study, modeled a different map of the grid: one that has long-distance high-voltage lines connecting remote wind- and solar-producing regions to the nation’s urban centers. [ read more … ]

Longer, more frequent outages afflict the U.S. power grid as states fail to prepare for climate change

By Douglas MacMillan and Will Englund, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:42:30

“We’ve had storms long enough in Wilmington and this particular area that all power lines should have been underground by now. We know we’re going to get hit.” Across the nation, severe weather fueled by climate change is pushing aging electrical systems past their limits, often with deadly results. Last year, the average American home endured more than eight hours without power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — more than double the outage time five years ago. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

As Democrats Race to Strike Budget Deal This Week, Manchin Expresses Optimism

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:39:54

President Biden and Democratic congressional leaders raced Monday to strike a compromise on a sprawling domestic policy plan, pushing for a vote within days even as a number of key sticking points remained on health care benefits, paid leave and how to pay for the package. The White House and top Democrats hope to reach an agreement with centrist holdouts before Mr. Biden departs later this week for a United Nations climate conference that begins on Sunday in Glasgow, where he plans to push for a stronger international response to counter global warming and climate change. [ read more … ]

‘We have 90 percent of the bill’: Dems eye one-week dash

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:43:26

Democrats are optimistic they can clinch a deal and vote on a reconciliation bill by the end of the week, but they’re still grappling with differences on climate, taxes and an array of social programs. “I have said already we have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday. “We just have some of the last decisions to be made.” [ read more … ]

Climate

‘This hearing is the start’: Fossil fuel execs to testify

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:42:46

Four top oil executives will appear before the House Oversight Committee this week in a landmark moment for environmental activists who have spent years calling for investigations of the industry. “What we hope to get out of it is to stop the funding through third-party groups of climate disinformation,” said Environment Subcommittee Chair Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who is leading the inquiry with full committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). [ read more … ]

Dollars in the dirt: Big Ag pays farmers for control of their soil-bound carbon

By Rod Nickel and Karl Plume, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:40:41

The biggest global agriculture companies are competing on a new front: enticing farmers to join programs that keep atmosphere-warming carbon dioxide in the soil. Fertilizer producers Nutrien Ltd and Yara, agribusiness giant Cargill Inc, and seed and chemical dealers Corteva Inc and Bayer AG are paying growers for every acre of land dedicated to trapping carbon underground, known as sequestering it. The companies’ ambitions stretch from the United States to Canada, Brazil, Europe and India, executives told Reuters. [ read more … ]

Markets

Renewable Energy Jobs Reach 12 Million Globally

By OPIS  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:41:27

Renewable energy employment worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to the eighth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021. The report was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at a high-level opening of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Transitions, co-facilitated by the United States and South Africa. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy jobs grew globally in 2020 despite COVID-19 crisis

By Megan Rowling, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:43:53

The number of jobs in renewable energy worldwide increased in 2020, despite the huge economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the growing industry holding up better than fossil fuels, international agencies said on Thursday. In an annual report on clean energy employment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) said there were 12 million jobs in renewable energy and its supply chains last year, a third of them in solar power. [ read more … ]

EVs

Automaker boosts EV push with second U.S. battery plant

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:43:06

Automaker Stellantis NV last week announced a second joint venture to produce electric vehicle batteries for its North American assembly plants, a key step for the major carmaker in meeting its goal of EVs accounting for 40 percent of sales in the U.S. by 2030. The deal comes as the world’s major automakers are investing billions of dollars to accelerate a transition to low-emission and all-electric vehicles, phasing out internal combustion engines. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. [ read more … ]

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