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December 12, 2021

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Neb. decarbonization vote was years in the making

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-12 13:47:34

Nebraska has become the first Republican-dominated state to commit to a goal of net-zero electricity emissions by 2050. The move stems from the Cornhusker State’s unique energy regime. Nearly the entire state is served by three public utilities, which are governed by board members who are popularly elected or appointed by local officials. The Nebraska Public Power District has 1.6 gigawatts of coal generating capacity that, over the past decade, amounted to about 40 percent of the state’s coal emissions, according to EPA and U.S. Energy Information Administration data [ read more … ]

In a red-state first, Nebraska plans to decarbonize power sector by mid-century

By Zoya Teirstein, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-12-10 09:11:54

Nebraska is a reliably red state. The last time Nebraskans backed a Democrat in a presidential election was 1964. Former president Donald Trump won the state in 2016 by a double-digit margin. So it’s no surprise that Nebraska, like 15 other Republican-controlled states, does not have a plan in place to tackle climate change — its conservative lawmakers have blocked efforts to create such a plan. But, unlike other states, Nebraska has other elected officials capable of making progress on reducing emissions.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

BLM deals blow to wind farm competing with would-be monument

By Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-12 13:49:35

Although not an outright rejection, the classification is an indication the project — the Kulning Wind Energy Project proposal — “may not be feasible to authorize,” according to BLM’s regulations.
As proposed, the 68-turbine wind farm would stretch across nearly 9,300 acres of federal lands due south of the Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness. The company states the project would affect 700 acres of those lands. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Seeking Space for Solar Farms, Cities Find Room at Their Airports

By Amy Zipkin, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-12-12 13:47:04

When city commissioners in Tallahassee, Fla., passed a resolution in early 2019 to rely exclusively on renewable energy by 2050, one cornerstone was already in place: a 120-acre, 20-megawatt solar farm at Tallahassee International Airport. The solar arrays had been installed just over a year earlier by a private developer in an effort to combat climate change and curtail emissions. An additional 330 acres producing 42 megawatts came online in late 2019, supplying solar power to more than 100 municipal buildings, including City Hall, the airport terminal and a sewage treatment plant. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

‘It’s grotesque’: Inside the Hill methane fight

By Nick Sobczyk, Heather Richards. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-12 13:49:02

Progressives set out to write a reconciliation bill that would scrap special tax treatment for fossil fuel companies. Instead, they might hand the oil and gas industry a new subsidy. Democrats struck a deal in October with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Texas moderates to pair a methane fee with $775 million in grants, loans and rebates for oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane pollution, which accounts for 20 percent of all global emissions, according to EPA. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Vehicles Are Going to Dent Oil Demand—Eventual

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-12 13:48:04

Electric passenger vehicle sales are on a tear. In the first quarter of 2010, 395 EVs were sold worldwide. Last quarter, more than 1.7 million were sold — of those, more than 935,000 sold in Asia. In 1Q 2010, you would have needed three decimal places to show EVs as a percentage of global passenger vehicle sales (0.002%). Last quarter, the decimals hardly mattered: EVs were 10.8% of sales, an order of magnitude increase in little more than four years since passing 1% in the second quarter of 2017. Those sales are not evenly distributed, however. Europe leads on a percentage basis, with 17.4% of new cars sold with a plug; Asia is second and close to the global average at 12%; the Americas are a distant third, at less than 4%. [ read more … ]

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