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January 17, 2022

Top Story

2021 was the sixth hottest year on record

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:18:19

Earth experienced its sixth hottest year on record in 2021, scientists from NOAA and NASA announced today. The title for all-time hottest year still goes to 2020. It’s the latest installment in a relentless pattern of global warming, driven by greenhouse gas emissions. The seven hottest years on record have all occurred in the last seven years. Each of those seven years has been at least a degree Celsius warmer than the 19th-century average, the baseline scientists use to estimate Earth’s temperatures before the industrial revolution. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

New York finalizes contracts for 2.5 GW of offshore wind power capacity

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:15:17

New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s office said Jan. 14 that contracts have been finalized between a state agency and Empire Wind Offshore along with Beacon Wind for offshore wind power projects totaling nearly 2.5 GW of capacity for a total cost of $80.40/MWh. “By advancing these significant offshore wind projects, we can maintain our cadence for developing projects that will spur much-needed green job creation and investment,” Hochul said in an emailed statement. “No state has felt the impacts of climate change more than New York State, and now more than ever, we can continue to lead the way with our ambitious, nation-leading vision to transition to a renewable energy and a cleaner, greener future,” she said.
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A North Sea Auction Produces Big Plans for Scottish Wind Farms

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 15:52:05

Oil giants like BP and Shell as well as Iberdrola, the Spanish utility, look like the big winners in Scotland’s first offshore wind auction, whose results were announced on Monday. If the proposed wind farms are constructed, they would triple Britain’s capacity to generate electricity from turbines at sea. They would also advance still nascent plans to transform the Scottish North Sea region from oil and gas production into a major area for renewable electric power. [ read more … ]

One of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms gears up for full operations

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:15:51

Turbine commissioning at one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms is complete and full operations are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2022, according to German power firm RWE. The 857 megawatt Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm is situated in waters off England’s east coast and uses 90 wind turbines from Danish firm Vestas. In a statement Thursday RWE said Triton Knoll would produce “sufficient electricity to meet the needs of around 800,000 homes each year.” Investment in the project amounts to approximately £2 billion (around $2.74 billion). [ read more … ]

States

Maine referendum on public power may not make 2022 ballot

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:16:54

A referendum to change Maine’s primary utility company into a quasi-public agency is potentially tabled until 2023 because organizers indicated they may not have the necessary signatures before the deadline to make the November ballot. The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for groups to gather signatures from registered Maine voters. They would need to submit more than 63,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office by the Jan. 31 deadline to put the question on the ballot, the Bangor Daily News reported on Thursday. [ read more … ]

EVs

Car Advertising Finally Goes Electric

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:21:30

If you watched NBC’s Monday Night Football in the fall, you might have seen a Hyundai ad called “Gas Card.” It goes like this: a dad gives his daughter a gas station gift card; she never uses it because she drives a plug-in hybrid Tucson from Hyundai; she gives the card back to him on his birthday. The style, as with the other spots in Hyundai’s campaign for its new electrified SUVs, will be familiar to any regular viewer of American television: A bit of light humor unfolds in some sunny place where yards are well-manicured, traffic is light, and neighbors are friendly. [ read more … ]

Automakers Say They Won’t Let Tesla Steal the Truck Race

By David Welch, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:16:23

Why the turnabout? Batteries have gotten cheaper and better, for one, which means it’s easier to sell plug-in pickups such as a Silverado or Ford Motor Co.’s F‑150 Lightning for around $40,000. The other reason is that truck owners are telling GM and Ford researchers they’re ready to plug in. Battery power has captured the imagination of retail buyers, and commercial customers are increasingly lured by the lower cost of operation and environmental, social, and governance benefits of adding zero-emissions trucks to their fleets, says Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s marketing director. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Schwarzenegger: We Put Solar Panels on 1 Million Roofs in California. That Win Is Now Under Threat.

By Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-17 09:14:45

California has more rooftops with solar panels than any other state and continues to be a leader in new installations. But a proposal from the state’s public utility commission threatens that progress. It should be stopped in its tracks. [ read more … ]

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