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February 2, 2022

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Spring arrives in U.K. a month earlier than it did in 1980s

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:58:35

The researchers next compared their findings with historical U.K. climate records, including temperature and precipitation. They found that the changes in the spring bloom are strongly correlated with rising temperatures. Human-caused climate change is heating up the British Isles, just as it is in the rest of the globe. At the same time, a shift in a natural climate cycle, which affects temperatures across the North Atlantic region, has exacerbated that warming over the last few decades. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Senators press BOEM for wind study

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:55:41

The Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Senate delegations are urging BOEM to do more research on the local environmental and economic impacts of offshore wind ahead of plans for a lease sale in the Gulf of Maine by 2024. The bipartisan group of lawmakers noted the area off the New England coast holds considerable potential for clean energy development, but they want more data on how offshore wind could impact delicate ecosystems for animals including lobsters and whales, as well as more engagement with local communities on how the energy development will impact the local economy. [ read more … ]

Almost Renewable Energy

Nuclear Power, Natural Gas Secure EU Backing as ‘Green’ Investments

By Kim Mackrael and Daniel Michaels, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 15:00:01

Brushing aside charges of greenwashing, the European Union will press ahead with a controversial proposal to label certain nuclear energy and natural-gas investments as sustainable over the coming years despite strong opposition from some of the bloc’s member states, environmental groups and investors. The proposal to expand what can qualify as a sustainable source of energy has exposed deep rifts between countries that rely on different technologies and comes amid surging electricity prices. Nuclear and natural gas are just two high-profile components of a plan that will affect a range of industries—from forestry to manufacturing and transportation—and is meant to shift the ways companies and investment funds approach sustainable investment. [ read more … ]

States

Texas, Midwest gird for brutal cold snap; regulator touts gas system reliability

By Author Mark Watson and Karen Rivera, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:57:08

Texas and Midwest power grid operators on Feb. 1 prepared for the worst winter weather forecast since the deadly mid-February winter storm that left millions without electricity, some for days, and the prospect of heavier loads drove wholesale power prices higher. The National Weather Service on Feb. 1 issued winter storm warnings stretching from the Great Lakes to New Mexico and West Texas and either winter weather advisories or watches for hundreds of miles north and south of the winter storm warning areas. [ read more … ]

Panel votes to block Trump EPA head from Va. job

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:56:38

A Virginia Senate committee voted to block Trump administration EPA head Andrew Wheeler from becoming the state’s secretary of natural and historic resources. The Privileges and Elections Committee voted 9-6 to remove Wheeler from a list of appointees to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) Cabinet, with all Democrats voting in favor of removing him and all Republicans opposed. The panel then voted 15-0 to confirm the rest of Youngkin’s picks. [ read more … ]

Louisiana’s first climate plan calls for 100% clean power

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:58:06

A Louisiana task force this week unanimously approved the state’s first-ever climate plan, setting the stage for efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s carbon-intensive energy industries. The Louisiana Climate Action Plan includes 84 recommendations to help the state reach its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economywide by 2050. The recommendations were sent yesterday to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who created the task force in 2020 through an executive order. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Once more, with feeling

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:56:01

Senate Energy Chair Sen. Joe Manchin caused a stir when he told reporters that the Build Back Better bill was “dead,” reiterating the stance he’s had on the legislation since December. “There is no Build Back Better bill, I don’t know what you’re all talking about,” he told Insider’s Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Oma Seddiq. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford to Spend Up to $20 Billion Reorganizing for Shift to Electric Cars

By Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:56:19

Ford Motor Co. is planning a major reorganization to prepare for the electric future, using Tesla Inc.’s success as a road map and accelerating EV spending by as much $20 billion. The effort, led by a former Apple Inc. and Tesla executive, calls for Ford to spend an additional $10 billion to $20 billion over the next five to 10 years converting factories worldwide to electric-vehicle production from making gasoline-powered cars, according to people familiar with the plan. That would be on top of the $30 billion Ford already has committed to EVs through 2025. [ read more … ]

EV Charging Stations Get Bigger and Brighter

By Katie Deighton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:57:24

Public charging stations for electric vehicles once tended to be confined to the dark corners of parking lots and highway rest stops. Now they are getting more obvious. Companies are opening brightly lighted, canopied lots and converting gas stations into charging destinations, as well as investing in better signage. The upgrades and expansion will satisfy new demand and make it clear to non-EV drivers that charging stations would be available to them if they went electric. Drivers who don’t see public chargers in and around their local areas are less likely to make the switch to electric, said Joel Levin, executive director of Plug In America, a nonprofit that advocates for EVs. [ read more … ]

EV Sales Hit Record in Norway With Fossil Engines Soon Gone

By Ott Ummelas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-02 14:57:45

Electric car sales hit a new monthly record in Norway, indicating the Nordic country is on track to reach its 2025 goal of no new fossil-fuel cars being sold. Last year, Norway became the first country in the world to see electric cars overtake fossil models among new vehicles, helped by generous government incentives. The oil-rich nation may see all new cars become emission-free as soon as April, based on current trends, the Norwegian Automobile Federation has suggested. [ read more … ]

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