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February 8, 2022

Top Story

Why This Could Be a Critical Year for Electric Cars

By Jack Ewing and Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:59:56

While electric vehicles still account for a small slice of the market — nearly 9 percent of the new cars sold last year worldwide were electric, up from 2.5 percent in 2019, according to the International Energy Agency — their rapid growth could make 2022 the year when the march of battery-powered cars became unstoppable, erasing any doubt that the internal combustion engine is lurching toward obsolescence. The proliferation of electric cars will improve air quality and help slow global warming. The air in Southern California is already a bit cleaner thanks to the popularity of electric vehicles there. And the boom is a rare piece of good news for President Biden, who has struggled to advance his climate agenda in Congress. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Giant Orsted Eyes Offshore Sites from California to Carolinas

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:56:37

Danish wind giant Orsted AS is scoping out the U.S. Gulf Coast and California as potential offshore wind farm sites, pushing its interest beyond just the Northeast in its bid to expand generation of emission-free electricity. “We are not only focused on the Northeast coast,” Chief Executive Officer Mads Nipper said Monday in an interview. He said the company, a qualified bidder in the Feb. 23 auction for lease areas in the New York Bight, is also looking at wind and grid conditions in upcoming lease sales in coastal areas including the Carolinas, California and the Gulf Coast. “We will certainly be investigating all of those.” [ read more … ]

First Offshore Wind Farm Wins U.K. Deal to Manage Electric Grid Voltage

By Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:59:29

A wind farm has for the first time secured a deal to help balance voltage in the U.K.’s electricity grid. North Sea wind farm Dogger Bank C’s onshore converter station will provide reactive power to keep grid voltage stable, National Grid Plcsaid in a statement. The deal, worth 22.5 million pounds ($30.4 million), will secure capability from 2024 to 2034.

The station, together with National Grid Electricity Transmission, will provide 700 megavolt amperes of reactive power capability during that period. The management helps to maintain the secure flow of power to consumers across the country and contributes to controlling the frequency of the electricity system. [ read more … ]

States

Senate Democrats’ vote leaves Wheeler’s appointment to Youngkin’s Cabinet in limbo

By Laura Vozzella, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:58:30

The party-line vote is not likely to end Youngkin’s efforts to install Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who led a rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations as Environmental Protection Agency chief under President Donald Trump. Wheeler’s appointment as secretary of natural and historic resources will remain viable until the General Assembly session adjourns March 12. Like all 16 of Youngkin’s nominees, he has been on the job since the governor took office on Jan. 15. [ read more … ]

How governors races may change energy, from EVs to renewables

By Miranda Willson, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:58:44

At least half a dozen races for governor in 2022 are considered tossups, according to early polls and analyses. They include races in battleground states like Nevada and Michigan, where incumbent governors seeking to reduce carbon emissions from the power and transportation sectors are facing tough reelection campaigns. In other states, such as Arizona, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, a handful of candidates are vying for an open seat. [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Startup Wants to Store Spare Renewable Electricity to Power Heavy Industry

By Ed Ballard, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:56:20

Weaning the hard-to-decarbonize industrial sector off fossil fuels would deliver big climate benefits. The industrial sector accounts for 23% of global carbon-dioxide emissions, according to the International Energy Agency, largely from the burning of coal to generate high temperatures for processes such as steelmaking and cement manufacturing. Rondo is also pitching its heat battery technology as a boon for renewable-energy companies that are facing headwinds. In places such as California, the addition of solar capacity to the electricity grid has resulted in surplus power on sunny days, weighing on prices and sometimes dragging them into negative territory. That is undermining the case for adding clean power to the grid, said Zeke Hausfather, director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental think tank. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Scientists Encounter Limits of Computer Models, Bedeviling Policy

By Robert Lee Hotz and photographs by Theo Stroomer, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:55:48

For almost five years, an international consortium of scientists was chasing clouds, determined to solve a problem that bedeviled climate-change forecasts for a generation: How do these wisps of water vapor affect global warming? They reworked 2.1 million lines of supercomputer code used to explore the future of climate change, adding more-intricate equations for clouds and hundreds of other improvements. They tested the equations, debugged them and tested again. The scientists would find that even the best tools at hand can’t model climates with the sureness the world needs as rising temperatures impact almost every region. [ read more … ]

Mont. kids’ climate case may be first to go to trial

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 14:59:06

A group of young people suing the state of Montana over the effects of global warming may be the first U.S. youth climate coalition to be heard in court. Attorneys from Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon-based public-interest law firm that handles a number of kid-centered climate lawsuits in the United States, said yesterday that the Montana case will go to trial Feb. 6, 2023, at the 1st Judicial District Court in Helena. The 16 challengers in Held v. State of Montana filed suit in March 2020, calling on the courts to declare the state’s energy policies unconstitutional. District Judge Kathy Seeley last August rejected Montana’s attempt to stop the case from proceeding to trial. [ read more … ]

Top corporations have vowed to fight climate change. Researchers say their plans fall short.

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 15:00:38

The group examined the climate plans of 25 high-profile corporations, from Amazon to Volkswagen to Walmart, that have vowed to slash their emissions to net zero. The study found that, on average, existing plans would reduce emissions by about 40 percent — significant, but not enough to prevent the worsening effects of a warming planet. Moreover, eight of the 25 companies excluded the type of emissions created when customers use their products, such as when motorists burn gasoline. Those emissions — known as “scope 3” — typically account for 70 percent or more of corporate emissions, according to MSCI, a financial information firm. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric vehicle sales doubled in 2021, with more now sold each week than entire year in 2012

By Louise Boyle, Yahoo Finance  •    •  Posted 2022-02-08 15:00:14

The electric vehicle (EV) market is soaring, with 130,000 cars sold globally each week, roughly equivalent to sales for the entire year in 2012. Sales of EVs more than doubled in 2021, even with supply chain snarls and pandemic-related shrinking of demand for gas-powered cars. New data, from the influential intergovernmental International Energy Agency (IEA), revealed that 6.6 million electric cars were sold last year – twice the number of 2020 – making up 9 per cent of the global car market. [ read more … ]

 

 

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