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February 15, 2022

Top Story

How Bad Is the Western Drought? Worst in 12 Centuries, Study Finds.

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:42:26

The megadrought in the American Southwest has become so severe that it’s now the driest two decades in the region in at least 1,200 years, scientists said Monday, and climate change is largely responsible. The drought, which began in 2000 and has reduced water supplies, devastated farmers and ranchers and helped fuel wildfires across the region, had previously been considered the worst in 500 years, according to the researchers. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

In the misinformation wars, renewable energy is the latest to be attacked

By Julia Simon, NPR  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:41:55

There’s another battle in the misinformation wars – renewable energy. False and misleading information about wind and solar is fueling opposition to projects across rural America. Julia Simon reports. [ read more … ]

Clean power progress reports

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:43:09

The U.S. clean energy sector installed nearly 28 gigawatts of new utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage capacity last year, according to a new quarterly market report from the American Clean Power Association released today. While that marks the second-largest year on record for those combined installations, ACP said it is just 45 percent of what’s needed annually to achieve a zero-emissions grid by 2035. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

People power: Hawaii utility wants to pay households to share clean energy

By Julian Spector, Canary Media  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:44:02

Something unusual is happening in Hawaii: An electric utility and rooftop solar installers have agreed on a proposal to reward households for sharing clean energy with the grid at useful times. In many places around the U.S., utilities treat rooftop solar as an obstacle. They say it shifts grid-maintenance costs from customers who have solar to those who don’t, or causes headaches for their system planning and operations. Utilities in California are currently urging regulators to levy a monthly fee on anyone who adds rooftop solar, regardless of how it operates. But things are playing out differently on Oahu [ read more … ]

Grid

US must increase manufacturing of core grid equipment, despite costs: Berkshire Hathaway Energy

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:41:08

Utilities must make significant investments in cybersecurity in order to protect the grid, and customers should understand that those investments are necessary not just to ensure electric service but for many areas of daily life to function, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said Monday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) winter policy summit. “It’s a capital exercise,” Inglis said. “And if you haven’t invested there, then you set yourself up for a really wild ride after the event.”  [ read more … ]

Markets

Bumper Profits Are Sparking A Backlash Against Big Oil

By Tsvetana Paraskova, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:40:39

International oil companies – many of which are reinventing themselves as energy firms in order to remain relevant during a global energy transition – now face growing pressure from climate campaigners and politicians to pay for their multi-year-high profits and cash flows with more taxes.  The rallying oil and gas prices in 2021 helped Big Oil to post the biggest earnings and cash flows in at least seven years. But environmentalists and opposition politicians in the UK – home to BP and Shell and a key operations base for TotalEnergies – want the majors to pay to mitigate the current energy crisis in the UK, where soaring gas and electricity bills have already created a cost-of-living crisis and are set to jump by over 50 percent as of April 2022 for more than 20 million households. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Administration Promises to Buy ‘Clean’ Industrial Materials

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:45:09

The megadrought in the American Southwest has become so severe that it’s now the driest two decades in the region in at least 1,200 years, scientists said Monday, and climate change is largely responsible. The drought, which began in 2000 and has reduced water supplies, devastated farmers and ranchers and helped fuel wildfires across the region, had previously been considered the worst in 500 years, according to the researchers. [ read more … ]

Biden presses industry, a climate laggard, to decarbonize

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-15 15:44:35

President Biden is rolling out a new initiative today that aims to use federal spending as leverage to prod the manufacturing sector into lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. The effort includes plans to grow the market for clean hydrogen and improve regulations around carbon capture technology. Broadly, Biden’s new Buy Clean Task Force is designed to wield the $650 billion in annual purchases by the federal government to support construction materials and goods made with lower emissions. [ read more … ]

 

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