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April 5, 2022

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Battle over wind energy line heads to Missouri Senate

By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:26:49

A top Senate leader is predicting Missouri lawmakers will pull the plug on a controversial wind-energy power line before they adjourn next month. “Among its many other impacts, the bill would unconstitutionally and retroactively kill Missouri’s largest energy infrastructure project, the Grain Belt Express, a project essential to American energy security that will connect millions of consumers to domestically produced, affordable, and reliable clean energy. The energy from the Grain Belt Express is the equivalent of 15 million barrels of oil annually, produced and delivered right here in the Midwest, ” said Invenergy spokesman.
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Wind Energy

N.J.’s offshore wind to bring $150 billion in private investment and power thousands of jobs

By Frank Kummer, Philadelphia Inquirer  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:27:27

Not one turbine has been installed off the coast of New Jersey. In fact, not one turbine has been built. And it’s not expected the state’s fledgling offshore wind industry will really take flight until at least the end of 2024 when the first blades start churning out utility-scale megawatts of renewable energy. Yet, a group of industry insiders say they are already hiring, or gearing up to train or hire tens of thousands of specialized workers in coming decades, from painters to scientists to surveyors needed as New Jersey emerges as what they believe will be a national leader in wind. [ read more … ]

Climate

Renewables Are Key to Cutting Emissions Over Next Decade, U.N. Panel Says

By Nidhi Subbaraman, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:28:01

Countries must make major, rapid shifts away from fossil fuels and to renewable energy to meet the goals in the 2015 Paris agreement, climate experts tapped by the United Nations said in a report released Monday. Carbon-dioxide emissions must be halved by 2030 from estimated 2019 levels, and methane emissions cut by a third, if warming is to stay within 1.5 degrees Celsius past preindustrial levels, a target in the Paris accord, scientists assembled by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. [ read more … ]

Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns

By Brad Plumer and Raymond Zhong, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:27:10

Nations need to move away much faster from fossil fuels to retain any hope of preventing a perilous future on an overheated planet, according to a major new report on climate change released on Monday, although they have made some progress because of the falling costs of clean energy. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the United Nations, warns that unless countries drastically accelerate efforts over the next few years to slash their emissions from coal, oil and natural gas, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, will likely be out of reach by the end of this decade [ read more … ]

States

Surging electric bills threaten Calif. climate goals

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:28:50

Millions of Californians pay among the highest prices in the nation for electricity, a potential threat to the state’s plans to electrify cars and homes as it battles climate change. Surging electricity prices of the three biggest utilities in the Golden State have reached levels that now are more than double the national average, as posted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Bills are projected to keep climbing as utilities address wildfire risk from their power lines and add electric vehicle charging stations. Ratepayers ultimately bankroll those costs. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon removal ‘unavoidable’ as climate dangers grow — IPCC

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:29:14

Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is essential to meet the Paris Agreement’s looming climate targets, according to a major report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It’s all but impossible to achieve net-zero carbon emissions — the key to halting global warming — without sucking massive amounts of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere using trees, technology and other carbon sinks, the report says. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford’s new electric F-150 could be ‘tipping point’ for electric vehicles to gain traction in Midwest

By Elizabeth Rembert, Illinois Public Media  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:27:43

“You cannot separate a farmer from their truck; it’s like their favorite pair of jeans,” she said. “And we see so many of our customers coming in from all different kinds of vocations from plumbers to landscapers to electricians, and they are all talking about how to make this transition to electric.” [ read more … ]

Not just Tesla: Hertz expands EV plan

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-05 16:28:16

Hertz Corp., one of America’s largest car rental companies, said yesterday that it will take a step beyond Tesla Inc. and offer electric vehicles from Swedish-Chinese automaker Polestar. The rental company said it would buy up to 65,000 Polestars around the globe by 2027, including for the North America market. [ read more … ]

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