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May 10, 2022

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Calif. unveils largest U.S. offshore wind target

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:03:53

California energy officials have released a draft of the West Coast’s first road map for offshore wind, calling for more gigawatts of electricity from the resource than any other U.S. state to date.
In a report made public Friday, the California Energy Commission staff recommended building 3 GW of offshore wind by 2030, followed by a larger wave of development in subsequent years. By 2045, staff found, the state should produce anywhere from 10 GW to 15 GW from turbines located off its coast, enough to power roughly 10 million to 15 million homes. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NC offshore wind auction pits ambitious federal goals vs. hesitant state policy

By Abbie Bennett, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:01:37

North Carolina could take on a renewable energy leadership role among Southeastern states with a key federal offshore wind lease sale set for May 11 and more on the horizon. The Carolina Long Bay lease auction represents a critical step for a state that has yet to codify a commitment to offshore wind. Duke Energy Corp., the state’s largest electric utility, only recently committed to pursuing offshore wind in its home state as it expands its renewable portfolio across a six-state service territory. [ read more … ]

A portable wind turbine that fits in your backpack? Yes please

BY ELISSAVETA M. BRANDON, Fast Company  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:02:54

Canadian company Aurea has developed a portable wind turbine that fits in your backpack. Called Shine, it weighs just three pounds, it’s about the size of a water bottle, and it can charge any USB device, or up to four phones (though not at the same time). The turbine is shaped a bit like a mini Zeppelin. It features three gently curved blades that fold out like flower petals and a collapsible tripod that is stored inside. The product launched on Kickstarter last year and on Indigogo last week. It has raised over $270,000 so far and will be shipping in a matter of months–just in time for camping season. [ read more … ]

States

Winds fuel New Mexico wildfire, complicating containment efforts

By By Elizabeth Miller and Paulina Villegas, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:02:41

Strong winds continued into the day Sunday, helping spread the second-largest wildfire on record in New Mexico farther into small farming communities in the state’s mountain valleys, as crews expect many more days of severe conditions. The Calf Canyon Fire kept moving south and east on Sunday and is expected to push that direction overnight as winds stay strong all night. It has also spread north, establishing on the far side of a highway that firefighters had hoped to use as a containment line. [ read more … ]

New Mexico wildfire puts spotlight on use of prescribed burns

By Marc Heller, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:02:21

A wildfire that’s burned nearly 190,000 acres in New Mexico may become the next talking point in the debate over the use of fire in managing national forests. The Hermits Peak Fire near Las Vegas, N.M., started as a prescribed burn by the Forest Service, which has been increasingly turning to the practice to carefully reduce underbrush and other potential wildfire fuel in national forests. But the agency’s inability to keep this one in check is already leading to second-guessing. [ read more … ]

How the Ukraine war could make New Englanders shiver

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:03:15

As coal, oil and nuclear power plants have retired en masse in recent years, New England has turned to liquefied natural gas to keep the lights on and energy prices low. But with Europe scrambling to offset its use of Russian gas by importing more LNG, the region could find itself facing skyrocketing gas prices next winter.
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Climate

Meet the climate investor who challenged Warren Buffett

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:01:17

For decades, Freeda Cathcart was a passive owner of utility company stocks, happy with annual dividend checks and confident that regulators were looking out for her. But all that changed in 2017 when Donald Trump became president, promising to roll back federal oversight of the industry. “I was like, I better start paying attention to these annual reports on what’s going on,” said Cathcart, who the following year introduced her first climate-related shareholder resolution at the energy and insurance conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. “I can’t trust the government to watchdog what’s happening, so I’m going to be responsible.” [ read more … ]

Markets

EU plans one-year renewable energy permits for faster green shift

By Kate Abnett, Reuter’s  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:04:40

The European Union executive wants to speed up the bloc’s green transition and cut its reliance on Russian fuels by allowing some renewable energy projects to receive permits within a year, a draft document shows. Brussels will next week unveil a package of measures to end the European Union’s reliance on Russia, by boosting renewable energy, saving energy and increasing gas imports from elsewhere.
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The secrets to passing climate legislation — even in red states

By Kate Yoder, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-05-10 16:05:00

In 2019, renewable power was having a moment — but not where you’d expect. Arkansas, South Carolina, and Utah, among the reddest of red states, passed landmark legislation paving the way for expanding solar and wind power. The bills these states enacted were all sponsored by Republicans, passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures, and approved by Republican governors. They were also bipartisan bills, getting support from Democrats, too. [ read more … ]

 

 

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