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October 6, 2022

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North America Heat Waves Led to Unprecedented Ice Melt in Greenland

By Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:25:13

Strong winds carried extreme heat from the western US, Canada and the Atlantic ocean over Greenland in September, bringing average temperatures more than 8 degrees Celsius above the 30-year average and causing record ice melt. Almost all of Greenland experienced the highest average temperatures in any month of September since records started in 1979, according to a monthly report by Europe’s Earth observation agency Copernicus. A different set of data by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center detected temperatures above 0C at Summit Station — over 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level — for the first time in September since measurements began in 1989.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

For offshore wind aspirations to become reality, transmission hurdles must be cleared

BY: ROBERT ZULLO, Iowa Capital Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:24:41

President Joe Biden’s administration laid out ambitious additional goals last month to boost offshore wind power generation, one of the American renewable energy industry’s emerging wide-open frontiers. The federal announcements come as coastal states across the country are increasingly setting offshore wind energy targets, seeking to capture not just clean energy but the potentially big economic benefits of their ports serving as hubs for the vessels, blade manufacturing, cables and other infrastructure needed to get turbines more than 850 feet tall installed miles out at sea. [ read more … ]

Exclusive: GE lays off workers at onshore wind unit as part of turnaround strategy

By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:24:06

General Electric Co is laying off workers at its onshore wind unit as part of a plan to restructure and resize the business, which is grappling with weak demand, rising costs and supply-chain delays, four sources familiar with the move said. The sources said the company on Wednesday notified employees in North America, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa about the cuts. It also has plans to cut its onshore wind workforce at a later date in Europe and Asia Pacific. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Fast-Growing Solar and Wind Are Still Concentrated in a Handful of Countries

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:25:34

The recently released 2022 Power Transition Trends report shows signs of profound change under way in the sector. Wind and solar now make up 11% of global power generation. Of the new power-generation capacity added in 2021, solar was 50% and wind was 25%. At the same time, thanks to economic rebounds from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, last year also saw an unprecedented spike in coal-fired power generation. It was up 750 terawatt-hours from 2020 — a very big number, in between the annual power consumption of Brazil and Japan, the world’s 6th- and 5th-biggest national electricity consumers. The power sector’s carbon dioxide emissions also rose 7% year-on-year. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Podesta, IRS get to work on climate law’s tax incentives

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:26:21

The Treasury Department and the IRS announced Wednesday that they want the public to weigh in on climate and renewable energy tax incentives included in the mammoth climate law enacted in August. The bulk of the climate and energy spending included in that law — $270 billion of the nearly $370 billion total — will be delivered through tax incentives. That means the Treasury Department and the IRS — agencies that aren’t always associated with climate policy — will be at the center of the law’s implementation. [ read more … ]


U.S. Gasoline Prices Are Climbing Again and May Get Worse

By Benoît Morenne, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:24:57

U.S. gasoline prices are ticking up after a roughly 100-day decline, threatening to inflict new pain on consumers who have been grappling with widespread inflation for more than a year. Maintenance at fuel-making plants, more demand for gasoline and tight fuel supplies have contributed to a 14-day run of increasing gasoline prices. A gallon of regular averaged about $3.831 on Wednesday. [ read more … ]


Can a new FERC grid planning proposal succeed in the South?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:26:10

A federal proposal intended to jump-start development of long-distance power lines is fueling a debate in the Southeast, where clean energy advocates say limited grid planning may be stalling the move away from fossil fuels. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission draft rule suggests modifying how utilities plan regional transmission projects and divvy up their costs. The goal is to spur infrastructure projects critical to meeting Biden administration goals for combating climate change and advancing clean energy goals.
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Biden shifts his climate message to adaptation after storms

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:26:47

President Joe Biden has portrayed himself this week as a leader on climate adaptation while visiting Puerto Rico and Florida in the wake of deadly hurricanes that crushed homes and inundated neighborhoods. But his tours have also raised questions about how his administration, and Congress, is preparing the country for the sharpening impacts of hurricanes, wildfires and flooding that cause roughly $100 billion in damages every year.
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How The Right’s Hatred Of Electric Vehicles Is Growing In Iowa

By Ty Rushing, Iowa Starting Line  •    •  Posted 2022-10-06 15:24:23

Over the last few months, the Starting Line team has noticed an interesting trend in Iowa social media: Stories about electric vehicles drive huge engagement and draw intense debate among supporters and detractors, mostly on Facebook. And while wild comment threads on Facebook stories is nothing new, the sheer ferocity on EV-related stories, even if it’s a routine, bland article, has become noteworthy. [ read more … ]


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