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November 27, 2022

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World’s Largest Energy Retailer Set to Sell Green Power in US

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:49:03

Enel North America has received its Texas retail license and is in the process of signing up business customers, said Greg Rizzo, who is heading the initiative. These contracts — which will likely range from one to three years or longer —  will be backed by output from more than 4 gigawatts of wind and solar Enel is operating or building in the state.  The retail push comes as Enel is significantly stepping up its investments in the US after Congress recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act with generous incentives for renewable facilities. Last week, Enel said it will build one of the country’s largest factories to build solar modules and cells.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Giant Wind Farms Arise Off Scotland, Easing the Pain of Oil’s Decline

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:47:15

Across the globe, governments and developers are pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into large offshore wind farms like Beatrice to meet climate-change goals. These initiatives are attractive to investors and lawmakers because they produce enormous amounts of clean energy and can be placed far enough from shore that they are largely out of sight. Britain is already generating more than 10 percent of its electricity from wind at sea, and on same gusty days, like Nov. 2, wind produces more than half. As energy security becomes a critical issue in wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the country aspires to nearly quadruple offshore capacity over the next decade. [ read more … ]

France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm starts full operations

By Nia Williams, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:49:45

France’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm started full operations on Wednesday, adding 480 megawatts of capacity to the grid at a time when Europe is scrambling to secure energy supplies following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Saint-Nazaire wind farm, located between 12 and 20 km off France’s west coast, consists of 80 turbines and will provide clean energy to power the equivalent of 400,000 homes annually, or 20% of the Loire-Atlantique region’s electricity consumption. [ read more … ]

World’s First 16 MW Offshore Wind Turbine Rolls Off Production Line

By Adnan Durakovic, OffShoreWind  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:50:56

The model has a rotor diameter of 252 metres and a swept area of around 50,000 square metres, the equivalent of around seven standard football pitches. The height of the hub is 146 metres. Under rated working conditions, a single unit can generate 34.2 kWh of electricity per revolution. According to the multi-year average power generation design value, a single unit will be able to produce more than 66 million kWh of clean electricity per year, which can meet the annual electricity consumption of 36,000 households of three, and save about 22,000 tons of standard coal. [ read more … ]

Grid

Why utilities resist simple upgrades to boost renewables

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:50:36

Next summer, grid operators will boost the power in a western New York transmission line whenever the wind is blowing. The region’s utility, National Grid, has decided to take advantage of breezes, which cool lines that would otherwise heat and sag with increased power flows — potentially hitting trees. A new system of sensors will provide operators with real-time data on wind, temperature and humidity conditions. The use of a so-called dynamic line rating system will open the door for more power to flow onto the grid from western New York wind farms. [ read more … ]

States

Across New York, a Fleet of Google Street View Vehicles Tracks an Array of Key Pollutants

By Myriam Vidal, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:49:28

In July, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a statewide air quality and greenhouse gas mobile monitoring initiative. The goal is to measure pollution levels in 10 regions: Niagara Falls, the state’s Capital Region, the Bronx, Manhattan, Rochester, Syracuse, Mount Vernon, Brooklyn, Queens and Hempstead.  The project is one of the actions the state is taking to achieve the goals of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030, said Adriana Espinoza, deputy commissioner for equity and justice at the state Department of Environmental Conservation [ read more … ]

Climate

‘Climate heartbeat’: Scientists hunt for world’s oldest ice

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:50:12

The Center for Oldest Ice Exploration hopes the trip to Antarctica will unearth one long, unbroken segment of ice that’s been continuously freezing for the last 1.5 million years. If they’re lucky, they might also find other smaller, older ice samples that could be up to 5 million years old. That could help scientists reconstruct the planet’s environmental history — and prepare for its climate future. An ancient ice core could provide insight into how the planet reacted the last time its atmosphere held high levels of carbon dioxide, including what happened as ice sheets warmed and melted. [ read more … ]

EVs

EU demands quick fix from U.S. of green subsidy law

By Philip Blenkinsop, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:51:16

European Union ministers warned on Friday that time was running out to resolve differences with Washington over U.S. plans to give tax credits to consumers buying electric vehicles and other green products as long as they are made in North America. The EU argues the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act, to take effect in January, will make the United States a world leader in the electric vehicle market at its expense.
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Biden’s zero-emission government fleet starts with USPS

By Jacob Bogage, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-11-27 12:47:39

The grandest experiment of the government’s sprint to electrify its vehicle fleet is happening here, a 1 million-square-foot warehouse leased by the U.S. Postal Service in the outer reaches of Atlanta.
As the White House pushes public agencies and big business to slash greenhouse gas emissions, it is leaning on the Postal Service to step up the pace to meet President Biden’s directive to ensure all new government-owned vehicles are EVs by 2035. And, after a hard-won $3 billion infusion from Congress to jump-start its transition, the first of the agency’s 34,000 zero-emission mail trucks will begin rolling out next year. [ read more … ]

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