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December 13, 2022

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Scientists Achieve Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough With Blast of 192 Lasers

By Kenneth Chang, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:05:16

“This is such a wonderful example of a possibility realized, a scientific milestone achieved, and a road ahead to the possibilities for clean energy,” Arati Prabhakar, the White House science adviser, said during a news conference on Tuesday morning at the Department of Energy’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. “And even deeper understanding of the scientific principles that are applied here.” If fusion can be deployed on a large scale, it would offer an energy source devoid of the pollution and greenhouse gases caused by the burning of fossil fuels and the dangerous long-lived radioactive waste created by current nuclear power plants, which use the splitting of uranium to produce energy. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

A Giant Drill Near a Hamptons Beach Marks Offshore Wind’s Arrival in the US

By Josh Saul, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:07:22

A drill as tall as a house stands on the blustery shore of the Atlantic Ocean, digging a tunnel deep under an exclusive New York beach. Soon workers will pull a cable through the sand to carry electricity from what is poised to be the first big offshore wind farm completed in US waters. After more than a decade of stops, starts and high-profile failures, construction of a massive new US power source meant to displace planet-warming fossil fuels has finally begun at a turbulent time for the industry. [ read more … ]

Biden admin advances Va. and N.Y. offshore wind projects

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:08:00

The Biden administration on Monday published a draft environmental review of Dominion Energy Inc.’s 176-turbine offshore wind farm, which brings the largest proposed ocean renewable project in the country one step closer to construction. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) also released an extensive review of the 94-turbine Sunrise Wind project that’s been proposed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., but would supply electricity to customers in New York. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

US Solar Installations Slow Despite Biden’s Landmark Climate Law

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:06:34

President Joe Biden’s new climate law couldn’t prevent US solar installations from falling in the third quarter even as his administration is facing mounting pressure to accelerate progress on the nation’s emissions goals. Key culprits in the 17% year-over-year decline: trade and supply-chain obstacles, according to a report Tuesday from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. These factors are also contributing to an expected 23% decline in domestic installations this year compared with 2021. [ read more … ]

FERC

US FERC to act on backstop transmission siting, long-running gas pipeline disputes

By Maya Weber and Zack Hale, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:05:58

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is poised to act on transmission siting, key pipeline rate disputes, and two important natural gas pipeline certificates at its last meeting of the year Dec. 15, potentially Democrat Richard Glick’s final session as chairman. Glick’s nomination to serve a second five-year term has been stalled by US Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat-West Virginia, who announced in November that he is not “not comfortable” holding a confirmation hearing for US President Joe Biden’s pick to continue helming the commission. Glick must leave FERC if he is not confirmed before the 117th Congress adjourns. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

U.S. Energy Department to spend $3.7 billion on carbon removal

By Liz Hampton in Denver, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:04:57

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday agreed to commit $3.7 billion to finance projects to remove planet-warming carbon from the atmosphere and meet the nation’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Tuesday’s announcement formalizes a previously announced plan to finance four direct air capture hubs to draw carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and store it underground. [ read more … ]

Oil Spill

Keystone Has Leaked More Oil Than Any Other Pipeline in US Since 2010

By Robert Tuttle, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:07:10

Last week’s oil spill in Kansas means that TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone pipeline has now leaked more crude oil than any other conduit on US land in the past 12 years.  The major line running from Canada into the US Midwest was shut after a spill of 14,000 barrels, with some of that crude released into a local waterway. The spill, in combination with several others in recent years, will mean that Keystone has leaked almost 26,000 barrels of crude on US land since 2010. That’s the most of any other pipeline during that period, according to preliminary spill data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

Energy giants, Bill Gates back effort to map ‘clean’ hydrogen

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:08:50

Many of the world’s largest energy companies and a Bill Gates-led group are joining an industry-led initiative to measure and map the emissions footprint of “clean” hydrogen, underscoring the financial stakes linked to the fuel’s climate profile. The Open Hydrogen Initiative was convened earlier this year by the Gas Technology Institute, S&P Global Platts and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Since then, the Inflation Reduction Act established the first-ever production tax credits for lower-carbon hydrogen, lifting expectations among investors and advocates of the fuel. [ read more … ]

Staters

Texas grid proposals tee up new natural gas fight

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:05:36

As the U.S. government prepares to usher in an avalanche of renewable energy investments, Texas officials are signaling they’d like to head in a different direction. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) and state lawmakers are pitching a plan to mandate new natural gas generation to avoid future power crises in Texas. Patrick — who presides over the state Senate — suggested economic incentives for gas-fueled plants at the expense of wind and solar, similar to an unsuccessful bill he backed last year. “We can’t leave here next spring unless we have a plan for more natural gas power,” Patrick told reporters recently. [ read more … ]

EVs

Can California’s electric-vehicle push overcome the red-state backlash?

By Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:06:15

Almost everyone you meet here either works in a factory, is retired from one or has a relative in a plant that makes parts for gasoline-powered cars — which have ruled Kokomo for nearly 130 years, since a brash inventor named Elwood Haynes chugged down Pumpkinvine Pike at 7 mph in one of America’s first horseless carriages. “We haven’t developed a workforce towards anything else yet,” said Warren Sims, a 41-year-old worker in the same casting plant that employs his father, working on gas transmission engines. “We don’t make a fuel-efficient vehicle. Everything’s big and everything costs [a lot to] fuel and people buy it.” Yet change is coming. Bulldozers are clearing Kokomo’s cornfields to build a $2.5-billion government-subsidized electric vehicle battery factory, with the aim of retaining jobs tied to auto production at a time California is leading the nation in phasing out gas-powered engines. [ read more … ]

Growing Popularity of Trucks Dents Fuel-Economy Gains, US Finds

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-13 15:08:18

The rising popularity of large trucks and sport utility vehicles is slowing the auto industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the US government found. After reaching a record high in 2020, fuel economy for vehicles from the last model year was unchanged, according to a report released Monday from the Environmental Protection Agency. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased slightly in 2021, the study found. [ read more … ]

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