Archive for May 22nd, 2021

May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2021


¶ “Deadly Flooding. ‘Zombie Fires.’ A Massive Iceberg. It’s Been A Wild Week In Weather And Climate Change” • The headlines on weather read like science fiction. Many of them are about climate change in action. As the Earth warms and causes shifting weather patterns on land and sea, such effects will become even more visible and extreme, experts say. [CNN]

Sign in a flood (Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash)

¶ “Rooftop Solar Users Win With Precedent-Setting Ruling In Kentucky Power Net Metering Case” • Kentucky’s Public Service Commission released a precedent-setting ruling that changes net metering for Kentucky Power customers with solar PV systems. The new compensation credit is 9¢/kWh, and that is a powerful incentive for change. [Courier-Journal]

¶ “When Will America Protect Itself Against EMP, Cyber And Ransomware Attacks?” • Protecting critical infrastructure has been a priority for Homeland Security since it was founded. So why is Colonial Pipeline vulnerable to hackers, and the Texas grid vulnerable to ice storms, and critical US infrastructure vulnerable to EMP attacks? [The Hill]

Transmission infrastructure (Sigmund, Unsplash)

¶ “How Pay-To-Play Politics And An Uneasy Coalition Of Nuclear And Renewable Energy Led To A Flawed Illinois Law” • Just over five years ago, the Illinois Legislature passed a plan that aimed to build a solar power industry while saving thousands of jobs at two struggling nuclear plants. The result has only profited the nuclear industry. [Inside Climate News]


¶ “G7 Ministers Agree On New Steps Against Fossil Fuels” • G7 environment ministers agreed to deliver climate targets in line with limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C. Among other things, they agreed to stop direct funding of coal-fired power stations in poorer nations this year. The G7 is the UK, US, Canada, Japan, France, Italy, and Germany. [BBC]

Coal-fired power plant in Alaska (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Kerry Calls On G20 Nations To Join G7 Climate Pledges” • John Kerry, the US special envoy on climate change, urged members of the Group of 20 (G-20) to join agreements the Group of Seven (G-7) made to reduce emissions to combat rising temperatures. The G7 published a joint policy paper on phasing out fossil fuels. [The Hill]

¶ “RWE And BASF To Develop 2-GW Offshore Wind Farm Off Germany” • German companies RWE and BASF revealed plans for a 2-GW offshore wind farm to supply a BASF chemicals facility with electricity and provide power for a green hydrogen plant by 2030. The project could avoid around 3.8 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year. [reNEWS]

RWE offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “The Renewables Revolution in Developing Countries” • The advanced nations historically have provided technological and educational aid to developing countries. Now, those roles are reversed, and emerging nations are leading in the renewable revolution. They are sourcing more clean energy than any other region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Vattenfall Teams With Good Energy In The UK” • Vattenfall is expanding its UK business by teaming up with retailer Good Energy. Vattenfall will provide access to the wholesale electricity market through its Energy Trader tool, a platform for utilities, suppliers, industrial companies, and energy traders for long and short-term electricity and gas trading. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Good Energy image)


¶ “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Aftermath To Fund Louisiana’s Three Large-Scale Coastal Projects” • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced three large-scale coastal restoration projects for over 2,900 acres of beach, dune, marsh, and ridge in Southeast Louisiana. Funding will be from the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline To Continue Operating During Environmental Review” • A federal judge allowed the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating, concluding he did not have the authority to side with a tribal request to shut it down while the Biden administration works on an environmental review. [CNN]

Pipeline (Mike Benna, Unsplash)

¶ “Hurricane Season Raises North Carolina Fears Of … Pig Poo-lution” • North Carolina residents and local environmental groups are worried the coming hurricane season will once again unleash massive pollution from the state’s thousands of hog waste lagoons, 4,000 of which are within 100-year flood zones, Environmental Health News reports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beta Technologies Secures $368 Million In Funding, Reaches Electric Aviation Unicorn Status” • The Vermont-based electric aviation startup Beta Technologies has closed a Series A round of funding bringing it $368 million. The funding round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. One investor is the Amazon Climate Fund. [CleanTechnica]

Beta Technologies ALIA-250 electric aircraft (Beta Technologies)

¶ “Biden Administration Accelerates Efforts To Create Jobs Making American Buildings More Affordable, Cleaner, And Resilient” • The White House convened Administration leaders to announce new federal investments in building electrification and energy efficiency, as well as opportunities for modernization that create good union jobs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hecate Energy Commences Construction On 600-MW Solar Portfolio In Texas And Ohio” • Hecate Energy announced that construction started at two solar projects totaling 600 MW. One is Roseland Solar, a 500-MW project with battery storage in Falls County, Texas. The other is New Market Solar, a 100-MW project in Highland County, Ohio. [Solar Power World]

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