February 14 Energy News

February 14, 2022

NRDC Analysis On Build Back Better:

¶ “West Virginia To See Thousands Of New Jobs From Build Back Better Act” • The Senate’s passage of the policies in the Build Back Better Act, which the House has passed, would enable West Virginia to invest in climate solutions that could lead to over 70,000 direct jobs, an analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows. [CleanTechnica]

Moving a blade on a winding road (Colin Watts, Unsplash)

¶ “Build Back Better Plan Gives Arizona 55,000 New Clean Tech Jobs” • Arizona residents can expect a significant economic gain if the Biden Administration is able to pass its Build Back Better Act, with more than 55,000 new sustainable, clean tech, and electric car jobs coming to the state to support the historic infrastructure bill. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oregon Econ Boost From Build Back Better Act” • “[Over] 50,000 Oregonians work in the clean energy sector, specializing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean cars, and more. By focusing investments in places with low-income or reliance on the fossil fuel industry, we can support new jobs and businesses [where they are needed].” [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbine (Sander Weeteling, Unsplash)

¶ “8,600+ Jobs In Montana From Build Back Better Act” • “The Build Back Better Act will bring clean energy investments and good jobs to Montana,” said NRDC Western Campaigns Director Sam Gilchrist. “Nearly 10,000 Montana residents work in the clean energy sector already, and Build Back Better investments could create 10,000 more.” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Big Banks Fund New Oil And Gas Despite Net Zero Pledges” • Big banks are pumping billions into new oil and gas production despite net zero pledges, campaigners have said. Banks including HSBC, Barclays, and Deutsche Bank are still backing new oil and gas despite being part of a UN-led group called the Net Zero Banking Alliance, ShareAction said. [BBC]

Offshore oil & gas rig (Zachary Theodore, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Shanghai Capacity Will Exceed 1 Million Cars In 2022, BYD Blade Batteries Coming” • Reports from CnEVPost say the manufacturing capacity of the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai is expected to increase to over 1 million cars a year in the near future. It also says BYD will supply about 10 GWh of its LFP Blade batteries to Tesla each year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Liberal Party: From FUD To Greenwashing” • In the last election campaign, Australia’s Liberal government took pains to reinforce fear, uncertainty, and doubt about renewable energy and EVs. Now another election looms, and they are spending $31 million taxpayer dollars for a publicly funded ad campaign to promote their green credentials. [CleanTechnica]

Clean energy (Sven Brandsma, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewables Reach New Highs In NEM As Fossil Fuels Slump To Historic Lows” • New figures published by Australia’s Climate Council show that renewable energy generation in the National Electricity Market grew almost 20% in 2021. Renewable sources generated 31.4% of electricity last year while gas generators supplied just 5.7%. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “BlackRock Invests In Chilean Solar Projects” • Solek Group, through its Chilean subsidiary Solek Latam, signed a framework agreement to develop, build and sell solar projects in Chile to BlackRock’s Global Renewable Power Fund III. The deal enables Solek Group to develop up to 28 PV projects with an aggregate capacity of up to 200MW. [reNews]

Solar power (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “NREL To Help With National Electric Vehicle Charging Network Rollout” • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers will contribute their expertise in electrified transportation systems to help create a new federal office focused on expanding EV charging infrastructure across the US equitably and strategically. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Electric Car Sales Surge As Overall Car Sales Slip – A Game-Changing Trend?” • Last quarter, overall US auto sales fell, but EV sales surged. Kelley Blue Book reports that total car sales fell by 21.3% in Q4 2021 compared to Q4 2020, while EV sales grew by 72%. Kelley Blue Book is not alone in predicting that EV sales will keep growing. [CleanTechnica]

EV interior (Jenny Ueberberg, Unsplash)

¶ “NJ Transit Reneging On Renewable Energy Commitment For Kearny Power Plant, Activists Say” • Climate activists are accusing NJ Transit of going back on a plan to build a non-gas powered plant in Kearny to provide rail systems like the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail with emergency electricity in case of power outages, such as happened with Hurricane Sandy. [NJ.com]

¶ “Minnesota Business Takes Climate Change As Environmental Challenge, Economic Opportunity” • Renewables are proving to be both an economic driver and an important environmental pursuit in Minnesota. Even oil and gas producers who ship products to Minnesota’s huge Pine Bend refinery are reducing carbon emissions. [Star Tribune]

Construction of wind turbines (Dean Riggot, NextEra)

¶ “Poll: Pueblo Voters Prefer Wind And Solar To Nuclear” • In Pueblo County, Colorado, voters have a strong preference for renewables for future energy production in their community according to new poll results released exclusively to News5. For their top two choices, 60% chose solar and 47% chose wind. Third place was natural gas, at 24%. [KOAA]

¶ “UMaine 4-H Workshop Explores Marshlands, Climate Change” • University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer an online workshop for youth ages 12-18 about marshlands and climate change. “Maine’s Mysterious Marshlands: Using eDNA to Understand Climate Change,” will run from 1:30 to 2:45 PM on Wednesday, February 23. [Kennebec Journal]

Have a dauntlessly tranquil day.

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