February 16 Energy News

February 16, 2022

NRDC Analysis On Build Back Better:

¶ “Maine To Get 3,600 New Jobs From Build Back Better Act” • If the US Senate passes the Build Back Better Act, it would bring a result of 3,600 to 5,100 new direct jobs being created in Maine, according to Natural Resources Defense Council analysis. Clean energy investment, economic activity, and job growth are some of the benefits. [CleanTechnica]

Portland Head Lighthouse (Mercedes Mehling, Unsplash)

¶ “New Jersey Could See 13,500 Jobs From Build Back Better Act” • The Senate’s passage of the Build Back Better Act would bring the benefits of energy investment, economic activity, and job growth to states across the US, including an estimated 13,500 to 16,700 new direct jobs and 6,100 MW of renewable energy capacity created in New Jersey. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Texas Could Get 75,000 New Jobs With Build Back Better Act” • NRDC analysis shows that the Build Back Better agenda, as it currently stands, could significantly increase investment in clean energy, economic activity, and job growth in Texas. Texas could see 75,100 to 82,300 local jobs and 21,800 MW to 30,200 MW of clean energy capacity created. [CleanTechnica]

Texas Tesla Automobile Factory (Image from Tesla)

Science and Technology:

¶ “An Unspoken Benefit Of EVs: Less Auto Fluids Washed Into Our Waterways” • Leaking oil goes from car to street. Oil spilled on land gets washed from the street into the storm drain and into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Used motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution in our lakes, streams, and rivers. EVs will cure that problem almost entirely. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Earth Is Heating Up Too Quickly For These Tiny Organisms To Adapt” • As global temperatures steadily rise, our planet may be changing too quickly for some of nature’s most wide-ranging organisms to adapt. The algae within lichen can take hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years to adapt to their preferred climates, according to the study. [CNN]

Lichens growing on a rock (Scott Osborn, Unsplash)

¶ “Hydrogen For Cars And Trucks Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come – And Gone” • A study published at Nature Electronics says fuel cell cars and trucks have little chance of being developed to the point they are commercially viable and that the urgency of the climate crisis demands decision makers focus on battery-electric vehicles instead. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Check Out This New Electric Rickshaw Delivery Van Concept From Sweden” • Swedish company Clean Motion focuses on light, affordable electric 3-wheeled vehicles that are built to be as energy-efficient as possible under their philosophy that aims to ensure that most of the energy is used to transport the goods rather than the vehicle itself. [CleanTechnica]

Clean Motion’s electric Re:volt 3-wheeled delivery van

¶ “India, Australia Ink Letter Of Intent On New And Renewable Energy Technology” • India and Australia signed a letter of intent for working jointly toward reducing the cost of renewable energy technologies and scaling up deployment to reduce polluting emissions across the world. They signed the LOI at the 4th India-Australia Energy Dialog. [BW Businessworld]

¶ “EDF Reveals 50-MW Irish Wind Farm Plans” • Plans to develop a 50-MW wind farm on land to the east of Broadford in County Clare were announced by EDF Renewables Ireland. The proposed Lackareagh Wind Farm, which could power more than 35,000 homes, will be located in the townlands of Killeagy and Shannaknock. [reNews]

Windfarm (EDF Renewables image)

¶ “Maree Todd Says She Cannot Give Her Backing To ‘High Cost And High Risk’ Nuclear Power Station” • Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Maree Todd has declared that she cannot support the idea of a mini-reactor being built in her constituency, pointing to the “high cost and high risk” associated with nuclear energy. [John O’Groat Journal]


¶ “US Sea Levels Will Rise Rapidly In The Next 30 Years, Report Shows” • A report led by NOAA gives an alarming forecast for the US: Sea level will rise as much in the next 30 years as it did in the past 100. According to the report, there is increasing confidence in science showing that the coasts of the US will see another 10 to 12 inches of sea level rise by 2050. [CNN]

Last house on Holland Island (baldeaglebluff, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Biden Administration Is Finalizing A Waiver For California To Set Its Own Vehicle Emissions Standards” • The Joe Biden administration is finalizing a waiver to allow California to adopt its own, stricter vehicle emission standards, reversing yet another Trump-era rollback. The EPA’s final decision on the waiver is expected soon. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Bus Talk: Repowering The Diesel Fleet Could Save Millions” • Transitioning the nation’s 500,000 yellow school buses from diesel to electric presents some daunting math. If we build 35,000 electric buses each year, instead of diesel buses, it will take 15 years to electrify the fleet. But repowering the buses we already have is taking off. [CleanTechnica]

School buses (Damian Carr, Unsplash)

¶ “Illinois Renewable Energy Growth Surges in the Months After Climate and Equitable Jobs Act Signed” • Five months have gone by since Illinois’ landmark clean energy law passed. Data from the solar industry found 2022 is on track to be one of the biggest years for solar energy in Illinois’ history. The workforce is to increase by nearly 50% in 2022. [PR Web]

¶ “Collins, King Welcome Almost $3 Billion in Renewable Energy Storage Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” • Maine’s US Senators Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I) celebrated news that the Biden administration will invest $2.91 billion to increase the domestic production of batteries and other energy storage technologies. [Senator Angus King]

Have a pleasingly fortunate day.

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