- “Rebar Leader Nucor Switches To Renewable Energy For Texas Operations” • The top concrete reinforcing steel producer and rebar fabricator has signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with EDF Renewables North America for 250 MW of solar energy in Texas. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2022. [Concrete Products]
- “The Biden Administration Must Double Down On Science” • As President-elect Biden takes office, he will assume leadership of the US government’s scientific enterprise. Once the envy of the world, it has been battered and marginalized for the past four years, as the Trump administration steadfastly refused to follow the lead of science. [Scientific American]
- “World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Project In Abu Dhabi Secures Funding” • The funding is now in place for the world’s biggest solar power project, which is being built in Abu Dhabi. The 2-GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic facility is about 35 km from Abu Dhabi city. The project will provide electricity at Dh4.85 fils/kWh (1.32¢/kWh). [Gulf News]
- “Canada’s $170/Ton Carbon Price Makes Heat Pumps Financial Winners” • As part of his ongoing exploration of heat pumps as a wedge on climate change, Michael Barnard assess the fiscal impacts of Canada’s new carbon price of C$170 per ton ($132 per ton) of CO₂ on annual heating costs for them compared to gas furnaces. [CleanTechnica]
- “Pacific Power Says It’s Cutting Oregon Electric Bills By An Average 5.2%” • More than 600,000 Pacific Power customers in Oregon will see welcome relief when their electric bills go down an average of about 5.2% in January, the company announced. The move is a result of investments in renewable energy and a more resilient transmission system. [KTVZ]
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