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November 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Kentucky Regulators Approve Plan For 900% Increase In Renewable Energy” • The Kentucky PSC approved a plan by Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities to retire several fossil fuel plants and replace them with 877 MW of solar and a 125-MW, 500-MWh of battery system. This will be a 900% increase in renewables. [pv magazine USA]

Solar array in Kentucky (Vesper Energy image)

  • “The AI Boom Is Boosting Carbon Emissions – Should Companies Acknowledge Their Climate Share?” • AI uses a lot of electricity because it needs thousands of specialized computer chips. It’s getting clear that the AI boom in the next few years will increase electricity consumption exponentially, increasing the world’s carbon emissions. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Low US Gasoline Demand Is Making Gasoline Less Profitable” • Low gasoline demand in combination with the seasonal switch to winter-grade gasoline has made gasoline less profitable to produce, reducing the difference between gasoline blendstock and crude oil prices to multiyear lows of around 17¢/gallon in October 2023. [CleanTechnica]
  • “US And China Reach ‘Some Agreements’ On Climate – John Kerry” • The US has reached some agreements with China ahead of the COP28 Summit in Dubai at the end of this month, US climate envoy John Kerry has said. “We felt that our days of talks were very successful. We did come up with some agreements”, he said, adding that details will come soon. [BBC]
  • “Volvo Group Acquires Proterra” • Volvo Group announced, “Proterra Inc and Proterra Operating Company Inc are in a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy process in the US. Volvo Group has been selected as the winning bidder in an auction for the business and assets of the Proterra Powered business unit at a purchase price of $210 million.” [CleanTechnica]

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Michigan Senate votes to override local decisions on wind, solar energy

From Bridge Michigan:

Wind turbine farms have caused local controversies throughout Michigan. After a Senate vote Wednesday, permitting power for the projects will likely soon shift from local communities to the state’s Public Service Commission. (Bridge file photo)

  • The Senate Wednesday approved bills to shift permitting authority over wind, solar developments to the state
  • The bills are expected to gain Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature
  • The effort comes in response to local pushback against wind and solar developments that have slowed Michigan’s transition to green energy

Michigan lawmakers approved another major change to the state’s energy policy on Wednesday, passing a two-bill package that would let state regulators override local decisions about where to allow large-scale wind and solar arrays.

The bills, which pitted environmentalists against local government advocates, passed narrowly along party lines, 20 to 18, with unanimous support from the Senate Democratic majority. The measures will soon head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk, where she is expected to sign them.

“We are setting an example for the rest of the nation on how to navigate the deeply complex realm of energy policy in a way that promotes affordability and reliability, drives job creation and honors the role we must play in mitigating climate change,” Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, said just before the vote.

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November 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Jeep’s Electrification Game Plan: Wrangler, Wagoneer, And More Going Electric!” • Exciting times are coming for Jeep enthusiasts, as Jeep is set to take a giant leap into electrification. Jeep outlined some plans for the next five years, promising to electrify some of its most beloved models, including Wrangler, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer. [CleanTechnica]

Jeep EV (Jeep image)

  • “White House Announces New Efforts To Prevent Wildfires, Limit Smoke Hazards” • The White House is announcing an interagency focus to protect communities from wildfire smoke and prevent large fires that put communities at risk. An MOU was signed by the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, along with the EPA and CDC. [ABC News]
  • “Oil Companies Shook My House, Hundreds Of Miles From The Oil Fields” • While fracking sometimes causes earthquakes, wastewater disposal from all types of oil production is almost always to blame. Wastewater disposal wells pump large volumes of undrinkable saltwater into the ground in deeper layers. We owe ourselves better than this. [CleanTechnica]
  • “How Africa’s First Heat Officer Is Protecting Women In Sierra Leone” • Eugenia Kargbo is the first person in Africa to hold the position of chief heat officer. Her job is to make Freetown, Sierra Leone, a more liveable, greener city and to help its residents cope with rising heat. In 2022, her team installed market shade covers to protect 2,300 street vendors. [BBC]
  • “Michigan Senate Votes To Override Local Decisions On Wind, Solar Energy” • Michigan lawmakers approved another major change to the state’s energy policy, passing a two-bill package that would let state regulators override local decisions about where to allow large-scale wind and solar arrays. The bills are headed to the governor. [Bridge Michigan]

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November 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Pioneering Nuclear Project Gets Canceled After Costs Surge” • The first nuclear power project in the US with a small modular reactor has been canceled. NuScale Power Corp was building the reactor in partnership with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, but the estimated cost of its electricity rose from $58/MWh to $89/MWh. [Oil Price]

NuScale VOYGR-6 small modular reactor (NuScale image)

  • “Nigeria Has Ended Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Giving Solar Power A Boost” • Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer of crude oil. Yet since it has no refineries of its own, gasoline and diesel fuel must be imported. Even with subsidies, Nigerians pay exorbitant prices. The government has decided to end the subsidies and switch to supporting renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Now Is The Time To Get Transportation Right” • In the US, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use infrastructure investments to meet our nation’s climate and equity goals. A new NRDC publication ranks the states by how well they are set up to take advantage of those transportation funds. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Why Super Fog Is Continuing To Create Dangerous Driving Conditions In Louisiana” • Relentless drought conditions fueling the persistence of marsh fires burning in parts of southeastern Louisiana are causing ongoing super fog events on regional highways during peak commute times. Some highways were closed due to dangerous conditions. [ABC News]
  • “EIA Expects U.S. Annual Solar Electricity Generation To Surpass Hydropower In 2024” • The Energy Information Administration forecast that the US will generate 14% more electricity from solar energy than from hydroelectric facilities in 2024, in its Short-Term Energy Outlook. The forecast is driven by continued growth in solar facilities. [CleanTechnica]

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November 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “’Virtually Certain’ That 2023 Will Be Warmest Year After October Record” • This year’s heatwaves, floods, and fires have been deadly. Now it is “virtually certain” that 2023 will be the warmest on record, after October temperatures were 0.4°C above the previous high of October 2019. It was the fifth month in a row of record warmth. [BBC]

November, a bit farther south (Ruvim Noga, Unsplash)

  • “Musk Makes The Move To Bring An Affordable Tesla To The European Market” • Finally, Tesla revealed plans to manufacture an affordable EV. It will enter the market as a €25,000 ($26,838) EV produced at Tesla’s gigafactory near Berlin. Elon Musk made the announcement as he visited the Tesla factory in Gruenheide and chatted with staff. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Air Force Asks Congress To Protect Nuclear Launch Sites From Wind Turbines” • The Air Force’s underground nuclear missile silos are rarely disturbed by more than the occasional wandering cow. But the service is now asking Congress to help with another unexpected danger: towering wind turbines, which are edging closer to the sites each year. [ABC News]
  • “Global Wine Production Falls To 62-Year Low In 2023” • Poor weather globally is likely to cause global wine production to fall to a six-decade low this year. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine says that wine production around the world is likely to be about 7% lower in 2023 than last year. Such a yield would be the worst since 1961. [BBC]
  • “Redwood Materials Helps To Recycle Kauai’s Stationary Energy Storage Systems” • In Hawaii, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative currently has a 4.6-MWh battery storage system that is ready to be decommissioned. So KIUC is getting the help of Redwood Materials for the decommissioning process as well as recycling the batteries. [CleanTechnica]

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November 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “The Big Bubble Curtains Protecting Porpoises From Wind Farm Noise” • Over the past decade, a curious invention has spread across Europe’s northern seas. It’s called a big bubble curtain, it works a bit like a giant jacuzzi, and it helps protect porpoises from the massive underwater noise caused by wind farm construction. [BBC]

Big bubble curtain (Hydrotechnik Lübeck image)

  • “Kauai Is A Clean Energy Leader. Its Secret? A Publicly Owned Grid” • Kauai’s grid infrastructure took a beating from Hurricane Iniki in 1992, and the business that owned the grid wanted to sell. Kauai residents raised financing and acquired the utility in 2002, turning it into a locally owned cooperative reduced rates that had once been Hawaii’s highest. [Canari Media]
  • “Offshore Wind Developers Are Eyeing New Alliances With Aquaculture Industry” • The US offshore wind industry has had a slow start, but wind developers elsewhere are beginning to attract aquaculture stakeholders with opportunities for multi-use and co-located operations. If that works, it could help deflect some of the resistence. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Tesla To Build €25,000 Car At German Gigafactory” • An anonymous source who claims to have knowledge of the matter says Tesla plans to produce a car with a starting price of €25,000 ($26,838) at its factory in Grünheide, Germany, according to a Reuters report. The source did not say when production of the new car would begin. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The Private Sector Accounts For 89% Of Announced US Battery Investments” • Announcements of investments by the private sector in US battery technologies have been increasing over the last few years, with 208 as of September 2023. The locations of announcements relating to battery materials and manufacturing are all across the US. [CleanTechnica]

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November 6 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Dominion Sees Cheaper Wind Power At Massive Offshore Project” • Dominion Energy Inc expects to deliver power at a cheaper price than originally expected from the largest approved offshore wind project in the US, a rare win for a wider wind sector recently beleaguered by bad news. The shares soared the most in almost a year. [Supply Chain Brain]

Block Island Offshore Wind Farm (Ionna22, CC-BU-SA 4.0)

  • “Study Reveals Effects Of Fast Charging On Electric Car Battery Health” • Recurrent Auto published a report on DC fast charging and battery degradation. “We compared cars that fast charge at least 90% of the time to cars that fast charge less than 10% of the time. … The results show no statistically significant difference in range degradation. [CleanTechnica]
  • “China, Japan And South Korea Reaffirm Pledges For Climate Action” • The environment ministers of China, Japan, and South Korea reaffirmed their commitments to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental pollution. The countries said they remain committed to multilateralism and are willing to encourage close collaboration. [China Daily]
  • “Solar Mini-Grids Offer Clean-Power Hope To Rural Africa” • Mini-grids, small power systems usually supplying rural villages, are not new. But the drop in cost of solar PVs has driven growth in clean energy mini-grids, with rural Africa poised to benefit the most. The village of Sabon Gida has more reliable power than Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital. [Forbes India]
  • “NREL Study Finds Rapid Adoption Of ZEVs Will Move To US To 80% Or More Drop In GHG Emissions By 2050” • The rapid adoption of zero-emission EVs will move the US close to an 80% drop in transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 from the 2019 level according to researchers from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [Green Car Congress]

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November 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “EV Charging And The Grid: The Truth Is Out There” • There is a widely held belief that supplying enough electricity to charge all the EVs expected to be around in a few years will take huge investments for the grid upgrades needed to meet the demand for EV charging. Now, thanks to the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, we have facts. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla and bison (Taun Stewart, Unsplash)

  • “Climate Change Laying Healthy African Land To Waste” • The UN Convention to Combat Desertification concluded that over 100 football pitches worth of healthy land is lost every minute in Africa. But the problem is global. The UNCCD says that between 2015 and 2019, the world lost at least 100 million hectares of healthy land each year. [The East African]
  • “Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims California Had ‘Blackouts All Over The Place This Summer’” • Former President Donald Trump falsely claimed in a speech in Texas that California had widespread blackouts this summer because there was insufficient electricity to meet demand. The state’s last blackout due to load imbalance was in 2020, a state official said. [CNN]
  • “Europe’s Battery Charge To Power A Green Economy” • The European battery market could be worth as much as €250 billion a year as of 2025. Europe aims to increase its share of global battery-cell production to as high as 25% this decade from 3% in 2018, reducing Asia’s 85% dominance. The EU is also promoting battery reuse and recycling. [Cyprus Mail]
  • “Tesla Energy Unveils VPP Plan For Puerto Rico And $0 Down Solar For Tesla Drivers” • Electricity has become a fundamental component of modern life, but generating it on relatively small patches of land in the middle of vast oceans is challenging. So Tesla Energy has introduced a virtual power plant program for residents of Puerto Rico. [CleanTechnica]

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November 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Wind Farms Push Spain’s Renewables Share To 50.7% In Oct” • Renewabl sources accounted for 50.7% of Spain’s total electricity production in October, up from 42.1% a month earlier. The large increase is thanks to a sharp rise in wind power output, according to preliminary figures released by the Spanish grid operator, Red Electrica de Espana. [Renewables Now]

Wind farm in Spain (José Ibáñez, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Community-Battery Applications Swamp Renewable Energy Authority” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it has received 140 eligible applications for its Community Batteries Funding Program, with a total grant request of $1.3 billion. This is over 10 times the $120 million available under the program’s first round of funding. [The New Daily]
  • “Climate Scientists Are Working With Indigenous Tribes” • For many of us, climate science brings to mind satellite observations, temperature records or the analysis of ice cores. But there is plenty more data besides that. Indigenous communities that have long lived close to the land often hold their own records and recollections. [BBC]
  • “Cover Crops Help Fight Climate Change, But Farmers Fear Losing Money” • Cover crops top the list of tasks U.S. farmers are told will build healthy soil, help the environment and fight climate change. Yet after years of incentives and encouragement, Midwest farmers planted cover crops on only about 7 percent of their land in 2021. [CGTN]
  • “Clean Power Alliance To Serve Southern California With Record Amounts Of Wind Power From Largest Renewable Energy Infrastructure Project In US History” • A 15-year PPA with Pattern Energy will expand CPA’s diverse clean energy portfolio with 575 MW of wind energy from the 3.5-GW SunZia wind farm in central New Mexico. [Yahoo Finance]

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November 3 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Harvesting Sunshine: Solar Is America’s Newest Cash Crop” • Agrivoltaics, the combination of agriculture and solar energy, is one of the fastest-growing applications of solar. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that there are 2.8 GW of agrivoltaic sites in the US, and more projects are coming online every week. [CleanTechnica]

Regenerative farming (Courtesy of Silicon Ranch via Cision)

  • “Public Power Is On The Ballot In Maine. Will Voters Take A Leap Of Faith?” • Two utilities, Central Maine Power and Versant, distribute 97% of Maine’s electricity. Question 3 on Maine’s ballot asks voters to decide whether they want to oust CMP and Versant and replace them with a nonprofit, publicly owned utility called Pine Tree Power. [Grist]
  • “Electrifying Trucks: Tackling Inflation And Saving Americans Money” • Truck electrification combats inflation partly because electric trucks are two to five times as efficient as diesel trucks, but also, electricity is dramatically less expensive. Depending on use and other specifics, running on electricity rather than diesel oil can reduce fuel costs by 40% to 60%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Olive Oil Prices Skyrocketing In Europe” • Olive oil has increased by about 75% since January 2021, and in Spain, the world’s biggest olive oil producer, prices jumped a massive 115% since August 2021. Spanish farmers and experts primarily blame the nearly two-year drought, with higher temperatures affecting flowering of the trees. [ABC News]
  • “Vermont Lawmakers Want To Require Utilities To Source 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • Vermont lawmakers will take up their next big piece of climate legislation next year in the form of a bill that would require electric utilities to get more of their power from renewable sources. Vermont Democrats are set to override a veto. [Vermont Public]

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