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November 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Super Hot October Drags 2020 Toward 2nd-Hottest Year On Record” • The year to date (January through October) ranked second-hottest for the globe as Arctic sea ice coverage shrank to historic lows for the month, according to NOAA scientists. The most recent monthly global climate report from NOAA also has other highlights. [CleanTechnica]

October 2020 Global Temperature Map (NOAA image)

  • “Hydrogen-Powered Trains Could Replace Diesel Engines In Germany” • Siemens and Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn have announced plans to test a hydrogen-powered train with a range of more than 370 miles, technology that promises to reduce CO₂ emissions and help make 1,300 diesel units obsolete. The test will last one year. [CNN]
  • “After Scotland Tour, Maine Hatches Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Plot” • Maine has some deep and challenging waters for wind turbines, but it also boasts sustained offshore winds speeds that are estimated to be enough to meet its existing electricity demand 36 times over. Governor Janet Mills came away from a tour of Scotland with big plans. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Floating Solar Could Benefit From EU Offshore Renewables Strategy” • While wind power dominates the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy unveiled by the European Commission, which envisions 300 GW of floating capacity by 2050, the report also notes various EU funding pots which could support ocean-based solar development. [pv magazine International]
  • “GM Withdraws Support For Trump Lawsuit Seeking To Roll Back Auto Emissions Rules” • General Motors announced in a letter to environmental groups it was withdrawing its support from Trump administration litigation that aimed to take away California’s right to set its own auto emissions rules. GM said it had been supportting a single US standard. [CNN]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Groups Urge Biden to Use Existing Authorities to Cut Energy Waste, Carbon from Buildings

New ACEEE briefs give detailed recommendations for manufactured and federally backed housing, federal buildings

In a Biden administration, half a dozen federal agencies should use their authority under existing laws to create jobs, reduce consumers’ utility bills, and mitigate climate change by reducing energy waste from homes and buildings, a coalition of groups urged the President-elect in a letter Monday. The letter was signed by 27 organizations, including energy efficiency advocates, business associations, and environmental and consumer groups.

Energy use in homes and commercial buildings is responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, as well as more than $400 billion in energy bills each year. But much of that energy is wasted, such as from poorly sealed buildings using out-of-date equipment.

The agenda in the letter embraces and expands on proposals published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) in three issue briefs today (as well as in a report on appliance standards released last week).

“A whole bunch of federal agencies already have the authority to act now to greatly reduce energy waste in buildings,” said Lowell Ungar, ACEEE director of federal policy and author of the issue briefs. “Wasteful homes and buildings are just not compatible with tackling the climate crisis. Starting in January, President Biden and his administration should take every opportunity available to spur far more efficient new construction and building improvements.”

The ACEEE briefs and coalition letter from 20 groups call for the Biden administration to:

Ensure new federally assisted housing is efficient. About half of home loans are supported by federally regulated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, yet they currently lack any protections to prevent inefficient housing with significant energy waste and high utility bills. At least 15% of new homes have federally assisted loans or other federal assistance with energy efficiency criteria that are badly out of date. Regulators can ensure that all new newly constructed housing with federal assistance meets up-to-date efficiency requirements. (Agencies: Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Federal Housing Finance Agency)
Set a strong energy efficiency standard for manufactured homes. More than 100,000 manufactured homes are shipped each year. Most occupants have low incomes, and many are burdened by high energy bills, in part because federal efficiency standards for these homes have not been updated since 1994. The Department of Energy should set standards promptly, and HUD should strengthen ventilation requirements to ensure better air quality.
Issue an executive order to improve the efficiency of federal buildings. The federal government should be a leader on deep energy and water efficiency retrofits of existing building and constructing zero-net-energy and zero-carbon buildings (i.e., buildings that, over the course of a year, emit zero carbon and generate as much energy as they use). But progress has stagnated in recent years, and President Trump eliminated targets for annual improvement in the efficiency of these buildings. The new president should issue an executive order spurring federal agencies to meet new goals, increase transparency, and leverage private and innovative financing.
The letter also calls on the Biden administration to:

Revive appliance efficiency standards. Appliance standards are the most important federal energy and climate program for buildings. Updating standards could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 to 3 billion tons by 2050. DOE should reverse Trump administration changes that added hurdles to development of new standards, implement light bulb standards that had been legally set to take effect this year, set standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters, and expedite dozens of standards due for updates by the end of 2024.

Strengthen agency work to drive energy efficiency. Accomplishing the above will require quickly filling vacancies in understaffed agencies, especially DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. And federal efforts to help deploy new technologies need new focus and support. DOE should redouble efforts to help state and local efforts to strengthen building energy codes, implement building performance standards, and integrate smart homes and commercial buildings in a carbon-free electric grid, while EPA should devote new focus and support to the ENERGY STAR® program.

The letter to President-elect Biden was signed by Advanced Energy Economy, Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, American Institute of Architects, Building Performance Association, California Efficiency + Demand Management Council, Ceres, Consumer Federation of America, DesignLights Consortium, E4TheFuture, Energy Efficiency Alliance, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Institute for Market Transformation, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, National Association of State Energy Officials, National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, NRDC, Sierra Club, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Green Building Council, and VEIC.

To read the press release online, visit: https://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/-energy-waste-carbon-buildings/22nskmd/714003087?h=jxkIQhNLtppbBCOa4Y_RNrmxg5DwJsVBSe86NtmDsqA

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SUN DAY Campaign News

Washington DC – According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) have dominated new U.S. electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020.

Combined, they accounted for nearly two-thirds ( 64.1%) of the 16,886 MW of new utility-scale capacity added during the first three-quarters of this year.

FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through September 30, 2020) also reveals that natural gas accounted for 35.8%  (6,039 MW) of the total, with very small contributions by coal (20 MW) and “other” sources (5 MW) providing the balance. There have been no new capacity additions by nuclear power, oil, or geothermal energy since the beginning of the year.

Moreover, all of the 2,976 MW of new generating capacity added throughout the summer (i.e., June, July, August, September) was provided by solar (1,484 MW), wind (1,468 MW), and hydropower (24 MW). In September alone, all new U.S. electrical generation capacity added was attributable to two new “units” of wind (159 MW) and five units of solar (36 MW).

Continue reading SUN DAY Campaign News

November 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Renewables Are 64% Of New US Electrical Generating Capacity In 9-Months Of 2020” • According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy sources dominated new US electrical generating capacity additions in the first nine months of 2020. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Hydrogen Power For Heavy Trucks In China And All The Ships At Sea” • In a 15-year plan for new energy vehicles, China’s State Council put a focus on building the fuel-cell supply chain and hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles. A wind and solar plant in Inner Mongolia is expected to produce up to 500,000 tons of H₂ a year beginning in 2021. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Carbon Tracker Claims EV Revolution Will ‘End Oil Era'” • A Carbon Tracker report says the shift to EVs in emerging markets will “end oil era.” In particular, it suggests the transition away from gasoline and diesel powered vehicles in emerging markets “may slash growth in global oil demand by 70%.” The report says the switch will pay for itself. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Australia’s First Renewable Green Gas Injection Project To Power More Than 6,000 NSW Homes” • Energy infrastructure company Jemena signed an agreement with Sydney Water to generate biomethane at a wastewater treatment plant. The biomethane gas will be injected into Jemena’s New South Wales gas distribution network. [Mirage News]
  • “Judge Blocks Permits Over Climate Impacts” • A US federal court once again blocked new oil and gas drilling permits on Wyoming public lands in a ruling that rebuked the Trump administration for its “sloppy and rushed” analysis of climate change impacts. He pointed to numerous flaws in the BLM climate change assessment. [coloradopolitics.com]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • Climate Change Could Lead To Landslide-triggered Tsunami In Alaska: Scientists” • Whittier, Alaska, has still not forgotten the tsunami of 1964, which killed 13 people and did $10 million in damages. But another tsunami threat looms large on the city with climate change, as Barry glacier could fall into the ocean causing a mega-tsunami. [Republic World]

Whittier, Alaska (Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Wind Energy Flourished In Wyoming This Year. But The Renewable’s Future Here Is Unclear” • Wind energy capacity has grown substantially across Wyoming this year. The state’s wind generating capacity is expected to increase by over 1,000 MW for the year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But federal tax credits are set to expire. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]
  • “Electric Vehicle Interest Surges 500% In UK On News Of 2030 Fossil Fuel Car Ban” • News of the UK’s plan to ban sales of new gas and diesel cars in 2030 has reportedly led to a huge increase in interest in electric vehicles. According to BuyaCar.co.uk, electric vehicle inquiries increased by 500% following the news of the stronger timeline. [CleanTechnica]
  • “18% Plugin Vehicle Share in Germany in October – Record Month!” • The German plugin vehicle market set new records in October, reaching an 18% market share. Full electric vehicles were up 365% (!) from last year, and plugin vehicles as a whole were up 303%. Overall, the car market was down 4%, with petrol cars down 30% and diesel down 19%. [CleanTechnica]
  • “In Washington, Babbott Backs Bill To Burn Forest Waste For Renewable Energy” • Arizona’s Coconino County Supervisor testified in Washington DC before a Senate subcommittee, saying the lack of a market for forest waste has impeded efforts to clear national forests of combustible undergrowth and halt the growth of catastrophic wildfires. [Arizona Daily Sun]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 21 Green Energy News


  • “Enel Green Power Promotes Sustainability At Solar Power Plants In US” • There has been opposition to solar installations from farmers in some parts of the US. Efforts from companies like Enel Green Power show how solar and farming can co-exist and benefit each other while helping to bring more renewable energy to America. [CleanTechnica]

Agrovoltaics (Enel Green Power image)

  • “Proterra Sells Its 1,000th Electric Bus” • US-based electric bus company Proterra, which was first mentioned it at CleanTechnica in 2013, has passed a major milestone, selling its 1,000th electric bus. This comes just a bit more than three years after its 100th electric bus was delivered. It was one of twelve sold to Broward County Transit in Florida. [CleanTechnica]
  • “The UN Shipping Agency Greenlights A Decade Of Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions” • Governments have backtracked on their own commitments to urgently reduce climate-heating emissions from the shipping sector, environmental organizations have said following a key meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) today.[CleanTechnica]
  • “This Underwater Farmer Wants Us To Eat More Seaweed” • In the sea off Northern Ireland, a small island could have a hand in the future of food. The waters off Rathlin Island are swimming in kelp. Something of a wonder crop, gram for gram, kelp and other seaweeds have as much protein as beef and are one of few non-animal sources of Vitamin B12. [CNN]
  • “Subseasonal And Seasonal Forecasts Can Help The EU Speed Up The Transition To Renewable Energy” • By using subseasonal and seasonal forecasts, energy companies can improve weather-related risk management and potentially increase their profits. Such forecasts can contribute to speeding up the transition to renewable energy. [Tech Xplore]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Fishing Saps The Ocean’s Power To Capture Carbon” • A fish that dies naturally in the ocean sinks to the depths, taking with it all the carbon it contains. When a fish is caught, most of this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO₂. Carbon emissions from fishing are 25% higher than what had been considered to come from fuel consumption. [Futurity]

Fishing (Dr Karl-Heinz Hochhaus, CC-BY-SA-3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “The Seaweed Swamping The Atlantic Ocean” • In the summer of 2018, an almost incomprehensibly large mass of stringy brown seaweed appeared in the Atlantic Ocean. It stretched across the Atlantic Ocean, from the shores of West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of a pattern that established itself in 2011 and has been getting worse [BBC]
  • “GM Raises Its EV Game, Commits Another $7 Billion To Its Electric Car Push” • General Motors announced it is adding $7 billion to its mission to bring electric cars to market. GM had already committed $20 billion to its EV program. CEO Mary Barra said GM will offer 30 battery electric models globally by the middle of this decade. [CleanTechnica]
  • “NOAA Research Shows Climate Crisis Primary Cause Of 98% Of Dead Florida Coral Reef” • A first-of-its-kind federal report on the health of the US coral reefs finds that in Florida, the area with the worst degradation, up to 98% of coral reefs have been lost due mainly to the climate crisis. The researchers used data collected from 2012 to 2018. [Red, Green, and Blue]
  • “How To Stop Climate Change By Financing A Global Green New Deal” • With a fraction of the Covid-19 recovery funds, central banks could support climate protection to make the 1.5°C target achievable. The financial means available to deal with the pandemic exceeds what is needed to stabilize the global climate at 1.5°C many times over. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.