Category: Energy

Energy Dept. seeks to cut cost of energy storage, boost renewables

Read the full story at The Hill.

The Energy Department will attempt to decrease the cost of energy storage technology by 90 percent within a decade in an attempt to boost clean energy use.

Renewable electricity generation is growing — but it’s not enough to meet rising demand, IEA says

Read the full story at CNBC.

The planet’s demand for electricity is set for a strong rebound this year and next after dropping by approximately 1% in 2020, according to a new publication from the International Energy Agency.

Released Thursday, the IEA’s Electricity Market Report forecasts that global electricity demand will jump by nearly 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022 as economies around the world look to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Western officials reckon with reliability challenges as heat and ‘wildcard’ wildfire threaten grid

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Regulators will have to figure out which resources can be brought online ‘that can really take us off the edge,’ the head of the California Independent System Operator said.

More power lines or rooftop solar panels: The fight over energy’s future

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The president and energy companies want new transmission lines to carry electricity from solar and wind farms. Some environmentalists and homeowners are pushing for smaller, more local systems.

A microgrid powered only by solar and batteries points the way to bigger all-renewable grids

Read the full story at Canary Media.

Australia’s Horizon Power and partner PXiSE showed they could power a town without generators. The implications for expanding renewable energy are massive.

Pandemic garbage boom ignites debate over waste as energy

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

America remains awash in refuse as new cases of the coronavirus decline — and that has reignited a debate about the sustainability of burning more trash to create energy.

Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only about half a percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. But the plants have long aroused considerable opposition from environmentalists and local residents who decry the facilities as polluters, eyesores and generators of foul odor.

The industry has been in retreat mode in the U.S., with dozens of plants closing since 2000 amid local opposition and emissions concerns. But members of the industry said they see the increase in garbage production in the U.S. in recent months as a chance to play a bigger role in creating energy and fighting climate change by keeping waste out of methane-creating landfills.

JetBlue signs new sustainable aviation fuel partnership for LAX flights

Read the full story at ESG Today.

JetBlue announced today an expansion of its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) program, with the launch of a new partnership with World Energy and World Fuel Services. The new agreement will enable JetBlue to begin using SAF on flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), starting this month.

Biden administration to curb toxic wastewater from coal plants with new rule

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday it will set stricter requirements for how coal-fired power plants dispose of wastewater full of arsenic, lead and mercury — a major source of toxic water pollution for rivers and streams near electric generators across the country, from Wyoming to Pennsylvania.

In a new rulemaking process kicked off Monday, President Biden’s team is aiming to undo one of the Trump administration’s major regulatory rollbacks. Last year, the Trump EPA watered down rules forcing many coal plants to treat wastewater with modern filtration methods and other technology before it reached waterways that provide drinking water for thousands of Americans.

Europe unveils plan to shift from fossil fuels, setting up potential trade spats

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The proposal would impose tariffs on some imports from countries with looser environmental rules. It would also mean the end of sales in the European Union of new gas- and diesel-powered cars in just 14 years.

The untold story of COVID’s dramatic impact on global energy

Read the full story at Forbes.

The 2021 edition of the bp Statistical Review of World Energy was published last week, which means it’s time for my annual commentary.  This year’s release is the 70th anniversary edition; as always the Review is a must-read for anyone interested in the world of energy.  (Annual disclosure:  I led the production of the Review for a dozen years…)

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