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Exelon Threatens To Mothball Four Nuclear Power Plants Unless Paid A Premium For Their Zero-Carbon Electricity

Forbes Green Tech

Lawmakers often turn to federally chartered "Independent Market Monitors" to vet the nuclear industry's claims that its plants are money-losing. This is an investigation of how one of these expert groups arrived at its striking conclusion about two nuclear plants in Illinois.

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Behind-the-Meter Battery Pioneer Stem to Take SPAC Route to Public Markets

GreenTechMedia

Stem, the decade-old behind-the-meter battery startup that was seeking a buyer earlier this year to bolster its growth ambitions, is now launching a plan to go public via a special-purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC) reverse merger.

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Think tank outlines possible clean energy industrial strategy for the UK

Envirotec Magazine

Accelerating the build-out of clean energy will reduce costs and make the UK more secure, write Josh Freed and Isabelle Chan of US think tank Third Way, which released a new policy paper on the topic on 29 September. Why industrial strategy? Go all in on domestic clean energy.

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A 21st-century reinvention of the electric grid is crucial for solving the climate change crisis

Renewable Energy World

Then, beginning around 2009, first wind turbines and then solar photovoltaic panels decreased enough in cost to become competitive in electricity markets. will need to nearly triple its 2020 growth rate for the grid to be 80% powered by clean energy by 2030. (As electricity.

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Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage and in-state solar and wind power.

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Journalists Use Satellite Data to Track Pollution, Kim Jong-Un and More During COVID-19 Pandemic

Planet Pulse

Here are some examples of how satellite data continues to be used to monitor changes and global events—despite limiting COVID-19 travel and health restrictions. Some steel mills and power plants remain in operation around Beijing, China during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Momentum Builds for UK Government to Self-Fund New Nuclear Plants

GreenTechMedia

government unveiled its contract for difference with EDF’s 3.2-gigawatt Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in 2012, it proudly proclaimed that the arrangement proved new nuclear did not need direct subsidy. Sizewell C is the next active nuclear project in the U.K.

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How energy providers can prepare for summer heat with innovative solutions

Renewable Energy World

Last summer’s record heat waves triggered a surge in power demand that maxed out supplies and led to outages across the West. California and other states are pushing to use clean electricity to power vehicles and buildings to cut carbon, which will increase demand.

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The Risks in Biden’s Energy Plan

R-Squared Energy

We all know there are negative consequences associated with fossil fuel usage, such as the emission of carbon dioxide and various other pollutants. According to the latest BP Statistical Review — which is the “bible” of energy statistics — in 2019 fossil fuels supplied 83.3%

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The World Needs American Energy

R-Squared Energy

and Germany will continue to rapidly deploy renewable power and electric vehicles. Fossil fuel usage will plummet. Of course, renewables and electric vehicles will help alleviate this dependence over time. But, in the real world so can American energy. Schlesinger Chair in Energy and Geopolitics with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Power of U.S.

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In New York, a New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy

GreenTechMedia

New York is struggling with the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak, but it’s also pushing ahead on its ambitious clean energy goals. Taking advantage of Con Edison's new smart meters. Having smart meters is only the first step, however.

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New York?s Energy Transition (and Challenges) in 5 Charts

GreenTechMedia

Grid operators around the world are unusually busy these days, but few have quite as much on their minds as NYISO, the independent system operator that manages New York state's bulk power system and wholesale energy market.

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Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist with a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

GreenTechMedia

utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and to sell to its customers. But Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, the states where Southern Company’s electric utilities serve about 4.2

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WoodMac: Wind, Solar and Storage to Dominate Europe’s Power Grid by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Europe's power system will look very different in 2030, with energy storage supporting the “dominance” of wind and solar generation, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Most of that will come from front-of-the-meter battery systems.

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Stanford study: 100% renewable US grid is feasible and reliable

Charged

How many times this week have you read that renewable energy is unreliable, and will never be able to completely replace fossil fuels on the electrical grid? The new study, published in the journal Renewable Energy , analyzed grid stability under multiple all-renewable scenarios.

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Duke Energy Will Play ‘Pivotal Role’ in North Carolina Clean Energy Debate, CEO Says

GreenTechMedia

But it also highlighted the near-term steps the utility is taking to achieve its clean energy aspirations and how its long-range decarbonization strategy will influence the pending debate over a clean energy plan for its home state of North Carolina.

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How Europe’s Energy Sector Is Responding to the Coronavirus

GreenTechMedia

Europe's electricity giants are grappling with the demanding challenge of safeguarding staff, keeping the lights on and contributing to the relief effort — all while rolling ahead with their own energy transition plans. The energy sector "won't be as hard-hit as other industries," but it cannot expect to escape the crisis unscathed, said E.ON “Industrial and commercial customers are consuming noticeably less energy.

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NuScale’s Federal Safety Approval Moves US Modular Nuclear Reactors a Step Closer to Reality

GreenTechMedia

Small-scale modular nuclear reactors have gone from being a technology that’s always a decade away from being built to one that may actually enter into commercial production in the next decade. The advantages of nuclear modularity.

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Tory leadership contest goes nuclear, as Truss and Sunak face worsening energy crisis

Business Green

There are now just days to go until Britain's energy regulator officially confirms how much average domestic bills will rise for the autumn period, with concerns growing that the scale of the resulting fuel poverty and economic crisis could be genuinely unprecedented in its scope and intensity.

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No energy security without efficiency: How energy use is key to tackling the gas price crisis

Business Green

Energy security and net zero requires a rethink of the way energy consumed and used. But what policies do experts think shuold feature to the government’s upcoming Energy Security Strategy and Spring Statement? We can't have energy security without energy efficiency.".

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Boris Johnson hints at major reforms to 'frankly ludicrous' energy market

Business Green

Prime Minister signals desire to tackle link between energy bills and gas prices, as National Grid ramps up efforts to expand access to smart grid cost savings. We need to get rid of that system and we need to reform our energy markets as they have done in other European countries.

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Fuelling the transition: How investors can really move the dial on sustainable energy

Business Green

With the global need for action more pressing than ever, the strategy and conference have called for a complete rebuilding of the energy system, with renewable energy set to play a central role. And as the energy transition spreads and accelerates, the capital requirement will be vast.

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Gridlock: Could electricity infrastructure bottlenecks derail the UK's net zero agenda?

Business Green

The UK's new clean energy targets must be matched by a major electricity infrastructure and demand-side flexibility blitz, experts have warned. The Energy Security Strategy did set out some provisions that could result in an acceleration of flexibility solutions on the grid.

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Energy crisis: Labour unveils £6bn home insulation plan, as pressure mounts on government for action

Business Green

Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak and Downing Street face mounting pressure to ramp up support for energy efficiency and billpayers as autumn draws nearer. Take renewable energy," Starmer wrote. Wind, solar, hydrogen power - we need to scale them all up for climate change and cheaper bills.

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The UK's automated power system will help keep the lights on

Business Green

With more workers staying at home during the current Covid-19 crisis, automated electricity generation is taking up the strain, writes Ed Birkett. However, other areas of our electricity supply are still reliant on highly trained engineers going to work every day.

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Future System Operator: New public body launched to manage Britain's net zero energy transition

Business Green

FSO will take 'whole-systems' approach to integration of green energy technologies such as renewables, hydrogen, and CCUS, government confirms. We need to boost our energy resilience, reduce our dependence on expensive imports and slash emissions.

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Wizards vs. Prophets

Mr. Sustainability

Two opposing views on how to tackle the energy transition - by Yvo de Rooij Summary - Humankind stands at a crossroads to shape tomorrow's world. Increasing population and affluence subsequently increases overall demand, be it in the form of food, water or energy.

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Energy Security Strategy: Nuclear and hydrogen tipped for big wins, but will Treasury block efficiency plans?

Business Green

Latest round of reports on long-overdue energy independence plan suggest Number 10 and 11 continue to be at loggerheads over the cost of actions that could protect consumers from record energy bills. Nuclear costs continue?to This is the nuclear industry's worst nightmare.".

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Everything you need to know about the UK's landmark Energy White Paper

Business Green

After several delays spanning at least a year, the government has finally unveiled vision for a future net zero energy system - here are the eight things you need to know about the long-awaited Energy White Paper. Electric vehicles are part of the energy strategy.

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Southern California Edison Inks Another Massive Round of Utility-Scale Battery Contracts

GreenTechMedia

Six months after inking California’s largest single energy storage procurement, utility Southern California Edison has added another three massive utility-scale battery projects to its portfolio—plus a behind-the-meter battery project with Sunrun.

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Sustainability Regulations for Business: A Brief Review

Green Business Bureau

Many businesses have faced instability and uncertainty over the last few years from the combined impact of shifts in power, the U.K.’s that are worth monitoring for your success as a green business. Energy Use and Carbon Emissions. Energy Taxes and Incentives.

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Nova Innovation handed £2m to advance tidal turbine manufacturing in Scotland

Business Green

Nova Innovation has been awarded £2m from the Scottish Government to help develop advance tidal turbine manufacturing, with a view to helping the domestic marine energy sector reach global markets, the tidal developer announced today.

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Report: Investing in renewables and energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels

Business Green

For every £1m invested, renewables creates three times more jobs than fossil fuels, and energy efficiency delivers five times more jobs, UKERC research finds. job-years/annual GWh for wind and nuclear power respectively, and 0.11

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‘This Needs to Be Fixed’: Nuclear Expert Calls Radioactivity Levels Found Outside Ohio Oilfield Waste Facility ‘Excessive’

DeSmogBlog

The facility is located just down the street from a high school football stadium and less than 1,000 feet from a set of city drinking water wells, raising public health concerns from a nuclear forensics scientist about the extent of possible radioactive contamination. Credit: Energy Solutions.

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Final Analysis of California’s August Blackouts Yields Few Surprises and a Tight Deadline for Solutions

GreenTechMedia

West pushed electricity demand past available supply, and problems with California’s resource adequacy program and market practices for ensuring adequate grid capacity failed to correct the imbalance.

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Is Florida’s proposed infrastructure law anti-EV or pro-competition?

Charged

Charged ’s home state of Florida is something of an EV hotspot—there are an estimated 58,000 electric vehicles in the Sunshine State, and according to the DOE, Florida has the third-largest number of charging stations in the US, behind only California and New York.

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New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

GreenTechMedia

New research asserts most have undermined those goals by keeping coal plants running and building new natural gas plants meant to operate for decades to come. electricity sector by 2035, and the cost imperatives of U.S. Wind and solar power accounted for just above 10 percent of U.S.

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FERC Denies Rehearings on PJM Capacity Rulings, in a Blow to States’ Renewables Plans

GreenTechMedia

In Thursday's vote, FERC’s Republican majority rejected rehearing requests from states that say their clean energy goals will be undermined if renewables are forced to bid at higher, administratively set prices. But for clean energy groups, there could be a silver lining.

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'Falling like dominos': Renewables records continue to topple across Europe

Business Green

New analysis reveals that on May 24th over half of the continent's power came from renewables, as UK's coal-free run extends beyond 50 days. On a Sunday late last month, 55 per cent of Europe's power was delivered by wind, solar, and hydroelectric sources.

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Looming Grid Shortfall Prompts 2.5GW California Procurement Proposal

GreenTechMedia

Although the proposed ‘all-source’ procurement would allow existing natural gas-fired peaker plants to compete, it could also open a massive new market for renewable energy, energy storage, demand response and other preferred alternatives to fossil fuels. The biggest is the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, formerly Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, which has been adding cities across L.A.

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Can EDF Make Big Money in Small-Scale Renewables?

GreenTechMedia

The world’s leading nuclear power generator is betting big on a future of small-scale, distributed energy. Électricité de France operates 58 nuclear reactors in its home country and owns stakes in several U.S.

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Finding a Sustainability Career in Business

Green Business Bureau

Examples include energy engineers, environmental attorneys, urban planners, water resource engineers, wildlife conservationists and environmental researchers. Those questions are often at the heart of many students and professionals trying to build a career that is more purpose driven.

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Nuclear question: Are new avenues opening up for the UK's hydrogen roadmap?

Business Green

The energy industry's interest in low carbon hydrogen is building fast, and the nuclear industry reckons it could yet have a crucial role to play. but that uncertainty is not stopping energy companies from rushing to build up hydrogen production capacity.