January, 2024

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How Wells Fargo is slashing HVAC energy use more than 70% with a simple building retrofit

GreenBiz

Wells Fargo was an early investor in Turntide Technologies, which makes switched reluctance motors that drive down energy consumption for HVAC systems by an average of 64%.

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Air pollution and trees study overturns “rough and hairy is good” dictum

Envirotec Magazine

Surrey researcher Yendle Barwise assembling one of the pollution monitors. If you’re trying to take pollution out of the air, choose evergreen trees with smaller leaves. That’s according to a new study from the University of Surrey. Researchers from Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) tested ten trees beside a busy main road.

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International Community Wants Biden to Act on LNG

NRDC onEarth

Allies from key countries around the world came out resoundingly in support of the Biden administration's decision to pause permitting of new liquefied natural gas export facilities.

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Origin to build 650 MWh battery next to gas plant in Victoria

Renew Economy

Origin unveils plans to spend $400 million on a 650MWh battery in Victoria. The post Origin to build 650 MWh battery next to gas plant in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 17%, Hits $1.8 Trillion in 2023, According to BloombergNEF Report

BloombergNEF

• BloombergNEF’s Energy Transition Investment Trends 2024 finds that renewable energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen and carbon capture all drive investment growth year-on-year • China leads with $676 billion invested in 2023, or 38% of the global total • Together, the EU, US and UK invested more than China in 2023, which was not the case […] The post Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 17%, Hits $1.8 Trillion in 2023, According to BloombergNEF Report appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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California solar-plus-storage project with world’s largest BESS fully online

Energy Storage News

The Edwards & Sanborn solar-plus-storage project in California is now fully online, with 875MWdc of solar PV and 3,287MWh of battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity, the world's largest.

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Increasing number of local authorities require over 10% Biodiversity Net Gain

Envirotec Magazine

In advance of the statutory requirement for biodiversity net gain (BNG) for new developments from January 2024, new research appears to reveal a gradual increase in the number requesting in excess of the 10% biodiversity net gain. Law firm Carter Jonas conducted the research, analysing the emergence of BNG policies and guidance within local planning authorities (LPAs) in a series of research from spring 2022.

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Fossilized Finances: Oil and Gas Subsidies in the Permian Basin

NRDC onEarth

A new NRDC report shows how, despite the need to curb fossil fuel production, outdated tax giveaways incentivize further extraction in the country's largest oil and gas region.

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Final concrete turbine foundations poured for Australia’s biggest wind farm

Renew Economy

All of the concrete foundations have been poured at the site of the massive MacIntyre wind farm, ready to accommodate 162 wind turbines. The post Final concrete turbine foundations poured for Australia’s biggest wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards

POWER Magazine

A bipartisan group of 12 U.S. senators is poised to introduce a bill that could freeze the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) implementation of updated energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers. […] The post Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Rein In DOE Distribution Transformer Efficiency Standards appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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Chart: The world is building renewable energy faster than ever before

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Renewable energy didn’t just grow last year — it expanded at a pace not seen in years.

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Intel is using hot water to cut natural gas use in its factories

GreenBiz

Industrial heat recovery is an untapped opportunity that could save an estimated $152.5 billion in annual energy costs globally.

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Multi-day energy storage to be demonstrated in California

Smart Energy International

Form Energy has been awarded a $30 million grant from the California Energy Commission to deploy the state’s first multi-day energy storage system. Form Energy, a pioneer of iron-air energy storage, is to deploy a 5MW/500MWh system at the site of a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) substation in Mendocino County. The project, which is expected to come online by 2025, is aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of multi-day energy storage to help California meet its renewable energy and zero carb

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Liquefied Natural Gas has Limited Impact in Displacing Coal Emissions

NRDC onEarth

The fossil fuel industry is selling a false narrative that liquefied natural gas (LNG) expansion is a “climate solution” because it displaces coal consumption globally. This claim doesn’t stand up against the facts. U.S. LNG has no or very limited.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Millions in fossil fuel money rained on major political parties last year

Renew Economy

Santos, Woodside, Adani and Gina Rinehart feature among donors to major political parties in 2023. The post Millions in fossil fuel money rained on major political parties last year appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bottled water has up to 100 times more plastic particles than previously thought

Grist

At this point, it’s common knowledge that bottled water contains microplastics — fragments of the insidious material that can be as small as a bacterial cell. But the problem is much worse than previously known: It turns out that bottled water harbors hundreds of thousands of even tinier pieces of the stuff. A paper published Monday used a novel technique to analyze one-liter samples of bottled water for plastic granules, going down to just 50 to 100 nanometers in length — roughly the width of a

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A huge battery has replaced Hawaii's last coal plant

Canary Media

Hawaii shut down its last coal plant on September 1, 2022, eliminating 180 megawatts of fossil-fueled baseload power from the grid on Oahu — a crucial step in the state’s first-in-the-nation commitment to cease burning fossil fuels for electricity by 2045.

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Why you shouldn't go net zero this year

GreenBiz

Sponsored: You want to move the needle on climate change? Stop trying to achieve net zero.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Net Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho Took Donation From Climate Science Denial Funder

DeSmogBlog

Energy Security and Net Zero Secretary Claire Coutinho accepted a £2,000 donation in January from Lord Michael Hintze , a funder of the UK’s leading climate science denial pressure group, DeSmog can reveal. The donation, which was registered on 4 January and declared on the MPs’ register of interests this week, was to aid Coutinho’s local East Surrey Conservative association with its campaigning activities.

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Transportation Funding Gets a Potential Boost

NRDC onEarth

A new bill from Congressman Hank Johnson could help secure desperately needed operations funding for transit agencies across the country.

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Cost of UK’s flagship nuclear project blows out to more than $A92 billion

Renew Economy

Cost of UK's flagship nuclear project blows out again, this time to a potential $A92 billion. Is the Australian Coalition still pushing this technology? The post Cost of UK’s flagship nuclear project blows out to more than $A92 billion appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Bochum, Germany to extract geothermal heat from abandoned coal mines

ThinkGeoEnergy

Construction is currently ongoing for new buildings that will be served by a planned geothermal heating project in Bochum, Germany that aims to utilize water from abandoned coal mine shafts for emissions-free heating and cooling. By 2027, the geothermal heating and cooling system is expected to supply new buildings at the project site including offices, research facilities, and university institutes.

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The biggest solar-plus-storage project in the US just came online

Canary Media

The largest combined solar and energy-storage project in the U.S. is now online and operating in California’s Mojave Desert. The sprawling megaproject stretches across 4,600 acres in Kern County and is located on private land as well as the Edwards Air Force Base. It’s the biggest public-private partnership the U.S.

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France will jail corporate directors who fail to adhere to new CSRD requirements

GreenBiz

No get-out-of-jail-free-card will save companies that don't comply with this new French law.

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? $32bn and 30% drop as market hits pause in 2023

Climate Tech VC

Climate tech has undergone a visible evolution over the past few years, transitioning from a phase of abundant funding for innovation to capital more focused on large-scale deployments that approach being bankable and 'boring' Our annual report on climate tech investment trends examines this evolution, with a particular focus on venture and growth investment, which serve as crucial indicators.

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In D.C. Defamation Trial, Climatologist Michael Mann Confronts the Climate Deniers Who Maligned His Work

DeSmogBlog

Twelve years after he sued two climate deniers for defamation, climate scientist Michael Mann took the stand during the second week of the trial against them in Washington, D.C. Mann’s testimony painted a picture of a respected and accomplished scientist and academic who has been deeply hurt, personally and professionally, by accusations of scientific deception.

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Battery storage now dominates system services market for main grid

Renew Economy

Battery storage is now confirmed as the dominant player in the provision of key services to the grid, as batteries and demand management nudge out fossil fuel generators. The post Battery storage now dominates system services market for main grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ford Hydrogen Investment Could Pay off Big Time

FuelCellsWorks

Though it remains heavily vested in EVs, Ford has also made it quite clear that fully electric power isn’t quite feasible for larger trucks at the moment. Instead, the automaker.

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Wind turbines kill too many birds and bats. How can we make them safer?

Canary Media

This article by Knowable Magazine is published here as part of the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now. About twice a month, many of Australia’s wind farms receive an important visit from dogs and their handlers. The dogs are professionals and know exactly what they’re there for.

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LACI ANNOUNCES LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK & SEVEN OTHER CITIES REPRESENTING 55 MILLION AMERICANS TO JOIN INAUGURAL CITY CLIMATE INNOVATION CHALLENGE TO ADVANCE ZERO EMISSIONS DELIVERY; PARTNERS INCLUDE C40 & CLIMATE MAYORS

LA CleanTech Incubator

First of its Kind City Challenge is Designed to Help Cities Pilot and Scale Innovation to Reduce Congestion & Emissions from Exploding E-Commerce and Goods Movement Los Angeles, January 9, 2024 – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)–in partnership with Climate Mayors and C40–announced the selected cities for the inaugural City Climate Innovation.

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‘Greener, cheaper, much warmer’ – heat pump owners laud their new system

The Guardian: Energy

Report finds users even in Victorian properties and older rural homes are noticing cheaper bills and warmer homes Gillian Woodward, 50, says her house has been “completely transformed for the better” by installing an air source heat pump. Woodward, a community nurse in north Wales, was “astounded” to discover that she was eligible for a government-backed means-tested grant that covered the whole cost of insulating and installing a heat pump in her home.

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ThinkGeoEnergy’s Top 10 Geothermal Countries 2023 – Power Generation Capacity

ThinkGeoEnergy

With this article, we are releasing our annual Top 10 Geothermal Countries based on Installed Power Generation Capacity as of year-end 2023. While behind on some of our plans on the release on additional research on our site, we have expanded capacity and are glad to have installed a Research Manager , who is pushing ahead in the updating of our databases, planning of our research offerings and publications, as well as supporting clients.

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Solar farms and native grasses create pollinator havens and boost biodiversity, study funds

Renew Economy

Solar farms can play a significant role in restoring insect habitats that could mitigate ongoing conflicts over farming land use change. The post Solar farms and native grasses create pollinator havens and boost biodiversity, study funds appeared first on RenewEconomy.