November, 2023

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How Dominion Energy is creating a $9.8 billion road map for offshore wind

GreenBiz

Close to $22 billion in U.S. offshore wind projects have been delayed or canceled, but the Virginia utility is moving forward with the largest facility in U.S. waters.

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Even One More Oil and Gas Lease Sale in the Gulf of Mexico Is Too Many

NRDC onEarth

An expansion of offshore drilling would lock the region into decades of fossil fuel extraction at the expense of the climate, coastal communities, and marine life.

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China to install record-breaking 230 GW of wind and solar in 2023

Renew Economy

China is quietly reorganising its entire power sector to support rapid electrification and renewables uptake – and smashing records along the way. The post China to install record-breaking 230 GW of wind and solar in 2023 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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America's first 'enhanced' geothermal plant just got up and running

Canary Media

A next-generation geothermal plant backed by Google has started sending carbon-free electricity to the grid in Nevada, where the tech company operates some of its massive data centers.

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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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Westinghouse Secures First Customer for eVinci Nuclear Microreactor

POWER Magazine

Westinghouse’s first customer for its eVinci microreactor—a flagship 5-MWe/13-MWth “nuclear battery”—is poised to be the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), Canada’s second-largest research and technology organization. The commercial laboratory that provides […] The post Westinghouse Secures First Customer for eVinci Nuclear Microreactor appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Chris Bowen’s bold and sudden movement on climate sent the Coalition clutching at its pearls

The Guardian: Energy

The existential battle against global heating requires connecting science, politics and community life, often much harder than it looks Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast A lot of the time, politics feels incremental. But every now and again, a big thing happens suddenly. Chris Bowen made it clear this week the government intends to transform the fundamentals of Australia’s energy grid.

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More than 100 Organizations Call for a Forest Accountability Framework

NRDC onEarth

At the start of COP28, civil society groups from around the world are urging countries to establish a Glasgow Declaration Accountability Framework (GDAF).

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Giant Melbourne battery may triple in size with plans for 12-hour flow battery storage

Renew Economy

Giant battery in Melbourne partly funded by SEC is looking at adding 12-hour storage using flow battery technologies for its next stage. The post Giant Melbourne battery may triple in size with plans for 12-hour flow battery storage appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Portugal just ran on 100% renewables for six days in a row

Canary Media

One recent autumn afternoon, I watched the Atlantic gusts collide with the cliffs that rise above Nazaré, Portugal. Rain pelted down, and the world-renowned swells rose into walls of water that even the most death-defying surfers reach only via Jet Ski.

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China Will Guarantee Financial Support for Coal-Fired Power Plants

POWER Magazine

A government agency in China announced that operators of coal-fired power plants will receive guaranteed payments based on the installed capacity of their units, part of a program to ensure […] The post China Will Guarantee Financial Support for Coal-Fired Power Plants appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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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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Tripling Global Renewables By 2030 Is Hard, Achievable and Necessary to Achieve Net Zero

BloombergNEF

Tripling global renewables capacity by 2030, as proposed by the COP28 Presidency, is in line with the 10.5 terawatts required to get on track for net-zero according to BloombergNEF analysis BNEF’s forecasts see solar on track for what’s needed by 2030, while wind and storage will require concerted action to unlock London, November 21, 2023 […] The post Tripling Global Renewables By 2030 Is Hard, Achievable and Necessary to Achieve Net Zero appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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The first step toward an embedded sustainability strategy: Pinpoint key ESG issues

GreenBiz

The initial building blocks in creating an embedded strategy are establishing material ESG factors and stakeholders and developing a materiality matrix.

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Colorado: A National Leader in Transportation and Climate

NRDC onEarth

New analysis shows Colorado’s remarkable clean transportation progress—and a need for greater transit investment

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NSW passes climate bill to write 70 pct by 2035 emissions reduction target into law

Renew Economy

In a triumph of multi-partisanship, NSW Parliament has passed legislation to cut the state's emissions by 70% by 2035, and reach net zero by 2050. The post NSW passes climate bill to write 70 pct by 2035 emissions reduction target into law appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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World’s First Series-Production Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Ecitaro G Fuel Cell Delivered to Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr Gmbh

FuelCellsWorks

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) received first three of 48 fully electric eCitaro articulated buses with a 60 kW fuel cell as range extender NMC3 high-performance batteries and fuel cell increase range.

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LFP cell average falls below US$100/kWh as battery pack prices drop to record low in 2023

Energy Storage News

After a difficult couple of years which saw the trend of falling lithium battery prices temporarily reverse, a 14% drop in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack cost from 2022-2023 has been recorded by BloombergNEF.

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Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Prices Hit Record Low of $139/kWh

BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF’s annual battery price survey finds a 14% drop from 2022 to 2023 New York, November 27, 2023 – Following unprecedented price increases in 2022, battery prices are falling again this year. The price of lithium-ion battery packs has dropped 14% to a record low of $139/kWh, according to analysis by research provider BloombergNEF (BNEF). […] The post Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Prices Hit Record Low of $139/kWh appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Why Unilever’s downshift on sustainability is good news

GreenBiz

Environmental and social commitments are aligning more closely with tangible financial goals, a sign of sustainability’s maturity in business.

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What to Look for in a New Lead and Copper Rule

NRDC onEarth

What's needed to fix the EPA's broken rule for lead in drinking water? Some answers here.

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Small modular nuclear reactors: a history of failure

Renew Economy

Dozens of ‘small modular reactor’ designs are being promoted, but precious few will reach construction stage and likelihood of SMRs being built in large numbers is negligible. The post Small modular nuclear reactors: a history of failure appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Poland’s answer to the climate crisis: one hundred nuclear reactors

Energy Transition

The good news is that Poland is no longer denying or ignoring the climate crisis. The bad news is that it believes the solution to eradicating its 80 percent dependency on fossil fuels – the highest in the EU – is an expansive nuclear energy program. Even the three democratic parties likely to form a new, liberal-minded coalition government, the outcome of the October 15 general election.

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Kenya government power company appointed for World Bank-funded energy storage pilot

Energy Storage News

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has been selected to carry out a battery storage pilot project, through a programme to increase electricity access funded by the World Bank.

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Michigan just passed one of the country’s most ambitious clean energy bills

Canary Media

Michigan’s Democrat-controlled legislature has passed a package of clean energy bills that includes one of the most aggressive state-level clean energy targets in the nation.

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Most companies are fumbling their 2025 plastic waste targets

GreenBiz

The world is off track to tackle plastic pollution. Here's what business must do now, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Big Meat Unveils Battle Plans for COP28

DeSmogBlog

Major meat companies and industry lobby groups are planning a large presence at COP28 in a few days time, equipped with a communications plan to get a pro-meat message heard by policymakers throughout the summit, DeSmog can reveal. Documents seen by DeSmog and the Guardian show that the meat industry is poised to “tell its story and tell it well” in the lead up and during the Dubai conference, which comes on the heels of the world’s hottest ever year.

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Case for gas as transition fuel falling apart on both economic and environmental costs

Renew Economy

Australia's biggest gas projects have cost shareholders $US19bn and the methane emissions are on par with coal, studies show. The post Case for gas as transition fuel falling apart on both economic and environmental costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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UAMPS and NuScale Power Terminate SMR Nuclear Project

POWER Magazine

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) and NuScale Power Corp. (NuScale) have mutually agreed to terminate the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), a small modular reactor (SMR) project that was […] The post UAMPS and NuScale Power Terminate SMR Nuclear Project appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Solaris Hydrogen Buses in Yet Another City. Solaris Urbino Hydrogen Head to Wa?Brzych, Poland

FuelCellsWorks

Solaris Bus & Coach will deliver state-of-the-art hydrogen buses to the city of Wałbrzych. The contract covers the delivery of 20 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses, including an option to purchase an additional 25 vehicles. Wałbrzych is thus yet another Polish.

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The humble trash truck is ready for an all-electric upgrade

Canary Media

A powerful new electric vehicle recently started roaming the leaf-strewn streets of Portland, Oregon. Between its tires sits a hefty 400-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Inside its body is the daily detritus discarded by residents of downtown Portland.

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How Microsoft and P&G are planning to replenish more water than they use

GreenBiz

Microsoft and P&G are among a growing group of companies replenishing freshwater ecosystems to offset their corporate water consumption.

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Blink Charging launches V2G-capable EV charger in UK and Ireland

Charged

Blink Charging’s EQ 200 Level 2 EV charger, which the company just launched in the UK and Ireland, is one of a new generation of V2G-capable bidirectional chargers. It’s designed to “enable the switch from static EV charging to more dynamic and sustainable energy management as grid technology develops.” The EQ 200’s smart features include Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and 2G and 4G connectivity, allowing the charger to interact with a range of load-balancing and intelligent energy management system

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Solar generation to surpass hydropower in the US in 2024

Renew Economy

Solar generation has increased at an average rate of 44% a year in the US between 2009 to 2022 – and new data shows it's on track to overtake hydro on the grid. The post Solar generation to surpass hydropower in the US in 2024 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Researchers train AI to produce solar cells from perovskite in record time

TechXplore

Researchers in Australia have harnessed AI to produce solar cells from the mineral perovskite in just a matter of weeks, bypassing years of human labor and human error to optimize the cells.

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Aker Carbon Capture Awarded Feasibility Study for E-fuel Project in Finland

FuelCellsWorks

Aker Carbon Capture has been awarded an integration feasibility study for an e-fuel project in Finland. The company will investigate fully integrating one of its standardized and modularized Just Catch.

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