Predictions Favored Solar Over Wind Power. What Happened?

One lesson: Renewable technology benefits from early, consistent government support.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #internal-open-access, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

Exxon Sets a 2050 Goal for Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The target does not account for the climate impact of its customers and suppliers, leaving the company lagging the commitments of some of its rivals.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #energy-and-power, #exxon-mobil-corp, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #permian-basin-north-america, #woods-darren-w-1965

A North Sea Auction Produces Big Plans for Scottish Wind Farms

Oil giants like BP and Shell propose to spend billions on renewable energy, bolstering Scotland’s efforts to move away from an economy based on fossil fuel.

#aberdeen-scotland, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bp-plc, #edinburgh-scotland, #energy-and-power, #germany, #great-britain, #iberdrola-sa, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #wind-power, #wood-mackenzie-ltd

A Widening Web of Undersea Cables Connects Britain to Green Energy

Linking one nation’s power grid with another’s is considered essential as more electricity is generated from solar and wind.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #hydroelectric-power, #norway, #wind-power

Coming Soon to This Coal County: Solar, in a Big Way

In Martin County, Ky., where coal production has flatlined, entrepreneurs are promising that a new solar farm atop a shuttered mine will bring green energy jobs.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appalachian-region, #coal, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #kentucky, #mines-and-mining, #solar-energy

Germany Wants Its Russian Pipeline. German Allies Aren’t Sure It’s a Good Idea.

The Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany pipeline could offer plentiful natural gas. But tensions with Vladimir Putin are keeping it out of reach.

#cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #europe, #gazprom, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-2, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine

Despite Reforms, the Texas Electricity Grid Is Still Vulnerable to Cold

Gov. Greg Abbott has promised the lights will stay on this winter. But many of the problems that led to the power system failure in February remain.

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Behind Manchin’s Opposition, a Long History of Fighting Climate Measures

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.

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One-year jump in energy prices is a big factor in inflation’s jump.

Energy prices rose by one-third in the last year, and 6.8 percent in November alone, but there are recent signs of relief.

#consumer-price-index, #energy-and-power, #heating, #inflation-economics, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy

Shell Plans Shift to Britain, and Dropping ‘Royal Dutch’

The restructuring is meant to make the company more appealing to investors and make it easier to sell assets, the oil giant said.

#energy-and-power, #great-britain, #loeb-daniel-s, #netherlands, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #relocation-of-business, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #van-beurden-ben

In France, the People COP26 Forgot Seethe Over Rising Energy Prices

In one area of France, worries about rising energy prices trump anxiety about rising temperatures, raising fears of a resurgence of the Yellow Vest social uprising.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #france, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #wind-power, #yellow-vests-movement

The Developing World Is Falling Short on Emissions Reductions

Plans for new power generation won’t meet global climate goals.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-dioxide, #china, #coal, #corporations, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #mexico, #pakistan, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vietnam

Winter Heating Bills Loom as the Next Inflation Threat

After plunging during the pandemic as the economy slowed, energy prices have roared upward. Washington is already moving to offer homeowners relief.

#cold-and-cold-spells, #commodities, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #heating, #inflation-economics, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #propane, #united-states-economy, #winter-season

An Electricity Crisis Complicates the Climate Crisis in Europe

Prices for power have soared, and some politicians are now trying to use that as a lever to slow action on climate change, a strategy with far-reaching consequences.

#energy-and-power, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

Oil Executives Begin Testimony on Industry’s Role in Climate Disinformation

In a historic hearing, the leaders of some of the most powerful energy companies in the world are appearing before a House panel to face questioning on climate change.

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N.Y. State Refuses to Expand Gas Power Plants in Queens and Newburgh

A decision to reject upgrades of two gas-powered power plants was a big win for climate advocates and was endorsed by Gov. Hochul.

#air-pollution, #astoria-queens-ny, #energy-and-power, #environment, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #hochul-kathleen-c, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #newburgh-ny, #nrg-energy-inc, #solar-energy, #wind-power

As Western Oil Giants Cut Production, State-Owned Companies Step Up

In the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, government-owned energy companies are increasing oil and natural gas production as U.S. and European companies pare supply because of climate concerns.

#africa, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #argentina, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #corporations, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #latin-america, #middle-east, #nasser-amin-h, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #saudi-aramco, #shale, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Putin Suggests Germany Approve Nord Stream 2 to Solve Energy Crisis

In his most direct comments to date on the contentious Russian pipeline, President Vladimir V. Putin called it an “obvious” way to relieve Europe’s soaring natural gas prices.

#eastern-europe, #energy-and-power, #gazprom, #germany, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #east-coast-us, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #wind-power

Private Equity Funds, Sensing Profit in Tumult, Are Propping Up Oil

These secretive investment companies have pumped billions of dollars into fossil fuel projects, buying up offshore platforms, building new pipelines and extending lifelines to coal power plants.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #amplify-energy-corp, #avenue-capital-group, #california, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #private-equity, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #the-blackstone-group

Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

While its C.E.O., Elon Musk, and the state’s conservative lawmakers share libertarian sensibilities, they differ greatly on climate change and renewable energy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #law-and-legislation, #musk-elon, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #silicon-valley-calif, #solar-energy, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas, #wind-power

China’s Power Crunch Exposes Tensions Ahead of Key U.N. Climate Summit

Keeping global temperatures from dangerous levels means China must pivot away from coal immediately. Its soaring energy demand and rolling blackouts mean it probably won’t.

#air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #coal, #dongguan-china, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #united-nations, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #wind-power, #xi-jinping

A Scary Energy Winter Is Coming. Don’t Blame the Greens.

Too many people could face a choice between eating and heating.

#energy-and-power, #europe, #european-union, #global-warming, #iran, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #russia

Britain’s Fuel Shortages Are Just the Start

A sudden convergence of crises has cast the country’s future in darkness.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #energy-and-power, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #trucks-and-trucking

Scotland’s Oil Industry Is Fading as Wind Energy Beckons

Oil and gas production in the North Sea is not the economic juggernaut it once was. Can floating wind turbines offer an alternative?

#aberdeen-scotland, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #natural-gas, #north-sea, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #wind-power

Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

Much of the state, including New Orleans, lost power for days because many of Entergy’s electrical poles and towers were not built to withstand a major hurricane, energy experts said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #weather, #wind

Hurricane Ida Exposes Grid Weaknesses as New Orleans Goes Dark

A new natural gas power plant, meant to power the city in an emergency, did not come to the rescue when the storm disabled eight transmission lines.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #batteries, #disasters-and-emergencies, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #global-warming, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #solar-energy, #weather

Lights Flickered in New York City. Why Did the Subways Grind to a Halt?

Elected officials wanted to know why a brief power disruption was followed by widespread problems in the subway system.

#consolidated-edison-inc, #delays-transportation, #energy-and-power, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

Zelensky Must Tell Biden to Stop Nord Stream 2

Nord Stream 2 would be catastrophic for all of Europe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-2, #pipelines, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #zelensky-volodymyr

A New Coal Mine for England Is Stirring Hopes and Fears

A mining company’s proposal has largely been embraced locally as an economic stimulus, but climate concerns may shelve the idea.

#coal, #conservative-party-great-britain, #cumbria-england, #energy-and-power, #friends-of-the-earth, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #whitehaven-england, #wind-power

Who Created the Renewable-Energy Miracle?

Was it luck, or was it good policy?

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #energy-and-power, #international-trade-and-world-market, #solar-energy, #wind-power

How a Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashed an Energetic Burst of Optimism

Even scientists who were skeptical of work at the National Ignition Facility called the results a success.

#california, #energy-and-power, #fusion-nuclear-reaction, #hydrogen, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #lawrence-livermore-laboratory, #national-ignition-facility, #nuclear-weapons, #research

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

The ‘Mean Greens’ Are Forcing Exxon to Clean Up Its Act

Diversifying beyond oil and gas will benefit everyone.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #energy-and-power, #exxon-mobil-corp, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Big Setbacks Propel Oil Giants Toward a ‘Tipping Point’

A surprising mix of environmentalists, pension fund managers and big money investors have scored startling victories against oil and coal, opening new battle fronts in the climate fight.

#australia, #energy-and-power, #engine-no-1-gp-llc, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #milieudefensie-nonprofit, #netherlands, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states

Colonial Pipeline Hack Shows Risk to US Energy Independence

The country relies less on foreign oil than it used to, but pipelines and grids are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and extreme weather.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shale, #solar-energy, #united-states, #wind-power

U.S. Energy Independence Threatened by Hackers and Climate Change

The country relies less on foreign oil than it used to, but pipelines and grids are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and extreme weather.

#colonial-pipeline-co, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #shale, #solar-energy, #united-states, #wind-power

Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns

A landmark report from the International Energy Agency says countries need to move faster and more aggressively to cut planet-warming pollution.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #carbon-dioxide, #coal, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-energy-agency, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Final Approval Expected for Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, is slated to generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #avangrid-renewables, #copenhagen-infrastructure-partners, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #marthas-vineyard-mass, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vineyard-wind-llc, #wind-power

How Is Climate Change Affecting Our Health? Join the Conversation.

This Earth Day, join us for a live broadcast as we explore the impact of climate change on our health, and how technology can spark new solutions.

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #internal-paywall-exempt, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Biden Administration Announces a Major Offshore Wind Plan

The White House said the program could create tens of thousands of new jobs while moving the country toward clean energy

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #long-island-ny, #new-jersey, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

Ad Agencies Step Away From Oil and Gas in Echo of Cigarette Exodus

A queasiness has set in among some people who have made ads promoting fossil fuels. One executive likened the shift to the ad industry’s move away from tobacco.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #corporate-social-responsibility, #energy-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #omnicom-group-inc, #public-relations-and-publicity, #wpp

A Wind Farm in Coal Country

Wind energy has become a popular target for Republican leaders and pundits. So why are some local conservative lawmakers embracing wind farms?

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #rawlins-wyo, #wind-power, #wyoming

Biden Vowed to Make Climate ‘Essential’ to Foreign Policy. The Reality Is Harder.

So far, repairing alliances and restoring friendships seem to be taking precedence.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mexico Set to Reshape Power Sector to Favor the State

Legislation that the Mexican president has pushed would curtail private investors in the energy industry and possibly reverse gains in lowering carbon emissions.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #energy-and-power, #foreign-investments, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #law-and-legislation, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #national-action-party-mexico, #politics-and-government

California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company

Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #avangrid-renewables-llc, #biodiversity, #birds, #breeding-of-animals, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #energy-and-power, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wind-power

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

#austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #bloomberg-michael-r, #buses, #c40-cities-climate-leadership-group, #copenhagen-denmark, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #germany, #heidelberg-germany, #hydrogen, #international-council-on-clean-transportation, #jaguar-land-rover, #mercedes-benz, #oslo-norway, #portland-ore, #real-estate-commercial, #reckitt-benckiser, #roads-and-traffic, #rotterdam-netherlands, #sap-ag, #stockholm-sweden, #transit-systems, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #university-of-heidelberg, #wurzner-eckart

Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?

Nord Stream 2, a direct pipeline from Russia to Germany, isn’t going away. Neither is the clamor to cancel it.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-and-power, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states

Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

Ted Cruz’s Excellent Adventure

At least he didn’t bring up the Green New Deal.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #cawthorn-madison, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power