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More Fossil Natural Gas Won’t Lower High Energy Bills

Union of Concerned Scientists

Today’s high energy prices are the result of recent events and long-term strategies. Reliance on fossil natural gas and the slow adoption of renewable energy contributed to electricity bills in New England in the first nine months of 2022 that are $5 billion higher than the prior year.

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Unveiling the Public Health Burden of Natural Gas

Union of Concerned Scientists

Energy Clean Energy Jobs natural gas overreliance on natural gas public healthEnvironmental health has always been of concern to me, as it is to many of us.

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Methane Madness: 5 Reasons Why Natural Gas Doesn’t Belong in a Clean Electricity Payment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Senate just released a federal budget resolution that includes a measure that could subsidize the production of natural gas. Here are 5 reasons why we shouldn't do that.

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Natural Gas-Powered Fuel Cell Used to Power Data Center

Environment + Energy Leader

Atmos Energy recently completed the installation of a natural gas-powered fuel cell at its corporate data center to generate high efficiency, grid-independent electricity with low emissions. Clean Energy Energy Management Energy Procurement Solar & Renewable Energy

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Natural Gas and Renewables Will Work Together To Achieve Energy Independence

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: The Russian invasion of Ukraine, along with ensuing decisions to ban or reduce demand for Russian oil and gas exports, have caused significant shifts in the global oil and gas market and reminded citizens and governments worldwide of the need for stability of domestic oil and gas costs.

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'Moving the Ball Forward' on Clean Energy, Climate Equity

3BL Media

Amid those potential distractions, Edison International’s delegation at COP27 kept its eye on the ball, with a packed agenda of meetings with global leaders and its own continued leadership in the drive for a clean energy future.

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Our Overdependence on Methane Gas is Costly: We Need Policymakers to Pass Clean Energy Legislation Now 

Union of Concerned Scientists

Rising prices of methane gas used for power and heating, exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are contributing to soaring electric and heating bills across the country. Sourced from EIA April 2022 Monthly Energy Review (Table 7.2b

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National Grid Seeks Renewable Natural Gas and Hydrogen Supply

3BL Media

and NEW YORK, May 16, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Following the release of its vision for fossil-free heat in the Northeast, National Grid has issued a request for information (RFI) to better understand renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen availability for its customers in Massachusetts and New York.

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Virginia Must Sustain Momentum Toward a Clean Energy Future and a Competitive, Resilient Economy

3BL Media

Major companies in Virginia have been some of the strongest advocates for state policies to cut climate pollution and invest in the clean energy future, and they want to see the state keep moving toward a low-carbon future. KEYWORDS: Youngkin, Virginia Energy Plan, Clean Energy, CERES.

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Compressed Natural Gas Energy Storage

Environmental News Bits

Compressed natural gas energy storage (CNGES) is a faster and more cost-effective way to store and recover energy. It uses existing natural gas infrastructure to convert electrical energy from renewable sources to potential energy during off-peak periods, then back to electricity during peak demand. Clean energy powers existing compressors with new expander… Read more → Energy storage Prairie Research Institute Publications

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U.S. Department of Energy Shares Strategy to Secure the Clean Energy Transition

3BL Media

August 17, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Global energy end-use continues to be highly dependent on fossil fuels, and the United States is no exception. As of 2020, about 79% of primary energy end-use and 60% of electricity generation came from fossil fuels, including petroleum, natural gas, and coal.

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Duke Energy Expands Clean Energy Action Plan

3BL Media

SOURCE: Duke Energy. SUMMARY: Less than 5% of energy from coal by 2030, full exit by 2035 (1). Partnered with Accenture and Microsoft on a unique satellite leak detection platform designed to measure actual baseline methane emissions from natural gas distribution systems. “As

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To Achieve Energy and Economic Security, We Must Accelerate the Transition to a Clean Energy Future

3BL Media

energy independence. energy production. ban on Russian imports of oil and gas. “In In the long run the way to avoid high gas prices is to speed up — not slow down our transition to a clean energy future.”. SOURCE: Ceres.

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National Grid, NYSERDA to Launch Innovative Clean Energy Program for Income-Eligible Customers

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: WALTHAM, MA, February 1, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Nearly 175,000 National Grid upstate New York electricity customers will benefit from new solar-energy bill credits, thanks to an innovative joint offering from National Grid and NYSERDA. gigawatts of clean energy resources.

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6th Oil/Natural Gas Shock: U.S. - European Commission Agreement Calls For Reducing Demand For All Natural Gas And Accelerating Deployment Of Clean Energy Measures

PA Environment Daily

On March 25, the United States and the European Commission came to an agreement on how to address Europe’s need for natural gas through the next two winters by diversifying liquefied natural gas supplies “in alignment with climate objectives” to end Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

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National Grid Unveils Its Northeast Clean Energy Vision During Climate Week NYC

3BL Media

Company develops first of many clean energy hubs across the Northeast. A future where clean energy hubs populate the region, accelerating the clean energy future, is National Grid’s Northeast Clean Energy Vision.

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Inside clean energy: Which state will be the first to ban natural gas in new buildings?

Environmental News Bits

As California’s new building code stops short of gas ban, here’s what other states are doing. Read more → Energy Green building RegulationRead the full story at Inside Climate News.

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New Global Energy Market Risk: War Pushes Overreliance on US LNG in Path of Climate-Amped Hurricanes

Union of Concerned Scientists

In response, Europe has scrambled to replace flows and decouple this dependence , in part by shifting away from gas to clean energy alternatives, in part by increasing local gas production, and in part by turning to imports of liquified natural gas, or LNG—including from the US.

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Guest Essay: Shifting Toward Clean Energy Can Lower Costs For Pennsylvanians; Unlike Natural Gas, Clean Energy Does Not Suffer From Wild Price Fluctuations

PA Environment Daily

Ensuring affordable, reliable energy is available should be an absolutely critical priority for policymakers. This winter, however, is expected to bring higher than usual energy prices that could hit U.S. And when prices dropped, so did oil and gas drilling and production in the U.S.

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The Netherlands is busy building hybrid clean energy technologies at sea

A Greener Life

The combination of offshore wind turbines, floating solar panels and green hydrogen are some of the hybrid clean energy technologies currently under development off the Dutch coast. . The Dutch are also trialling a cluster of floating solar panels named ‘Oceans of Energy’.

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Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Grows, Turns Food Waste to Renewable Energy

Environment + Energy Leader

The group aims to turn waste from manufacturing into renewable natural gas. The post Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Grows, Turns Food Waste to Renewable Energy appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Clean Energy

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COP26: Clean energy investments must triple by 2030 says IEA

A Greener Life

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has yet again warned that the energy transition to meet net-zero targets is not happening fast enough. It further explores what the pledges to reduce emissions made by governments so far mean for the energy sector and the climate.

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Massachusetts Passes Climate Bill Focused on Clean Energy and Offshore Wind

Law and Environment

Governor Baker signed the climate bill ( H.5060 ), titled An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind, into law on Thursday August 11, 2022. Renewable Energy. Energy Storage.

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WHYY: Environmentalists Decry DRBC Permit Extension Approval For LNG Natural Gas Terminal In South Jersey To Export PA Natural Gas

PA Environment Daily

The DRBC oversees water use and quality in the Delaware watershed, including ensuring there’s enough clean drinking water for more than 15 million people in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. When Susquehanna County Is The #1 Shale Gas Producer In PA?

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Sunrise Wind Invests $300,000 To Train Capital Region Workers for Union Construction Careers in Clean Energy

3BL Media

offshore wind energy partner, and Eversource, New England’s largest energy provider and experts in regional energy transmission. Albany County is positioning itself to be the next nationwide hub for renewable, clean energy technology development.

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Ask a Scientist: In Moments of Despair, Climate Progress Can Keep Hope Alive

Union of Concerned Scientists

To get an assessment of the progress thus far, as well as an idea if what has to happen next, I turned to two of my colleagues in the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Climate & Energy Program: Principal Climate Scientist Rachel Licker and Transmission Policy Manager Sam Gomberg.

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Ohio River Valley Institute: Poll Finds PA Voters Want Tougher Regulation Of Natural Gas Drilling Wastes; Support Community Regulation Of Drilling; Favor Clean Energy Sources

PA Environment Daily

On July 29, the Ohio River Valley Institute released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters which found by wide margins they support tougher regulation of the natural gas drilling industry, community regulation of drilling and the development of clean energy sources.

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West Virginia v. EPA Limits the Federal Government’s Power to Promote Clean Energy and Combat Climate Change

Law and Environment

EPA on Thursday, June 30, 2022, curbing the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the country. The decision focuses on EPA’s authority under a specific section of the Clean Air Act.

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Sen. Stabenow, Siemens USA CEO Highlight Urgency of Federal Clean Energy Investments to Grow U.S. Manufacturing and Supply Chains

3BL Media

sat down for a virtual interview with Anna Palmer of Punchbowl News to discuss the future of proposed historic federal climate and clean energy investments in the U.S. W]e need the clean energy manufacturing credits so that we are bringing our jobs home,” Sen.

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6th Oil/Natural Gas Shock: Number Of New Natural Gas Wells Drilled In First Quarter Declined By Over 25% In PA Compared To 2021, 2020

PA Environment Daily

In spite of breathlessly urgent statements by Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and their politicians about the need to ramp-up drilling in the Commonwealth, DEP’s latest Weekly Oil And Gas Workload Report shows 25.6 Natural Gas Drillers Add 3 Rigs Last Week -- Bloomberg: U.S.

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Natural Gas Industry, Senate Republicans Launch Effort To Unleash The Industry, Reduce Regulation, Call For Automatic Approval Of Permits, Limit Public Comments

PA Environment Daily

On January 20, the natural gas industry and Senate Republicans launched an effort to unleash the industry by reducing regulations, requiring automatic approval of permits and limiting opportunities for public review of permits at a hearing of the Senate Republican Policy Committee in Pittsburgh.

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New York Utility Company Seeks Proposals to Electrify Buildings Instead of Building More Gas Pipelines

Law and Environment

NPSs avoid the need for investment in pipelines and traditional distribution system infrastructure by meeting on-system natural gas demand with alternative solutions like energy efficiency and heat pumps.

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Why Energy Bills Will Be Even Higher This Winter

Union of Concerned Scientists

These higher costs are being driven by a major overreliance on natural gas, which has sharply spiked in price and is currently the dominant fuel source in the US for both home heating and electricity generation. Debt-fueled boom and gas-friendly policies.

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California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 2)

Clean Energy Law

AB 32 authorized CARB to adopt a market-based compliance mechanism with “declining annual aggregate emission limits for sources or categories of sources that emit greenhouse gas emissions” through 2020. CARB opts to stay the course on Cap-and-Trade Program. By Joshua T.

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California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update (Part 3)

Clean Energy Law

CI is a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO 2 e) emitted per unit of energy provided by that fuel, taking into account the GHG emissions over the lifecycle of the fuel — including production, transportation to market, and consumption.

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California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update

Clean Energy Law

Originally, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 required CARB to develop a scoping plan, to be updated every five years, that describes the approach California will take to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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Renewable energy project demonstrates efficiencies, benefits of clean energy geothermal systems

Environmental News Bits

Plans to phase out coal-fired and natural gas power plants before 2045 means steps are needed now to move Illinois to a more sustainable future … Continue reading Renewable energy project demonstrates efficiencies, benefits of clean energy geothermal systems. Read the full story from University of Illinois Extension. The State of Illinois has committed to achieving a carbon-free footprint by 2050 through its recently passed Climate and Equitable Jobs Act.

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Republicans On House Committee Move Bills To Unleash Natural Gas Industry In Pennsylvania, Kill RGGI

PA Environment Daily

On March 28, Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to report out bills containing a laundry list of things the natural gas industry has wanted for years and to kill the final regulations reducing carbon pollution from Pennsylvania’s power plants.

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Combined Heat and Power Systems Cut Energy Bills and Emissions for C&I Users

Environment + Energy Leader

The surge in natural gas production has changed the face of electricity production. The post Combined Heat and Power Systems Cut Energy Bills and Emissions for C&I Users appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

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Emissions by the Big Utilities: Where They Are, What They’re Aiming For

Legal Planet

There’s a lot of discussion of how the private sector is supporting renewable energy, but it’s almost all about power consumers like Apple and Walmart. NextEra Energy. Gas 44.8%. VHC 22% Gas 39%*. VHC 17% Gas 51%. Dominion Energy. VHC 29% 42% Gas.

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Republican Chair Of House Environmental Committee Believes Opponents Of Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects ‘Just Need To Be Ignored And Politically Ran Over’

PA Environment Daily

Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said opponents of natural gas infrastructure projects “just need to be ignored and politically ran over.” On March 28, the Republican Chair of the House Environmental Committee Rep.

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Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Moves To Renewable Natural Gas, Away From Shale Gas To Power Vehicles

PA Environment Daily

On December 7, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it has begun providing renewable natural gas (RNG) for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority in Bellefonte, Centre County, supporting a transition to a cleaner, low-carbon fuel produced from organic waste.

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Gov. Wolf Touts PA's Leadership In Clean Energy Transition At Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

PA Environment Daily

Tom Wolf told the first-ever Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh about Pennsylvania’s significant progress in the transition to clean energy and vowed that the Commonwealth will continue to be a leader in energy innovation. “I’m On September 22, Gov.