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How Are Lithium-ion Batteries that Store Solar and Wind Power Made?

Union of Concerned Scientists

The renewable energy transition involves harnessing epic forces of nature. Sleek solar panels forged from silver and silica from the depths of the Earth translate the sun’s blindingly fiery light energy into electricity. Batteries help store surplus energy. Want Clean Energy?

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Want Clean Energy? Then You Also Want Battery Recycling.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Lithium-ion batteries are essential for decarbonizing transportation through electric vehicles and building a resilient, renewable energy grid through energy storage batteries. The same goes for the energy storage battery supply chain.

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How Will DTE’s Long-Term Plan Impact Michigan’s Clean Energy Future?

Union of Concerned Scientists

This month, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is holding a public hearing on DTE Energy’s plans for Michigan’s energy future. In its previous energy plan , which the MPSC approved in 2020, DTE planned to operate Monroe until 2040. Energy clean energy coal solar wind

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5 Powerful Facts for Global Wind Day

Union of Concerned Scientists

We at the Union of Concerned Scientists think a lot about wind power. In honor of Global Wind Day , here’s a roundup of what we’re seeing and what we’ve been thinking—five facts about wind energy to keep in mind as you celebrate, or at least make note, on June 15.

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Google Has Invested $3.5 Billion In Renewable Energy Projects Worldwide

Environment + Energy Leader

Billion In Renewable Energy Projects Worldwide appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. carbon emissions Carbon Footprint Clean Energy On-Site Energy Solar Energy Wind carbon neutrality Energy Efficiency Offshore Wind power purchase agreement Sustainable Strategy & Leadershi

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Is the Future of Harnessing US Offshore Wind Power Looking Less Turbulent?

3BL Media

Is the Future of Harnessing US Offshore Wind Power Looking Less Turbulent? The winds of change are expected to blow across the States as plans progress towards rapid renewable energy expansion – with offshore wind being a key player in the US decarbonization strategy.

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What Happens to Wind Turbine Blades at the End of Their Life Cycle?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Perched atop towers hundreds of feet tall, overlooking grassy plains or windy seas, sleek white blades trace slow powerful circles through the air. Can the life cycle of wind turbine blades , lasting about 25 years, be as circular as the elegant arcs they carve in the sky?

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How Are Wind Turbines Made?

Union of Concerned Scientists

This might be one of the many reasons why wind turbines fascinate us. Imagine the dazzling dizziness of looking up at the world’s tallest wind turbine: the Max Bögl Wind AG turbine in Germany stands 808 feet tall—the height of two and a half Statues of Liberty.

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Just and Sustainable Solutions for the Mining and Recycling of Rare Earth Elements in Wind Turbines

Union of Concerned Scientists

The wind is in our sails on the voyage towards a clean energy future. Wind energy is currently the largest renewable energy source in the US, and the industry is growing fast. Global demand for neodymium for wind turbines is estimated to increase 48% by 2050.

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Ocean Solutions for Clean Energy

Ocean Conservancy

To avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis, it’s crucial that we shift energy production away from the unsustainable fossil fuels that cause climate change and towards those that release little to no greenhouse gases (GHG), such as solar and wind power. To meet our climate goals, a massive acceleration in the global deployment of clean- energy technologies is needed now. Clean energy is key to national security.

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The Netherlands is busy building hybrid clean energy technologies at sea

A Greener Life

The first wind turbine erected at the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm in April 2022. 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. .

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‘Water batteries’ could store solar and wind power for when it’s needed

Environmental News Bits

The San Diego County Water Authority has an unusual plan to use the city’s scenic San Vicente Reservoir to store solar power so it’s available after sunset. The project, and others like it, could help unlock America’s clean energy future. Perhaps a decade from now, if all goes smoothly, … Continue reading ‘Water batteries’ could store solar and wind power for when it’s needed. Energy storage

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Farm to Flame Energy: How Bio-Generators Provide Clean Energy to Off-Grid Communities

3BL Media

Farm to Flame Energy is a Climate Impact & Regeneration Prize Runner-Up, winning $50,000 USD. I recently sat down with Stefano Alva, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Farm to Flame Energy, who has a background in energy science, technology, and policy.

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EDP Renewables and Bristol Myers Squibb Execute Power Purchase Agreement for the Cattlemen Solar Park

3BL Media

Long-term agreement will enable the continued development and eventual construction and operation of the Texas solar park that will annually power the equivalent of more than 37,000 average homes. EDP Renewables is a renewable energy industry leader in Texas.

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Tetra Tech's Andre Larocque Discusses Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovative Technologies to Support the Clean Energy Transition

3BL Media

Managing renewable energy and electricity access projects to achieve energy-related climate goals. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sustainable Energy for Indonesia’s Advancing Resilience (SINAR) project. Need more power? First, energy efficiency.

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Natural Gas and Renewables Will Work Together To Achieve Energy Independence

3BL Media

To many, the solution may seem simple: build out more renewable and clean energy generation assets. Wind , solar , hydropower and more can be paired with gas-powered quick-start engines to increase reliability. SOURCE: Black & Veatch.

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Interior Proposes First Renewable Energy Lease Sale in Federal Waters Offshore California

Clean Energy Law

The proposal would auction off almost 375,000 acres of the Outer Continental Shelf offshore California for wind energy development. California California Energy Commission Ocean Energy Management Outer Continental Shelf

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NY project will use high-tech sensors to get more clean energy onto grid

Environmental News Bits

National Grid and LineVision are expanding the capacity of New York’s grid to carry greater amounts of wind power. Renewable energyRead the full story at Canary Media. Why aren’t more U.S. utilities doing the same?

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Australia eyes offshore wind deployment

A Greener Life

Australia has become the latest country to jump on the wave of offshore wind development. Analysts expect the country could soon see a big boom in offshore wind. Australia’s new pro-climate action government has meant an acceleration in clean energy interest and capacity.

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Boosting Michigan’s Energy Future with Regional Transmission Upgrades

Union of Concerned Scientists

This much-needed set of 18 projects will improve electricity reliability, address overloaded wires , and help unlock more lower-cost wind and solar power to replace costly, polluting fossil fuel plants in Michigan and many other states in the Midwest (including Illinois and Minnesota ).

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Ontario could easily phase out polluting fossil gas – if it wanted to

Enviromental Defense

We all know that to successfully address climate change we need to phase out fossil fuels and switch to electric power. A s we transition our homes and vehicles to electric power, it’s imperative that the electricity sector be clean. Improve Energy Storage.

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Challenges and Opportunities in Mining Materials for Energy Storage Lithium-ion Batteries

Union of Concerned Scientists

Batteries are key to enabling the renewable energy transition. When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, batteries help store clean energy to continue supplying electricity to the grid and to customers consistently and reliably. Want Clean Energy?

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Renewables Year-End Review: M&A, Tax Equity and Finance Markets

E2 Law Blog

Watch the “Renewables Year-End Review: M&A, Tax Equity and Finance Markets” webinar presented by GT’s Global Co-Heads of Energy Project Finance Jeffrey Chester and John Eliason , co-hosted with CohnReznick Capital.

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Green Spur’s rare-earth free wind turbines receive their first international order?

A Greener Life

A Green Spur wind turbine. Renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar continue to grow. And thereby they change the energy system to one that is less reliant on hydrocarbons. The company has just received its first US order, from Wind Harvest international.

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Analysis: Kenya’s energy transition risks being derailed by human rights failures

A Greener Life

Integrating human rights into renewable projects will make the energy transition fairer and faster. Ngong Hills wind farm, outside Nairobi. Some wind projects in Kenya have been delayed or cancelled after failing to properly consult local communities. By Joseph Kibugu.

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Europe Energy Crisis Varied Impacts Across Countries

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: The global energy market has been in upheaval for years, and Europe is facing a crisis. Due to the energy crisis, countries are being forced to look for new ways to move, produce goods, heat and cool homes, and keep rising energy costs down for citizens.

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Pipeline Decisions Do Not Spell Doom for Transmission

Law Columbia

Wind farm (Source: Z22). Last week the Sabin Center and the American Bar Association held an event on addressing landowner concerns in renewable energy siting. Utility lines include power lines as well as oil and gas pipelines, among other things.

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New York State Environmental Regulator Issues Draft Plan to Achieve GHG Emissions-Reduction Goals

E2 Law Blog

Enacted in 2019, the CLCPA transformed the state’s earlier clean energy standard efforts from administrative fiat to law and sets more aggressive goals to reduce statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions economy-wide to 60% from a 1990 baseline by 2030, and 15% from a 1990 baseline by 2050.

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Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative files comments on behalf of local group in support of offshore wind

Law Columbia

On Monday, July 27, the Sabin Center filed comments with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in support of the proposed Vineyard Wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts on behalf of the group Win with South Fork Wind (“Win with Wind”). Win with Wind filed comments on a supplemental draft environmental impact statement on the Vineyard Wind project to voice support for the facility.

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Opinion: The case for optimism post COP26?

A Greener Life

Only three major countries seem to continue to be embracing the dirty brown energy source; India, China and Australia. It is because it is ignoring thousands of companies around the world who in the last five years alone have made huge advances in cleantech and energy economies.

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Another RGGI Raid? New York State Senate Proposes Pulling $138 million from the RGGI Fund

Law Columbia

As detailed in the RGGI investment plan , these funds are typically used to support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in New York State. Energy Energy Efficiency Solar Power State Law Wind PowerJessica Wentz.

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How a few geothermal plants could solve America’s lithium supply crunch and boost the EV battery industry

Environmental News Bits

by Bryant Jones, Boise State University and Michael McKibben, University of California, Riverside Geothermal energy has long been the forgotten member of the clean energy family, overshadowed by relatively cheap solar and wind power, despite its proven potential.

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How a few geothermal plants could solve America’s lithium supply crunch and boost the EV battery industry

Environmental News Bits

by Bryant Jones, Boise State University and Michael McKibben, University of California, Riverside Geothermal energy has long been the forgotten member of the clean energy family, overshadowed by relatively cheap solar and wind power, despite its proven potential.

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New Sabin Center Report Finds NYISO Could Price Carbon in Wholesale Electricity Markets

Law Columbia

The most direct of these is imposed on certain fossil fuel power plants by requiring them to purchase carbon dioxide emissions allowances as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The others, established through New York’s Clean Energy Standard, compensate renewable generators and nuclear plants for their low-carbon attributes. Carbon Tax Coal Energy Fossil Fuels Grid Nuclear Power Publications Renewable Energy Solar Power Wind Power

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Climate Litigation Chart Updates – November 2016

Law Columbia

West Virginia Federal Court Ordered EPA to Evaluate Clean Air Act’s Impacts on Coal Industry. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had failed to fulfill its non-discretionary obligation under Section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act to conduct evaluations of loss or shifts in employment that might result from implementation of the Clean Air Act. The plan must specifically address how EPA will consider the effects of Clean Air Act regulation on the coal industry.

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Happy New Year, New England?

Union of Concerned Scientists

Below is a state-by-state summary of how the New England chief executives included energy and climate in their first speeches as 2023 governors; links are provided for readers who wish to see the entire speeches. We’re bringing offshore wind to East Providence. Happy New Year!

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Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with ENGIE North America to Develop Renewable Energy

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: Stanley Black & Decker has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with ENGIE North America (“ENGIE”), a global leader in low-carbon energy solutions, to develop new wind energy in Texas. SOURCE: Stanley Black & Decker.

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Andrea Copping: The Latest on Marine Energy Projects

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: We hear a lot about solar and wind power, but a renewable source of clean energy that continues to be largely untapped is the ocean. Tweet me: This week's @SeaChangeRadio - "Andrea Copping: The Latest on Marine Energy Projects" [link].

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Building a Better Power Grid for Minnesota

Union of Concerned Scientists

Minnesotans are facing concurrent crises of climate change, high energy prices and inflation, and the inequitable public health impacts of fossil fuel air pollution. These regional planning processes are a critical part of decarbonizing the power grid.

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Improving the Climate Impact of a Growing Business

3BL Media

Applied Materials is purchasing clean energy from the White Mesa Wind project in Texas. While this growth is certainly good news for the company’s revenue, it presents many challenges with managing our energy consumption and greenhouse gas footprint.

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The Port of Hamburg could become Europe’s largest green hydrogen project

A Greener Life

As both a symbol and signal of the energy transition, it will be constructed on the site of the former Moorburg coal-fired power plant. The companies are exploring how to produce the hydrogen from wind and solar at the site and utilise it. The Port of Hamburg.

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A Global Biogas Revolution Is Taking Place

Edouard Stenger

While solar PV and wind power are grabbing headlines, another clean energy revolution is silently taking place. It can also generate vast amounts of low-carbon energy on demand when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow.

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Plan to Power: Five Critical Factors to Make California Offshore Wind a Reality

3BL Media

California’s ambitious zero carbon energy plan will require wind power to succeed; WSP USA’s Silvia Yanez identifies challenges to overcome for a successful power transition. KEYWORDS: TSX:WSP, WSP, California Offshore Wind, zero carbon.