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    EXCLUSIVE — A pair of Republican lawmakers are urging Senate Democrats to conduct research into the environmental impact of their proposed marijuana legalization bill, citing concerns about high emissions that would result from widespread cultivation. The legalization of the drug in certain states has resulted in increased demand for marijuana products, causing states to ramp up production and expand their operations to indoor facilities. However, this has prompted concerns among some lawmakers who argue this increased energy consumption will have detrimental effects on the country’s energy systems, as well as the environment. INTO THE WEEDS: HERE’S WHAT’S IN THE SENATE DEMOCRATS’ LONG-AWAITED MARIJUANA BILL “As Congress debates whether to advance marijuana legalization, the American people must have a better understanding of the environmental costs of this rapidly growing industry,” wrote Reps. Earl Carter (R-GA) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner. “If the Administration seeks to reduce emissions and protect our environment as aggressively as it has previously committed, we must have a comprehensive view of where emissions and other pollution...
    Germany is currently ahead of schedule in its race to fill underground gas storage facilities ahead of winter.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Europe's dependence on Russian gas appears to be coming to an end, energy and political analysts say, potentially alleviating the risk of further supply disruptions at a time when many fear Russia could completely cut off deliveries during the winter. Europe in recent months has endured a sharp drop in gas exports from Russia, traditionally its largest energy supplier. It has deepened a bitter dispute between Brussels and Moscow and exacerbated the risk of recession and a winter gas shortage. Russia has cited faulty or delayed equipment as the reason for a reduction in deliveries. European policymakers, however, consider the supply cut to be a political maneuver designed to sow uncertainty across the 27-nation bloc and boost energy prices amid the Kremlin's onslaught against Ukraine.Russia's energy weapon is going to become moot.Agathe DemaraisGlobal forecasting director at The Economist Intelligence UnitAgathe Demarais, global forecasting director at The Economist Intelligence Unit, a research and advisory firm, told CNBC that...
    In northern California's Stanislaus County, next to a landfill, there's a company managing waste in a very different way: by burning trash instead of burying it. The energy recovery facility run by New Jersey-based Covanta harnesses steam to make enough electricity to power 18,000 homes in the area. A portion of the waste comes from companies including American Airlines, Quest Diagnostics, Sunny Delight and Subaru. "When a major car manufacturer like Subaru says they're zero landfill, they have done the reduce, the reuse, recycle, and what's leftover they send to a facility like a waste-to-energy facility," said Paul Gilman, chief sustainability officer for Covanta, which has more than 40 sites across the globe. Major retailers like Amazon also use this combustion method to dispose of returns they deem unfit to recycle, resell, or donate. Amazon told CNBC that it sends some returns to energy recovery as a "last resort," though the company declined to say which facilities it uses. Covanta said it doesn't handle Amazon returns. About 10% of the 270,000 tons of waste Covanta burns at its plant in Crows...
    Hackers developed software that could access computer systems used in energy facilities, officials said on Wednesday, but did not specify a hacking organization. The technology was apparently able to provide hackers “full system access” to the networks used and also “disrupt critical devices or functions,” including road management systems and security systems, the Daily Mail reported. The alert was from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy (DOE). Authorities warned of possible issues regarding devices from Omron Corp. and Schneider Electric, but did not say in what country the malware was created. Per the Mail report, “Cybersecurity experts who analyzed the tech said it likely originates from Russia.” In October, Russian-backed hackers reportedly set their sights on President Joe Biden’s supply chain woes as a chance to further hurt the nation’s economy, according to Microsoft. “Earlier in the year Biden had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to plead with him to influence the hackers within his country to stop carrying out attacks on American organizations,” Breitbart News reported...
    Hackers likely funded by a foreign government have developed software capable of accessing computer systems used by energy facilities - a breach that could 'disrupt key infrastructure sites' across the globe- federal officials warned in an advisory Wednesday.  The technology, officials said, is capable of allowing hackers 'full system access' to networks used by the facilities, and 'disrupt critical devices or functions' such as road management systems, traffic signal controllers, and security systems. The bulletin - which did not name the hacking group- was sent jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Energy Department. Officials specifically warned about potential disruptions to devices made by companies such as Omron Corp. and Schneider Electric, which both provide energy - including electricity - and automated digital services to millions across the globe.  The agencies did not indicate in what country the malware had been developed, and referred to the organized group of suspects as 'advanced persistent threat actors,' a phrase often used to describe state-backed hackers. Cybersecurity experts who analyzed the tech said...
    Washington (CNN)US officials warned Wednesday that unnamed hackers have developed tools designed to "gain full system access" to the sensitive computer systems used to operate energy facilities.The tools could help a hacker burrow into an industrial computer network and "disrupt critical devices or functions," said the Department of Energy, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in an advisory.There are no reports of the malicious code being used in cyberattacks. But US officials and cybersecurity experts urged organizations to harden their defenses because the malicious software could be used to disrupt critical infrastructure if successfully deployed.The hacking tools could permit "lower-skilled cyber actors to emulate higher-skilled actor capabilities," the US agencies said.The agencies did not identify who was responsible for developing the hacking tools or in what country they had been developed. CNN has requested comment from the agencies.Read MoreRussian military-linked hackers target Ukrainian power company, investigators sayTwo US cybersecurity firms that analyzed the hacking tools, Dragos and Mandiant, said the malicious software was likely state-sponsored. Mandiant analysts called it "an exceptionally rare and...
    EXTINCTION Rebellion has blocked TEN major oil facilities across Britain today in their latest eco-mob protest. The group is working alongside supporters of Just Stop Oil in Essex, Hertfordshire and Birmingham. 1he actions are being carried out by supporters of Just Stop Oil and Extinction RebellionCredit: Zoe Broughton/Just Stop Oil A statement from Extinction Rebellion reads: "The action is taking place at a crucial time: The UK public is waking up this morning to a 54% rise in the energy price cap, which charities say will leave millions of people unable to pay their bills.  "The government is making a choice to continue its addiction to fossil fuels as war wages in Ukraine, instead of accelerating the transition to a renewable led future. "Just a few months on from the “last chance” of COP26, Boris Johnson now claims the current crisis demands a “climate change pass." They added: "All of this is taking place *despite recent polling showing that the UK public wants climate action now in face of the energy crisis.* "Extinction Rebellion is here to say: *Not...
    (CNN)The United States has indicted four Russian men, including three Russian intelligence officers, for alleged hacking campaigns that targeted hundreds of energy companies around the world from 2012 to 2018, the US Justice Department said Thursday.The indictments cover activity from years ago but underscore Russian hacking capabilities against critical infrastructure at a time when US officials are on high alert for Russian cyberattacks and as President Joe Biden meets with European allies over Russia's war in Ukraine.Biden on Monday publicly warned US business executives that Kremlin-linked hackers could target US organizations as the Russian military continues to suffer heavy losses in Ukraine. The FBI also advised the private sector last week that hackers associated with Russian internet addresses have been scanning the networks of five US energy companies in a possible prelude to hacking attempts.In one indictment unsealed Thursday, three officers at Russia's FSB intelligence agency are accused of hacking into energy firms, including some in the US, from 2012 to 2017 "in furtherance of the Russian government's efforts to maintain surreptitious" access to organizations in the energy sector, the...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm proposed Wednesday that all natural gas storage facilities in the 27-nation bloc are topped up to at least 80% capacity for next winter as it seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian energy in the future. On the eve of a two-day summit of EU leaders, the European Commission said the bloc must quickly revamp its energy policy before next winter and another price crisis leaves millions of EU citizens with bills they cannot pay. EU leaders have already vowed to wean the bloc off its dependence on Russian energy by 2027, but tangible measures still have to be put in place. On top of mandatory high storage levels, the commission also wants EU nations to agree to the joint purchase of natural gas and liquefied natural gas that would be similar to its system of buying COVID-19 vaccines in huge quantities for equitable distribution. The draft conclusions of the summit obtained by The Associated Press include that “with a view to next winter, Member States and the Commission will...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels unleashed a barrage of drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabia early Sunday that targeted a liquified natural gas plant, water desalination plant, oil facility and power station, Saudi state-run media reported. The attacks did not cause casualties, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said, but damaged civilian vehicles and homes in the area. The salvo marked the latest escalation in Houthi cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia as peace talks remain stalled and the conflict that has laid waste to much of Yemen since 2015 rages on. Yehia Sarie, a spokesman for Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said the group had launched “a wide and large military operation into the depth of Saudi Arabia,” without immediately elaborating. The military coalition said it thwarted an attack on a liquified gas plant at a petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Yanbu run by the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., better known as Aramco. It wasn’t immediately clear if the attack had inflicted any damage on the plant. Other aerial strikes targeted a...
    Throughout our state, country and world, the impacts of climate change have become more evident and alarming. Rising temperatures, drought, rising sea levels, floods and other effects foreshadow a grim outlook for future generations, along with direct health effects to children, elderly people and vulnerable members of our society. While world leaders came together last month in Glasgow to work toward the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Minnesota must come up with real, practical steps to tackle this crisis. We don’t have time to continue appreciating the problem or to study it without acting. Real action is critical and necessary. One often-overlooked way to combat our climate crisis is utilizing renewable energy at our wastewater facilities. Such plants treat water that’s been used in our homes, schools, restaurants, factories and businesses, before it’s returned to rivers and the land. These vital plants are key to economic activity, and help protect our waters from spreading disease, excessive nutrients and toxic substances that harm fish, wildlife and people. In the next 20 years, Minnesota...
    Minnesota lawmakers made headlines earlier this year when they approved a bundle of financial incentives to draw a timber product mill to the city of Cohasset in northern Minnesota. But the Legislature, along with state and county officials, also threw down cash for another project aimed at economic development in northern Minnesota: The expansion of a plant in Mountain Iron — a city of 2,800 people between Virginia and Hibbing — that manufactures solar panels. Part of an effort to diversify a regional economy reliant on natural resources like wood and iron ore, the plant — run by Ontario-based Heliene, Inc. — is expected to be the second-largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the country once the new project is done. Right now, Heliene is the only such manufacturer in the midwest. Martin Pochtaruk, Heliene’s president, said the company aims to help the U.S. meet new goals announced by President Joe Biden to produce half the nation’s electricity via solar energy by 2050. “Our product, made in Mountain Iron, Minnesota, is the simplest renewable energy engine to such electrification,” Pochtaruk...
    More On: andrew cuomo Cuomo calls pandemic ‘tremendous personal benefit’ after $5.1M book deal Eric Adams walks back criticism of Cuomo’s timing on gun violence plan Amid backlash, Cuomo eyes other sites for COVID workers memorial in Battery Park Jacob Javits Center to close as COVID-19 mass vaccination site in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for siting renewable energy facilities, such as solar farms and windmills, are meeting righteous resistance from upstate locals. The intrusive facilities are key to the gov’s $26 billion “clean energy, clean economy” initiative, which Cuomo pretends will boost New York’s post-COVID-19 economy. The pressure is on his administration to replace the 200 megawatts of clean energy lost when the Indian Point nuclear plant — which accounted for 30 percent of the state’s carbon-free power production — shut down for good in April 30 after years of harassment by the governor as he pandered to Westchester activists’ overwrought fears. The wind and solar plants’ output will cost a lot more per kilowatt-hour of generation, though Cuomo means to disguise that fact as best he...
    A major solar facility is coming to Long Island as New York continues its push for more green, renewable energy sources. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) has issued final siting permits for its first two major solar facilities, Riverhead Solar 2 in Suffolk County and Morris Ridge Solar Energy Center in Litchfield County. According to Cuomo, the siting approvals for the two facilities are the fastest in state history. Riverhead is a planned 36-megawatt solar energy facility, while the Morris Ridge Solar Energy Center will be a 177-megawatt solar electric facility coupled with 83-megawatt battery energy storage in the Town of Mount Morris. Officials said that together, the facilities are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power more than 46,000 New York homes and reduce carbon emissions by more than 200,000 metric tons each year - the equivalent of taking more than 41,000 cars off the road annually. 
“As part of our aggressive clean and renewable energy goals, we're committed to protecting New York State from...
    Texans are being asked to conserve energy through Friday as temperatures in the state climb, approaching record levels. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a news release on Monday urging Texans to “reduce electric use as much as possible” through the end of the work week. “A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions,” ERCOT wrote. The council recommended that Texans take “simple actions to help reduce electric use,” including setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turning off lights and pool pumps and avoiding using large appliances, including ovens, washing machines and dryers. “If you don’t need something — we are asking you to turn it off and unplug if possible,” the council wrote. According to ABC 13, officials are basing the tight grid conditions on a notable number of forced generation outages, in addition to the potential for record electric use this month. Data from ERCOT show that electric demand is expected to exceed supply on Monday afternoon, as temperatures...
                      by Scott McClallen  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state will increase state-owned facility renewable energy by 85% by 2025, up from the current 15%, but didn’t explain how. The governor announced the goal on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day. Whitmer cited a partnership between the state and energy providers DTE, Consumers Energy, and Lansing Board of Water and Light. Energy purchased from the utilities will expand those companies’ renewable energy portfolio in Michigan. Whitmer’s office didn’t respond to The Center Square’s inquiries for further information or a cost estimate. “Since my first day in office, we’ve continued to make real, lasting progress on environmental and climate issues across our state,” Whitmer said in a statement. “By moving state-owned buildings to 100 percent clean, renewable energy, we are working towards protecting public health and our environment, while attracting more clean energy jobs to Michigan. Actions like this and the MI Healthy Climate Plan will be paramount within the next 10 years to reduce the harmful impacts of climate change.”...
    Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that provisions in the sweeping climate bill from top House Democrats would stifle the plastics industry. One late addition to the nearly 1,000-page piece of legislation, known as the CLEAN Future Act, is meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution emitted from the petrochemical facilities that produce plastics or the raw materials used to make plastics. HOUSE DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE SWEEPING CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATION REWORKED TO MATCH BIDEN GOALS Most significantly, the bill would impose a temporary pause on air pollution permits needed for approval of new plastics production facilities. The legislation also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to issue new greenhouse gas and air pollution controls for these facilities within three years, including requiring plastics production plants to use zero-emissions power and improve emissions monitoring. The EPA regulations must also require any permit for a plastics production facility to be accompanied by an “environmental justice assessment,” which would include consulting with the people who live in the region where the facility would be located, according to the bill. Several Republicans, during a legislative...
    Oil tanks at an oil processing facility of Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian state-owned oil and gas company, at the Abqaiq oil field.Stanislav Krasilnikov | TASS via Getty Images International benchmark Brent crude futures popped during Asian trading hours Monday, moving above $70 a barrel for the first time in more than a year. The surge in oil prices came after Saudi Arabia said its oil facilities were targeted by missiles and drones on Sunday. A Houthi military spokesman claimed responsibility for the attacks. Brent jumped 2.65% to trade at $71.20, while U.S. crude futures rose 2.56% to $67.78. Saudi Arabia's ministry of energy said a petroleum tank farm at one of the world's largest oil shipping ports was attacked by a drone and a ballistic missile targeted Saudi Aramco facilities, according to state news agency SPA.Such acts of sabotage do not only target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also the security and stability of energy supplies to the world, and therefore, the global economy.Saudi Arabia Ministry of EnergyspokesmanA spokesman said neither attack caused any injury or loss of...
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Lawmakers in Wyoming have voted down two bills intended to increase the tax burden on companies generating electricity from solar or wind energy, which already pay property, sales and use taxes. The House Revenue Committee on Thursday voted to not advance a pair of renewable energy tax bills to the full House, The Casper Star-Tribune reported. The first bill would have levied a $1 tax on each megawatt hour of electricity produced from larger solar energy facilities, similar to a tax currently enacted on wind energy facilities. “I just feel like it’s an equity issue,” said Republican state Rep. Albert Sommers, who sponsored the bill. “Because I do think we are missing out in the state of Wyoming in getting revenue generated from those nontraditional (energy sources). I think it is important that these industries pitch in.” The second bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Timothy Hallinan, would have increased an existing wind generation tax by 100% and eliminated an existing three-year tax exemption for new projects. Currently, the state charges $1 a megawatt hour of...
    Solaria raises its facilities target before energy transition prospects
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsubishi Corp will enter an agreement to provide Amazon.com Inc's facilities in Europe with renewable energy through its Dutch unit Eneco, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday. An offshore wind farm to be built by Eneco and due to come online in 2023 will supply 130,000 kilowatts per year to multiple Amazon facilities, including its European data centre, the Nikkei said. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Christopher Cushing) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, renewable energy, Asia, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County is entering into a 35-year agreement to buy renewable energy from a new hydropower plant on the Ohio River. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the agreement with Rye Development at a virtual press conference Thursday. “We’re going to use our rivers to produce electricity. We are going to use our rivers at the Emsworth Locks and Dam to power the buildings and facilities that we have here in Allegheny County,” said Fitzgerald. “So we’re going to be locally producing the energy, the electricity energy, that’s going to run our facilities in county government.” The county says for each year the agreement is in effect, it’ll offset emissions equivalent to the electrical consumption of 3,400 households. And the county says it’ll offset over 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, which is about 2.6 billion miles driven by a car. Fitzgerald says it will create 150 to 200 construction jobs. Once the plant is up and running, he says only about two full-time jobs will need to...
    With the deployment of wind and solar installations, the production of electrical energy becomes more variable according to the circadian and seasonal cycles, the cloud cover, and the wind regime. Smoothing the supply of green energy through storage is becoming a necessity. We must therefore not only progress in energy storage technologies but also create an incentive regulatory framework for storage. Definitions As long as the demand for electricity is not able to adapt to fluctuations in supply, real-time balancing of the network will require great flexibility of supply, and in particular the storage / removal of electrical energy. produced by the sun and the wind. In the electrical system, energy storage is understood to mean ” deferring the end use of electricity to a time after it was produced, or converting electrical energy into a form of energy that can be stored, conserving that energy and converting it back later in electrical energy or its use as another energy vector“(Article 2 (59) of Directive (EU) 2019/944). The definition is very broad, apparently not excluding any technology, actor or...
    Keise de Debt et Placement to Quebec, the leading promoter, owner and private operator of wind and solar projects in North America, has announced an investment of US $ 1 billion (Canadian 1.3 billion) in renewable innovations. On December 18, 2020 at 11:18 am. Press Gaius’ commitment, in the form of new investment facilities, reflects a new phase in its long-term partnership with Innergy, which acquired a stake in wind farms almost eight years ago in the Innergy process. Over the years, CDPQ has gradually increased its investments in the community. “This new investment by CDPQ is the largest since our fruitful partnership with Innergy began in 2013,” said Emmanuel Jacqueline, CDPQ’s senior vice president and infrastructure leader. CDPQ delights in enthusiastically developing new renewable projects and investing its creative capital in support of innovators and their teams contributing to climate change. ” “These additional investment facilities will accelerate the growth of innovation innovations and secure its leadership position in the industry,” said Jim Murphy, COO, Chairman, Innergy. “CDPQ is...
    Leaving a footprint (but not carbon) The carbon footprint is the set of emissions that an individual generates, an organization or a product. These emissions are common and occur almost with anything we do in our day to day, but they should not be lost sight of. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and the incorporation of some of them becomes a truly useful and even necessary tool. With this idea in mind, Junkers Bosch has been reducing its carbon footprint until converting its 400 locations around the world in carbon neutral locations. This objective has been achieved thanks to the implementation of a series of improvements and changes in its facilities that have led to a progressive reduction in emitted pollution until it reaches neutrality. Among the measures taken by Junkers bosch stand out the use of machinery and facilities with greater energy efficiency, the implementation of new innovative technologies and the modernization of their locations with new forms of energy saving (air compressors, filtration systems, LED lighting). To all this we...
    Injured Serena out of French Open The One Food Women Should Eat Daily Japan’s Koizumi Eyes Reform in a $15 Billion Power Market (Bloomberg) -- In a couple of years, Japan will be paying the highest rates in the world to incumbent power utilities simply for maintaining generation capacity, including coal and nuclear plants, to help meet electricity demand in times of scarcity. © Bloomberg Electrical power lines hang from a transmission pylon in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Japan will ease some immigration regulations imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic from Oct. 1 to allow long-term residents to enter the country. That windfall comes at a time when Japan is seeking to liberalize its market, encourage new entrants and boost the use of renewables. That’s why the extra billions to traditional power plants don’t sit right with Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who said Tuesday the system should be reformed so that it helps expand Japan’s clean energy capacity. Load Error “I have heard from new entrants in power retailing that the system could deal a...
    By Dale Kasler | Sacramento Bee Two weeks after California was hit with rolling blackouts, state regulators extended the lifespan of a fleet of gas-fired power plants Tuesday, saying the facilities are needed to maintain reliability of the electricity grid. The State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to allow nine generating units to operate up to three more years before they’re mothballed, overriding objections from environmentalists and some local officials complaining about air and water pollution. The fate of the generators, housed at four plants on the Southern California oceanfront, have become a closely-watched issue in the debate over the environment and California’s energy future. During a monstrous heat wave in mid-August, California endured two nights of rolling blackouts in part because of shortages of wind and solar power. Critics said the blackouts showed California has over-reached in its efforts to create a green energy grid. In the past decade the state has mothballed scores of natural-gas plants and has come to rely heavily on solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. State law says the electricity grid...
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