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    In this article GSA nuclear power plant photographed in Germany, on August 4, 2022. Discussions about nuclear's role in Europe's biggest economy have been thrown into sharp relief following Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February.Lennart Preiss | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesNuclear has a role to play in the years ahead but it should not be seen as a "transformational" technology, according to Goldman Sachs. The comments from Michele Della Vigna come after a recent report from Goldman Sachs Research looked at whether Europe could bolster its energy independence following Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, without compromising on goals related to climate change. Among other things, the report said 10 trillion euros (around $10.23 trillion) of investment would be required by 2050 for what it called "Europe's energy transformation." This would be offset by a 10 trillion euro cut in net energy imports. The report said natural gas — a fossil fuel — would remain "key" when it comes to Europe's energy supply over the next two decades.Read more about energy from CNBC ProOil stocks are acting like...
    Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cubans, the heat is on and the power could go out any moment.Enduring broiling-hot summer temperatures and a short-circuiting electrical grid has long been part of life in Cuba but now the island is dealing with severe fuel shortages, failing power plants and widespread blackouts that are testing even the most patient.Cubans are arriving to the US in record numbers. Smugglers are profiting from their exodus The energy crisis is of particular concern for government officials after last year's widespread protests, the largest since the Cuban revolution, which first began after residents got fed up with rolling blackouts and took to the streets.Last week people in the Western town of Los Palacios angrily banged pots and pans in a "cacerolazo" to protest a nighttime black out. Residents reported that the internet service was cut for several hours and that local officials eventually managed to calm down the protestors. At least for the time being."Cuba feels like a powder keg that could blow up on any corner," said Miguel, who lives in the same province where the most...
    All across the country, old and unused coal plants are being used for solar and other renewable energy projects because they are already wired into the power grid. Source: WJHL/Youtube Already being wired into the power grid makes them an incredibly valuable and smart place to create renewable energy. Usually, for renewable energy sources, miles of high-tension wires and towers need to be placed and connected so that the energy can reach consumers. However, this can be expensive, time-consuming, and hard to build from the ground up. According to a piece by The New York Times, in Illinois, at least nine coal-burning plants are already on track to become solar farms and battery storage facilities within the next three years. Projects in other states, including Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Maryland, are also taking advantage of these sites for renewable energy. On the coast, in Massachusetts and New Jersey, two old coal plants on the coast are being repurposed to connect offshore wind turbines to the regional electrical grids. According to the U.S. Energy...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a new proposal to allow California to purchase power from gas-fired plants if needed to prevent blackouts, a move opposed by environmentalists and in tension with his clean energy goals. The proposal grants new powers to the California Department of Water Resources that allow it to reimburse utilities for the purchase of additional power this summer, including from diesel generators and aging gas-fired plants along the state’s southern coast. BIDEN SAYS DRIVERS WILL PAY MORE FOR GAS 'AS LONG AS IT TAKES' TO COUNTER RUSSIA It calls for the creation of a so-called strategic reliability reserve, led by the department, to help protect the power grid against blackouts this summer amid a backdrop of extreme weather events and drought. In addition, the proposal would grant the department the authority to “construct, own, and operate” power plants — a detail that has sparked concern from environmental groups, which argue that such decisions would not be subject to the normal public input processes or require approval from local air quality management districts. To...
    Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal-fired power plant at Duke Energy's Crystal River Energy Complex in Crystal River, Florida, U.S., March 26, 2021.Dane Rhys | Reuters On Thursday, the Supreme Court changed the rules of the game in the race to limit global warming by constricting the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to mandate carbon emissions. Specifically, the court ruled in West Virginia v. EPA that it was beyond the authority of the EPA to dictate that power generation should be shifted from one source, like coal, to another source, like wind or solar, and that such a large mandate should only come from Congress. "There is little reason to think Congress assigned such decisions to the Agency," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 6-3 decision, which was joined by the other conservative members of the court. "The basic and consequential tradeoffs involved in such a choice are ones that Congress would likely have intended for itself." The decision relied on a recent framework called "the major questions doctrine," which argues that governmental agencies are there...
    Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Plenty of people have already expressed their sad and righteous fury at the totally expected Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia v. EPA, the latest in its long roster of reactionary and lethal decisions this session. I’ve had a few things to say too.  x The Supreme Court just decided to pour gasoline on a planet afire and to slash the tires of the fire trucks.— Meteor_Blades (@Meteor_Blades) June 30, 2022 But, amid the fury, I’d like to urge everyone also to praise the dissenters—Elena Kagan, who authored the dissent, joined by Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer. Praise and hugs, especially for Kagan and Sotomayor, who, along with newly sworn in Ketanji Brown Jackson, are obliged to deal with the Supreme Six face to face day after day as the majority tortures legal doctrine to undermine or dismantle decades (if not yet centuries) of judicial precedents. To show why those hugs are deserved, here’s a short excerpt from Kagan’s dissent on the Environmental Protection Agency ruling: The limits the majority now puts on EPA’s authority fly in the face of the statute Congress wrote. The majority...
    A view of the backside of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. According to media reports,Drew Angerer | Getty Images The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the EPA does not have authority to set standards on climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants. The court's ruling on the case, West Virginia v. the Environmental Protection Agency, affects the federal government's authority to set standards for planet-warming pollutants like carbon dioxide from existing power plants under the landmark Clean Air Act. The decision could have a major impact on the Biden administration's agenda to combat climate change, specifically the goal to zero out carbon emissions from power plants by 2035 and halve the country's emissions by the end of the decade. Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the second-largest source of pollution in the U.S. behind transportation, according to the EPA. The U.S. is also the second-largest producer of greenhouse gases behind China, making it a key player in global efforts to combat climate change. The court's six-justice conservative majority has been skeptical of the federal agency's authority to...
    CHINA is planning to begin building the first-ever space-based power station in 2028. The updated plans have been revealed in a recently-published journal entitled Chinese Space Science and Technology. 1China is working on a space-based power plant In 2028, a trial satellite will be sent into orbit to test the technology being used. The satellite will "convert solar energy to microwaves or lasers and then direct the energy beams to various targets, including fixed locations on Earth and moving satellites" the South China Morning Post reports. NASA had proposed a similar project about two decades ago but it never came to fruition. Meanwhile, the UK government has supported research of its own in hopes of having a similar version in orbit by 2035. READ MORE SPACE STORIESBROKEN WINGS Fears for Nasa's Mars helicopter as sensor breaks in extreme Martian weatherSPACE STRESS Nasa alarmed by SpaceX craft 'leaking fuel' leaving ISS astronauts waiting UK research has been conducted on space-based solar power. It has been determined that such satellites receive sunlight 99% of the time, if not more. Orbiting power plants...
    LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Sprawled like a gigantic swimming pool atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan is an asphalt-and-clay pond holding enough water to produce electricity for 1.6 million households. It’s part of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, which uses simple technology: Water is piped from a lower reservoir — the lake, in this case — to an upper one, then released downhill through supersized turbines. READ MORE: 18-Year-Old, 2 Others Charged In Carjacking At Warren Gas StationSupporters call these systems “the world’s largest batteries” because they hold vast amounts of potential energy for use when needed for the power grid. The hydropower industry considers pumped storage the best answer to a question hovering over the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to address climate change: where to get power when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. “I wish we could build 10 more of these. I love ’em,” Eric Gustad, community affairs manager for Consumers Energy, said during a tour of the Ludington facility. But the utility based in Jackson, Michigan, has no such plans. Environmental...
    LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Sprawled like a gigantic swimming pool atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan is an asphalt-and-clay pond holding enough water to produce electricity for 1.6 million households. It’s part of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, which uses simple technology: Water is piped from a lower reservoir — the lake, in this case — to an upper one, then released downhill through supersized turbines. Supporters call these systems “the world’s largest batteries” because they hold vast amounts of potential energy for use when needed for the power grid. The hydropower industry considers pumped storage the best answer to a question hovering over the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to address climate change: where to get power when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. “I wish we could build 10 more of these. I love ’em,” Eric Gustad, community affairs manager for Consumers Energy, said during a tour of the Ludington facility. But the utility based in Jackson, Michigan, has no such plans. Environmental and logistical challenges and potential costs in the billions led...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court deemed constitutional Thursday a controversial energy law pushed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that gives government-owned power plants preference over private competitors. The law took effect in March 2021, but a number of private energy companies sought injunctions blocking enforcement. With the law ruled constitutional, the injunctions will now have to be resolved. The law establishes that electricity must be bought first from government power plants, which use primarily coal, oil and diesel to produce energy. If demand requires it, additional electricity could be purchased from private wind, solar and natural gas plants. Jesús Ramírez, presidential spokesman, celebrated the court’s decision. “History will judge those who betray the country and the interests of Mexican people,” he said via Twitter. Critics, including the United States government, maintain the law will undermine competition in the sector, hurt the environment and violate free trade agreements. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar said in a statement after the decision that “we are concerned that the 2021 electricity law is likely to open the door to...
    A Russian cargo plane carrying nuclear fuel sent to two Slovak power plants arrived in the country on Tuesday. “Volga Dnepr Airlines IL76 aircraft carrying nuclear fuel from the Russian Federation landed at Bratislava airport,” the Slovak Ministry of Economy announced. Russian aircraft VDA5956 flew from Moscow via Belarus and then landed in Bratislava, which is said to be banned by NATO / EU / Poland / Slovakia airspace.https://t.co/u4Ys1HFd09 pic.twitter.com/koPcDvT1GW —Spy Blog (spyblog) March 1, 2022 According to the Ministry, the Russian cargo plane flew over Belarusian territory and Poland. Slovakia was one of the last EU countries to close its airspace to Russian aircraft. 53% of Slovakia’s energy But in the case of this aircraft, he benefited from the exception provided for humanitarian assistance and nuclear fuel transport. The Polish Civil Aviation Office said Warsaw would also have to approve the trip. Nuclear fuel will be used at two Slovak nuclear power plants, Mochovce and Jaslovske Bohunice, which currently receive only nuclear fuel of Russian descent. By 2020, Slovak nuclear power plants will produce 53% of Slovakia’s...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry called Wednesday for more investment in clean energy and urged Mexico to keep its market “open and competitive” amid tensions over Mexico’s plan to favor its state-owned electricity company and limit private and foreign firms that have invested in renewable power. “What we want to do is work with Mexico in a way that will strengthen … the ability of the marketplace to be able to be open and competitive,” Kerry said during opening remarks on his visit to Mexico City. U.S. firms have complained bitterly about constitutional changes proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in October. Those changes are still held up in the Mexican Congress, where they need a two-thirds majority that López Obrador hasn’t yet been able to pull together. Those changes would guarantee a majority market share for state-owned power plants that often burn dirty fuel oil or coal, while limiting private wind, natural gas and solar plants to a minority market share. Many U.S. companies operating in Mexico either invested in cleaner power...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Miners employed by Poland’s largest coal company blocked deliveries of the fossil fuel to state-run power plants Tuesday to demand higher pay to keep pace with surging consumer prices. Groups of protesters were stopping trains leaving the Halemba mine and other mines of the Polish Coalmining Group in the southern Silesia region. They demanded higher pay for weekend shifts and clear declarations that wages this year will rise to offset inflation that reached 7.7% in November. They also were protesting imports of cheaper coal from Russia. Up to 40 trainloads of coal are dispatched from the company’s mines each day. The action is planned for two days and could affect power generation at large state-run plants, which provide most of Poland’s energy. However, individual buyers can still purchase coal for heating their homes. The mining company says it is ready for talks through a mediator, who is still to be appointed. The state-run company is to produce more than 23 million tons of coal this year, down from some 24.5 million tons...
    In the United States, the use of coal as a source of electricity has tumbled. As recently as 2008, coal created over half the electricity consumed in the country, but by 2020 that percentage had dropped to just 19%. That decline is continuing as across the nation coal-powered power plants continued to be decommissioned. In just the last two years, almost 20,000 megawatts of generation capacity from coal has been phased out. In 2020, there were literally 1 million megawatts less electricity produced by coal in the United States than there were 10 years earlier. Too much of that capacity has been replaced by natural gas which, thanks to fracking, has become cheaper and more abundant in the last two decades. But solar and wind have also been expanding quickly, thanks to plummeting costs per megawatt in both forms of renewables. In 2019, the amount of electricity produced from renewables exceeded that from coal for the first time. With most plants now over 40 years old, and the maintenance cost of coal plants exceeding the cost of building new solar or wind generators from scratch,...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s government said Tuesday that it would provide emergency funding for state energy suppliers to import enough electricity and fuel for production plants to cover the country’s power needs over the next 30 days. Economy Minister Kreshik Bekteshi said the decision was due to “reduced domestic production capacities…and increased global (electricity) prices.” He said the government would provide 65 million euros ($75.3 million) the MEPSO electricity company and two other enterprises to pay for electricity, coal and oil imports. Bekteshi also promised “there will be no restrictive measures” or electricity bill increases for domestic consumers. MEPSO director Kustrim Ramadani recently warned that North Macedonia faced an energy crisis because it “consumes twice as much (electricity) as it produces.” The small Balkan country produces about 88% of its electricity from domestic sources, mostly through coal-fired plants. More than 97% of total coal consumption is used to generate electricity. Authorities have recently opened tenders for the urgent import of 1.2 million tons of coal needed for North Macedonia’s power plants. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press....
    Ministers claimed the ‘end of coal’ was in sight last night after unveiling a major new agreement to phase it out – but they failed to win any movement from big polluters like China. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said 190 world leaders and bodies had agreed to stop using coal power and would end funding for new plants. And the UK, USA, Poland, Vietnam, Egypt, Chile and Morocco were among more than 40 countries who signed up to a separate commitment to end investment in coal power plants at home and abroad. Mr Kwarteng said it represented a ‘milestone moment’ and that coal had ‘no part to play’ in future power generation. China has refused to commit to reducing its reliance on coal power after President Xi snubbed the Cop26 meeting in Glasgow The new commitments did not include major polluters like China, India, Russia and Brazil, pictured an open-pit coal mine in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China But, crucially, the new commitments did not include major polluters like China, India, Russia and Brazil. Britain’s two coal power plants...
    Share this: State environmental officials denied required air permits Wednesday for natural gas power plants in New York City and along the Hudson River, saying both would be inconsistent with statewide greenhouse gas emission goals. The denials of Title V air permits for NRG Energy’s Astoria Replacement Project in Queens and the Danskammer Energy Center in the town of Newburgh were announced separately by Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The pair of decisions marked a victory for clean air advocates who argued the plants would produce unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions as state transitions to cleaner renewable energy. New York state is attempting to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades under its 2019 climate law.
    New York (CNN Business)In a blow to the climate movement, US power companies are ramping up their coal consumption due to surging natural gas prices.US coal-fired generation is expected to surge by 22% in 2021, the US Energy Information Administration said Monday. That would mark the first annual increase in coal-fired electric power generation since 2014, the EIA said.Coal was long the main fuel source for the US power grid — even though its environmental footprint is the largest.In recent years, utilities ditched coal because of concerns about the climate crisis and due to the abundance of very cheap natural gas. US coal consumption fell in 2019 for the sixth straight year, dropping to the lowest level since 1964, as natural gas prices fell to record lows. Home heating costs will rise sharply this winter, federal government forecastsYet this trend has reversed in recent months because natural gas prices have spiked, making coal more competitive. Read MoreThe EIA report said coal power generation is rising this year because of "significantly higher natural gas prices and relatively stable coal prices." The...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Friday it wants to declare lithium a “strategic mineral” and reserve any future exploration and mining for the government. The move is likely to leave Mexico’s only privately exploited mine, expected to start production in 2023, in the hands of a Chinese lithium company. The changes are contained in a bill that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent to congress. The bill also changes the Constitution to strengthen government control over electricity production and distribution. The bill would eliminate much of the framework of private sector openings in Mexico’s electrical power market, giving the state-owned utility a guarantee majority market share and allowing it to buy power from private plants if it so chooses. Because it changes the Constitution, the bill requires a two-thirds majority and approval from a majority of state legislatures. The Secretary of the Interior, Adán López Hernández, said that the eight concessions for mining lithium that have already been granted in Mexico would be respected, as long as they are well on the way to producing the...
    In honor of the fourth week of Environmental Awareness Month this September, Georgia Power is highlighting its efforts around protecting and managing habitats throughout the state, such as the company’s right-of-way management, including special management areas for rare plants like the Georgia aster and the smooth purple coneflower. At Georgia Power our projects work towards conservation, restoration and awareness, so that future generations will have a prosperous, healthy and beautiful place to call home. There are four major conservation areas the company is highlighting as a part of Environmental Awareness Month: Land, Sensitive Species, Waterways and Habitats. Last week, the company featured its efforts around improving and protecting Georgia’s waterways and the species that live in them, such as shoal bass. The second week, Georgia Power highlighted conservation of sensitive species, including the gopher tortoise, Georgia’s state reptile. As one of the oldest living species native to Georgia and a keystone species of longleaf pine forests, it supports hundreds of other species. Georgia Power kicked off the month featuring its land management practices, including maintaining and operating over...
    Three dismembered bodies, including a child, found in burning Texas dumpster California to replace alien with noncitizen, immigrant in state laws By Melanie Burton and Fransiska Nangoy © Reuters/Shannon Stapleton FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: A leaf sits on top of a pile of coal in Youngstown, Ohio MELBOURNE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia, the world's biggest coal exporters, face an accelerated decline in global demand for their coal shipments after China said it would stop building coal-fired power plants overseas, analysts, environmental groups and industry officials said. Load Error Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the move at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, prompting environmental campaigners to predict a direct impact on major coal exporters. Beijing's pledge is the latest blow for Australian and Indonesian coal miners as more energy systems globally make the shift to renewables, however, the Australian industry continues to push for a role for coal in the global power mix. "I think it's the new normal," said Pandu Sjahrir, chairman of Indonesia Coal Miners Association, when asked whether coal miners must...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state’s climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants. The legislation invests in the development of renewable solar and wind energy. It also provides incentives for individual action, such as a rebate of up to $4,000 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Pritzker wants 1 million electric cars on roads by 2030. “We can’t outrun or hide from climate change,” Pritzker said Wednesday, offering examples of its recent devastating impact on Illinois: a polar vortex, floods, record-high heat and lake levels. The first-term Democrat added: “There is no time to lose. But what we can do is to fight to stop and even reverse the damage that’s been done to our climate. As of today, Illinois is a force for good, for an environmental future we can be proud of.” To reach its goal of a carbon-free Illinois by 2045, the law props up two nuclear power plants — the Byron power...
    (CNN)Born and raised in the bustling megacity of Jakarta, Indonesia's densely populated, traffic-choked capital, environmentalist Khalisah Khalid has long anguished over the city's toxic air.Her young daughter has been plagued by ill health from birth, issues Khalisah believes are exacerbated by the city's worsening air pollution."Her health is increasingly being threatened with Jakarta's increasingly dirty air quality," said Khalisah, of her daughter, now aged 10. "We want the government to make rules to ensure citizens have a good environment and air."The 42-year-old mother is one of 32 plaintiffs in a citizen lawsuit filed against the Indonesian president, the ministers of health, environment and home affairs, and several regional leaders, demanding they fix the unhealthy air they breathe. Angry citizens sue Indonesian government over growing air pollutionThe Central Jakarta district court had been expected to rule on the 2019 lawsuit on Thursday, but Khalisah said this had been postponed because judges needed more time to consider their ruling.Read MoreWhen the suit was first filed in 2019, the government denied any drop in quality air around Jakarta and urged the media not...
    More On: indonesia Bali is sick of badly behaved influencers amid COVID Indonesia’s Sinabung spews column of volcanic ash into sky Indonesia ‘not interested’ in historic Coast Guard cutter Chuck Schumer can’t stop woke progressives from chucking out SEC pick JAKARTA, May 19 – Born and raised in the bustling megacity of Jakarta, Indonesia’s densely populated, traffic-choked capital, environmentalist Khalisah Khalid has long anguished over the city’s toxic air. Her young daughter has been plagued by ill health from birth, issues she believes are exacerbated by the city’s worsening air pollution. “Her health is increasingly being threatened with Jakarta’s increasingly dirty air quality,” said Khalisah, of her daughter, now aged 10. “We want the government to make rules to ensure citizens have a good environment and air.” The 42-year-old mother is one of 32 plaintiffs in a citizen lawsuit against the Indonesian president, the ministers of health, environment and home affairs, and several regional leaders, demanding they fix the unhealthy air they breathe. The Central Jakarta district court is expected to rule on the 2019 lawsuit on Thursday. Of the world’s cities with the worst air pollution last year, the top 148 are in the Asia-Pacific region,...
    The Biden administration is floating federal support for the nuclear power industry in a bid to boost carbon-free energy to meet its emissions goals. "The DOE has not historically subsidized plants but I think this is a moment to consider and perhaps in the American Jobs Plan or somewhere to make sure that we keep the current fleet active," said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, in a hearing Thursday before a House Appropriations subcommittee.  "We are not going to achieve our climate goals if our nuclear power plants shut down. We have to find ways to keep them operating." REMEMBER SOLYNDRA? LOSS OF TAXPAYER MILLIONS NOW SEEMS FORGOTTEN, EXPERT SAYS The nuclear industry faces rising costs, aging infrastructure, competition from other energy sources, and political opposition.  There are plans to close reactors at two nuclear plants in Illinois this year. New York State’s Indian Point shut last month. Only one reactor has come online in the past 20 years. Two new reactors are under construction in Georgia. Yet the US still has more than 90 operational nuclear reactors, accounting for about 20 percent...
    President Joe Biden reportedly supports extending new taxpayer subsidies to existing nuclear power plants in the U.S. and is urging lawmakers to include the provision in his $2.25 trillion infrastructure package. The White House signaled to the Daily Caller that the president supports nuclear subsidies but declined additional comment when pressed by the Caller on the subject Wednesday. (RELATED: Biden Just Doubled Obama’s Goal For Cutting Emissions But Won’t Release His Plan For Getting There) Reuters first reported Wednesday morning that the president floated the idea to bipartisan members of Congress and industry stakeholders in recent weeks. Biden’s infrastructure proposal — the American Jobs Plan (AJP) — included pledges to invest in and develop wind, solar, battery and other future energy technologies but didn’t specifically address the roughly 90 U.S. nuclear reactors currently in operation. The new nuclear subsidies will reportedly resemble the tax credits wind and solar energy producers already receive based on their total energy output levels. They also would seek to stop the wave of nuclear plant shutterings due to rising security and maintenance costs, according to...
    More On: renewable energy Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal Lower- and middle-class Americans will pay a fortune for Biden’s wind-power plan Eric Adams’ plan: Turn NYC into wind energy manufacturing hub Deep-red rural Ohio’s solar energy boom divides farming communities As of April 30, the Indian Point nuclear plant shuts down for good, thanks to yearslong pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo — leaving the state more reliant on power produced by burning natural gas, and making it far harder to reach Cuomo’s zero-carbon-emissions goal. Unveiling his $26 billion clean energy, “clean economy” plan in January, Cuomo said, “We must replace fossil fuel plants with clean power.” Hmm. Indian Point accounted for 30 percent of the state’s carbon-free power production. Cuomo aims to replace that (and, eventually, all fossil-fuel power) with wind, solar and hydroelectric plants, only the last of which is truly reliable. The plan includes such expensive follies as: Building an offshore wind power plant in the Port of Albany. Creating nearly 100 renewable on- and off-shore wind farms and solar farms....
    Nuclear power is needed. It is clean because nuclear power plants do not emit CO2, Powerful and relatively inexpensive. However, the uranium resources currently in use may also be reduced. Or most uranium ore exporting countries could start handling this fuel. But scientists already have the answer: we can extract uranium from water. Pixie Associative Photo 80% of uranium resources are concentrated in 8 countries. Not all of them are friendly to us. Not all of those resources can be easily carried away. Thus, many countries have not been able to take advantage of these opportunities. But there is a lot of uranium in the oceans. In fact, scientists estimate that the world’s oceans contain 1,000 times more uranium than land. How to take it? In a new study, researchers described polymeric peptide hydrogeal, which may emit uranium from seawater. It is also good for resisting marine life – such uranium traps do not grow as well as polyps or other organisms. Scientists say that enough hydrogen could be extracted from the water. In 2018, scientists...
    BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has agreed with four utility companies that they will receive a combined 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in compensation for the early shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Germany is on course to phase out the use of nuclear power by the end of 2022. Six nuclear power plants that are still in use will need to be shut down before the end of their original operating life. Some utility companies have sued the German government, arguing they should receive significant compensation for lost investments and the electricity they can't generate from the plants due to the early shutdown . In a joint statement the environment and economy ministries said that Swedish utility company Vattenfall will receive 1.425 billion euros. The German companies RWE, EnBW and E.ON/PreussenElektra will share the remaining 1 billion euros. In return, the companies will have to drop all lawsuits, including a case that Vattenfall brought before a Washington-based international arbitration panel. The deal needs to be finally approved by the companies' boards and is subject to...
    BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday it has agreed with four utility companies that they will receive a combined 2.4 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in compensation for the early shutdown of their nuclear power plants. Germany is on course to phase out the use of nuclear power by the end of 2022. Six nuclear power plants that are still in use will need to be shut down before the end of their original operating life. Some utility companies have sued the German government, arguing they should receive significant compensation for lost investments and the electricity they can’t generate from the plants due to the early shutdown . In a joint statement the environment and economy ministries said that Swedish utility company Vattenfall will receive 1.425 billion euros. The German companies RWE, EnBW and E.ON/PreussenElektra will share the remaining 1 billion euros. In return, the companies will have to drop all lawsuits, including a case that Vattenfall brought before a Washington-based international arbitration panel. The deal needs to be finally approved by the companies’ boards and is subject to...
    Bloomberg Texas had already been warned about winter effects on networks (Bloomberg) – Ten years ago, federal regulators warned Texas that in extremely cold conditions it would not be able to rely on its power plants to produce electricity, after a frost left 4 million people in total darkness. At the time, they recommended that utilities use more insulation, heat pipes, and take other measures to winterize plants, strategies already common in colder climates, but not in Texas where the climate is generally temperate. ” Where did these recommendations go and how were they implemented? ” said Jeff Dennis, managing director of Advanced Energy Economy, an association of clean energy companies. “Those are going to be some key questions.” As researchers examine the current power crisis in Texas, which has left millions of people without power or at least a promise of when it will be restored, questions will surely arise about how the The February 2011 incident occurred when a cold front descended from the Arctic onto the North America Electric Reliability Corporation, which establishes reliability standards. southwestern United...
    Bloomberg Texas had already been warned about winter effects on networks (Bloomberg) – Ten years ago, federal regulators warned Texas that in extremely cold conditions it would not be able to rely on its power plants to produce electricity, after a frost left 4 million people in total darkness. At the time, they recommended that utilities use more insulation, heat pipes, and take other measures to winterize plants, strategies already common in colder climates, but not in Texas where the climate is generally temperate. ” Where did these recommendations go and how were they implemented? ” said Jeff Dennis, managing director of Advanced Energy Economy, an association of clean energy companies. “Those are going to be some key questions.” As researchers examine the current power crisis in Texas, which has left millions of people without power or at least a promise of when it will be restored, questions will surely arise about how the The February 2011 incident occurred when a cold front descended from the Arctic onto the North America Electric Reliability Corporation, which establishes reliability standards. southwestern United...
    Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that Pakistan is asking China for relief on the debt from constructing about a dozen power plants under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Bloomberg quoted an anonymous source who said Pakistani and Chinese representatives have informally discussed proposals for easier debt repayment, but Islamabad has not made a formal request yet. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was not aware of any such discussions, and Pakistan’s energy agency did not reply to a request for comment on the report. According to the Bloomberg report, the Pakistani government bit off more than it could chew by agreeing to buy a large number of power plants from China: An enormous build-out of Chinese-financed power plants in Pakistan, which was originally intended to solve its electricity shortages, has resulted in a surplus that Islamabad isn’t able to afford. […] While Chinese financing has helped Pakistan diversify fuel supplies, it has also resulted in a surplus of electricity, which is problematic for the government in Islamabad because it is the sole buyer and pays producers even...
    The football star has claimed his way of eating has helped him continue to play professional football at 43. Alicia Silverstone applauded Super Bowl LV MVP Tom Brady for his mostly plant-based diet as the legendary Tampa Bay Buckaneers quarterback celebrated yet another win and was honored as the best player in the National Football League. The Clueless star and author of The Kind Diet has been vegan for the past 20 years and spoke up for the football star’s commitment to eating healthy in an Instagram share. She said in the caption of a post seen here, that the quarterback revealed in his book TB12 Method that he enjoys mostly plant-based eating. Tom credits this with helping him live a healthy lifestyle and have a successful, record-breaking athletic career. Alicia applauded Tom for leading his teams to Super Bowl wins and for holding the record as the quarterback with the most Super Bowl titles. She loved that Tom was so vocal about his healthful choices. She claimed a plant-based diet can make one strong and powerful, and allow a...
    2021 promises to be a decisive year for the French nuclear industry. While Hercules, the explosive issue concerning the future of EDF, is still the subject of intense discussions between the government and the European Commission, the debate around the extension of nuclear reactors beyond 40 years is taking place. is stepping up a few days before the end of the public consultation on the subject, launched last December by the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). The day before this deadline, on January 21, its president Bernard Doroszczuk, is expected to speak on this theme during the presentation of his wishes to the press. While the anti-nuclear NGO Greenpeace sees a “danger zone “, the French nuclear energy company (Sfen), the lobby of the sector, considers on the contrary that “nuclear power plants are safer today than when they were started”. The question arises for 32 reactors of 900 MWe (electric megawatts). These are the oldest of the 56 reactors in the French nuclear fleet. These pressurized water reactors were commissioned at the end of the 1970s, and 13 of...
    The Environmental Protection Agency has released a rule setting a new threshold for the agency to meet before it regulates greenhouse gas emissions from an industry, a last-ditch effort to protect businesses from strict climate mandates. The rulemaking, which will be published Wednesday, would require the EPA to find an individual industry, such as the power sector or oil and gas operators, collectively emits at least 3% of total U.S. greenhouse gases before setting emissions controls. Only the electric power sector would currently satisfy that requirement, according to the EPA’s own calculations. All other sectors, including oil and gas producers, petroleum refineries, and industrial facilities, fall under that threshold and would therefore be considered “insignificant,” the EPA rule said. Such a threshold requirement could pose challenges to the incoming Biden administration, which has promised an aggressive climate change agenda that includes strict controls on emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from the oil and gas sector. The Trump EPA already eliminated direct federal regulation of oil and gas methane emissions, an action the Biden team would have to undo...
    Police launch probe after Breonna Taylor statue smashed in Oakland, California Senate GOP Faces Stimulus Dilemma as Democrats Side With Trump China Datang Nears Deal for Indonesian Power Projects (Bloomberg) -- China Datang Corp. has bought a majority stake in PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa’s thermal power plants in Indonesia for $394 million. © Bloomberg Power lines hang from a transmission tower at a PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) power plant in Pangkalan Susu, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The state-backed energy giant acquired a 75% stake in a DSS’s subsidiary that operates the plants, according to an exchange filing published on Tuesday, which confirmed an earlier Bloomberg News report. DSS will remain as a minority shareholder for the assets. Load Error The transaction will support DSS to further develop its power generation business and diversify its portfolio, the company said in the statement. Shares of DSS rose as much as 5.2% on Tuesday in Jakarta. Headquartered in Central Jakarta, DSS was listed on the country’s stock exchange in 2009. In addition to the three...
    Wildfires have devastated my city. Theyll only get worse unless we force businesses to change (opinion) Which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions? GE to Stop Selling Equipment for New Coal-Fired Power Plants (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. plans to stop supplying equipment to new coal-fired power plants, exiting a market that relies on the dirtiest fossil fuel to focus on gas turbines and renewable energy equipment. © Bloomberg Hopper cars laden with coal trail behind an eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. freight train heading through Waddy, Kentucky, U.S. The move may include asset sales, site closings and job impacts, GE said in a statement Monday. The company’s Steam Power operation will continue to service existing coal power plants while also providing equipment for nuclear plants. Load Error With the shift, GE will focus on “power generation businesses that have attractive economics and a growth trajectory,” Russell Stokes, head of the company’s power portfolio, said in the statement. The exit from coal marks yet another step in Chief Executive Officer Larry Culp’s effort to reshape GE’s electricity-equipment business, which...
    COVID, hurricanes, wildfires, politics: 2020 is an American nightmare thats wearing us out Which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions? GE to Stop Supplying Equipment for New Coal-Fired Power Plants (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. plans to stop supplying new coal-fired power plants, exiting a market that relies on the dirtiest fossil fuel to focus on gas turbines and renewable energy equipment. © Bloomberg Hopper cars laden with coal trail behind an eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. freight train heading through Waddy, Kentucky, U.S. The move may include asset sales, site closings and job impacts, GE said in a statement Monday. The company’s Steam Power operation will continue to service existing coal power plants while also providing equipment for nuclear plants. Load Error With the shift, GE will focus on “power generation businesses that have attractive economics and a growth trajectory,” Russell Stokes, head of the company’s power portfolio, said in the statement. The exit from coal marks yet another step in Chief Executive Officer Larry Culp’s effort to reshape GE’s electricity-equipment business, which has been at the heart...
    California’s wildfires have burned enough forest to dump 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air, scientists say. That amount of carbon dioxide is equivalent to powering 23 coal-powered plants over the course of a year, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency. Gains Californian officials have made in terms of lessening climate change all went “up in smoke” as a result of the state’s massive wildfires, one forest expert told The Washington Post.  Wildfires have likely dumped more than 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the environment — more than the total emissions required to power the entire state, a pair of atmospheric scientists told The Washington Post Thursday. Burning 90 million metric tons of carbon emissions over the course of a month is the equivalent of powering 23 coal-fired power stations for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculator. The Daily Caller News Foundation used the EPA calculator to determine the total, which is based on estimates from Niels Andela, an atmospheric scientist at Cardiff...
    EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) — Another hot weekend is in store for the greater Sacramento region, and extreme heat yet again poses a threat to the power grid. It was only a few weeks ago parts of Northern California, including El Dorado Hills, saw rolling blackouts. Those blackouts caused frustration for locals and is now something state agencies hope to avoid with another flex alert starting Saturday. The California Office of Emergency Services said they learned some important lessons from the last heat wave. As parts of the state saw rolling blackouts, Gov.Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation to ease the strain on the grid. People and businesses were granted permission to use generators that are normally outlawed under air quality standards, and Navy ships were allowed out of their ports to conserve power. On Thursday, the governor issued a similar proclamation, adding one component which allows power plants the ability to generate more power. READ: NorCal Braces For Another Heatwave: Local Cooling Centers To Open “They can run those plants at a higher level,” said Bill Powers, an engineering expert from...
    Michael Shellenberger, a self-described liberal Democrat who is critical of mainstream environmentalism, is betting on nuclear energy as the dominant fuel of the future. Shellenberger’s views and his status as a critic of climate change “alarmists” are being embraced by House Republicans, who invited him to testify as their witness at a hearing Tuesday afternoon held by a special climate committee. He is pushing ideas that go beyond what other pro-nuclear advocates and Republican supporters propose, envisioning a smaller role, if any at all, for other zero-emission energy sources such as renewables and for technologies to eliminate pollution from fossil fuel plants such as carbon capture. “Conventional wisdom is we need a mix of nuclear and renewables,” Shellenberger told the Washington Examiner. “There is no technical or economic reason for that.” Shellenberger has drawn attention in recent weeks for his new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, in which he seeks to apologize for his role in perpetuating a “climate scare.” His vision for the future of nuclear energy is unconventional. He opposes developing smaller advanced...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that. The U.S. Department of Energy put out the formal request to build what it calls a fission surface power system that could allow humans to live for long periods in harsh space environments. The Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho, the Energy Department and NASA will evaluate the ideas for developing the reactor. The lab has been leading the way in the U.S. on advanced reactors, some of them micro reactors and others that can operate without water for cooling. Water-cooled nuclear reactors are the vast majority of reactors on Earth. “Small nuclear reactors can provide the power capability necessary for space exploration missions of interest to the Federal government,” the Energy Department wrote in the notice published Friday. The Energy Department, NASA and Battelle Energy Alliance, the U.S. contractor that manages the...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that. The U.S. Department of Energy put out the formal request to build what it calls a fission surface power system that could allow humans to live for long periods in harsh space environments. The Idaho National Laboratory, a nuclear research facility in eastern Idaho, the Energy Department and NASA will evaluate the ideas for developing the reactor. The lab has been leading the way in the U.S. on advanced reactors, some of them micro reactors and others that can operate without water for cooling. Water-cooled nuclear reactors are the vast majority of reactors on Earth. “Small nuclear reactors can provide the power capability necessary for space exploration missions of interest to the Federal government,” the Energy Department wrote in the notice published Friday. The Energy Department, NASA and Battelle Energy Alliance, the U.S. contractor that manages the Idaho National Laboratory, plan...
    By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Thursday reversed course and called on the state's legislature to repeal and replace a nuclear energy bailout bill at the center of a federal investigation into bribery. "This whole policy issue must be revisited by the General Assembly," DeWine, a Republican, told reporters in a news conference. "While the policy in my opinion is good, the process by which it was created stinks, is terrible." Earlier this week, he said the bill should not be repealed. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican, and four other men tied to state politics were arrested on Tuesday in the $60 million bribery and racketeering case stemming from the bill passed last year to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants as well as coal plants. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers this week called the case largest bribery and money-laundering scheme in state history. Akron-based FirstEnergy the company that owns the nuclear plants, said in a news release on Tuesday it had received subpoenas in connection with...
    What its like to cover practice and press conferences in the NBA bubble Dear Care and Feeding: My Daughter’s Biological Mom Discovered My Daughter Is a Lesbian. Now She Wants to Cease Contact. Coal Demise Forces $1 Billion Writedown for Swedish Utility (Bloomberg) -- Load Error Vattenfall AB took a massive hit on the value of a new German coal plant in yet another sign of how the fossil fuel is struggling in Europe. The Swedish utility wrote down the value of the Moorburg facility in Hamburg by 9.1 billion kronor ($1 billion), according to its first-half earnings statement on Tuesday. The plant opened in 2015 and by then Vattenfall had already taken impairment losses of 4 billion kronor for the project. The writedown is another example of how renewable energy and the global pandemic is reshaping energy economics. Demand for power dropped more than 20% in some European countries during the lockdown, leading coal’s share in generation to plummet as green sources like solar and wind have priority on the grid. “For understandable reasons, fossil-fired power...
    Australia plans for India series after T20 World Cup delay 8 Gentle and Effective Sunscreens To Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer Coal’s Demise Forces $1 Billion Writedown for Swedish Utility (Bloomberg) -- Load Error Vattenfall AB took a massive hit on the value of a new German coal plant in yet another sign of how the fossil fuel is struggling in Europe. The Swedish utility wrote down the value of the Moorburg facility in Hamburg by 9.1 billion kronor ($1 billion), according to its first-half earnings statement on Tuesday. The plant opened in 2015 and by then Vattenfall had already taken impairment losses of 4 billion kronor for the project. The writedown is another example of how renewable energy and the global pandemic is reshaping energy economics. Demand for power dropped more than 20% in some European countries during the lockdown, leading coal’s share in generation to plummet as green sources like solar and wind have priority to the grid. “For understandable reasons, fossil-fired power generation is especially exposed in today’s challenging market,” Vattenfall’s Chief Executive...
    A climate change task force convened by Joe Biden in a partnership with his former rival Bernie Sanders has recommended Biden commit to eliminating carbon emissions from power plants by 2035. Biden has faced pressure from progressives to strengthen his $1.7 trillion plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, an agenda that already goes beyond policies pursued by his former boss, President Barack Obama. Young activists, in particular, have called on Biden to expand his climate plan with an eye toward setting new goals for the next decade in order to wean off fossil fuels. Seeking to energize Democrats' liberal voting base, Biden created a series of “unity” task forces with Sanders that included a climate panel led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the authors of the Green New Deal, and former Secretary of State John Kerry, the key negotiator of the Paris climate agreement. Biden, in a statement, did not commit to the recommendation to eliminate carbon from electricity by 2035 or any other of the recommendations released Wednesday. “I commend the task forces for their service and...
    Finland, Sweden and Norway have noted unusual low levels of human radioactivity in recent days, a harmless increase for humans who, according to a Dutch institute, have their source in western Russia, while a French NGO has ruled out a track leading to Latvia. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, whose stations also measure increases in civilian radioactivity, published a map on Twitter showing the area of ​​probable source of the source, according to its measurements. The sector roughly covers the southern third of Sweden, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, as well as a large area surrounding the northwestern border of Russia, including St. Petersburg. These isotopes (cesium 137, cesium 134 and ruthenium 103, in particular) “are very probably of civil origin. We are able to indicate the probable region of the source, but this is not part of the mandate of CTBTO (English acronym of the organization, note) to determine the exact origin “, commented on Twitter Lassina Zerbo, the secretary general of the international organization based in Vienna. Russian nuclear power producer Rosenergoatom has denied any...
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