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User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-National
Category: Renewable Energy :: Wind
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Deadly fire ravages Eastern Sierra town, then rains douse it, sheriff says 21.11.2020 LA Times: Environment

The body of a 69-year-old resident is found in the wreckage of her home in Walker, a California town in the Eastern Sierra near the Nevada border.

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Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? 19.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
This article originally was published on Yale Environment 360 . Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what energy product will be used both to power this city and sell to the world? Not oil. The Saudis are going big on something called green hydrogen — a carbon-free fuel made from water by using renewably produced electricity to split hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules. This summer, a large U.S. gas company, Air Products & Chemicals, announced that as part of Neom it has been building a green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia for the last four years. The plant is powered by 4 gigawatts from wind and solar projects that sprawl across the desert. It claims to be the world’s largest green hydrogen project — and more Saudi plants are on the drawing board. Green hydrogen? The Saudis aren’t alone in believing ...
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From oil and fracking to clean energy: ‘The transition is well underway’ in Texas 4.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Texas has long been the nation’s largest producer of oil and gas, but many companies are drawn to the state because it generates so much clean energy.
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Governors Cooper, Northam, Hogan Partner to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy 29.10.2020 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Governors Cooper, Northam, Hogan Partner to Accelerate Offshore Wind Energy
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'What the Future Can Look Like': Study Shows Us Switch To 100% Renewables Would Save Hundreds of Billions Each Year 27.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While President Donald Trump has baselessly attacked plans to eradicate fossil fuel-based sources of energy from the United States' power grid on the grounds that doing so would be expensive and economically destructive, a new analysis reveals the opposite to be true—aggressively transitioning to 100% renewables would save Americans up to $321 billion per year while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are heating the planet.

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Fires sweep through Orange County, driving tens of thousands from their homes 27.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Driven by strong winds, two fires spread quickly in Orange County, forcing more than 90,000 people to evacuate.

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Damaging Santa Ana winds are on tap for Monday in the Los Angeles region, forecasters say 24.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Ingredients are aligning for what could be major wind events in Southern California.

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Windy week in Northern California could bring another wave of power shutoffs 21.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

Predicted high winds and hot temperatures in Northern California this week are prompting PG&E to consider more intentional power outages.

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Windy weather dying down after causing handful of issues, including power outages and a few delays and cancellations at O’Hare and Midway airports 18.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
High winds on Saturday caused delays at Chicago’s airports Saturday evening and some power outages, officials said.
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How Wind Turbines Are Providing a Safety Net for Rural Farmers 14.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print The Grande Prairie Wind Farm — which constructed 200 wind turbines in Holt County, Nebraska — continues to benefit local farmers. Photo by Mike Zakrzewski On a farm in O’Neill, Nebraska, Mike Zakrzewski wakes up every morning to tend his cattle and grow corn and soybeans on the farm he’s known since childhood. The youngest of nine children, he began farming with his dad in 1982, eventually buying the land from his parents and raising two children there with his wife. But due to climate change, this corner of Nebraska is not the same land he farmed with his father almost four decades ago. “You see it firsthand on agriculture, because we’re working with nature every day,” said Zakrzewski. “Our growing seasons have extended and shifted a little bit. They’re a little later into the fall ... it’s the new norm to have wider extremes in weather — drier drys, wetter wets, windier winds.” As in many communities around the world, these weather extremes are throwing a wrench into farmers' ability to make a ...
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Cameron Peak fire: Cooler temps, wind shift and a bit of moisture help firefighters 29.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
Cooler weather, a shift in the winds and a bit of moisture calmed the Cameron Peak fire overnight giving firefighters an upper hand along portions of the north side of the fire.
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Mandatory evacuation orders for residents in Cameron Peak fire area 26.9.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office issued mandatory evacuation orders Friday afternoon for several residential areas because of the Cameron Peak fire.
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Transitioning to Renewable Energy Isn’t So Simple. Just Look at California. 23.8.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Slate and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The recent “heat storm” in California has pushed grid operators to impose rolling blackouts for the first time since 2001. A combination of heavy air conditioning usage, the unplanned unavailability of some power plants, limited options for importing power […]
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Here's how California can keep the lights on while meeting its clean energy goals 19.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Supplying enough power on hot summer evenings is one of California's main challenges. But experts say there solutions.

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This carbon challenge is bigger than cars, aviation and shipping combined 13.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
This carbon challenge is bigger than cars, aviation and shipping combined Adam Aston Thu, 08/13/2020 - 02:15 You may not know it, but you rely on industrial heat every day. It helped make the bricks that hold up your home; the cement underfoot. It forged the steel and glass in your car, and it also cooked the aluminum, plastic and silicon in the very screen on which you may be reading these words.  Industrial heat is essential but largely invisible. To transform basic inputs into stuff we need, manufacturers constantly heat (and cool) minerals, ores and other raw materials to extreme temperatures. And for all the magic of this everyday alchemy, industrial heat poses a growing threat to the climate. The world’s kilns, reactors, chillers and furnaces are powered mostly by fossil fuels.  High-temperature industrial heat, over 932 degrees F, poses a particular challenge because that’s the point at which fuels beyond electricity become the mainstay. Overall, industrial thermal energy accounts for about a ...
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4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth 14.7.2020 WRI Stories
4 Investments to Secure Ocean Health and Wealth Comments|Add Comment|PrintSustainable, ocean-based investments can yield a number of benefits for economies, communities, businesses and households. Photo by Knut Troim/Unsplash Ocean-based industries are worth at least 3.5% of global GDP, a value the OECD predicted will double by 2030. More than 3 billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods and more than 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Behind New Jersey's ambitions for clean energy equity and offshore wind 9.7.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Behind New Jersey's ambitions for clean energy equity and offshore wind Sarah Golden Thu, 07/09/2020 - 01:00 If you want to know what state-level clean energy leadership looks like, look no further than New Jersey.  Since the beginning of the year, the Garden State has made headlines for three initiatives: its plans to transition to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 ; its investment in offshore wind ; and its proposal to create an Office of Clean Energy and Equity .   All three are commendable in their own right. They show how a state can signal the opportunities inherent in the clean energy economy, and the importance that it works for everyone.  One person at the center of these initiatives is Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. At the end of June, I talked to Fiordaliso to better understand his perspective on the potential of clean energy, the importance of equity within all initiatives and how states can lead the way forward. The interview is edited for length and ...
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Want jobs and clean energy? This overlooked technology could deliver both 1.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

"You could have all the renewable energy in the world. But if you don't have the transmission lines, you have nothing," then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in 2010.

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How U.S. Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy 1.7.2020 THE CITY FIX
Cities are a core driver of climate change, accounting for more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Precisely because they are such big GHG emitters, cities can be at the forefront in tackling climate change by leading the switch to clean energy. ...
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How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy 24.6.2020 WRI Stories
How US Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy Comments|Add Comment|PrintWind turbines in California. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Flickr Cities are a core driver of climate change, accounting for more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Precisely because they are such big GHG emitters, cities can be at the forefront in tackling climate change by leading the switch to clean energy. Over the last five years, more U.S. cities have started setting and acting upon their renewable energy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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