Tag: Energy

As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants

Enlarge / An eastbound Norfolk Southern Corp. unit coal train passes through Waddy, Kentucky. reader comments 4 with 4 posters participating Share this story The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to roll back Obama-era rules that effectively prevented new coal plants from opening in the US. The rules required new coal plants […]

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Trump OKs seismic tests in Atlantic that can harm thousands of dolphins & whales

Trump’s about to make a bunch of whales, turtles, and dolphins go deaf. The Trump administration is about to take a preliminary step toward oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore, by approving requests from energy companies to conduct “deafening seismic tests that could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other […]

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South Australia is fueling energy storage investment

Enlarge / An employee working for the manufacturer of solar batteries, Sonnen GmbH, in the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July 5, 2016. reader comments 1 with 1 posters participating Share this story In September, South Australia confirmed a plan to set up an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund […]

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Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement

Enlarge / V C Summer Nuclear Station Unit 1. reader comments 2 with 2 posters participating Share this story Today, South Carolina energy company SCANA and its potential purchaser Dominion Energy reached a settlement with class-action litigants to offer a significant energy bill rate cut in exchange for the litigants dropping a lawsuit over $2 […]

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New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas

reader comments 3 Share this story It’s that time of the year again: time for asset management company Lazard to release its annual Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) study. (We know, you’ve been waiting all year.) The numbers in the report offer economic insight into how energy choices were made in the previous year and […]

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California’s cap-and-trade dollars are building a hydrogen fuel cell boat

Enlarge / A mock-up of what the Water-Go-Round may look like. Golden Gate Zero Emissions Marine reader comments 2 Share this story All aboard: construction of a hydrogen fuel cell boat, with aims to be the first of its kind to run commercially, was announced on Thursday in San Francisco. A startup called Golden Gate […]

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Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Enlarge / A general view of Laguna Colorada located near the border with Chile, in the Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia. The Uyuni salt flats are estimated to contain 100 million tons of lithium, making it one of the largest global reserves of this mineral, according to state officials at the Bolivian Mining Corporation. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty […]

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Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are

Enlarge / Solar panels sit on the roof of Google headquarters in Mountain View. reader comments 10 Share this story Google has long been a carbon-neutral company in a theoretical sense. That is, even when it’s physically impossible for Google’s data centers and offices to consume renewable energy, the company offsets that “dirty” energy with […]

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European offshore wind giant buys US‘ most successful offshore wind company

Enlarge / Gode wind farm off the coast of Germany. reader comments 1 Share this story One of the biggest offshore wind developers in Europe, a Danish company called Ørsted, purchased US offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind on Monday. The move suggests confidence in an expanding US offshore wind industry. There are more than 15 […]

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NASA wants to save humanity from death by supervolcano

We live with the knowledge that any number of end-of-the-world scenarios could be right around the corner. From drug-resistant disease outbreaks to impacts from large asteroids, there’s plenty of ways that humanity could ultimately meet its doom, but one of the least-talked-about is the very real possibility of a supervolcano springing to life and throwing […]

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Are super-cheap solar fields in the Middle East just loss-leaders?

Enlarge / An illustration of what will become the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III). reader comments 11 Share this story In recent years, massive solar projects proposed for the Middle East have grabbed headlines with extremely low prices. Developers have announced agreements to sell their solar energy for as low as […]

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Company that sucks CO2 from air announces a new methane-producing plant

Enlarge / Air capture at Climeworks’ Troia, Italy, plant. reader comments 11 Share this story It’s been a banner week for hydrocarbons made from waste gases. Earlier this week, a company announced that it had delivered 4,000 gallons of jet fuel made from steel-plant waste gases to Virgin Atlantic. Now, Swiss company Climeworks has announced […]

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Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas

reader comments 0 Share this story A researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory holds a vial of fuel produced from industrial waste gas. A Virgin 747 will burn a blend of fuel made from waste gas and jet fuel in a flight today. The Chinese steel mill where LanzaTech opened its first waste-gas-to-ethanol facility this […]

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International Energy Agency predicts wind will dominate Europe’s grid by 2027

Enlarge / Scroby Sands offshore wind farm, Caister, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Photo by: Geography Photos/UIG via Getty Images reader comments 10 Share this story This week, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the Global Wind Summit that wind energy was likely to become Europe’s dominant energy source by 2027 and […]

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Vote results: Construction will continue on Vogtle nuclear power plant

Construction at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. reader comments 5 Share this story The four owners of the new additions to the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia agreed on Thursday that construction on the two additional reactors can go forward. The agreement was made despite growing opposition among some local lawmakers and at least […]

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A good announcement and a bad announcement for two nuclear-energy startups

Enlarge / Mockup of the NuScale energy plant slated for development outside of Idaho Falls, ID. reader comments 3 Share this story The benefits of nuclear energy—dispatchable power with zero emissions (excluding emissions from uranium mining)—are desperately needed in a world facing climate change. The disadvantages of nuclear energy are also great. The old light-water […]

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After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more batteries

Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world’s largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. reader comments 1 Share this story In the first half of 2018, energy […]

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Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out

Enlarge / Navajo Generating Station and Navajo Mountain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. The 2.25 gigawatt (GW) plant […]

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