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Biden's push for electric vehicles could take funding away from infrastructure projects

By Paul A. Eisenstein, Jan. 26, 2021 President Joe Biden wants to replace the government’s fleet of almost 650,000 vehicles with all-electric models produced in the United States, simultaneously addressing both his climate change and manufacturing agenda. Read more

American Water Named One of the Top Ten World’s Most Sustainable Corporations

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 25, 2021 American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that has been named on Corporate Knights 17th annual Global 100 list of the World’s Most Sustainable Corporations, for the second year in a row. American Water is ranked number 9 and is the top ranked water utility company on the

Verizon Accelerating America Broadband Plan: Congress Should Fund Access, Affordability, Adoption

January 25, 2021 by Joan Engebretson Congress should provide funding for broadband, argues Verizon in a 28-page proposal titled Accelerating America: Affordability, Adoption, Access. Among other things, Verizon recommends lifting restrictions on municipal networks in unserved areas and providing $20 to $50 monthly on an electronic benefit transfer card for low-income users to be used for eligible services. Read more

U.S. Mountain Valley gas pipeline facing more delays

Jan 26 (Reuters) After a series of setbacks, the companies building the U.S. Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline now plan to seek individual permits to cross each stream remaining in its path, and analysts say that will delay its startup until 2022. Read more

La Plata Electric Association joins contract buyout lawsuit in Adams County

By Patrick Armijo Education, business & real estate reporter, Jan. 24, 2021 1:30 PM La Plata Electric Association has joined a civil lawsuit initially filed by United Power of Brighton claiming Tri-State Generation and Transmission broke Colorado law by adding three nonutility members so it would become federally regulated. Read more

Energized Leadership: 7 Leadership Books That Will Revolutionize Your Office

By Katherine Rundell, January 27, 2021 Leadership is a characteristic surrounded by myths – the best leaders give off an aura of permanence and solidity that can make it seem like they were born that way, designated leaders from birth. In truth, leaders are made, not born and increasingly we’re finding the tools that can help craft your leadership into

U.S. wind and solar generation set to soar in 2021, as coal-fired and nuclear plants close

Energize Weekly, January 27, 2021 The U.S. electricity generation fleet will continue its transformation in 2021 with wind and solar dominating new installations and nuclear and coal-fired plants steadily being retired, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). Power plant developers and utilities are planning for 39.7 gigawatts (GW) of new generating capacity in 2021, with wind and solar

Despite opposition, Charlotte moves ahead with massive transit plan

By ALISON KUZNITZ The Charlotte Observer, Jan 19, 2021   City leaders face a bumpy road as they seek support for a “transformational” transit and mobility plan, partially paid for with a one-cent sales tax that could go before Mecklenburg County voters in November.   Read more    

Duke Energy Florida proposes plan to revamp energy grid

By Malena Carollo, Published Jan. 16   Duke Energy Florida is asking regulators for permission to begin implementing a sweeping plan centered around renewable energy. Filed late Thursday, its proposal would revamp its energy grid and hasten the retirement of its coal plants.   Read more

Shearwater Energy developing SMR wind-hybrid energy project; selects NuScale Power

18 January 2021 Shearwater Energy Ltd., a United Kingdom-based hybrid clean energy company, is developing a wind-SMR (Small Modular Reactor) and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales. The project would provide 3 GWe of zero-carbon energy and is also expected to produce more than 3 million kilograms of green hydrogen per year for use by the UK’s transport sector, ensuring

Bipartisan coalition looks to reform Virginia’s system of electric utility regulation

By Sarah Vogelsong/Virginia Mercury January 19, 2021 As the 2021 General Assembly session begins, lawmakers are set to consider a slate of bills that aim to reform Virginia’s system of electric utility regulation with the goal of bringing down customer bills. Read more

BlackRock sells $200 million China Telecom stake after U.S. ban

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Jan. 15, 2021 BlackRock has sold almost all its stake in China Telecom, a company subject to a new ban on U.S. investment, a stock market filing on Friday showed. The move comes as U.S. investors scramble to exit stocks subject to the sanctions, which ban Americans from owning companies deemed to have links with China’s

New Lead and Copper Rule to Raise Costs for Water Utilities

Fitch Wire, Tue 19 Jan, 2021 The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is not expected to impact utility credit quality over the near-term, but it could have a material effect on certain water utilities’ capex and credit profiles over the medium- to long-term, particularly for those utilities that serve communities with a large proportion of

The countries leading the way in renewable energy

By Kristin Herman, January 20, 2021 Nowadays, many countries are looking into reducing the amount of fossil fuels that people use to power their homes, towns, cities, and so on. In fact, many people are expecting renewable energy to make fossil fuels a thing of the past, based on the progress being made in various countries today. While most countries

Oil and gas merger activity rebounds in Q4, but a pandemic hangover lingers

Energize Weekly, January 20, 2021 After being hobbled by an economy and commodity prices weakened by the novel coronavirus pandemic, merger activity among oil and gas production companies rebounded in the second half of 2020, according to Enverus, an industry analytics firm. Total activity for 2020 was $52 billion, powered by $27 billion in activity in the fourth quarter –

NYSE bans Chinese telecom stocks in second about-face of the week

By Julia Horowitz, CNN Business, January 6, 2021 The New York Stock Exchange will delist three Chinese telecommunications stocks to comply with an executive order from the Trump administration — its second about-face on the issue this week. The exchange said Wednesday that it would end trading of shares in China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU) on Jan. 11. The decision comes after President Donald Trump

Campaign to recall city leaders over Westminster’s water price hikes heads to court

John Aguilar, January 8, 2021 A months-long effort to remove from office more than half of Westminster’s City Council over rapidly escalating residential water bills continues to inch forward despite the city twice rejecting the recall attempt as insufficient. Read more

Goshen board approves $122,000 in wastewater treatment plant repairs

JOHN KLINE THE GOSHEN NEWS, Jan 11, 2021 Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety members Monday approved a $122,345 contract with the Eaton Corp. for replacement of aging and damaged electrical components at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read more

Decarbonizing cities - how to harmonize buildings, mobility and infrastructure

11 Jan 2021, World Economic Forum Why is it so important to decarbonize cities? And how can we do it? The first question is easy to answer: The cities in which more than half of us live account for nearly two-thirds of the CO2 emissions that lie at the root of our planet’s looming climate crisis. Read more

El Paso Electric Files the Transportation Electrification Plan with the NMPRC

January 08, 2021, Business Wire El Paso Electric (EPE) looks to continue its drive toward a greener and more sustainable future as the Company files its Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP) with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) for approval. The overarching goal of this two-year plan is to increase the use of electric vehicles (EVs) by incentivizing the installation

Pritzker admin hires firm to verify Exelon's nuke hardship claims

Steve Daniels, January 11, 2021 The Pritzker administration has hired an outside firm to scrutinize Exelon’s claims that some of its Illinois nuclear plants are losing money. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency early this month finalized a $215,000 emergency contract with Cambridge, Mass.-based Synapse Energy Economics. The firm, which has done work in the past for consumer advocates like the Illinois

COVID-19 delaying project milestones at Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion

Dave Williams, Capitol Beat News Service, January 12, 2021   Georgia Power is putting off some of this year’s milestones in the construction schedule for the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.   Read more

Oil and gas activity rebounds in the Permian Basin but economic pressure persists

Energize Weekly, January 13, 2021 After a punishing year, oil and gas activity in a swatch of oil county from Louisiana through Texas to New Mexico rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a survey by Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. The bank queried oil company executives in its region and calculated that its business activity index had swung

Pete Buttigieg Eyes ‘Big, Bold’ Infrastructure Plan, Chuck Schumer Says

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter, January 4, 2021   Advancing a “big, bold” infrastructure policy measure with an emphasis on climate change is a priority for President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.   Read more  

Groundbreaking Answer to Decaying Infrastructure

Tue, January 5, 2021 Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, like many jurisdictions around the country, needs billions of dollars to repair decaying infrastructure. Of urgent concern are structurally endangered pilings – the columns that hold up highways, bridges, piers, pipes, even buildings. One contractor in Houma charged with repairing a vulnerable water pumping station turned to a new paradigm-changing approach that is effective, economical,

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U.S. wind and solar generation set to soar in 2021, as coal-fired and nuclear plants close - Energize Weekly, January 27, 2021 The U.S. electricity generation fleet will continue its transformation in 2021 with wind and solar dominating new installations and nuclear and coal-fired plants steadily being retired, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). Power plant developers and utilities are planning for 39.7 gigawatts (GW) of new generating capacity in 2021, with wind and solar
Oil and gas merger activity rebounds in Q4, but a pandemic hangover lingers - Energize Weekly, January 20, 2021 After being hobbled by an economy and commodity prices weakened by the novel coronavirus pandemic, merger activity among oil and gas production companies rebounded in the second half of 2020, according to Enverus, an industry analytics firm. Total activity for 2020 was $52 billion, powered by $27 billion in activity in the fourth quarter –
Oil and gas activity rebounds in the Permian Basin but economic pressure persists - Energize Weekly, January 13, 2021 After a punishing year, oil and gas activity in a swatch of oil county from Louisiana through Texas to New Mexico rebounded in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a survey by Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. The bank queried oil company executives in its region and calculated that its business activity index had swung
Gas flaring is a problem from Texas’ Permian Basin to Russia’s Siberian oil fields - Energize Weekly, January 6, 2021 The U.S set a record for flaring of gas at well sites in 2019 and was part of a global pollution problem created by a handful of oil-producing countries, according to two energy agencies. An average of 1.48 billion cubic feet of gas was vented or flared daily in the U.S., 1.3 percent of gross
After two bad years, global coal demand is set for a 2021 rebound, IEA says - Energize Weekly, December 30, 2020 Coal demand slipped an estimated 5 percent in 2020 – the largest annual decline since the Second World War – but the fuel is projected to rebound in 2021 on demand from China and Asia, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The 2020 decline follows a 1.8 percent drop in coal demand in 2019,
U.S solar rebounds from pandemic decline, renewable investment remains strong worldwide - Energize Weekly, December 23, 2020 The U.S. solar industry – led by utility-scale projects – rebounded in the third quarter from its midyear pandemic doldrums, according to an industry market report by consultant Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Solar’s performance is part of a broader trend showing the strong performance of renewable generation in the face
Global energy efficiency gains slow in 2020, hobbled by coronavirus pandemic - Energize Weekly, December 16, 2020 Energy efficiency gains slowed to their lowest level in a decade in 2020, and feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, energy efficiency investment is projected to be down 9 percent year-on-year to $227 billion in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Energy intensity, a measure of efficiency, is projected to improve
Coal continues its decline in the U.S. and Europe and its rise in Southeast Asia and India - Energize Weekly, December 9, 2020 Coal mining and coal-fired electricity generation in the U.S. and Europe continues to decline, but in Asia, coal-fired demand is projected to increase through 2030 thanks to national policies and Chinese financing. In the U.S., coal mine production capacity fell in 2019 to 590 million short tons – a 28 percent decline from the peak
Colorado adopts sweeping oil and gas rules, banning flaring, creating a 2,000-foot setback - Energize Weekly, December 2, 2020 Colorado has adopted the strongest oil and gas regulations in the country and reoriented its oversight agency from “fostering” oil and gas development to “regulating” the industry to protect public health, safety, the environment and wildlife. After more than a year of hearings and negotiations, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) adopted the
UN rules to reduce carbon emissions from ocean vessels draw fire for being ineffective - Energize Weekly, November 25, 2020 New regulations to cut carbon emission from ocean cargo ships adopted last week by the United Nation’s maritime organization drew immediate fire from environmentalist and analysts who said they will do little to curb pollution. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved rules requiring short-term technical and operational actions – such as reducing engine power and

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