December 4, 2019
U.S. House Speaker Pelosi says at climate summit: “We are still in”
Source: Isla Binnie, Reuters, Dec 2, 2019 MADRID (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her duel with Donald Trump to a climate summit on Monday, pledging that Congress would urgently tackle global warming despite the president’s opposition to an international pact. “By coming here we want to say to everyone we […]

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December 4, 2019
New round of grant funding for the Dairy Digester Enhancement Program
Source: Washington state Department of Commerce. December 4, 2019 The Dairy Digester Enhancement program is part of Clean Energy Fund (CEF) 4. Funds are provided for grants that enhance the viability of dairy digester projects, including bioenergy, improved energy efficiency and advanced nutrient recovery systems that produce value-added biofertilizers, reduce trucking of lagoon water and improve soil […]

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December 3, 2019
New workshops, new rulemakings, and upcoming dates from UTC
Source: UTC, Dec 3, 2019 The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s 2019 clean energy legislation. The Clean Energy Transformation Act, passed during the 2019 legislative session, requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by 2030 and source 100% of their […]

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December 3, 2019
HOTSTART announces new EVRHEAT Series 20 Forced Circulation Engine Heater
Source: HOTSTART, Dec 2019 HOTSTART is pleased to announce the new EVRHEAT Series 20 Forced Circulation Engine Heater for genset applications in the United States and Canada. The EVR20 is designed to pre-heat and maintain engine temperature in generators up to 20 liters in size while in standby mode. The EVR20 has been designed and […]

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December 3, 2019
Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs
Source: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press, Nov 27, 2019 Plummeting cranberry prices and the country’s ongoing trade wars have America’s cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation’s second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs they harvest each fall. It’s a […]

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December 3, 2019
Solid state battery breakthrough could double the density of lithium-ion cells
Source: Loz Blain, New Atlas, Nov 26, 2019 Researchers at Australia’s Deakin University say they’ve managed to use common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes, opening the door to double-density solid state lithium batteries that won’t explode or catch fire if they overheat. Dr. Fangfang Chen and Dr. Xiaoen Wang from Deakin’s Institute for Frontier […]

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December 3, 2019
Banana agri-waste converted into biodegradable, recyclable plastic
Source: Ben Coxworth, New Atlas, Nov 29, 2019 The bunches of bananas that we buy in stores grow off of a central trunk-like structure, known as the pseudostem. And while that part of the plant is typically discarded during harvesting, it may soon find use in a plastic that biodegrades and is fully recyclable. According […]

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December 3, 2019
Coal power becoming ‘uninsurable’ as firms refuse cover
Source: Julia Kollewe. The Guardian, Dec 2, 2019 The number of insurers withdrawing cover for coal projects more than doubled this year and for the first time US companies have taken action, leaving Lloyd’s of London and Asian insurers as the “last resort” for fossil fuels, according to a new report. The report, which rates […]

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December 3, 2019
Commentary: Bitter Cold Stops Coal, While Nuclear Power Excels
Source: James Conca, Forbes, Nov 29, 2019 As I woke up to Thanksgiving yesterday, I realized we in the Pacific Northwest had been cyclone bombed for the holiday. A Bomb Cyclone is when the barometric pressure drops by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. The winds were wicked last night and kept us awake […]

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December 3, 2019
Commentary Can Our Global Energy Industry Weather Extreme Weather?
Source: James Conca, Forbes, Nov 22, 2019 Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency published their new report, Adapting the Energy Sector to Climate Change, that explores a range of climate impacts on the energy sector resulting from gradual climate change together with extreme weather events. The report also considers possible ways to counter them. The report considers the […]

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