December 11, 2019
Controversial Tacoma LNG plant receives final permit
Source: King 5 Staff, King 5, December 10, 2019 Puget Sound Clean Air Agency approved the final permit Tuesday for a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant in the Tacoma Tide Flats. The permit culminates a years-long battle over the controversial plant. Puget Sound Energy, which will build the facility, has said the $300 million plant will help […]

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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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November 27, 2019
15 of the world’s most influential scientists work for Richland lab
Source: Tri-City Herald, Nov 25, 2019 Fifteen Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have been named among the world’s most influential. Two other scientists recognized for 2019 work elsewhere, but also are affiliated with the Department of Energy national laboratory based in Richland. The Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company, compiles a list annually of the scientists […]

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November 26, 2019
Clean energy technology was thought to be uninvestable. One fund thinks otherwise
Source: Pippa Stevens, CNBC, Nov 23, 2019 Venture capital funding for clean energy technology companies has declined after years of lackluster performance drove investors to other sectors. But a new fund is making a big bet that it’s possible to back clean tech companies at the earliest — and often riskiest — stages, all without […]

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November 21, 2019
Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation
Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, November 2019 While some parts of the energy system are changing rapidly toward reducing GHG emissions, the world is badly off track from what is needed to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2°C. Top-down government policy actions cannot be expected to deliver […]

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November 21, 2019
New carbon and electricity markets workgroup announced
Source: UTC,. Nov. 19, 2019. LYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Commerce and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) today named 20 members to a workgroup that will examine market issues related to implementation of the state’s new clean electricity law, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). CETA requires that Washington’s electric utilities phase out […]

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