Warned of ‘massive’ climate-led extinction, a US energy firm funded crisis denial ads In 1980, a report circulated to a division of one of the biggest coal-burning utilities in the US warned that “fossil fuel combustion” was rapidly warming the atmosphere and could cause a “massive extinction of plant and animal species” along with a … Continue reading Warned of ‘massive’ climate-led extinction, a US energy firm funded crisis denial ads
Major investors warn utilities against carbon capture and offsets A group of hundreds of major investors is urging electric utilities not to use offsets as part of their decarbonization efforts, and to minimize reliance on carbon capture because of its risks and high costs. But despite the warnings from major investors, the Department of Energy … Continue reading Major investors warn utilities against carbon capture and offsets
Xcel, Dominion dispute global utility assessment, say they are on track to meet 1.5 degree climate target Electric utilities have taken a leading role — by necessity — in efforts to decarbonize the global economy, according to CDP, a nonprofit that runs environmental disclosure systems for 13,000 companies worldwide. But two U.S. utilities disagree about … Continue reading #Xcel, #Dominion dispute global utility assessment, say they are on track to meet 1.5 degree climate target
A step forward for CO2 capture Iceland’s unique volcanic geology provides an ideal environment for technology to filter air and store carbon The air we breathe has a carbon problem. But in Hellisheidi, Iceland, a geothermally active plateau just outside of Reykjavik, a new technology is taking a small but mighty step toward fixing it. … Continue reading A step forward for CO2 capture
Utility regulators need to be a lot more proactive on climate resilience. Here’s how they can start. As the country grapples with accelerating consequences from extreme weather events, new regulatory frameworks are needed to guide utility investments for added resilience. The chain of events during the first half of 2021 — from the Texas freeze … Continue reading Utility regulators need to be a lot more proactive on climate resilience. Here’s how they can start.
Utilities Might’ve Known About Climate Change As Early As 1968 A new report from the Energy and Policy Institute shows scientists told utility companies as early as the late ’60s that fossil fuels were warming the planet. But the report claims companies then tried to hide that information. In 1968, a top science adviser to … Continue reading Utilities Might’ve Known About Climate Change As Early As 1968
New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power As goes New York, so goes Ohio and the nation? Those concerned about the harm from climate change should hope the answer is yes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York recently unveiled a new and substantial subsidy for nuclear power plants. He did so as part … Continue reading #New_York and #Ohio, climate change and nuclear power
DOE: Climate change poses a threat to grid resiliency The Obama administration has released a report examining the regional impacts of climate change, finding widespread impacts to the utility industry and a potential threat to grid resiliency. “In recent years, record temperatures, droughts, and floods have damaged energy infrastructure and disrupted energy systems, affecting American … Continue reading DOE: Climate change poses a threat to grid resiliency
Warm Late Fall and Early Winter Across Most of Northern U.S. Winter Natural Gas Demand Expected to be 10% Lower Than Last Year WSI (Weather Services International) has issued their latest seasonal forecast for the October-December period. The forecast indicates below-normal temperatures across the southern Plains into the Southwest, with above-normal temperatures expected across the … Continue reading Warm Late Fall and Early Winter Across Most of Northern U.S.
Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit. The effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western U.S. during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought. … Continue reading Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change