September 23, 2021
1,000 corporations vs. utility execs:
Who is right on 100% clean power?
A new blueprint from a billionaire-led coalition that includes some of the nation’s largest corporations is backing ambitious clean energy policies being pushed by President Biden, even as utility executives are expressing doubts about them.
Known as America Is All In, the coalition has more than 1,000 corporate members, with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as chair.
Advancing the energy transition requires an honest discussion of costs, outages and land, analysts say
Recent extreme weather-driven outages around the country, and threats of more, make clear the urgent need to transition to a variable and distributed resources power system that eliminates the emissions aggravating the climate crisis, scientists agree.
Able to power 50,000 homes, the ‘world’s largest floating wind farm’ takes another step forward
Statkraft is one of several major companies involved with floating offshore wind projects. One advantage of floating turbines is that they can be installed in deeper waters compared to bottom-fixed ones.
Solar companies say new tariff proposal would devastate the industry
The Solar Energy Industries Association is urging the Department of Commerce not to implement tariffs on solar imports from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
The U.S. imports 80% of its panels from the three countries, according to SEIA.
The industry trade association said new tariffs would cost the industry 18 gigawatts of new solar installations by 2023.
In August an anonymous group filed a petition with the Department of Commerce seeking new tariffs.
Department of Energy chief says ‘our hair should be on fire’ after summer of widespread climate disasters
Climate change became a personal event for a third of Americans this summer. Urgent efforts to decarbonize global industries will be expensive and will ultimately create jobs, Granholm underscored on Wednesday.
“By the end of this decade, the global market for clean energy and carbon reduction technologies is going to reach $23 trillion — at a minimum,” Granholm said. “And so we want to corner that market by building clean energy supply chains and solutions here, sourced in America with American labor.”
What it Will Take the U.S. to Build a 100%
Renewable Electric Grid
Energy, utility sectors feel 'most exposed' to cybersecurity threats, survey finds
With layers of protection, including cyber insurance coverage, business leaders might feel insulated from threats. However, with sophisticated threats mounting,
it's difficult to predict where and how an attacker evades protections.
Companies in the utilities and energy sector feel the most exposed to
cyberthreats, according to 40% of Beazley respondents.
Tech CEOs promise billions of dollars in
President Joe Biden met with tech, financial services, energy and utilities, and insurance CEOs, including the heads of Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, raising concerns about cybersecurity gaps in the private sector. There's also a growing concern that the skilled cybersecurity workforce in the U.S. is insufficiently growing to meet demand.
Biden issued a cybersecurity executive order in May calling on the private sector to improve information sharing, set higher software security standards and break down silos between the public and private sectors.
How the Resilient Energy Subscription market mechanism will help finance community microgrids
by Craig Lewis, Executive Director of the Clean Coalition
Hurricane Ida, the California wildfires and the Texas winter storm are just a few recent examples in the growing list of disasters around the United States that highlight both the dangers of climate change and the increasing need for resilience. To fight climate change, we need to deploy much more clean energy. To enhance resilience, we need to ensure that a significant portion of the clean energy is generated locally. And to deliver an unparalleled trifecta of economic, environmental and resilience benefits, we need to unleash renewables-driven community microgrids.
But how do we finance community microgrids and properly value their significant resilience benefits?
New technology needed to meet utility decarbonization goals, EEI, others warn
Industry leaders and executives at the National Clean Energy Week conference warned that completely decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid will require continued advances in crucial areas like long-duration energy storage.