The Energy Department's Solar Futures Study envisions solar accounting for 40% of the US energy mix by 2050, but turning that blueprint into reality will require overcoming some significant hurdles. This piece discusses what it will take to accelerate US solar growth, including developing a domestic supply chain, access to skilled labor, sourcing polysilicon and other materials in a low-cost manner and building out a smart electrical grid.
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of environmental groups, striking down Idaho's general concentrated animal feeding operations permit for regulating discharge from feedlots and other animal sites under the Clean Water Act. The permit includes provisions for regulating underground and dry weather discharges but doesn't contain "monitoring requirements for either kind of discharge," the court said.
President Joe Biden's climate agenda will help reduce carbon emissions, and clean energy growth will also lower the cost of consumer products while ensuring the delivery of low-cost electricity, according to a blog post written by White House economists Heather Boushey, Noah Kaufman and R. Daniel Bressler. "Our collective failure to address climate change will continue to add costs to family budgets in the decade to come, which can be reduced if we can bring down carbon emissions now," they wrote.
Vineyard Wind is seeking approval for the 800-megawatt and 1.2-gigawatt Commonwealth Wind projects under Massachusetts' latest request for proposals. "We have deliberately named our proposals 'Commonwealth Wind' to underline the broad benefit of affordable energy to the entire Commonwealth as well as the significant economic benefits that will be delivered to multiple regions of Massachusetts," said CEO Lars Pederson.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is working on climate risk disclosure requirements for corporations, with proposals expected by the end of the year, says Sonia Barros of Sidley Austin LLP. US companies can expect to see qualitative and quantitative disclosure requirements, with a focus on companies and specific industries versus the EU's approach targeting investment managers.
Traditional electrical grids dominated by fossil fuels are already slow, clunking machines -- the operation of which can only be complicated by an influx of renewables. X, formerly known as Google X, hopes to change that by developing digital models of grids that will make it easier to simulate and plan for everything from utility-scale wind and solar to distributed energy resources.
Developed nations pledged to provide $100 billion in international climate aid to developing nations in 2009 and again in 2015, but continue to miss the mark, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. "We have seen little progress and the OECD report shows clearly how much further there is to go," said COP26 President Alok Sharma.
Forgetting a phone charger is the worst, but such concerns may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new line of e-textiles from Art by Physicist. Stylish and practical, Art by Physicist's Lotus overcoat and Guilin dress feature flexible organic PV films and provide a maximum of five volts.
Sustainable operations can reduce manufacturers' costs and improve sales, morale, efficiency and production levels, according to the Capgemini Research Institute. "To foster a culture that can diffuse sustainability throughout the organization, manufacturers must allocate resources to new approaches -- such as creating a business function dedicated to corporate social responsibility, providing additional training to leadership on social topics and restructuring strategic business priorities," writes Vamshi Rachakonda, manufacturing vice president for Capgemini North America.
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