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    On Feb. 8, 2021, Cotton, Minnesota, was the coldest place in the entire lower 48 states with a temperature of -43 degrees Fahrenheit. Two years ago, the same town saw a reading of -56. Now the state has just ended a stretch of single-digit or lower temperatures that lasted 10 days and will go down in the history books as one of the coldest Februarys in 85 years. Most of us never give the reliability of our electric grid a second thought. We expect the lights to turn on whenever we need them. But the reliability of our electric system takes on a whole new meaning during winters in the Upper Midwest when weather reports routinely include phrases like “polar vortex,” subzero temperatures reflect the “high” temperature of the day, or when dangerous wind-chill warnings of -50 or even lower are in the forecast. These weather factors put a white-hot...
    The Biden administration’s energy policies, ostensibly pushed to combat “climate change,” will erase American energy independence and prevent the development of multitrillion-dollar domestic resources, said Stephen Moore, economist and coauthor of Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy, on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with special guest host Matt Boyle. President Joe Biden, Democrats, and the broader left regularly frame the planet as entrapped within a “climate crisis” due to carbon dioxide emissions yielded by fossil fuel consumption. Moore noted that the U.S. did not import any oil from Saudi Arabia in January. Moore remarked, “[In] Donald Trump’s last month in office, do you know how much oil we imported from Saudi Arabia? Zero. It was the first time that happened in 50 years and it’s because [of] Trump. … It’s amazing, isn’t it? It is an incredible accomplishment. We’ve waited 50 years to become energy-independent, folks. We were finally independent.”...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is giving an update Sunday on efforts to provide water and other resources as the state reels from deadly frigid storm that caused power outages and lack of access to cleaning drinking water. While much of the power has been restored, many throughout the state are still under boil water advisories. Water distribution sites have been set up across the state. Residents with access to water are being asked to limit usage to essential needs only. Austin Water said early Sunday that 100 million gallons of water are needed to help build water pressure, the water in storage has climbed to 72 million. With bottled water and food in short supply, Abbott signed a waiver on Saturday allowing alcoholic beverage companies to use their trucks to deliver non-alcoholic grocery supplies, including bottled water and other necessities, to grocery stores in Texas, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. ...
    Did your electricity bill increase? CFE blames “comfort” during the pandemic All this is in the background of the problem of natural gas, on which today more than 60% of the electricity in Mexico depends and a greater percentage of the heat energy that we use in industry and homes. 70% of national consumption comes from abroad, almost all from the United States, fortunately with very cheap prices and that we could hardly achieve locally (especially with prohibited fracking). As the storage infrastructure is minimal, reserves do not even last two days, when in European countries, even more dependent on imports, they are around 100 days. Is it the fault of “privatization”? Unlike. The primary cause of this precariousness is precisely that investment has been insufficient. With the 2013 reform, at least there was room to correct these problems with resources and technology from around the...
    The wave of polar cold freezes pipes in the US with temperatures of -18 ° C However, they cannot be prevented from occurring, nor can they be ignored in sector planning. It is important to understand the endogenous and the exogenous to propose comprehensive solutions. What can be done? It is impossible to become independent of natural gas imports from the United States. This point was reached due to price competitiveness and the need to supply domestic demand with current electricity generation conditions. This scenario is unlikely to change. Where Mexico can generate substantial changes is in the gas storage. Current capacity and technology are not enough to rescue CFE in sudden shortage. The liquefied natural gas reserves must remain available and be reinforced as a preventive measure. At par, do not neglect investments in extraction and national production. It is not just a...
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming coal mine says it will shut down, making it the second mine in the Powder River Basin to announce this year that it's closing. St. Louis, Missouri-based Arch Resources Inc., owner of Coal Creek mine in Wyoming, made the announcement Tuesday as the company transitions away from thermal coal generation toward coking coal, a type of coal used to make steel and other products, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. Arch Resources said it plans to wind down operations at the mine near Gillette and begin cleaning up the site over the next two years. The company said it lost $78.5 million in the final quarter of last year. The Coal Creek mine produced about 2 million tons of its lower heat value coal last year, 73% less than in 2018. The mines in the Powder River Basin produce about 40% of the nation’s coal, but...
            by Tyler Arnold  A Democratic lawmaker has introduced legislation to speed up Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s climate initiatives. The Green New Deal Act, which was introduced by Del. Sam Rasoul, D- Roanoke, takes inspiration from New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s federal Green New Deal legislation. The bill drastically would speed up Northam’s initiative to make Virginia’s electric utilities carbon free. Rasoul’s legislation, House Bill 1937, would require the commonwealth’s electric utilities to produce 80% of its energy from renewable sources by 2028. By 2036, 100% of the energy would have to come from renewable sources. Legislation signed by Northam last year requires these utilities to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045 for Dominion Energy and 2050 for Appalachian Power. Beginning Jan. 1, the proposed legislation also would prohibit state agencies or political subdivisions from approving new electric-generating facilities that generate fossil fuel energy through the combustion of...
    Over 90 Japanese companies, such as Sony, Panasonic, Nissan or ToshibaThey urged the Japanese government to double its renewable energy target by 2030. Grouped into a collective called the « Japan Climate Initiative, » the 92 companies propose that between 40 percent and 50 percent of the electricity produced in the country in 2030 comes from renewable energies. The government’s current target for that date, set in 2018, is for that share to be between 22 percent and 24 percent, while in 2017 it was 17 percent. A objective considered too modest in relation to the goals that other countries have set industrialized, and also regarding the development of green energies. The growth of that sector in Japan, combined with a fall in electricity demand linked to the pandemic, allowed the country to reach its goal of 2030 in the first half of 2020, according to preliminary data published in September. ...
    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he's prepared to defend the state's new clean energy law, even if the challenge comes from the governor. His position is detailed in a letter sent to Gov. Phil Scott’s legal counsel after the administration sought a meeting to discuss the constitutionality of the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Rutland Herald reported. Scott, a Republican, vetoed the bill, but lawmakers overrode the veto. “The Legislature passed a bill, the governor, as is his right, vetoed it, and the Legislature overrode his veto, that’s how the system works. It’s the law of the state of Vermont and I’m going to defend it,” Donovan said. The law creates the Vermont Climate Council, which can set rules and deadlines to be implemented by the Agency of Natural Resources. The disagreement centers on whether the law takes authority from the executive branch and cedes...
    The manufacturing of glass bottles is so energy- and resource-intensive that it makes them four times worse for environment than plastic bottles, a study has warned. Researchers from Southampton evaluated the impact of various types of beverage packaging — including glass and plastic bottles, aluminium cans and milk cartons. They concluded that plastic bottles are certainly bad for the environment, as their manufacture requires significant amounts of energy. Furthermore, they are long-lasting after disposal and have the potential to break down and spread as microplastics which are thought harmful to health. However, the team concluded, the total impact of glass bottles is worse once their energy footprint and the damage of resource mining is taken into account.  Furthermore, glass bottles are all too often discarded after a single use nowadays, they said — despite being such having the potential to be reused 12–20 times. The most environmentally-friendly drink containers, the...
    Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoMcConnell reelected as Senate GOP leader Biden climate agenda would slam into Senate GOP roadblocks Trump signs bipartisan bill funding conservation grants  MORE (Wyo.) announced Wednesday that he plans to become the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a move that would vacate his leadership role on the Environment and Public Works panel. Barrasso would be filling the seat vacated by Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Trump's controversial Fed nominee stalled | Economists warn of lag time between vaccine and recovery | Business group calls for national mask mandate, COVID-19 relief Trump's controversial Fed nominee stalled after Senate setback Shelton's Fed nomination on knife's edge amid coronavirus-fueled absences MORE (R-Alaska), who’s leaving under Republican conference rules that limit the number of terms a senator can be the chair or ranking member of a committee. “My state is home to some of the...
    Tom Brady on Tuck Rule game: It’s a fluke call Easy Turkey Crafts for Kids to Make on Thanksgiving Day Natural Gas Giant EQT to Pursue Takeover Of CNX Resources (Bloomberg) -- EQT Corp., the biggest producer of U.S. natural gas, is seeking to acquire rival CNX Resources Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, as M&A accelerates in the distressed shale patch. Load Error EQT recently sent a takeover proposal to CNX Resources, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. No final decision has been made and EQT could opt to not proceed with a potential deal, they said. The proposal comes as a wave of deals involving other shale companies is shaking up the industry, with investors looking for scale as a way to cut costs and gain more control over supplies. Merger and acquisition activity has been...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric utility will become part of energy giant Iberdrola’s global holdings under a multibillion-dollar merger. Under the agreement announced Wednesday, Iberdrola's majority-owned U.S. subsidiary Avangrid will acquire PNM Resources and its assets in New Mexico and Texas. The merger will require approval from a number of state and federal regulators in a process that's expected to take the next 12 months. Officials say the transaction is part of Iberdrola’s strategy for investing in regions where regulations related to renewable energy are stable and offer opportunities for growth. New Mexico in 2019 adopted ambitious mandates to become carbon-free by 2045, and Public Service Co. of New Mexico has vowed to meet that standard five years ahead of schedule through the addition of more solar generation and battery storage. Officials with both companies say the...
    (Reuters) - California energy officials on Tuesday said the state's power planning processes were insufficient to address a crushing heat wave in August that led to rolling blackouts for two days. In a preliminary analysis that was requested by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the heads of three state energy bodies said there was no single cause of the outages. Rather, insufficient resources combined with extreme heat combined to produce "an extraordinary event," they said in a letter to Newsom that accompanied the report. The August blackouts that cut power to about 400,000 households prompted criticism, including from President Donald Trump, that California's aggressive climate change policies were threatening grid reliability. The state's energy agencies have pushed back on that suggestion but said California needs to do more to accommodate the intermittent wind and solar resources that made up about 20% of power generated in the state last year. In Tuesday's report,...
    By Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) - The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources. NATO allies Greece and Turkey, at loggerheads on a range of issues, have agreed to resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims following weeks of tensions that culminated in a collision between their warships. "The United States and Greece .. reaffirmed their belief that maritime delimitation issues should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law," the United States and Greece said in a joint statement after Pompeo met his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias. The two countries are also ready to use "all appropriate means" to safeguard regional stability, they said after meeting in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. Pompeo has previously said the...
            by Catherine Mortensen  One of America’s foremost energy experts is raising alarms over China’s latest meddling in U.S. mineral production. Dan Kish, a distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Energy Research, says the attempt by a dubious Chinese investment firm to undermine Alaska’s Pebble Mine is one of many “war tactics” China is using against the United States. Kish, who has more than 25 years of experience in natural resource and energy policy, including as chief of staff for the Republicans on the House Resources Committee, says China’s long game is to control the world’s energy and mineral resources and make America dependent on them for elements critical to our national defense. Pebble Mine has a large deposit of rhenium used in military aircraft and is a key component in aircraft engines. “China has useful idiots in the United States who are willing to shut down things that would...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – Vice President Mike Pence will be in western Pennsylvania on Wednesday to campaign in Westmoreland and Beaver counties. Mr. Pence’s first stop will be in Murrysville, where he will meet with anti-abortion activists at Cornerstone Ministries Church. After that, he will visit Penn Energy Resources in Freedom to talk about energy issues in Pennsylvania and across the country. Doors will open at Penn Energy Resources at noon. There could be minor delays along State Route 22 as Mr. Pence travels through the area. Complete coverage of Vice President Pence’s visit will begin at 4:00 on KDKA News and the events will be carried live on CBSN Pittsburgh.
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Standing amid an array of solar panels, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told a national audience this week that she’s proud of instituting aggressive renewable energy mandates in her state. A day later, she touted the state’s move toward solar, wind and battery storage in a tweet. The Democratic governor's messages come as New Mexico's largest electric provider asks people to cut back on air conditioning and the use of other major appliances to reduce strain on the power grid. The reason? The utility is worried about cloud cover affecting the ability of solar panels to generate electricity as demand increases because of higher temperatures. “As we deal with record-setting heat in the West, energy supplies in the West are limited,” Public Service Co. of New Mexico said in a social media post Wednesday. The request to reduce use...
    Rolling blackouts have forced California to defend its ambitious renewable energy plans. In recent days, Republican politicians have blamed the blackouts on California's efforts to limit fossil fuel energy use and phase out nuclear energy. The outages were imposed on a rotating basis over the weekend amid a severe heat wave made worse by climate change. “This week in California, there were rolling blackouts because the radical Democrats have mandated impossible restrictions on energy production,” President Trump said Thursday during remarks in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. Trump has also sought to link California’s woes with the climate policy plans of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Biden, in his revamped climate plans unveiled in July, sets a target to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035. That’s even more ambitious than California’s goal, which targets 100% carbon-free power by 2045. California officials, however, have said that renewable energy wasn’t the...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that resources to fight wildfires are “stretched” as more than 23 major fires scorch California, burning homes, forcing evacuations and raining ash across the northern part of the state. Firefighting agencies in Nevada, Arizona and Texas have agreed to send engines or crews to support California, but the call for mutual aid from other states is complicated by a historic heat wave across the West, Newsom said. The high temperatures have strained the state’s energy grid and resulted in power outages for hundreds of thousands of residents. “We are challenged right now by the number of new fires all over the state of California,” the governor said during a midday briefing. “We’ve put out every resource we have.” The trifecta of wildfires, outages and the worst health crisis in a century has ramped up the pressure on the Newsom administration,...
    With Bones on the bag, Matthew Fitzpatrick has best outing this season This $22 Skirt From Amazon Is So Stylish, Shoppers Cant Wear It Anywhere Without Getting Complimented Chevron Agrees to Buy Noble Energy for $5 Billion (Bloomberg) -- Chevron Corp. agreed to buy Noble Energy Inc. for about $5 billion in shares. © Bloomberg Signage is displayed at the Chevron Corp. El Segundo Refinery in El Segundo, California, U.S., on Monday, April 27, 2020. Chevron is scheduled to release earnings figures on May 1. The takeover is the first major deal since the coronavirus triggered a severe oil slump. It’s a clear vote of confidence in the future of the U.S. shale industry even as it struggles to adapt to lower crude prices. Load Error “Our strong balance sheet and financial discipline gives us the flexibility to be a buyer of quality assets during these challenging times,”...
    MLS rushed to be first U.S. mens league back. If it exacerbates Floridas coronavirus spike, it made the wrong choice. The Hairstyling Industry Has a Racism Problem, and It Starts With Beauty School Here’s why carbon emissions at utilities can fall even during a powerful economy Carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector fell 8% last year even with the economy growing, as utilities increasingly dropped coal for cheaper natural gas and renewables. © FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images Last year, zero-carbon resources, including nuclear, renewables and hydro, generated 36% of U.S. electricity, making it the second-leading source of power generation after natural gas. The analysis, in a report called Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States, examines and compares key air pollutant emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and mercury from the 100 largest U.S....
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