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Today

  • The latest IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been released, identifying the species most at risk of extinction.
  • Vermont becomes the first state in the US to pass a ban on food waste.
  • Colorado State University raises its 2020 hurricane forecast in July from 19 named storms up to 20.
  • And more…

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Yesterday

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday urged countries to stop financing coal and pledge not to build new coal-fired power plants. Guterres made his statements at an online summit hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which drew over a half-million online viewers.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Washington’s Metro agrees to a huge community solar deal with SunPower and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power.
  • UN chief: ‘Coal has no place in Covid-19 recovery plans.’
  • Mid-Atlantic US supermarket chain Giant Food is installing Volta EV chargers for customers.

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July 9

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Joe Biden’s unity task force has proposed broad environmental recommendations to aid his presidential bid.
  • Energy Transfer LP says it’s not going to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline, defying a court ruling.
  • Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada, is to get the largest solar farm out of any airport in the world.

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On July 6, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut down. The court said it should be drained by August 5 and the government would conduct a rigorous environmental review.

But its owner, Energy Transfer LP, a Dallas-based company run by billionaire Kelcy Warren, refuses to do so. In fact, it’s accepting requests for oil space on the pipeline in August.

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July 8

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Denmark’s Orsted and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. sign the world’s largest corporate renewable deal.
  • The British government has announced its mini-budget economic update today. Here’s what’s in it for green energy.
  • This Dutch e-bike company’s TV ad got banned in France for creating a “climate of anxiety.”

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July 7

Dutch e-bicycle company VanMoof released an e-bike TV ad titled, “Time to Ride the Future,” which aired in the Netherlands and Germany without controversy. But France’s ad regulatory group Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (ARPP) banned the ad because it said it created a “climate of anxiety.”

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • More than 350,000 UK homes will be fitted with an EV home charger by 2025 as EV popularity surges.
  • British Gas makes the largest EV order for a commercial fleet in the UK with Vauxhall.
  • If you live in the US and you think your home electricity bill is higher, you’re not imagining things.

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British Gas has ordered 1,000 of the new Vauxhall electric Vivaro-e vans for its engineers — the largest EV order for a commercial fleet in the UK. They’ll arrive over the next 12 months.

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July 6

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The City of Sydney, the central borough of the larger Australian metropolis, is now entirely on green energy.
  • Duke Energy’s and Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead.
  • ARC Marine’s reef cubes protect both offshore wind turbines and encourage marine biodiversity.

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Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. are canceling the $8 billion, 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline was to run 600 miles from West Virginia, through Virginia, to eastern North Carolina.

Duke Energy Corp has a net zero by 2050 goal in accordance with the Paris Accords. However, the reason for killing the pipeline is not environmental; it’s because of anticipated legal delays driving up costs.

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July 4

  • The Plastic Free Foundation launched Plastic Free July in 2011. Here’s how you can make a difference permanently.
  • Think you’re not in a flood zone? Double check with this comprehensive new data website.
  • Three things we can do to improve resilience efforts against rising sea levels — NRDC
  • And more…

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July 3

The CDC Group, the British government’s development finance institution, will end most fossil-fuel financing abroad. It says it will invest only in companies that align with the Paris Agreement to achieve net zero by 2050.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Japan’s new bullet train, with a lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, is one of the fastest trains in the world.
  • The British government’s development bank will (mostly) end fossil-fuel financing abroad.
  • EV charging infrastructure alliance ChargeUp Europe gains its seventh member, eMobility software provider has·to·be.

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July 2

Nevada launched new incentives yesterday from Nevada Energy’s (NVE) annual Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration (EVID) program that will help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and EV charging stations across the state.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Chile orders 150 BYD e-buses, bringing the total number of BYD e-buses in the country to 455.
  • France closed its oldest nuclear power plant on Tuesday, June 30.
  • Nevada launched new incentives yesterday from Nevada Energy’s annual EV Infrastructure Demonstration program.

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July 1

Out of Spain’s 15 coal-fired plants, seven ceased operations on June 30. Four more will soon follow, putting Spain on track to ultimately become coal-free. The country closed all its coal mines two and a half years ago as a result of the European Union banning their state aid.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • US cities have played a big part in growing the use of solar energy — who are the trailblazers?
  • Spain closes half its coal-fired power stations.
  • The US’ second offshore wind farm has been completed.

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June 30

US House Democrats proposed a plan today to bring the US economy to net zero by 2050. This would include transitioning to EVs and green energy with tax incentives, new infrastructure, and government mandates.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • McDonald’s UK will install InstaVolt EV rapid charging points at drive-thru restaurants.
  • US House Democrats have unveiled a net zero by 2050 plan for the economy.
  • US solar farms are now expected to have a life span of more than 30 years.

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