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Ohio unanimously approved the Icebreaker wind farm, North America’s first offshore freshwater project. It is planned for Lake Erie, near Cleveland (pictured). However, there’s a rather large hitch.

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

  • Britain’s largest solar farm is expected to get approval from ministers this week.
  • North America’s first offshore freshwater project is planned for Lake Erie.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has begun its reopening process.

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May 23

  • A new analysis shows that CO2 has dropped 17% due to the pandemic lockdown.
  • NOAA releases its hurricane predictions as Cyclone Amphan bashes India and Bangladesh.
  • Yesterday was the International Day for Biological Diversity. What’s the significance?
  • And more…

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May 22

Google announced they would no longer build custom artificial intelligence or machine learning algorithms for Big Oil and Gas after Greenpeace released a report this week exposing Silicon Valley’s enablement of the fossil-fuel industry.

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

  • More than 150 companies asked governments to prioritize climate action in recovery plans.
  • Denmark is going to build two energy islands linked to offshore wind farms.
  • Google announces it won’t build custom Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Big Oil and Gas.

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May 21

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

  • New research analysis says that we are headed for a large increase of EVs by 2040.
  • The University of California has divested from all fossil fuels.
  • Here’s what happened when the Senate questioned the EPA head about rollbacks yesterday.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler was questioned by members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday about rolling back environmental regulations during the coronavirus pandemic.

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May 20

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

  • Your EV may have zero tailpipe emissions, but what about the electricity you charge it with?
  • EPA head Andrew Wheeler will be grilled in the Senate today for rollbacks during the pandemic.
  • Spain to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Andrew Wheeler will be questioned by members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today about rolling back environmental regulations during the coronavirus pandemic.

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May 19

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

  • The Trump administration has ended a rent holiday for solar and wind projects on federal lands.
  • EY’s latest study predicts a strong recovery for the renewables sector from coronavirus.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he’d kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

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EY has published its annual “Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index,” which “ranks the top 40 countries in the world on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities.” There have been some interesting shifts in the Top 10.

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May 18

The largest solar project in New Jersey has been completed at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Earle in Tinton Falls, northwest of Asbury Park. It was designed, procured, and built by CS Energy, which designs and builds projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries.

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

  • GM will power its largest site, which is in Tennessee, with solar energy sourced from the TVA.
  • New Jersey’s largest solar plant has been completed.
  • The Mexican government cites the pandemic as a reason for rolling back renewables growth.

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May 16

  • NASA science writer Alan Buis explains why sea-level rise is real, even though you can’t see it.
  • Joe Biden names Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and John Kerry as co-chairs of his Climate Task Force.
  • Australian scientists say they have figured out how to make coral heat-resistant.
  • And more…

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May 15

The green energy sector has lost nearly 600,000 jobs in March and April, according to a report by BW Research Partnership. That’s 17% of the sector’s workforce. This is of course a result of stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic, which halts both production and residential and commercial installation.

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

  • South Dakota’s Rapid City cement plant is adopting wind power.
  • The US economy lost nearly 600,000 clean energy jobs in March and April.
  • Poland, which is still heavily dependent on coal, added 236MW of solar in March and April.

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May 14

More than 300 businesses, including more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms, have called on US Congress to rebuild a more resilient, sustainable economy following COVID-19.

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

  • The WEF has analyzed the renewable energy transition of 115 countries. Here’s who’s leading.
  • US CO2 emissions are expected to decrease by 11% in 2020.
  • More than 300 businesses are calling for climate solutions in US economic recovery plans.

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May 13

India, the world’s fifth-largest economy, has had its first year-on-year reduction in CO2 emissions in 40 years, according to a study by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) for Carbon Brief. This is due to an economic slowdown as a result of coronavirus and the growth of green energy.

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

  • The $1 billion Gemini project solar farm in Nevada has been approved by the US government.
  • India’s CO2 emissions drop for the first time in 40 years.
  • Majority of British want weekly car-free days in towns and cities, according to a new poll.

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