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

  • World War I-era shipwrecks are helping green energy.
  • EV sales are exploding. Here’s how utilities can keep up — and why you should care.
  • Google announces it will spend $150 million on green energy projects.
  • Shell’s CEO says it is “entirely legitimate” to invest in oil and gas, and this has environmentalists fuming.

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EV sales are exploding. Here’s how utilities can keep up — and why you should care

There will be more than 20 million electric vehicles driving on US roads by 2030. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has released a new report, “Planning for an Electric Vehicle Future: How Utilities Can Succeed,” which details how utilities across the US can — and must — prepare to meet the rapidly growing charging needs of all those EVs.

Google announced yesterday that it will spend $150 million on green energy projects in countries where its products are made.

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October 15

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

  • Could the high winds of typhoons and hurricanes be tapped as a source of electricity?
  • Florida’s auto emissions have skyrocketed since 1990.
  • Auto energy efficiency rankings by state — the best and the worst.

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Transportation is the largest source of CO2 emissions, and the majority of that pollution comes from city and suburb driving. The New York Times created an interactive map that shows the amount of emissions from cars and trucks have risen since 1990. Florida’s auto-emissions rates in its metropolitan areas did not fare well, to put it mildly.

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October 14

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s Habitat for Humanity wins Net Zero Energy homes award

Habitat for Humanity’s 36th Carter Work Project was held in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 6-11. Former US president Jimmy Carter, 95, and his wife, Rosalynn, picked up their hammers and went to work, as they have every year for decades. But Habitat hasn’t just been building affordable homes. The nonprofit affordable housing organization has been pioneering — and winning awards for — net zero energy homes for years.

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

  • Green energy generates more electricity than fossil fuels for first time in the UK.
  • Ax air miles programs to reduce carbon emissions, says British government’s climate-change advisers.
  • As KLM Royal Dutch Airlines turns 100, it’s taking active steps to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Washington, DC’s historic preservation board rejects front-facing solar panels.

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Green energy in the UK, which includes wind farms, solar, biomass, and hydro plants, generated more electricity than coal, oil, and gas in the third quarter of 2019, according to a new report by Carbon Brief.

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October 12

  • Jane Fonda arrested for climate crisis protest in Washington, DC.
  • How to talk to your kids about the climate crisis.
  • Cocaine isn’t just bad for your body — it’s also causing climate change.
  • Japan buckles down yet again as Typhoon Hagibis is set to break violent-storm records.
  • And more…

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October 11

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

  • IMF: Tax fossil-fuel emissions heavily to combat climate change.
  • Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate in China.
  • North Dakota’s power grid is hindering wind-farm projects.
  • Scotland launches a £3 billion Green Investment Portfolio program.

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Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate in China

A new study published in Nature Sustainability finds that China’s fleet of electric vehicles could save lives. In other words, “Fleet electrification in China could have more health benefits than net climate benefits in the next decade, which should be realized by policymakers to develop cost-effective strategies for EV development.”

October 10

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

  • Nearly 100 city mayors announce support of global Green New Deal at C40 summit.
  • Copenhill, a waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen, offers skiing, a climbing wall, and a park, too.
  • The Guardian reveals the 20 fossil-fuel firms behind 35% of all CO2 and methane emissions worldwide since 1965.
  • Fossil-fuel-dependent Poland builds a solar park for a coal mine.

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Lindsey Graham’s Turkey sanctions bill targets energy sector — how’s that work?

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced late yesterday that they reached agreement on a new Turkey Sanctions Bill in response to the country’s military operations against the Kurds in northeastern Syria. This includes sanctions against the country’s energy sector.

Nearly 100 city mayors announce support of global Green New Deal at C40 summit

A coalition of 94 city mayors from across the world have committed to a global Green New Deal and recognize the climate crisis. They are attending the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen (above), a three-day conference that runs until tomorrow. The summit’s aim is to “build a global coalition of leading cities, businesses, and citizens that rallies around the radical and ambitious climate action our planet needs.”

October 9

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

  • Chemistry Nobel Prize win for lithium-ion batteries is a win for green energy.
  • US interior secretary criticized Green New Deal at a New Mexico oil and gas conference.
  • PG&E is cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes and businesses in Northern California to prevent wildfires.
  • Five great green jobs on the rise according to BLS projections to 2026.

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US interior secretary criticized Green New Deal — at an oil and gas conference

US Interior Secretary David Bernhardt spoke at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association in Santa Fe yesterday. The interior secretary criticized the Green New Deal, saying that its “policies threaten their livelihoods and economic progress,” according to the Associated Press.

John B Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin, M. Stanley Whittingham of SUNY Binghamton University, and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm today for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

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October 8

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

  • Extinction Rebellion: who they are, and what they want.
  • Scottish EV charging gets a boost: Scottish Golf to install more than 1,000 stations.
  • The top 10 greenest cities in the US.
  • Permian Basin jobs are drying up — along with its oil and gas production.

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America’s greenest cities: 2019 report card

Which are America’s greenest cities? WalletHub names and shames in a report released today. We look at the top 10 and bottom 10. We also look at which cities had the lowest and highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita. (The United States was ranked third in highest per capita emitters of carbon dioxide by the Union of Concerned Scientists.)

Scottish Golf to install more than 1,000 EV charging stations

Scottish Golf, Scotland’s national governing body for amateur golf, has partnered with electric vehicle (EV) charging provider Forev to build a network of more than 1,000 charge points at affiliated golf clubs.

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