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Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis is a writer and editor on Electrek and an editor on DroneDJ, 9to5Mac, and 9to5Google. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has previously worked for Fast Company, the Guardian, News Deeply, Time, and others. Message Michelle on Twitter or at michelle@9to5mac.com. Check out her personal blog.

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Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is heavily dependent on diesel vehicles, is going to purchase up to 20 electric buses that will run along two routes.

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

  • Here are 3 ways clean energy is boosting grid resilience right now in the face of extreme weather.
  • Massachusetts announces $1.6 million in grants to support offshore wind workforce training.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 22

Singapore-based solar energy provider Sunseap will spend more than $2 billion to build the world’s largest floating solar farm and energy storage system on Indonesia’s Batam Island, which is across the Singapore Strait from Singapore.

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

  • The US Department of Energy announces energy-efficient new building codes to save consumers money and fight climate change.
  • Bloomington, Indiana, launches its Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 21

Japan aims to increase its clean energy use to nearly 40% by 2030, according to a new Basic Energy Plan draft released by the Japanese government today. The country also plans to reduce its use of fossil fuels.

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

  • 68% of Americans support a spend of $20-$25 billion to adopt electric school buses. Let’s adopt more.
  • New York State announces $52 million for community solar projects for underserved communities.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 20

Highways England is considering imposing the UK’s first pollution-linked speed limits to help reduce smog in Sheffield. But why should electric vehicle drivers have to slow down too?

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

  • Walmart’s maritime shipping caused more pollution in 2019 than a coal-fired plant emits annually.
  • A solar company sues the Department of the Interior over offshore wind farm approval.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 19

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Indiana has been slow to install electric car chargers, but the Hoosier State is now going to give eight electric utilities, including Duke Energy, NIPSCO, and AES Indiana, more than $5.5 million to set up 61 EV fast charging stations. The money will come from the Volkswagen settlement over its Clean Air Act violations.

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

  • The US produced more petroleum and natural gas than any other country in 2020.
  • Average US solar construction costs continued to fall in 2019.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 16

Clean energy may mean less mining for coal, but it also means more mining for minerals such as cobalt for use in alloys and batteries, tellurium for solar cells and semiconductors, and germanium for transistors in electronic devices.

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

  • Heating homes with hydrotreated vegetable oil is now under way in pilots in the UK.
  • New software from the DOE and NREL will greatly speed up residential solar permitting across the US.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 15

Tamarind is a tropical fruit consumed worldwide, and its bulky shells take up a considerable amount of space in landfills. So a team of scientists found a way to convert the tamarind shells, which are rich in carbon, into carbon nanosheets, a key component of supercapacitors. As future scientific breakthroughs are made, supercapacitors could have the potential to play a larger role in energy storage, next-gen electric vehicles, and charging infrastructure.

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

  • Charging an electric vehicle with rooftop solar in the US is cheaper than using grid power or public chargers.
  • El Salvador commissions its very first wind farm.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 13

A site the size of greater Sydney may host a $100 billion project to convert wind and solar into green hydrogen in Western Australia. If built, it will become the world’s largest clean energy hub.

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

  • Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready program will install 38,000 chargers over the next five years.
  • US clean energy standard benefits would far outweigh the costs, finds a groundbreaking new report.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 12

Landfill, aka garbage dumps or tips, can, under the right conditions, be converted into solar farms once they’re capped. (Capping means putting a cover or barrier between the contaminated material and the surface.) There has been a nearly 80% increase in landfill solar projects built in the US over the past five years. But there are some factors that first need to be considered.

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

  • Germany’s first subsidy-free offshore wind farm pre-selects huge Vestas wind turbines.
  • Nova Scotia sets a target of reaching 80% renewable energy by 2030.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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July 7

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

  • Maine’s governor permanently bans offshore wind in state waters in a compromise.
  • ION Energy raises $3.6 million with the participation of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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

  • The final floating turbine is connected at the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.
  • 2021’s most and least energy-expensive states, according to a new WalletHub study.
  • UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important to shop for the best quotes. Click here to learn more and get your quotes. — *ad.

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