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

  • Natural historian Sir David Attenborough says the US could still stay in the Paris Agreement — with a new president.
  • The World Economic Forum highlights three great green energy innovations in Europe in a cool video.
  • Florida’s new municipal solar project is a small step in the right direction.
  • If you’re an innovator who can help reduce air pollution in India, check out the UNDP Air Pollution Innovation Challenge.

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Florida’s new solar installation: a big step for the state’s utilities, a small step overall

Florida broke ground this week on a big municipal-backed solar project.

It’s being coordinated by The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), which is owned by 31 municipal electric utilities, is working with 12 of those local electric utilities, and Florida Renewable Partners, a subsidiary of Next Era Energy, the world’s largest generator of wind and solar energy.

November 20

Guess what, America? Both Republicans and Democrats nearly equally support solar

A new study published by Nature Energy on residential solar found that “34% of members of solar-adopting households are registered Democrats as compared with 31% in control households. In solar-adopting households, 20% are registered Republicans, as compared with 22% in control households,” according to PV Magazine.

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

  • London’s Citicape House will feature a green wall that will absorb more than eight metric tons of carbon annually.
  • Yemen has embraced solar out of necessity after years of air strikes.
  • EasyJet becomes world’s first carbon-neutral airline by offsetting all emissions.
  • Oregon biodiesel fuel company SeQuential has boosted production capacity by 30%.

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November 19

EasyJet becomes world’s first carbon-neutral airline by offsetting all emissions

The British budget airline easyJet announced on Tuesday that it would begin to offset emissions from its 331 planes immediately. It will become the world’s first major airline to operate net zero carbon flights across their entire network.

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

  • The latest Keystone pipeline leak spread 10 times more oil across the land than originally thought.
  • Bill Gates and Patrick Soon-Shiong-backed solar startup Heliogen announces major breakthrough for heavy industry.
  • Wind speeds are picking up due to climate change — and this could benefit wind farms.

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Heliogen is a startup that wants to “replace fuels with sunlight.” And the Bill Gates-backed solar startup, which has flown under the radar until today, has made a major green-energy breakthrough for heavy industry. Heliogen “has created the world’s first technology that can commercially replace fuels with carbon-free, ultra-high temperature heat from the sun.”

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November 16

  • The World Economic Forum: What if we actually got things right with fixing climate change?
  • Venice’s regional council floods for the first time — right after it voted against climate-crisis action.
  • Greta Thunberg sails back to Europe on a catamaran, and leaves the US with some parting advice.
  • Scientists are trying to study — and save — the Amazon rainforest, but the Brazilian government is trying to thwart them.
  • And more…

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November 15

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

  • The European Union will stop funding fossil fuels by the end of 2021.
  • Oil giant Aramco gears up for its initial public offering.
  • The first-ever hydrogen-powered train is coming to the US.
  • Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette had his first US Senate energy secretary hearing yesterday.

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Senate interviews deputy energy secretary for top position at DOE

US Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette had his first Senate hearing for the post of secretary of energy yesterday. He was tapped by Donald Trump to replace Rick Perry. Brouillette previously worked for Ford as a VP of their policy team. Here’s a snapshot of his thoughts on green energy and fossil fuels

November 14

In a groundbreaking triumph for green energy, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s financing department, will cease funding for nearly all fossil-fuel projects by the end of 2021.

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

  • African Development Bank pulls out of an eastern Kenyan coal plant project at Lamu.
  • Seoul is putting solar on all public buildings and 1 million homes.
  • German steel giant Thyssenkrupp uses hydrogen as a step toward its net-zero-by-2050 pledge.
  • An earthquake in France earlier this week prolongs the shutdown of nuclear reactors until December.

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Seoul is putting solar on all public buildings and 1 million homes

In Seoul, South Korea, every public building and 1 million homes will have solar panels by 2022. South Korea, the world’s fourth-largest coal importer, is making a concerted effort to shift to green energy after public pressure to do so and aims to generate 35% of its electricity from renewables by 2040.

November 13

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

  • Donald Trump’s firm will pay the Scottish government £225,000 in legal fees after it’s defeated by an offshore wind farm.
  • EV time-varying rates incentivize off-peak charging, finds new SEPA study.
  • IEA: Growth of SUVs kills eco-benefits from rise of electric cars
  • Accelerator GCxN has announced its second cohort of five companies addressing utility grid and EV charging issues.

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Navajo Generating Station, biggest coal plant in the US West, shuts down this week

The 2,400-MW Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in northeastern Arizona — the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi River — is shutting down this week.

November 12

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

  • Qantas Airways will cut its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 — good news among bad climate news.
  • G20 countries get their report cards from Climate Transparency. Here’s the lowdown on transport.
  • Three French nuclear reactors are suspended after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District wants to provide homeowners with centrally generated solar energy.

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Climate Transparency has released its 2019 Brown to Green Report. The report is “the world’s most comprehensive annual review of G20 countries’ climate action and their transition to a net zero emissions economy.” The bottom line: The G20 is not on track to meet Paris goals. But there are some positive trends in some of the world’s 20 biggest economies. And being that we’re Electrek, we’re going to take a quick look here at the report’s findings when it comes to transport.

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November 11

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

  • JPMorgan launches the world’s largest commercial installation of bifacial solar modules — and also leads in fossil-fuel lending.
  • Energy CEOs voice defiance on efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Video: The top 15 largest oil-producing countries from 1966 to 2018.
  • E&E News is publishing a multi-part series on “the promise and peril of EV infrastructure.”

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Energy CEOs offer ‘defiant voice’ on efforts to reduce carbon emissions

CNBC moderated a panel on Monday at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC). The panel consisted of heads of Big Oil and Big Gas. The CEOs spent their time defending their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and intimated that environmental groups pushing for a faster transition to green energy were being unrealistic and overly emotional.

November 9

  • Virginia Democrats campaigned on fighting the climate crisis and won.
  • The official word[s] of the year for 2019? “Climate strike.”
  • New Zealand passes a law that sets 2050 as its net zero target year.
  • An offshore wind farm in Rhode Island proves to be a popular fishing spot.
  • Spain will host the UN climate talks in December after Chile withdraws.
  • And more…

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