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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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November 27

Dogger Bank, which will eventually become the world’s largest offshore wind farm, is getting an $8 billion investment from Norwegian oil giant Equinor and British energy company SSE. The money will be used to construct the first two phases of the project.

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November 25

The Morris JE, a reimagining of the mid-20th-century British Morris J-type van, will debut next year. The electric van is pricey, but with incentives, nostalgic features, and hopefully quality, it will definitely turn heads.

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

  • The API will fight against President-elect Joe Biden’s restriction of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
  • John Kerry gives his first speech as Biden’s climate czar: “Failure is not an option.”
  • Providence, Rhode Island, will install three 1.5 megawatt wind turbines on its waterfront.
  • 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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November 24

Jim Cramer, the host of CNBC’s Mad Money, cofounder of the Street, and former stockbroker and hedge fund manager, spoke with Katherine Ross, correspondent at the Street, earlier today. Here’s what Cramer had to say to Ross about Joe Biden, Janet Yellen being chosen for secretary of the treasury, green energy, General Electric, and Big Oil.

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

  • The Arizona Corporation Commission requires state utilities to move to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. 
  • US president-elect Joe Biden names John Kerry special presidential envoy for climate change.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida, launches AVA, electric driverless shuttles that share the road with cars.
  •  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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November 23

John Kerry has been named special presidential envoy for climate change on the National Security Council — aka “climate czar” — by US president-elect Joe Biden. It’s a brand-new position.

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The UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved a ban on Friday of ships’ use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in Arctic waters after July 1, 2024. However, since it includes exemptions and waivers — loopholes — a complete HFO ban would only come into effect in mid-2029.

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

  • Donald Trump promised to boost coal and put coal miners back to work. It didn’t happen.
  • The United Nations approves an Arctic heavy ship fuel ban — but it’s got no teeth.
  • This 13 year-old won the 2020 Clean Air Category Children’s Climate Prize with a solar iron.
  •  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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November 21

  • How can Americans break through the partisan divide when it comes to talking about the climate crisis?
  • Scientists rank five types of soft drink containers from best to worst for the environment.
  • Small farmers globally are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. Here’s the help they’re getting.
  • And more…

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November 20

Invenergy, a Chicago-based global developer and operator of green energy generation and storage, announced a 1,310-megawatt solar farm in northeastern Texas on Wednesday. It will be the largest in the US upon completion.

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

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled plans for achieving net-zero in Canada by 2050.
  • Boston has announced a “Zero-Emission Vehicle Roadmap” to escalate support for electric vehicles.
  • How US coal country can adapt to the green energy transition, according to the EESI.
  •  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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November 19

Sonnen has released sonnenCore, a cost-effective, all-in-one home battery solution. Germany-headquartered sonnen, a subsidiary of Shell, is a global market leader in smart residential energy storage and virtual power plants.

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

  • Ørsted and North America’s Building Trades Unions will train an offshore wind construction workforce.
  • The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians installs a battery and solar system to mitigate wildfire blackouts.
  •  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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November 18

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has released his 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution.” Yesterday, Electrek wrote about the government’s plan for the UK’s electric vehicle transition by 2030. Here are the green energy highlights.

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

  • The US solar industry lays out policies it wants enacted early next year by the Biden administration. 
  • More than half of Virginians want to buy EVs, but there’s an inventory problem.
  • Arcadia Power is committed to making clean energy work for the planet and Americans’ bank accounts — all without changing your utility company. Sign up to receive your $20 Amazon Gift Card — *ad.

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November 17

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today released his 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” that will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. One of the 10 points is moving to electric vehicles by 2030. Here’s the government’s plan for the UK electric vehicle transition.

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

  • Solar tech startup Yolk keeps Tanzanian kids in school with a solar power bank “cow.”
  • The Trump administration will sell oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • A majority of American voters would change where they shop to support cleaner ships.
  • Arcadia Power is committed to making clean energy work for the planet and Americans’ bank accounts — all without changing your utility company. Sign up to receive your $20 Amazon Gift Card — *ad.

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Donald Trump’s administration is bulldozing through a last-minute gas and oil drilling-rights auction in Alaska’s 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Biden vowed to block oil exploration in the largest national wildlife refuge in the country.

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November 16

As Electrek reported in December 2019, “Nearly half of US states impose fees on EV owners or will consider adding fees in 2020. The ill-conceived idea is to make up for gaps in roadway infrastructure investments usually derived from gasoline taxes.” Next up? Texas.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) last week announced that two 100-megawatt solar farms are being built in the Tennessee Valley to supply green energy for Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Google data centers in Bridgeport, Alabama, and Clarksville, Tennessee.

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