The Biden administration has announced preliminary approval to spend up to $1.1 billion to help keep California’s last operating nuclear power plant running. The Energy Department said Monday it was creating a path forward for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant to remain open, with the final terms to be negotiated and finalized. The plant, which is scheduled to close by 2025, was chosen in the first round of funding for a new civil nuclear credit program, intended to bail out financially distressed owners or operators of nuclear power reactors. The Palisades plant in Michigan also applied for funding to restart operations and was turned down.
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Arizona-based First Solar Inc. has selected Alabama as the site of a more than $1 billion factory that will manufacture modules that generate solar power. A company statement says the plant will be located in Lawrence County in the Tennessee Valley region and will create more than 700 jobs. It's part of a previously announced plan to increase First Solar’s U.S. manufacturing capacity to more than 10 gigawatts by 2025. The company already as three factories in Ohio, one of which is expected to begin production next year.
Sites like the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant have become integral to the U.K. government’s “net zero” by 2050 strategy. Some experts believe nuclear energy will need to provide baseload electricity generation to help nations reach their net zero goals and become less reliant on fossil fuels. But there are concerns about the high cost of nuclear as well as worries over safety and nuclear waste. Some experts believe the future of large nuclear plants, particularly in Europe, will hinge in part on the success of Hinkley. The share of nuclear energy for electricity generation worldwide has dropped to 9.8% — the first time it's fallen below 10% and the lowest share in four decades.
Saudi Arabia’s vision of an environmentally friendly future is on display just a short drive from the venue of the U.N. climate summit being held in Egypt. What’s not highlighted in the glossy gallery are the earth-warming fossil fuels that the country continues to pump out of the ground for global export. In and around the conference, Saudi Arabia is presenting itself as a leader in green energies and eco-friendly practices. The country wants to be part of the transition to renewable energies while holding on to its role as the top global crude oil exporter. That vision is sharply contested by climate scientists and environmental experts, who argue that Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries simply want to distract the world to continue with business as usual.
The nation’s largest public utility is proposing a $216 million solar farm project in Kentucky atop a capped coal ash storage pit at a coal-fired power plant. The federal Tennessee Valley Authority voted Thursday to advance the initiative at Shawnee Fossil Plant in Paducah. The utility says it's a first-of-its-kind pilot project that would convert land used as a waste heap for the byproduct of burning coal for power into a solar farm that would help produce 100 megawatts. Officials say the model could ultimately be used at the utility's other closed coal ash sites. Still, environmental advocates note that TVA is falling short of the goal by President Joe Biden’s administration for a carbon-pollution-free energy sector by 2035.
Supply chains, Russia’s war in Ukraine and the impact of COVID-19 are top issues for U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen as she meets with Indian government and business leaders in New Delhi. She called for the strengthening of supply chains with trusted trading partners in the Indo-Pacific region to diversify away from countries that present geopolitical and security risks. Yellen says Russia has weaponized its natural gas supplies against the people of Europe and China currently dominates over 80% of global solar panel production. The U.S. is pursuing an approach called “friend-shoring” to diversify the supply chain. Yellen, who hopes to open up economic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, met with India’s finance minister and addressed business leaders.
Italy’s new far-right leader says her new government will stick to the country’s existing climate goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century. Georgia Meloni said Monday at the U.N. climate meeting in Egypt that “despite a very complex international scenario already affected by the pandemic and further disrupted by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Italy remains strongly committed” to its climate goals. Meloni, who took power last month, took a swipe at major polluters she suggested were freeloading on more ambitious countries.
President Joe Biden is being criticized by a powerful fellow Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, for being "cavalier” and “divorced from reality.” Manchin is leveling that criticism after Biden vowed to shutter coal-fired power plants and rely more heavily on wind and solar energy in the future. The powerful coal-state lawmaker says Biden’s words at a campaign stop Friday in California “ignore the severe economic pain” for people from higher energy prices and are why Americans “are losing trust” in Biden. Manchin’s rebuke of his party’s leader comes at precarious time for Democrats on the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday’s elections that could put Republicans back in power in Congress.
The utility said a number of companies operating in the Lincoln area are using aggressive sales tactics and misrepresenting the benefits customers receive from installing solar panels on their homes.
The largest category of power plants applying to connect to the U.S. grid are now solar. Over a third of those are hybrids that include battery storage.
The appeals, filed in Lancaster County District Court, seek to overturn the County Board's approval of a special permit.
The project, which could produce 250 megawatts of power, would be spread out over about 2,800 acres in an area stretching roughly from 120th to 190th streets and from O Street to Havelock Avenue.
The proposal approved by the Planning Commission would allow solar farms on agriculturally zoned outlots, but only in future developments, not existing ones.
Ranger Power wants to expand the physical size of a proposed solar farm east of Lincoln, though some neighbors protested at the proposal at Wednesday's meeting.
With the dramatic expansion of renewable energy technologies over the last decade, power sources like wind, solar, and geothermal have offered a more sustainable—and increasingly more affordable—path forward.
A white paper ranks Nebraska as the state with the fifth-best potential for solar power growth.
South Dakota has issued its first permit for a large-scale solar facility — a $100 million project on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet.
A company that wants to build a wind farm in southern Lancaster County also is considering putting a large solar farm in northeast Nebraska.
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