April 20, 2021
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Blinken: US must recapture renewables lead from China
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The US must catch up to China on renewable energy manufacturing or the nation "will miss the chance to shape the world's climate future in a way that reflects our interests and values, and we'll lose out on countless jobs for the American people," said Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday. Similar sentiments will likely be heard during Thursday's climate summit, where President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a new emissions reduction target.
Full Story: USA Today (4/19),  PBS (4/19) 
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About 3 million Americans worked in clean energy jobs at the end of 2020, down from 3.36 million in 2019, according to E2's latest Clean Jobs America report. "This report shows the enormous impact of clean energy jobs across the country. And it shows the enormous potential going forward for job creation," said Energy Department Deputy Secretary David Turk. The Energy Department is preparing to allocate $300 billion to clean energy manufacturing.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (4/20),  Solar Power World (4/19),  Power Magazine (4/19) 
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The Americas are expected to have a larger energy storage market than the Asia Pacific region by 2025 and are on track to have an installed capacity of 371 gigawatt-hours in 2030, according to Wood Mackenzie. "By 2025, the overall investment pot will reach $86 billion, with a 24% CAGR despite the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19," said WoodMac's Dan Finn-Foley.
Full Story: ReNews (UK) (4/20) 
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Modernizing the US' power distribution market is a hot topic right now and Enel may be interested in helping meet that need. Enel plans to pump $19.52 billion into its power distribution segment over the next two years and is weighing new markets, including the US, Europe and Latin America.
Full Story: Reuters (4/20) 
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The US can help develop a robust, equitable electrical system powered by clean energy by enacting policies that help bring rooftop and community solar to low-income, underrepresented and rural communities, wrote a coalition including Earthjustice, Hispanic Federation and the NAACP and other groups in a letter to congressional lawmakers. The coalition has shared a three-pillar blueprint for policy changes.

RESB Murmurs: I just got done recording a podcast segment related to how this exact issue is shaping the debate in California about net energy metering for residential solar. The segment isn't live yet, but with so many renewable energy proposals being put forth, ensuring the benefits of the energy transition are enjoyed by all will be a key aspect of any federal (or state) implementation plan. - Sean
Full Story: Solar Power World (4/20) 
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Leaders Summit on Climate
The UK, ahead of the US Leaders' Summit on Climate, has agreed to bring greenhouse gas emissions 78% below 1990 levels by 2035 and plans to codify the target by the end of June. "We want to continue to raise the bar on tackling climate change, and that's why we're setting the most ambitious target to cut emissions in the world," said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Full Story: ReNews (UK) (4/20) 
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Policy Watch
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has decided against holding offshore wind leasing rounds for two potential sites in New York: Fairways North and Fairways South. Fishing interests and other stakeholders opposed the sites due to potential fishing and tourism conflicts and their proximity to land. Fairway North could have supported 1 gigawatt of offshore wind capacity.
Full Story: WSHU Public Radio Group (Fairfield, Conn.) (4/20) 
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The United Mine Workers of America supports the Biden administration's climate agenda, including moving from fossil fuels to renewables, as long as steps are taken to protect coal miners' jobs, said President Cecil Roberts. UMWA is advocating for policies that expand carbon capture sequestration and provide job training, wage replacement and other benefits for miners.
Full Story: Vice News (4/19) 
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New York is an emerging community solar leader, but regulatory red tape, utility constraints and outdated compensation models are a barrier to ongoing growth, asserts the New York Solar Energy Industries Association in a new report. "It is critical that regulatory, legislative and programmatic policymakers take note of the barriers identified in this report," said Executive Director Shyam Mehta.
Full Story: Solar Power World (4/19) 
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Project Focus
The Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand plans to outfit nine dams with 2,725 megawatts worth of floating solar panels over the next 16 years. EGAT will use an Energy Management System to seamlessly switch between hydropower and solar, depending on which is most productive at different times, and has almost finished its first 45-MW project at the Sirindhorn dam.
Full Story: Reuters (4/20) 
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Operations & Maintenance
Ørsted and EEW have selected the South Jersey Building Trades Council to build a $250 million offshore wind hub at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal in New Jersey. "We've been able to adhere to our commitment to the state of New Jersey, and in the process are helping to make the State the quintessential supply chain hub of the American offshore wind industry," said Ørsted executive David Hardy.
Full Story: NJBIZ (New Jersey) (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Tech Frontier
Scientists discovered perovskites could be used in solar cells in 2009, but the technology has come a long way since -- and continues to evolve rapidly. This article explores perovskite solar cell innovation, including the technology's increasing efficiency and potential to directly compete with silicon solar cells.
Full Story: NBC News (4/19) 
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Serenity Now!
Some sushi chefs are breaking with tradition in favor of sustainability, creating menus that rely on sustainably sourced fish and plant-based options. At Rosella in New York City, chef-owners Yoni Lang and Jeffrey Miller focus the menu on domestic seafood, and offer a collection of dishes that allows them to use every part of the fish.
Full Story: Robb Report (4/19) 
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