July 30, 2021
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is planning an environmental impact statement for the up-to-69-turbine Kitty Hawk offshore wind project, potentially paving the way for the first project of its kind in North Carolina. The project would connect to a point in Virginia Beach and may provide power to Virginia, as well as North Carolina. "If approved, the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project will not only provide clean, reliable energy where it is needed most, it will help boost the region as a manufacturing and supply chain hub for the offshore wind industry," said BOEM Director Amanda Lefton.
Full Story: The Hill (7/29) 
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President Joe Biden has signed a national security memorandum calling on critical infrastructure sectors like electric utilities to meet voluntary "performance goals" to be issued in September for protecting industrial control systems against cyberattacks. The final sector-specific cybersecurity goals are to be set within a year by the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Full Story: Utility Dive (7/29) 
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Discussions are ongoing between the European Commission and EDF over EDF's Project Hercules plan to restructure to two entities known as EDF Vert and EDF Bleu, and it's unlikely an agreement will be reached this year. The restructuring will probably be deferred until after France's elections, which are scheduled for April 2022.
Full Story: Smart Energy International (7/30) 
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Special interest lobbying groups are discreetly mounting campaigns against rooftop solar in Florida, Ohio, California and other states, according to the Environment Florida Research & Policy Center's Blocking Rooftop Solar report. The groups accomplish this by forming front organizations that may sound neutral, like the Consumer Energy Alliance, and then using them to support anti-solar policies.
Full Story: Solar Industry (7/30) 
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A Tesla Megapack at Neoen Australia's Victorian Big Battery project in Victoria caught fire on Friday. The fire occurred during the initial testing of the system, but the cause has yet to be determined. "The site has been disconnected from the grid and there will be no impact to the electricity supply," said Neoen's Louis de Sambucy in a statement.
Full Story: CNBC (7/30) 
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Seen and Heard
The "beauty" of renewables and biofuel-based hydrogen is that it can be easily stored and transported using existing pipeline infrastructure, says Snam CEO Marco Alvera in this video. "Tomorrow, we will have hydrogen produced in North Africa, in the North Sea, with solar and wind resources," says Alvera. "And that hydrogen can travel through the existing pipeline."
Full Story: CNBC (7/30) 
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Policy Watch
Forget "hot girl summer," it's "hot FERC summer" on the House floor and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., is singing to the tune of "FERC-alicious" as he looks to rally support for a bill targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rehearing process. "[A]n electric transmission system that keeps everything from electric vehicles to steel mills running with zero-carbon electricity -- FERC-alicious!" said Casten.
Full Story: The Hill (7/28) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy sources accounted for 21% of the electricity generated in the US in 2020, totaling a record 834 billion kilowatt hours, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total renewables increased by 9% during the year, with small-scale solar up 19%.
Full Story: U.S. Energy Information Administration (7/28) 
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Eastern Europe has traditionally been a stronghold for fossil fuels, but more and more climate-focused corporate buyers are on the hunt for renewable energy power purchase agreements, especially as carbon, gas and coal prices continue to climb. PPAs "will rapidly grow in eastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary and Romania because national support mechanisms aren't sufficient," said Damien Ricordeau of Finergreen.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/30) 
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First Solar is seeking incentives from the Indian government as it plans to invest $684 million in a new integrated factory that would produce thin film photovoltaic modules. India is expected to become the third-largest country in terms of power consumption by 2030, per the International Energy Agency.
Full Story: Renewable Energy Magazine (7/30) 
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Project Focus
Amazon is advancing its 100% renewables by 2030 target through a new power purchase agreement with TotalEnergies for 474 megawatts of renewables in the US and Europe. As part of the collaborative agreement, TotalEnergies will use Amazon Web Services as a cloud provider.
Full Story: Rigzone (7/29) 
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Central Washington may soon be home to at least seven new wind and solar projects, as well as a pumped hydro site known as the Goldendale Energy Storage Project. The projects are in various stages of the application and permitting process.
Full Story: Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (tiered subscription model) (7/29) 
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Follow The Money
Companies aren't doing enough to transition to a lower-carbon future, and 53 investors organized by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change are ready to apply some pressure. The group overseeing $14 trillion in assets is calling on every company to disclose its climate work, craft a transition plan and put it to a shareholder vote.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (7/30),  Reuters (7/30) 
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Serenity Now!
Now THIS is some important scientific research. You know how when you throw a beer coaster (aka beer mat), it always sails off in some wild direction? Well, a team of dedicated (and probably thirsty) researchers in Germany is studying why beer coasters never fly in a straight line. Check out the video ... they've even built a snazzy beer coaster-throwing machine to aid in their critical research.
Full Story: University of Bonn (Germany) (7/27) 
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