As we close out a summer marked by uncertainty in news and events, one trend for which analysts voice increasing certainty is the accelerating pace of the clean-energy transformation reshaping how the world generates electricity. With increasing speed, global energy markets are turning away from fossil fuels and towards wind and other renewable sources, not just because they’re clean but because they’re cheaper, more competitive energy choices and offer a level of long-term certainty more price-volatile fossil fuels just can’t match.
Canada is working on new rules for regulating offshore renewable energy projects, currently a patchwork of laws and procedures that can cause friction between producers and local communities. The federal government is working on a set of comprehensive rules for approving and monitoring offshore energy projects and a single regulatory board to oversee them. It’s reviewing similar legislation in United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and the United States.
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify the Paris climate accord, a move that will make the sweeping international agreement a legal reality long before even those who negotiated it expected. “We made the deal in Europe, and we make it a reality in Europe,” Miguel Arias Cañete, the E.U.’s climate and energy commissioner, said on Twitter after the vote.
President Obama hailed the ratification today of the Paris climate agreement. The deal negotiated in December crossed the threshold for entry into force with the announcement that 72 countries, accounting for about 57 percent of the world’s emissions, have now officially signed on. “This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got,” Obama said in an address from the Rose Garden
A workshop took place in Boston on Thursday and Friday last week to provide Danish suppliers with an overview of the supply chain potential of the US offshore wind market. The event, called US Offshore Wind Academy, was organised by the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago and Offshoreenergy.dk. It gathered representatives of more than 60 companies from all parts of the offshore wind supply chain, Offshoreenergy.dk said on its website. Offering knowledge and expertise, many Danish firms took part in a bid to create connections with potential North American partners and clients.
The candidates for vice president rushed into energy issues last night during their only debate before the election. In their opening answers, Democrat Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator, mentioned climate change, and Republican Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor, objected to a “war on coal.” Then those issues evaporated, as the running mates defended the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on issues like the proliferation of nuclear weapons, diplomacy with Russia and the role of government in abortion.
The Paris climate agreement likely will take effect this week now that European Union lawmakers have endorsed the deal. European lawmakers this morning voted for the 28-member bloc to ratify the agreement to limit warming. The agreement cannot enter force until 55 countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions, adopt it. Before today, 62 countries had endorsed the deal, but they accounted for 52 percent of emissions
A new analysis finds that congressional efforts to require federal agencies to consider biomass a carbon-neutral power source would lead to a major increase in carbon dioxide emissions that otherwise would be cut under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The white paper, released by the Partnership for Policy Integrity, uses U.S. Energy Information Administration data to assess the additional carbon emissions that could result if biomass is considered carbon neutral, as envisioned by language in the Senate energy bill (S. 2012) and House and Senate appropriations bills. The legislation would direct EPA, the Energy Department and the Agriculture Department to craft a policy that reflects the carbon neutrality of forest bioenergy.
Colorado’s largest proposed wind farm cleared a key hurdle last week as the Colorado Public Utilities Commission granted final permission to build the 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project in the state’s remote eastern plains. Under a PUC-approved settlement between developer Xcel Energy Inc. and more than a dozen parties, the Rush Creek wind farm will begin construction in 2017, with an expected completion date of late 2018, according to officials involved with the project.
House and Senate Republican leaders are at odds over whether to renew expiring alternative-energy tax breaks during Congress’s lame-duck session after the Nov. 8 election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is committed to taking a look at the possibility. But House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants have signaled they won’t go along with continuing what has been a perennial late-session ritual of extending targeted tax incentives that are set to expire.