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Lawmakers urge Pritzker to reconsider closing power plants Summary A bipartisan group of 52 Illinois lawmakers is urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker not to prematurely close not-for-profit coal-fired power plants, warning such a move would raise utility bills and eliminate jobs. They are asking that the plants operated by City, Water Light and...

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New York City’s Net-Zero Carbon Target for 2050 Is Achievable, Study Finds

NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability Summary New York City can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through a dramatic ramp-up of renewable energy, deep emissions cuts across its building and transportation sectors, and transitioning to low-carbon fuels, according to a joint study led by...

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Geothermal district heating explored by Speyer, Germany

Think GeoEnergy Summary The local municipal utility Stadtwerke Speyer (SWS) has announced plans to become climate neutral for electricity by 2030 and heating by 2040. Geothermal energy should also make a contribution. So while the utility already is making huge steps forward in the...

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Eversource Energy Center research optimizes renewable energy

The Daily Campus Summary The Eversource Energy Center, a partnership between Eversource Inc. and the University of Connecticut, is conducting research on renewable energy integration. Integration involves identifying renewable energy resources and storage to maintain the electric grid...

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Smart Energy Communities Can Make Our Grid More Human-Centric

Grant Samms, POWER Summary I’ve always been drawn to the swarm ship design concept in science fiction. The idea is that what initially looks like one massive spaceship is actually a cluster of really small vessels that can split apart when the going gets tough. As one, it’s efficient; as...

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First offshore wind farm goes offline: An industry warning?

Heather Richards and Arianna Skibell , E&E News reporters Summary In the new year, the first offshore wind farm in the United States will shut off its turbines, and its customers on nearby Block Island in Rhode Island will revert to diesel generation. The rocky saeabed around Block...

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Pritzker Pushing for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Wand 17 Summary Gov. JB Pritzker has rolled out a plan to make the state of Illinois rely on 100% renewable energy by 2050. The plan states eight different principles, or steps, on how the state plans to accomplish this goal. Some of the principles include electrifying the transportation...

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Department of Energy Announces $80 Million for Innovative Building Technologies and Practices

Energy.Gov Summary Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This funding opportunity will provide up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy...

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Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr named as top colleges for renewable energy use in U.S.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Summary Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr are among the top colleges in the United States in embracing renewable energy, according to a report by PennEnvironment. Both schools get all of their electricity through renewable sources, largely by purchasing...

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In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

New York Times Summary The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big. The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new...