Energy & Utilities: Page 5


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    Ørsted cancels two offshore wind projects along New Jersey coast

    The projects became financially unworkable due to supply chain problems and increased interest rates, the company said. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called Ørsted’s decision “outrageous.”

    By Diana DiGangi • Nov. 2, 2023
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    How cities can decarbonize delivery in the era of online orders

    A new action guide by the National League of Cities points to emerging policies and technologies to combat increasing air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

    By Nov. 1, 2023
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    Trendline

    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    DOE issues draft plan to speed up, improve grid interconnections

    The draft road map aims to transform grid interconnection processes, a major hurdle to the Biden administration’s goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035.

    By Ethan Howland • Oct. 27, 2023
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    Los Angeles region to accelerate clean energy efforts in run-up to 2028 Olympics

    The road map sets new and more granular decarbonization targets, said a co-chair of the public-private partnership behind the plan.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    Debate swirls at NYC hearing on proposed delays to building emissions enforcement

    Participants weighed in on whether “good-faith efforts” toward compliance should delay penalties and whether renewable energy credits provide a worrisome loophole.

    By Joe Burns • Updated Oct. 30, 2023
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    DOE announces ‘largest-ever investment in America’s grid,’ giving $3.5B across 44 states

    The awards include smart grid grants of around $1 million to individual cities.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 20, 2023
  • An overhead view of the six-lane Cross Bronx Expressway filled with bumper-to-bumper cars and large trucks.
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    How many chargers will the Northeast’s electric trucks need? National Grid aims to find out.

    The U.S. Department of Energy-funded analysis will span some of the nation’s largest cities, targeting highways with heavy trucking traffic and commercial areas such as ports.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 17, 2023
  • Hydrogen energy storage gas tank for clean electricity solar and wind turbine facility.
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    DOE selects 7 hydrogen hubs for $7B funding opportunity

    The selection of several hubs focused on hydrogen production from fossil fuels and carbon capture drew the ire of environmental groups.

    By Emma Penrod • Oct. 16, 2023
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    NYC project looks to support climate law with building inspection tech

    The AI-powered technology under development uses robots and drone scans to detect structural flaws that reduce energy efficiency.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 16, 2023
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    Reworking the grid for offshore wind is a matter of ‘extreme urgency’: Clean energy company exec

    The need to solve transmission and interconnection issues has become more acute as the Inflation Reduction Act pumps billions of dollars into renewable energy production.

    By Diana DiGangi • Oct. 13, 2023
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    Clean energy transition in buildings could create 2M+ jobs in US, Europe

    The study by Schneider Electric and Boston University estimates which U.S. regions will see the most new jobs as more buildings get solar PV, heat pumps and battery storage.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 12, 2023
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    Vermont utility wants to give all customers battery storage to prevent outages

    Green Mountain Power aims to shift the state’s grid to a distributed system — a future the utility’s CEO envisions for the entire U.S.

    By Diana DiGangi • Oct. 11, 2023
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    New alliance aims to turn this Rust Belt city into a ‘Green Belt’ hub

    The Chicagoland Climate Investment Alliance wants $1 billion in federal funding for a “Rust Belt to Green Belt Initiative,” indicating the region is ready to move past its nickname from the 1970s.

    By Oct. 10, 2023
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    Notable 2024 conferences for smart city leaders

    Newly added events focus on building energy codes, micromobility, economic development and transportation electrification.

    By Updated April 15, 2024
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    Are EV tax credits too hard to use? The Biden administration thinks so.

    In January, car shoppers will be able to transfer their clean vehicle tax credits to dealers to lower the purchase price of electrified vehicles.

    By Michael Brady • Oct. 9, 2023
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    ‘Empty’ federal buildings under scrutiny

    Unused office space poses financial and environmental issues federal agencies must address, lawmakers from both parties said at a Senate committee hearing.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 9, 2023
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on February 01, 2023 in Sacramento, California.
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    California governor signs bill to speed utility interconnections

    The Powering Up Californians Act aims to accelerate the state's electrification efforts and is one of several clean energy bills signed recently by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 9, 2023
  • A facade of a sustainable glass office building with a tree for reducing carbon dioxide.
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    US Green Building Council’s LEED v5 doubles down on decarbonization

    The proposal for existing buildings would set new requirements to boost climate resilience, assess social impact and cut emissions from embodied carbon, refrigerants and transportation.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 6, 2023
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    Biden administration will define zero emissions for buildings

    Use of 100% clean energy and meeting strict energy-efficiency guidelines are part of the proposed definition, White House National Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi said.

    By Nish Amarnath • Oct. 2, 2023
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    Opinion

    Community solar is hot. Why not community wind?

    Perhaps the biggest difference between yesterday’s community wind and today’s community solar markets is in their business models, which reflect their respective market and policy environments. 

    By Mark Bolinger and Bentham Paulos • Sept. 27, 2023
  • Workers walk among solar panels at the construction site of a new solar energy park as wind turbines spin behind on April 06, 2023 near Prenzlau, Germany.
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    White House launches clean energy youth workforce program amid labor shortage concerns

    The American Climate Corps aims to put more than 20,000 people to work in its first year. The plan “harkens back” to the New Deal, said International District Energy Association CEO Rob Thornton.

    By Diana DiGangi • Sept. 22, 2023
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    Boston launches pilot to help small housing owners go electric

    Two- to four-unit buildings are the city’s most common building type. Boston hopes the new grant program will yield lessons on scaling up building decarbonization.

    By Sept. 22, 2023
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    Highsmith, Carol M. (2011). "Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, headquarters of HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons.
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    To improve multifamily housing energy efficiency and resiliency, HUD offers $4.8B for retrofits

    The first round of the $4.8 billion GRRP covers upgrades for 28 rent-assisted properties.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 18, 2023
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    Extreme heat disproportionately threatens Black renters, experts say

    Black renters disproportionately experience energy insecurity, which stems from an inability to pay energy bills, and federal policy falls short in addressing it, a Brookings Metro report says.

    By Sept. 13, 2023
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    California must ban gas in new buildings, local officials tell governor

    With a federal appeals court overturning Berkeley, California’s landmark gas ban, the state needs a unified standard to remain a climate policy leader, 26 local leaders told Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    By Sept. 11, 2023