EGEB: Biden administration freezes oil, gas leases in Alaska wildlife refuge

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As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

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These results indicate that coal and oil are the energy sources leading to most emissions, and that hydro, wind, and nuclear are the energy sources leading to least emissions. In 2018, only two states used oil to generate more than 3% of the electricity: 68% in Hawaii and 12% in Alaska.)

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DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Green River — Wind River Basin (Colorado and Wyoming): University of Wyoming aims to develop and catalyze regional economic growth, job creation, and technology innovation in the Greater Green River Basin/Wind River Basin of Wyoming and Colorado by increasing the supply of rare earth elements and critical minerals to manufacturers of non-fuel carbon based products and products reliant upon critical minerals.

EPRI, NREL, and U of Washington form UNIFI consortium to advance grid-forming inverters to support renewables

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11 North American universities, including Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNH), Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI).

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MBL begins first test of tropical seaweed farming for biofuels production

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Puerto Rico has stable warm temperatures and ample sunlight year-round, as well as a wide range of exposure to prevailing winds and waves.

DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will expand its open-source Wind Energy with Integrated Servo- control (WEIS) toolbox to include control co-design capabilities of tidal and riverine hydrokinetic turbines. University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Obama Administration releases implementation plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic Region

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This entails promoting the development and deployment of available US energy resources such as wind, wave and solar. The Administration solicited input from Alaska Natives, the State of Alaska, Congress, academia, industry and others to develop the Implementation Plan that sets forth the guidelines for Federal Departments and Agencies to execute the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.

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US Departments of Interior and Defense partner to promote renewable energy on federal lands

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A major goal of the partnership is to harness the significant proven solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy resources on or near Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country. About 13 million acres of these withdrawn lands are located in the west and are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources. Offshore wind also is an abundant renewable energy resource available to many DoD installations on the Atlantic coast, Pacific coast, Gulf of Mexico and in Hawaii.

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Liquid metal battery company Ambri raises $35M in Series C

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Ambri has recently been awarded projects to deploy prototype systems in Massachusetts, Hawaii, New York and Alaska, alongside project partners that include First Wind, Joint Base Cape Cod, Con Edison, Energy Excelerator (Hawaii), Alaska Center for Energy and Power, and Raytheon. Ambri, developer of Liquid Metal Battery grid-scale energy storage technology, closed a $35-million Series C equity financing.

2014 190

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Nearing Annual Maximum

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From 18-22 February, ice extent declined slightly, primarily because of weather conditions off the coast of Alaska; ice extent then rebounded. Conditions along southern boundary of the ice cover, such as in the Bering Sea, are typically just barely cold enough for ice to exist, and the ice there can quickly expand or retreat in response to changes in temperature and winds.

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Arctic oil on life support

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That had companies moving north: Royal Dutch Shell off the coast of Alaska; Statoil in the Norwegian Arctic; and ExxonMobil in conjunction with Russia’s Rosneft in the Russian far north. After having watched Shell fumble its Arctic campaign, Statoil put its drilling plans off the coast of Alaska on ice. ExxonMobil is prohibited from working with Rosneft, and had to wind down its operations shortly after the discovery was announced. by Nick Cunningham for Oilprice.com.

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BOEMRE releases study on incorporating climate effects into oil-spill risk analysis for Arctic

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The two-year study included a literature review of the most current oceanographic knowledge available on the Arctic, particularly with respect to the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, and focused on the effects of climate change on sea ice, circulation, river discharge, and other environmental conditions in the Alaska Arctic.

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ORNL assessment finds >65 GW of untapped hydropower in US rivers and streams

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The greatest hydropower potential was found in western US states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Hydropower also provides reliable baseload power day and night, providing greater flexibility and diversity to the electric grid and allowing utilities to integrate intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

2014 188

Rosneft touts major light oil find from “northernmost well in the world” in the Arctic

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On 19 September, ExxonMobil announced that the US Treasury Department, recognizing the complexity of the Universitetskaya-1 well and the sensitive Kara Sea arctic environment, granted a license to ExxonMobil and other US contractors and persons involved to enable the safe and responsible winding down of operations related to this exploration well. All activities related to the wind down will proceed as safely and expeditiously as possible, the company said.

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Study finds changes in the Arctic sea ice cover may be driving changes in atmospheric chemistry

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Nghiem’s team used the topography of mountain ranges in Alaska and Canada as a “ruler” to measure the altitude at which the explosions took place. After the researchers verified the satellite observations with field measurements, they used an atmospheric model to study how the wind transported the bromine plumes across the Arctic.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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public charging outlets per ZEV, placing it ahead of only New Jersey and Alaska for availability of infrastructure. Wind generated 37% of the state’s renewable electricity, and for the first time, solar (27%) overtook geothermal (20%) as the second-largest source of renewable generation.

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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses, associated charging infrastructure and a back-up generator to maintain bus service in a disaster situation. Juneau, the Capital City of Alaska, has a clean, renewable source of energy, local hydropower.

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NRC report projects sea level off most of California will rise at slightly higher rate than global average; lower rate for Oregon, Washington, NorCal; variety of factors affect outcome

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The factors that affect local sea-level projections include steric variations; wind-driven differences in ocean heights; gravitational and deformational effects (sea-level. fingerprints) of melting of ice from Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica; and vertical land motions along the coast. The local steric and wind-driven components were estimated by extracting northeast Pacific data from the same ocean models used for the global projections.

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Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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Electric vehicles have the potential to benefit the grid by using their batteries to help manage electricity loads throughout the day—a growing concern as renewable solar and wind energy continue to grow in California. California refineries have increasingly turned to foreign sources of crude oil as production in California and Alaska has declined.

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Obama sets goal of reducing US oil imports by 1/3 by 2025; domestic and Western Hemisphere production, natural gas, biofuels, electric vehicles, fleet purchases

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We’re also exploring and assessing new frontiers for oil and gas development from Alaska to the Mid- and South Atlantic. That’s why, in my State of the Union Address, I called for a new Clean Energy Standard for America: by 2035, 80 percent of our electricity will come from an array of clean energy sources, from renewables like wind and solar to efficient natural gas to clean coal and nuclear power.

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New NASA Satellite Survey Reveals Dramatic Arctic Sea Ice Thinning

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In the summer, wind and ocean currents cause some of the ice naturally to flow out of the Arctic, while much of it melts in place. Between 2004 and 2008, multi-year ice cover shrank 595,000 square miles—nearly the size of Alaska’s land area. ICESat measurements of winter multi-year ice cover in the Arctic Ocean between 2004 and 2008, along with the corresponding downward trend in overall winter sea ice volume, and switch in dominant ice type from multi-year ice to first-year ice.

2009 163

FAA Awards Contracts for $125M to 5 Companies to Accelerate More Environmentally Friendly Aviation Technology; Renewable Fuels, Engines, Wings and Flight Management

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Last year, GE started wind tunnel testing with NASA to evaluate counter-rotating fan systems for an open rotor engine. The CLEEN award will include technology demonstrations with Lockheed Martin, AirDat and Alaska Airlines.

2010 163

Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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The legislation would also provide new incentives for domestic oil and gas drilling, nuclear power plant construction, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy sources like wind and solar. A dividend would also be similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund, which returns oil-extraction royalties to Alaska residents on a per-capita basis. Perspective by Brian J. Donovan, CEO of Renergie, Inc. Reprinted with permission from The Donovan Law Group website. INTRODUCTION.

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Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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Solar, Wind and Biofuels Grew 53 Percent in 2008 Green Education = Environmental Religion? Smart Grid City will easily support up to 1,000 easily dispatched distributed generation technologies including PHEVs, distributed batteries, solar and wind. Cleantech Blog Cleantechblog.com, the premier cleantech site for commentary on news and technology relating to clean tech, greentech, energy, climate change and carbon, and the environment.

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