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U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions increased in 2018 but will likely fall in 2019 and 2020

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook According to EIA’s recently released Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) estimates, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 2.8% in 2018 but will decrease in 2019 and 2020. The 2018 increase is the largest in energy-related CO2 emissions since 2010. Although emissions from petroleum—primarily used in the transportation sector—account for the largest share of total energy-related CO2, emissions from natural gas, which increased by nearly 10%, drove the overall increase in 2018. Weather conditions and continued economic growth were the primary factors in increasing energy consumption and emissions in 2018

Ford to make all-electric version of its F-150 truck

An electric pickup would be ideal for customers with the right needs, said Jim Farley, President of Global Markets at Ford. A gasoline-powered truck is shown here. America's most popular vehicle is going electric. Ford will make an all-electric plugin version of the F-150 pickup truck. "We're going to be electrifying the F-series — battery electric and hybrid," Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, said at a Deutsche Bank conference in Detroit Wednesday. The company isn't giving any details on the truck yet, including when it will go on sale. Tesla plans to make an electric pickup truck and some start-up companies, like Michigan-based Rivian Automotive, have announced plans to make

EIA forecasts renewables will be fastest growing source of electricity generation

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, January 2019 Note: Confidence interval derived from NYMEX options market information. EIA expects non-hydroelectric renewable energy resources such as solar and wind will be the fastest growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years. EIA’s January 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts that electricity generation from utility-scale solar generating units will grow by 10% in 2019 and by 17% in 2020. According to the January STEO, wind generation will grow by 12% and 14% during the next two years. EIA forecasts total U.S. electricity generation across all fuels will fall by 2% thi

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES GREEN NEW DEAL INCLUDED IN 2019 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

Nation-Leading Clean Energy and Jobs Agenda Puts New York on a Path to Carbon Neutrality Mandates 100 Percent Clean Power by 2040 and Enacts New Climate Action Council into Law to Develop Roadmap to Make New York Carbon Neutral Ensures a Just Transition to Clean Power - Spurring Growth of the Green Economy and Prioritizing Low- and Moderate-Income New Yorkers Invests $1.5 Billion in 20 Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Upstate and up to $200 Million in Port Infrastructure to Make New York the Nation's Offshore Wind Hub Builds on Governor's Environmental Record, Including Banning Fracking, Ending Coal Power, Unprecedented Investments in Renewable Energy and Establishing th

Ice loss from Antarctica has sextupled since the 1970s, new research finds

Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water — a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades. The Antarctic lost 40 billion tons of melting ice to the ocean each year from 1979 to 1989. That figure rose to 252 billion tons lost per year beginning in 2009, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That means the region is losing six times as much ice as it was four decades ago, an unprecedented pace in the era of modern measurements. (It takes about 360 billion tons of ice to

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration

Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge. Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first deliveries of the Leaf, Nissan has listened carefully to what Americans want in electric vehicles: longer driving range, quicker acceleration, faster charging, and a better driver interface. Based on initial information at the car’s introduction at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Leaf Plus apparently checks all of those line items. It gets more than just a bigger battery and a longer dr

US Electric Vehicle Sales Increased by 81% in 2018

Tesla was responsible for more than half of all plug-in sales last year. U.S. electric vehicle sales may be finally seeing the hockey stick growth market watchershave been waiting for. The 2018 numbers are in, and total U.S. EV sales came in at 361,307 for the year — up 81 percent over 2017 — according to the tracking website Inside EVs. For Chris Nelder, manager of Rocky Mountain Institute’s mobility practice, the results came as a surprise. “I did not expect the growth rate to be over 30 percent" for 2018, he said. “I expected it to be in the 20 percent range, which is where it’s been.” “I did expect we’d have a sharp increase in the rate adoption sometime soon," he added. “But I didn’t th

Experts: Oswego County could be ground zero for climate change harm

Oswego's famous winters could be blunted by impending climate change, experts say. Credit: Oswego County News Now OSWEGO — Scientists say warmer temperatures and heavier rainfall could be coming to the region sooner than previously thought and without significant investment in mitigation and precautionary measures, the area could be caught “flatfooted.” The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released late last year by federal officials, describes the future climate of the Northeast region of the United States as one with increased rainfall intensity and escalating average temperatures. Scientists warn the changing climate could have a dramatic effect on agriculture and recreation and note s

Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales

OSLO (Reuters) - Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by 2025. Electric cars are parked in Oslo, Norway January 1, 2019. Picture taken January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Alister Doyle In a bid to cut carbon emissions and air pollution, Norway exempts battery-driven cars from most taxes and offers benefits such as free parking and charging points to hasten a shift from diesel and petrol engines. The independent Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) said on Wednesday that electric cars rose to 31.2 percent of all sales last year, from 20.8 percent in 2017 and just 5.5 percent in 2013, while sale

Melting Arctic ice is now pouring 14,000 tons of water per second into the ocean, scientists find

A new survey finds that the region has contributed almost an inch to rising seas since 1971. A new scientific survey has found that the glaciers of the Arctic are the world’s biggest contributors to rising seas, shedding ice at an accelerating rate that now adds well over a millimeter to the level of the ocean every year. That is considerably more ice melt than Antarctica is contributing, even though the Antarctic contains far more ice. Still, driven by glacier clusters in Alaska, Canada and Russia and the vast ice sheet of Greenland, the fast-warming Arctic is outstripping the entire ice continent to the south — for now. However, the biggest problem is that both ice regions appear to be acc

NYPA board approves $600M credit line for efficiency projects as utility targets double

Dive Brief: The New York Power Authority's Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $600 million revolving credit facility to support NYPA's issuance of commercial paper notes, which in turn supports its energy-efficiency offerings. The credit facility — for short-term borrowing — will be available through January 2022, with two possible one-year extensions. NYPA's energy efficiency offerings target some of its largest customers, including New York universities, municipalities, school districts and large cities. The state's Public Service Commission last week approved an acceleration of New York's energy efficiency goals, including doubling targets for investor-owned utilities through 2025. N

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