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Greenhouse Gas, Law & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

A Court Ruling and a Revised GHG Metric Gives the Green Light to New Drilling

13 May , 2022  

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Matt Montalbano, Zondits staff, 5/13/2022 The Biden administration in March announced plans to resume drilling for oil and gas on federal lands. The reversal in policy was made after a federal appeals court granted a White House request to allow the administration to use a revamped metric for calculating the potential cost to society of […]

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Energy Storage, Renewables

Government Report Details the Usage of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

27 Apr , 2022  

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/27/2022 A recent report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the status of utility-scale energy storage illustrates that battery storage is a proven technology for the shifting of electrical loads and improving grid stability. It also makes it clear that storage systems must continue to grow along with […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends, Renewables

Europe’s Choices for Natural Gas Will Have Climate Impacts

25 Apr , 2022  

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Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 4/25/2022 According to a study published by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Europe has impactful choices to make regarding the importing of natural gas (NG). Most sources state that more than 40% of Europe’s NG is imported from Russia. Replacing that energy with renewable energy sources will take time. The interim […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Industrial Technology, Motors & Drives

Electric airplane, Alice, set to begin test flights

25 Mar , 2022  

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Brian McCowan, Zondits Staff, 3/24/2022 Zondits has recently reported on electric snow blowers, mowers, and motorcycles. And now, here comes an electric airplane. CNN Business News reports that Eviation, a start-up firm based in Israel is in the final testing stages of their all-electric commuter aircraft named Alice. Alice’s engine was tested in January at […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Markets & Business, Markets & Trends, Renewables

Hydrogen plays significant role in our Energy Transition

17 Mar , 2022  

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Mark D’Antonio, Zondits Staff, 3/17/2022 Recent technical advancements point to an increased probability that hydrogen will play a significant role in the transition of energy away from greenhouse gas (GHG) producing fossil fuels. Gasoline and natural gas are both fuels that are targets for displacement by hydrogen. Major automobile engine manufacturers are working on hydrogen-powered […]

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Programs & Policy, Regulatory Affairs

Supreme Court Case Has Potential to Override EPA’s Authority

25 Feb , 2022  

Brian McCowan, Zondits Staff, 2/25/2022. This past Fall, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a case challenging the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The case was initiated by the State of West Virginia and members of the coal industry and follows the controversy over the “Clean Power […]

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Electric Power Systems, Renewables

A Massive Heavy-Duty Vehicle Charging Network Is Underway

16 Feb , 2022  

Brian McCowan, Zondits Staff, 2/16/2022. The media focus on electric cars has been relatively intense this past year. Now, interest in electric heavy-duty vehicles such as buses and trucks is growing. All major manufacturers of long-haul trucks have announced plans to produce electric rechargeable trucks in significant numbers, and Ballard Power has successfully tested a […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Law & Policy, Programs & Policy

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Launches New Grid Initiative

7 Feb , 2022  

Mark D’Antonio, Zondits staff, 2/7/22. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in 2021 authorizes substantial funding for transmission line improvements to facilitate the clean energy transition in the U.S. Enabled by this law, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a new initiative called Building a Better Grid that commences a process to assess and upgrade […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Energy Storage, Industrial Technology, Motors & Drives

Portable Power or Super Power?

28 Jan , 2022  

Brian McCowan, Zondits Staff, 1/28/2022. Gasoline and, more recently, propane-powered generators have been a mainstay for remote construction, emergency power during outages, and recreational camping. But just as with mowers and snow blowers, a cleaner option is now on the market. Electric rechargeable power banks are marketed in a large variety of sizes from units […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Electric Power Systems, Renewables

Tidal Power Floating Turbine Project Deployed

11 Jan , 2022  

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 1/11/2022 This past July, a 2MW tidal power floating turbine project developed by the Scottish firm Orbital was deployed near Orkney Island and began generating electricity. The project has demonstrated good potential and multiple projects are now proposed at various UK locations. Orbital has secured investment from TechnipFMC, a global offshore […]

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