Hot on the Heels

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 2/12/2024 Hot on the heels of COP28 (Was COP28 a Success? It Depends on Who You Ask  | Zondits), two new reports are sounding alarms on climate change. The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that 2023 was the hottest year ever recorded—and that’s in 173 years of record-keeping. The … Read more

Modular Nuke Plant Project Canceled Due to Soaring Costs

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 12/19/2023 Just as the Biden administration announced a new international effort to expand nuclear power generation (https://phys.org/news/2023-12-triple-nuclear-power-cop28.html), a key project toward reviving nuclear power in the U.S. has been canceled due to cost overruns. The Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), designed by NuScale Power, was to be the first of its … Read more

Heat Pumps and Refrigerants, It’s Complicated 

Emily Collins, Zondits guest, 12/12/2023 It’s fair to say that heat pumps have become a thing in the green energy ethos. In 2022, the U.S. Heat Pump Market was valued at 12 Billion USD and is anticipated to reach 165 Billion USD by 2032. The projection is staggering but not unrealistic. With more than 17 … Read more

Biden Administration Awards $7 Billion for Seven New Hydrogen Hubs

hydrogen hubs

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 11/7/2023 The Biden administration is making good on its pledge to invest billions in “clean” hydrogen, with the announcement of $7 billion in awards for regional hydrogen hubs. The funding was included in the 2021 Infrastructure Law to establish multiple regional hubs to produce hydrogen for fuel, agricultural, and industrial uses. … Read more

Maritime Shipping: Overcoming the Challenges of the Clean Energy Transition 

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 8/8/2023 Zondits has reported extensively on alternative transportation fuels. That reporting has focused on land and air transportation. But with the recognition that almost all internationally traded goods, including fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal, and liquid natural gas, are transported by sea. The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimates … Read more

It’s the Gophers vs. the Flickertails

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 7/18/2023 “America is a bifurcated country. Half the people don’t want anything to change — ever — while the other half want everything to change, especially if change means eliminating the use of fossil fuels.”  So begins an article in CleanTechnica, an online independent journal covering technical and policy issues affecting … Read more

500 Mile SunZia Renewable Energy Transmission Project to Break Ground

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 7/11/2023 Zondits has published several articles regarding the difficulty of expanding U.S. electrical transmission and distribution networks to facilitate the rapid growth of large-scale solar and wind renewable energy projects. However, some encouraging news is coming out of the American Southwest.  The Associated Press and multiple Southwest U.S. news outlets are … Read more

Pew Research – Climate Change is Not a Top Priority for Most Americans

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 6/13/2023 If you listen to National Public Radio (NPR) or watch public TV, you likely have heard of Pew Research, as they are regular sponsors of educational programming. Public opinions on energy and environmental issues are regularly tracked by Pew. Their research results have a mix of good and bad news … Read more

Nature-Based Solutions Series: Initiatives that Support Climate-Focused Woodlands Management

Lucy Neiman, Zondits guest, 5/31/2023 Zondits and many other outlets have focused primarily on the transition to clean energy as the central path for addressing the challenges faced. Yet there is clear evidence that the transition away from fossil fuels alone cannot meet even the most conservative global climate goals that have been set. There … Read more

Aging Transmission Grids are a Major Bottleneck for Renewable Energy Expansion

Brian McCowan, Zondits staff, 5/9/2023 CNBC’s fourth installment in their series on the U.S. power grid reports that renewable energy projects are waiting in lines longer than those for a Taylor Swift concert. According to the article, wind and solar project wait lines are often years long as power grid infrastructures struggle to accommodate the … Read more