DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

DOE Invests In Carbon Capture, Energy Infrastructure Improvements and Clean Energy Workforce

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm continues to charge ahead — yesterday announcing $52 million in grants to centers around the country that provide direct, hands-on, and free assistance to American manufacturers and wastewater treatment facilities to improve their efficiency, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.  The university-based centers situated all over the country train students and they, in turn, offer recommendations to manufacturing facilities for energy and water savings, waste reduction, productivity improvements, cybersecurity, and smart manufacturing opportunities for small to medium factories and measures their reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Why This Matters: These grants provide much-needed expertise to small and medium-sized businesses and at the same time creates a pipeline of new, clean energy jobs for students looking to join the clean energy economy.

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Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with diverse appointees, Granholm […]

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Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

The Biden administration’s climate change Executive actions have drawn fire from Republicans in confirmation hearings, on Twitter, and in conservative media.  The opposition arguments focused on partisanship, process, security and jobs.  The Republicans argued that the President’s order “takes a sledgehammer to the economy” and was politically motivated to hurt schools in red states and threatened to sue.  Senate Republicans blamed climate leaders at the White House.  For example, four Republican Senators voted against Governor Jennifer Granholm for Energy Secretary, even though they say she is qualified, in protest over the President’s clean energy agenda, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Why This Matters:  It is really rich to call ending subsidies and other government goodies for fossil fuel companies an “attack” on kids and the economy

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Biden’s Climate Dream Team Announced

Biden’s Climate Dream Team Announced

Yesterday President-elect Joe Biden announced key nominations and appointments of his climate team: Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior Governor Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy Michael Regan, EPA Administrator Brenda Mallory, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Administrator Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi, Deputy National Climate Advisor A team that AP […]

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Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

Solar Innovations Offer New Inroads to Renewable Energy

A new study by the Department of Energy provides an interesting new concept for blending solar and hydropowerThe study found that by placing solar panels on reservoirs and feeding the solar power generated into the same substation, both the hydropower and solar power generated could be more inexpensive, more efficient, and more reliable.

Why This Matters:  It may be obvious, but we will need innovations like these to make the transformations needed to have a sustainable and feasible renewable power system. 

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Dept. of Energy Announces $122M In Funding For “Coal Innovation” Centers

Dept. of Energy Announces $122M In Funding For “Coal Innovation” Centers

On Friday, the Energy Department announced it will provide more than $120m in funding to create “coal products innovation centers… [that] …will focus on manufacturing value-added, carbon-based products from coal, as well as developing new methods to extract and process rare earth elements and critical minerals from coal.” 

Why This Matters: Coal innovation is an oxymoron or maybe just moronic – and certainly a dubious investment.

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