- “Meet eWolf, The Little Zero-Emission, Diesel-Killing Tugboat Taking On Big Oil” • Leading US maritime firm Crowley has just announced it will build a tugboat named eWolf, which will be the first all-electric, zero-emission tugboat to ply the waters of the US. It is just one of three new diesel-reducing moves introduced by Crowley this year. [CleanTechnica] (Actually, this is not the first, but it is good to see nonetheless. ghh)
- “Energy Department Seeks To Cut Cost Of Energy Storage, Boost Renewables” • The DOE is trying to decrease the cost of energy storage by 90% within a decade in an attempt to boost clean energy use. “We’re going to bring hundreds of gigawatts of clean energy onto the grid over the next few years,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said. [The Hill]
- “EU Unveils Ambitious Climate Package As It Cools On Fossil Fuels” • Last month, the EU enshrined in law its target to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, but now it has unveiled an aggressive 10-step program, titled “Fit for 55.” It is a roadmap for how the EU will achieve the reduction, and it looks to be fundamentally transformative. [CNN]
- “In 2020, US Coal Production Fell To Its Lowest Level Since 1965” • US coal production was 535 million short tons in 2020, down 24% from the amount mined in 2019 and the lowest level of coal production in the US in any year since 1965. Both exports and domestic coal use declined as coal has continued to lose its ability to compete. [CleanTechnica]
- “California Budget Approves Historic Clean Transportation Investments” • California’s budget includes unprecedented levels of investment in clean transportation. The funding will provide significant support for zero-emission vehicle and infrastructure programs, unlocking billions in public health, climate, and jobs benefits for all Californians. [CleanTechnica]
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