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Appeals Court upholds grid operator PJM’s decision on renewables and state incentives

The  United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that retains  rules by grid operator PJM. The  legal battle stemmed over fossil fuel power plant operators claiming the rules  made their plants uncompetitive with renewable solar and wind projects  getting state incentives. Caroline Reiser senior staff attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the decision “eliminates...

My take: A common-sense zero emissions plan

DNREC and Secretary Shawn Garvin threaded the needle and developed a sensible zero-emissions vehicle plan. The revised rules put plug-in hybrid vehicles on equal footing with battery-electrics (EVs) and abandon the controversial California 2035 mandate that required 80% of all vehicles sold in 2035 to be battery-electrics, with the remainder made up of plug-ins.  Critics cited current challenges such as a lack...

Lung Association praises clean vehicle standards, but sees need for stricter mandate

The American Lung Association praised a decision by Delaware Department of Natural Resources Secretary Shawn Garvin to adopt clean vehicle rules that set a target of 82% zero emission vehicle sales by 2032, while also requiring cleaner internal combustion engines. Garvin released his decision on Wednesday following a sometimes heated hearing process. The Lung Association would have preferred...

DNREC announces regulations that stop short of California electric vehicle mandate

The Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources is issuing clean vehicle regulations that are less strict than the controversial 2035 California standards. The regulations require automakers to deliver more zero-emission vehicles for sale in Delaware. Zero-emission (ZEV) options that include battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and fuel-cell vehicles. Starting with model year 2027, 43% of new cars...

Ohio ‘forever chemicals’ settlement triggers an additional $25 million for Delaware

Chemours Company, along with DuPont and Corteva, Inc., settled an agreement with the State of Ohio for $110 million to resolve claims associated with manufacturing and selling per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The agreement triggered an additional $25 million for Delaware under a contingency in Delaware's 2021 settlement with the same companies. "We are thrilled that our forward-thinking settlement...

AstraZeneca launches digital products, services business

AstraZeneca launched Evinova. Evinova is offering globally-scaled digital products and services to the life sciences and healthcare as artificial intelligence (AI) moves into the mainstream. AstraZeneca is based in Cambridge, UK, with a U.S. headquarters, logistics and packaging operation in northern Delaware. At last report, the company employs 1,500 in Delaware. Evinova will place a priority on market...

My take: Energy transition hits some big potholes

In the words of the theme song from the TV series "Friends," solar and offshore wind power seem to "stuck in second gear." (You can tell those lyrics date back to when it was easy to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission). Some of this turmoil can be blamed on politicians and public policy groups that have made headway in convincing...

Chemours to expand production of greener aerosol propellant

The Chemours Company is expanding production of Chemours HFC-152a by approximately 20 percent. The expansion will come at the company’s manufacturing facility in Ingleside, Texas, 20 minutes outside of Corpus Christi, with completion expected by mid-2024. Chemours is based in Wilmington and has a research center in Newark. HFC-152a is used in various personal care, household, industrial, and construction applications....

Energize Delaware awards $500,000 electric vehicle, lawn equipment grant to Dover

The City of Dover is using a $500,000 grant from Energize Delaware’s EV Fleets for Local Governments program to pilot a fleet of electric vehicles and electric lawn equipment. “Our crews are very excited to put this new equipment to the test,” Dover City Manager Dave Hugg said. “Before we invest taxpayer money in this still relatively new technology, we...

Bloom Energy reports record revenue, smaller loss

Bloom Energy Corporation reported record revenue for the third quarter as the company cut its operating loss. Its longtime CEO cited artificial intelligence electrical demands on data centers as a plus for the company that makes fuel cells providing back up power. Bloom, based in San Jose, CA, operates a production site in Newark that employs nearly 800. Highlights Revenue...

AstraZeneca doubles down on use of renewable natural gas

AstraZeneca plans to further boost US renewable natural gas productivity through an expanded collaboration with Vanguard Renewables. AstraZeneca's Newark site was the first to benefit from the program that feeds renewable gas into pipelines. The site south of the college town also has a large solar array used in powering its logistics and packaging operations. Pam...

Analysis: Bloom Energy thins the herd in California

(Photo  of Bloom Newark site) Bloom Energy is trimming the size of its California staff, although the fuel cell maker appears to be hiring in Delaware. The company based in San Jose, CA indicated in California filings in the past couple of months that is is laying off 119 workers in all areas of the company.  In addition to its headquarters, Bloom...

UD gets grant on researching ways to cut methane emissions at landfills

The Delaware Congressional delegation praised the award of $999,831 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the University of Delaware (UD) for research to quantify and reduce emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. “Landfills are a significant source of methane pollution, which we know is some 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat...

Chesapeake Utilities offers overview of role in hydrogen hub

Dover-based Chesapeake Utilities Corp. has offered an overview of its involvement as an anchor partner with the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2). MACH2 was one of seven regional hydrogen hubs selected to receive an allocated share of the $7 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to accelerate the market for hydrogen in the United States. MACH could receive $750 million...

Press release: Delmarva Power tracks down ‘vampires’ that boost electric bills

NEWARK, Del. (October 31, 2023) — This Halloween, Delmarva Power is providing tips to help business and residential customers put a stake in vampire energy and stop appliances and electronics from using unnecessary energy. Vampire energy, also known as phantom power or standby energy, occurs when a device or appliance continues to use energy, even when it is turned...
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