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11/30/2021

Benton Harbor, Mich., has begun accepting contractors' bids as it works to replace all of its lead water lines by 2023. Each replacement will cost an average of $5,000, according to Mayor Marcus Muhammad.

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11/30/2021

St. Helena, Calif., plans to use $2.3 million in wastewater reserve funds and $900,000 from a traffic mitigation impact fund to help pay for wastewater treatment facility upgrades costing $14.9 million, which is more than the city budgeted. Officials could also use money from the city's general fund if needed.

11/30/2021

A $2.2 billion aquifer replenishment program at the Hampton Roads Sanitation Water District in Virginia is expected to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus levels linked to stormwater overflows, and the district has used data from that prediction to build its case for modifying a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed modification, filed in federal court by the Justice Department, would allow the district to postpone some stormwater and sewer projects.

11/29/2021

The world needs to deploy wind capacity as quickly as possible, but doing so will be increasingly difficult as larger turbines create logistical challenges and developers run out of ideal installation sites, says Anne Vedel of Vestas. Vestas hopes to solve all three of these problems with one solution: modularized wind components that can be transported with ease and added or removed from an asset as needed.

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11/29/2021

Many countries have established or are working on sustainable finance and environmental, social and governance disclosure policies to help bring their emissions reduction targets within reach, but how do their approaches stack up? Bloomberg NEF analyzed their progress and ranked the G20 nations on a scale of zero to 10, with Europe leading the pack with a score of 7.923. This piece analyzes the report's findings, including that the US is lagging behind China but ahead of India with a score of 4.85.

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Bloomberg NEF
11/29/2021

New York is targeting 100% clean power by 2040, but getting there will be difficult, in part, because the state has two electrical grids, one serving the upstate region and another centered on New York City and the surrounding area. The transmission lines connecting the two are at max capacity, but the administration of Gov. Kathy Hochul hopes to ease congestion and open the door for more renewables by building two new transmission projects.

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The New York Times
11/29/2021

The growth of clean energy and the transmission infrastructure needed to carry it presents a huge opportunity for tribal nations, both in terms of job creation and access to reliable, low-cost power, says Robert Blake, a citizen of the Red Lake Nation and founder of solar installer Solar Bear. In this interview, Blake discusses how Solar Bear is working to bring the benefits of clean energy to the communities where projects are sited.

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11/29/2021

New research out from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is paving the way for an up to 16% increase in perovskite solar cell efficiency. The team combined a two-dimensional perovskite layer with a three-dimensional perovskite layer to create a modified perovskite cell that had an efficiency of about 24.7% and was more stable than the control sample.

11/29/2021

When a snowstorm Friday trapped dozens of guests at Britain's highest pub, most thought they'd get to go home Saturday. Nope. The group -- along with the Oasis tribute band Noasis that had been performing -- spent three nights making the most of a snowy situation. A snow plow managed to reach the pub this morning, but some of the guests weren't exactly in a hurry to depart.

Here are just a handful of Oasis songs that seem perfect for this story:

  • "Going Nowhere"
  • "Don't Go Away"
  • "Be Here Now"
  • "Force of Nature"
  • "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
  • "The Importance of Being Idle"
  • "Roll With It"
  • "Thank You For The Good Times"
  • and finally... "(It's Good) To Be Free"

And yes, the tribute band has already been re-branded as Snow-asis.

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BBC
11/29/2021

There is a RESB playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs listed in this space. Enjoy!

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