National Weather Forecast
On Saturday, we’ll be tracking snow and a mix of precipitation from the Pacific Northwest to New England. Some of the heaviest snow will fall in a swath from around Sioux Falls and Sioux City to central Michigan. Storms will be possible across the lower Mississippi Valley.
We will continue to see the threat of heavy snow into the weekend from the northern Rockies across portions of the Upper Midwest. Lake-enhanced snow will also fall downwind of the Great Lakes. Heavy rain will be possible in the lower Mississippi Valley, with 3”+ possible for some.
Gas utility’s Minnesota hydrogen pilot ‘good news’ so far, but questions remain
More from Energy News Network: “A Minnesota gas utility says it is successfully blending “green” hydrogen into its natural gas pipeline system in one of the first such tests in the country. Since last spring, CenterPoint Energy customers near downtown Minneapolis have been burning a bit of hydrogen alongside the usual mix of methane gas in their stoves and furnaces. The utility completed a $2.5 million hydrogen production pilot facility last year and began injecting the carbon-free fuel into its system in small amounts in June. Hydrogen accounts for no more than 5% of the overall blend at any time. “The good news is that this facility has integrated well with our distribution system,” CenterPoint spokesperson Ross Corson said of the facility’s first months of operation.”
Biden protects Boundary Waters in blow to copper mine
More from E&E News: “The Biden administration took final actions Thursday to protect waterways in pristine northeastern Minnesota, likely halting a proposed copper mine there, a move that inflamed Republican lawmakers who want to see domestic development of minerals critical for electric vehicle batteries and clean tech. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed an order withdrawing more than 225,000 acres in the state’s Superior National Forest from mining and geothermal leasing for an additional two decades, a decision she said would protect the Rainy River watershed, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and ceded tribal land, from the adverse effects of new mines, exploration and development tied to geothermal projects.”
Clean Energy Investment Sets $1.1 Trillion Record, Matching Fossil Fuels For the First Time
More from TIME: “Last year was a double milestone for decarbonizing the world’s energy system. It was the first year when investment in the energy transition equaled global investment in fossil fuels, according to the latest data release from clean energy research group BloombergNEF. The money flowing into the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of oil and gas, and into fossil fuel-fired power generation without emissions reduction technology, was $1.1 trillion last year. Likewise, annual investment in renewable energy, electrified transport and heat, energy storage and other technologies reached $1.1 trillion.”
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