Extreme weather

In a first-of-its-kind analysis, NREL researchers examined how various extreme weather events could impact U.S. power system operations when wind and solar are large contributors to the future energy mix. Photo by Zach Shahan/CleanTechnica.

“Moderate” Is the New “Extreme”: Weather’s Impact on Growing Renewable Grid Operations

How Shifting Our Perception of Extreme Weather Can Aid Planning for a Reliable Wind- and Solar-Rich Power System From severe storms to recent unprecedented cold and heat waves, extreme weather events are impacting electric utilities, grid operators, and ultimately customers like never before. At the same time, the energy sources … [continued]

$95 Million for Water Resources & Ecosystem Health

Albuquerque, New Mexico — During remarks at the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration in Albuquerque today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the availability of up to $95 million through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for projects to bolster water resources, advance ecosystem health and support resilience in … [continued]

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Idalia around 11:35 a.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 29. At this time, Idalia was moving north, and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported wind speeds of about 85 miles (135 kilometers) per hour. Credits: NASA Earth Observatory

Above Average Hurricane Season Predicted

An early forecast of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season predicts an extremely active season. The predictions, released Thursday by the Colorado State University hurricane forecasting team, include 23 named storms, 11 hurricanes, and 5 major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricanes — all of those are well above average over the … [continued]

Winter Storms Have Disrupted U.S. Natural Gas Production

Over the last four winters, winter storms Uri (February 2021), Elliott (December 2022), and most recently, Heather (January 2024) interrupted weekly U.S. natural gas production by more than 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), according to daily estimates from S&P Global Commodity Insights. These declines were the largest interruptions … [continued]

U.S. DOE: $70 Million To Strengthen Energy Sector Against Physical & Cyber Hazards

All-Hazards Energy Resilience Funding Opportunity Will Support Research Projects to Help Make the Nation’s Energy Systems More Secure, Resilient, and Reliable, Bolstering America’s Ability to Quickly Recover from Energy Disruptions WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $70 million in funding to support research into … [continued]