The Missouri Supreme Court ruled in favor of Clean Line Energy Partners on Tuesday, ruling that the state Public Service Commission wrongly rejected its $2.3 billion, 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project. Clean Line President Michael Skelly says it will resume work on the project and hopes to get it up and running by 2023 or 2024, pending regulatory approval.
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority is expected to host its first request for proposals to add 800 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in the fourth quarter of the year. Ultimately, New York seeks to add 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has agreed to serve as a brand ambassador for NRG Energy for a second consecutive year. NRG operates 14 micro wind turbines and a solar array at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Duke Energy has canceled a request for proposals to add 500 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the Midwestern US due to a lack of transmission and other concerns, says spokesman Randy Wheeless. "We were thinking there would be better transportation methods than there are," adds Wheeless.
Swiss oil trader Vitol and UK investment firm Low Carbon have launched a new investment fund that will stimulate renewable-energy development in Europe. VLC Renewables has about 200 million euros, about $233 million, in initial funding and will focus on both land-based and offshore wind projects.
Clean-energy investments and jobs are important for Michigan and central to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, according to El-Sayed's "Renew Michigan" plan. He has also expressed support for helping the state achieve 100% renewables.
Ontario, Canada, has nixed 758 contracts with renewable-energy projects, including a number of wind farms that were very early in the development process. Greg Rickford, provincial minister of energy, mines, northern development and indigenous affairs, says the decision will save ratepayers money.
Ethanol production in the US reached an average of 1.033 million barrels per day, down by 34,000 barrels per day when compared with the previous week and marked a seven-week low, per government data. Meanwhile, the four-week average declined to 1.059 million barrels per day.
The Cas9 enzyme that stays bound to the DNA cut point, which subsequently blocks the DNA repair process, causes random failures in the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing process, revealed a study published in the journal Molecular Cell. "Uncovering the mechanism behind this phenomenon helps us better understand how Cas9 interactions with the genome can cause some editing attempts to fail and that, when designing a genome editing experiment, we can use that understanding to our benefit," lead study author Ryan Clarke said.
Using synthetic biology to create products can "make things in a way that's more sustainable or ethically sourced than usual," said Christina Agapakis, creative director of Ginkgo Bioworks. Agapakis noted that "thinking about competition with what it's trying to replace" is one of the biggest issues with scaling synthetic biology projects.