👋 Hello and happy new year!
Energy News Weekly may have taken the holidays off, but the stream of clean energy news didn’t. So we’re bringing you everything you may have missed over the last week, with a special focus on 2022’s biggest clean energy developments and what to expect in the coming year.
✅ It’s easier being green in 2023: Individuals can now take advantage of Inflation Reduction Act incentives for heat pumps, rooftop solar, and electric vehicles. (Washington Post)
📈 Time for a rebound? Supply chain disruptions and trade restrictions stalled wind and solar deployment in 2022, but industry projections suggest federal incentives could spark a rebound this year. (Canary Media)
🔦 Learning from power outages: U.S. grid regulators are examining the fallout from a wave of extreme cold that knocked out power to more than 1.6 million U.S. customers over Christmas weekend and raised urgent questions about grid reliability. (E&E News, States Newsroom)
⚡ Grid attacks on the rise: The U.S. power grid saw more reported physical and computerized attacks in the first eight months of 2022 than the whole year before — a count that doesn’t include December incidents in North Carolina and Washington. (Politico)
🌊 Offshore wind’s big year: Offshore wind is set for major expansion this year, with construction to start on two East Coast projects and the opening of Pacific waters likely to spur the advancement of floating offshore wind technology. (Canary Media)
🏭 Fossil fuels’ cleanup job: Oil and gas companies look to clean up their operations with geothermal installations and offshore wind farms, potentially prolonging the fossil fuel industry’s life. (Politico, Guardian)
⚠️ Climate disasters: The U.S. experienced 15 weather disasters costing more than $1 billion in damage last year, as of mid-December, more than doubling the country’s average in the decades before 2017. (Washington Post)
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