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Like Manchin, Obama tried to fast-track transmission. Nope.

Source: By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2022

President Joe Biden needs to run transmission lines through deserts and over mountains to meet America’s climate goals. His old boss could tell him how hard that massive build-out will be. In 2011, the Obama administration formed the Rapid Response Team for Transmission. It had one objective: to expedite the permitting process for seven major transmission lines across the country. But more than a decade later, only two projects have been finished. The others are in various stages of incompletion. One was abandoned, another is partially done and the remaining three are only now nearing the first scoop of a shovel.

FPL says grid prep paid off in swift post-Ian power revival

Source: By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2022

Florida’s largest electric company has returned power to a majority of its customers after Hurricane Ian tore through the state last week, but it said the storm’s torrential rain and flooding have remained barriers for some of the hardest-hit areas. Florida Power & Light Co. CEO Eric Silagy said over the weekend that past efforts to bury power lines and replace wooden poles with concrete or steel ones paid off. The utility’s transmission structures stood firm, he said, and the underground power system fared better than the poles and wires that remained above ground.

Manhattan’s EV-Charging Sites Now Outnumber Gas Stations 10 to 1

Source: By Hadriana Lowenkron, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2022

Charging an electric car in Manhattan takes a little work — but it’s already much easier than finding a gas station. The borough has about 320 publicly accessible charging locations, according to data from the US Department of Energy, compared with just 29 remaining gas stations, according to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. In other words, Manhattan’s EV-charging sites now outnumber its gas stations more than 10 to one. Gas stations still dominate citywide — 697 across all five boroughs, versus about 520 charging sites — but there, too, the chargers are catching up. 

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda talks about why he isn’t all-in on EVs — and what made him do a ‘happy dance’

Source: By Michael Wayland, CNBC • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2022

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, plans to invest $70 billion in electrified vehicles over the next nine years. Half of that will be for all-electric battery ones. While it’s a substantial investment in EVs, it’s smaller than some competitors’ plans, and not as much as some would like given Toyota’s global footprint. Despite criticism from some investors and environmental groups, Toyoda this past week doubled down on his strategy to continue investing in a range of electrified vehicles as opposed to competitors such as Volkswagen and General Motors, which have said they are going all-in on all-electric vehicles.

This 100% solar community endured Hurricane Ian with no loss of power and minimal damage

Source: By Rachel Ramirez, CNN • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2022

The streets in this meticulously planned neighborhood were designed to flood so houses don’t. Native landscaping along roads helps control storm water. Power and internet lines are buried to avoid wind damage. This is all in addition to being built to Florida’s robust building codes. Some residents, like Grande, installed more solar panels on their roofs and added battery systems as an extra layer of protection from power outages. Many drive electric vehicles, taking full advantage of solar energy in the Sunshine State. Climate resiliency was built into the fabric of the town with stronger storms in mind.

How to implement the climate law? Go on hiring spree.

Source: By Kelsey Brugge, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Federal agencies are posting “helped wanted” signs as the Biden administration tries to quickly hire thousands of people to implement the new climate law. The Department of Energy will need hundreds of new employees, many in its loan office. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, meanwhile, says the IRS plans to hire 5,000 people. And EPA has to staff up the new national green bank.

NY Implements 2035 All-EV Plan After California Clears the Way

Source: By Kira Bindrim, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that the state will follow California in requiring all new vehicles sold by 2035 be zero-emissions, setting in motion the regulatory process to implement a law she signed last year.   The announcement comes one month after The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to adopt Advanced Clean Cars II, which mandates 100% zero-emission and hybrid plug-in vehicle sales in California by 2035. That plan, with an initial goal of 35% sales by 2026, would achieve goals from a 2020 executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. It is expected to ultimately be adopted by the 15 states currently signed onto California’s zero-emission vehicle program, New York among them. 

There’s a Mind-Bending Amount of Solar in the US Pipeline

Source: By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

In its annual review of utility-scale solar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  analyzed data from seven independent system operators and 35 utilities, which together represent about 85% of the nation’s electricity load, to see what’s awaiting connection. It found more than 1 terawatt of potential new power generation or storage capacity that has requested connection to transmission networks. To put that in perspective, the whole world hit 1 terawatt of installed solar capacity earlier this year. 

‘It makes climate change real’: How carbon emissions got rebranded as ‘pollution’

Source: By Kate Yoder, Grist • Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Connecting climate change with something visceral and dangerous brings more immediacy to a problem that’s often seen as unfolding far away or in the future, even though it’s causing suffering now. “Climate pollution” is becoming common on the websites of green groups and atop news stories. “Carbon pollution” has been adopted by the Biden administration, appearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s site, in press releases about cleaning up manufacturing, and in speeches by the president. 

New York begins implementation of 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars and trucks, following California lead

Source: By Robert Walton, Utility Dive • Posted: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

New York has begun the process to implement a 2035 ban on new sales of light-duty internal combustion engine vehicles, following the lead of California regulators who adopted such rules in August. Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, on Thursday directed the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation to develop draft rules requiring a growing percentage of new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission vehicles, beginning with 35% in model year 2026.