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Just 4% of North American Car Production Is Electric

Source: By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

For those with their hearts set on buying an electric car, here’s the critical math: Somewhere around one quarter of US drivers want one, but just 4% of the vehicles coming out of American factories fit the bill.  North American factories stamped out 7.4 million cars and trucks in the first half of this year, but only 323,000 of them were battery-powered, according to BloombergNEF and market forecaster LMC Automotive. That calculus is contributing to the dearth of affordable electric options, and means it will likely be years before everyone in the US with EV dreams is able to realize them. 

Biden Tells Oil Companies ‘Bring Down Prices You’re Charging’

Source: By Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

While US gasoline prices have come down from the highs seen this summer, they’re clearly still weighing on President Joe Biden, who on Monday repeated demands for oil companies to charge less. “Last month, the price of oil worldwide is down,” Biden said at a meeting of the White House Competition Council. “We haven’t seen the lower prices reflected at the pump, though. Meanwhile, oil and gas companies are still making record profits — billions of dollars in profit.”

Build a Better Floating Wind Turbine and Win $7 Million from the Department of Energy

Source: By John Fialka, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

The Energy Department is launching a new contest to lure U.S. companies into the business of designing and building floating wind turbines for offshore areas. The contest offers a combination of $5.75 million in prizes plus up to $1.1 million worth of assistance from Energy Department laboratories. The goal is to encourage businesses and inventors to design mass-produced platforms called “floaters.” In doing so, the Biden administration is looking to address a major hurdle in offshore wind energy.

U.S. approves 50 states’ EV charging plans

Source: By David Shepardson, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) said it has approved the electric vehicle charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington and Puerto Rico covering about 75,000 miles of highways.
The November 2021 $1 trillion infrastructure bill provides $5 billion to help states install EV chargers along interstate highways over five years. States now have access to more than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers, USDOT said. The White House announced earlier this month it had approved 35 state plans.

Will the Inflation Reduction Act spur clean energy manufacturing in the US? Tax experts say yes.

Source: By Emma Penrod, Utility Dive • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

After several false starts, the Inflation Reduction Act may finally be the policy to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., tax experts speaking at RE+ said. Multiple companies have already announced plans for new production facilities or expansions within the U.S., aiming to take advantage of both the anticipated boom in demand for solar and wind components and the lucrative tax credits offered within the new law.

Dodging Blackouts, California Faces New Questions on Its Power Supply

Source: By Ivan Penn, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

Despite adding new power plants, building huge battery storage systems and restarting some shuttered fossil fuel generators over the last couple of years, California relies heavily on energy from other states — the cavalry rushing over a distant hill. Sometimes the support does not show up when expected, or at all. That was the case this month, when millions of residents got cellphone alerts urging them to cut their energy use as the state teetered close to blackouts in blazing heat. As climate change makes extreme weather events more frequent, the peril has only increased.

For China’s Auto Market, Electric Isn’t the Future. It’s the Present.

Source: By Daisuke Wakabayashi and Claire Fu, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

While other E.V. markets are still heavily dependent on subsidies and financial incentives, China has entered a new phase: Consumers are weighing the merits of electric vehicles against gas-powered cars based on features and price without much consideration of state support. By comparison, the United States is far behind. This year, the country passed a key threshold of E.V.s accounting for 5 percent of new car sales. China passed that level in 2018.

Oil industry seeks SCOTUS lifeline amid mounting setbacks

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

The Supreme Court is poised to decide whether to wade into another fight between fossil fuel producers and nearly two dozen U.S. cities, states and counties suing the industry for climate change damages. At issue Wednesday — as the Supreme Court holds its first conference of a new term — is if the court will take up the industry’s request to move from state to federal court lawsuits that seek to hold fossil fuel producers financially liable for climate change.

Landowners ask Supreme Court to curb pipeline eminent domain

Source: By Niina H. Farah, E&E News • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

Months after the Supreme Court ruled against EPA’s authority to craft broad power plant regulations, landowners are asking the justices to place similar limits on pipeline developers’ ability to acquire private property for their projects. Cletus and Beverly Bohon, along with others living in the path of the Mountain Valley pipeline, filed a petition on Sept. 15 asking the justices to weigh in on a narrow question with broad repercussions for the landowners’ bid to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from delegating eminent domain power to companies that build natural gas infrastructure.

Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up

Source: BY: ROBERT ZULLO, Nebraska Examiner • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2022

Thirty states and Washington, D.C., have active renewable or clean energy requirements, and three other states have voluntary renewable energy goals, per the National Conference of State Legislatures. And major corporations — from Amazon, Target and Microsoft to Boeing and Google — are also increasingly becoming major green power consumers. That collective momentum has led to a flood of renewable energy development — thousands of projects, billions of dollars in capital and thousands of jobs — but getting that electricity to customers is more complicated than just building solar panels and wind turbines.