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EV sales to hit all-time high in 2022, IEA says, but more work needed to put world on net-zero path

Source: By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC • Posted: Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Electric vehicle sales are on course to hit an all-time high this year, but more work is needed in other sectors to put the planet on course for net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency. In an announcement accompanying its Tracking Clean Energy Progress update, the IEA said there had been “encouraging signs of progress across a number of sectors” but cautioned that “stronger efforts” were required to put the world “on track to reach net zero emissions” by the middle of this century.

Manchin permitting bill release fails to appease skeptics

Source: By Jeremy Dillon, George Cahlink, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Manchin’s proposal would expand the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority over transmission permitting and allow the Department of Energy to designate certain projects for an expedited process. The language is a potential plus for Democrats who want to improve the electric grid’s ability to distribute renewable energy across the country. “I continue to support it because I believe that transmission is going to be one of the biggest challenges in the deployment of clean energy,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). The clean energy transition “won’t work if transmission lines take 15 years to permit,” Schatz said.

Oil wish list or renewables boost? Manchin bill may be both

Source: By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Manchin’s proposal could also lead to the construction of more fossil fuel projects, producing more greenhouse gas emissions and blunting attempts to green the U.S. economy. It would expand a program aimed at expediting federal permitting reviews to include offshore oil leases and approve the Mountain Valley pipeline, which would carry natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia. Whether the proposal can survive the House and Senate is an open question. The bill has scrambled traditional political alliances. Republicans and progressive Democrats are opposed. Clean energy developers are supportive. Most, though not all, environmentalists are against it.

Biden meets with U.K. leader under cloud of climate skepticism

Source: By Scott Waldman, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

The British Prime Minister is staffing the highest ranks of her new government with officials who reject climate science. Since becoming Liz Truss earlier this month, Truss has pledged to reverse a 2019 fracking ban and approved a large expansion of oil and gas leasing. She stepped into the role amid an energy crisis, fueled by skyrocketing natural gas prices as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Concerns about climate change were threaded through the speeches of other world leaders at the U.N. this week, but Truss only commented on “energy security” during her meeting with Biden.

Illinois grapples with implementing 100% clean energy law

Source: By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Years of lobbying and debate over Illinois’ energy future culminated a year ago when Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, making the state the first in the Midwest to put into law a 100 percent carbon-free electricity goal. The bill signing outside of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium was celebrated as crossing the finish of a political marathon. In truth, the moment also marked the start of longer and more grueling race — implementing the ambitious new law.

N.J. sets East Coast’s largest offshore wind target

Source: By David Iaconangelo, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

New Jersey plans to build more offshore wind than any other East Coast state, with a new target of developing 11 gigawatts by 2040. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy established the new goal in an executive order Wednesday. It’s nearly a 50 percent increase over the state’s previous target of developing 7.5 GW — to power about 3.2 million homes — by 2035. The new goal also leapfrogs over New York’s target of 9 GW. Only California has declared it will develop more offshore wind, with a goal of 25 GW by 2045.

An EV With 600 Miles of Range Is Tantalizingly Close

Source: By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

CATL, one of the world’s leading makers of EV batteries, has announced that its next-generation battery has a range of 621 miles and will debut early next year. The battery will be installed in two models made by Zeekr, a Chinese brand which is not yet available in the United States. The ability to go 621 miles, or 1,000 kilometers, on a single charge is much more than the models that now lead the U.S. market in battery range: the Lucid Air, with 520 miles, and the Tesla Model S, with 405 miles.

‘We want to … get those EVs in the state as soon as possible:’ Wash., Mass. vow to adopt Calif. car plan

Source: By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

Massachusetts and Washington will soon mandate the end of gas-powered passenger vehicle sales within their borders by the 2035 model year, state officials said Tuesday. The actions were expected following California’s precedent-setting move in August, which under the Clean Air Act enabled 17 other states and the District of Columbia to adopt the same standards in lieu of less restrictive federal requirements. 

Quit Big Oil: Our health is a stake

Source: By William Becker, The Hill • Posted: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

What do cigarettes and oil have in common? The answer: Both are deadly, but the industries that produce them covered up the risks to continue profiting from Americans’ addiction to their products. Both actively promoted their products even though their own scientists warned them about the dangers. Executives from both industries denied any wrongdoing while testifying before Congress.

Kigali climate treaty clears Senate hurdle

Source: By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

The Senate cleared a procedural hurdle Tuesday afternoon before moving to ratify the international climate deal to phase down the use of potent greenhouse gases stemming from refrigerants and air conditioning units. The chamber voted 64-30 to close debate on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which targets hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). It would be the first climate treaty to clear the Senate in decades. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a final vote could occur as soon as Wednesday.