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Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

Source: By Peter Eavis and Ivan Penn, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The grid failure after Ida is the latest display of how power companies are struggling to fulfill those obligations as climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather. In California, electricity providers have been forced to shut off power to tens of thousands of customers in recent years to prevent their equipment from setting off wildfires and to reduce energy demand during heat waves. In February, the grid in most of Texas failed during a winter storm, leaving millions of people without power and heat for days.

Lucid Motors beats Tesla in range, going 520 miles on a charge, the E.P.A. says.

Source: By Niraj Chokshi, New York Times • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Lucid Motors, a start-up automaker, has unseated Tesla, the dominant maker of electric cars, as the producer of the electric vehicle that can travel farthest on a single charge. Lucid’s top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Range can drive 520 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday, beating by more than 100 miles the Tesla Model S Long Range, previously the car that could go the furthest on a charge.

House Democrats Float Sweeping Tax Breaks For Clean Power, EVs

Source: By Lee Logan, Inside EPA • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The plan would offer up to $12,500 in consumer tax breaks for an EV purchase, up from a current limit of $7,500. Nearly all of the difference is tied to vehicles made at unionized manufacturing plants, a provision that is already drawing opposition from foreign automakers such as Toyota and Honda. The low-carbon tax breaks are considered a major cornerstone of the climate-related elements of the reconciliation package, with top Democrats suggesting they would complement a proposed $150 billion incentive program to encourage utilities to deploy more clean electricity.

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

Source: By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.
“I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yardwork and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I could never do that with gas-powered equipment.”

Dems’ clean electricity plan could leave out big utilities

Source: By Kristi E. Swartz, Edward Klump, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

The nation’s largest public power utility may be exempt from a $150 billion clean electricity plan under consideration in Congress, stoking concerns that the sweeping energy proposal contains significant loopholes and would hit the sector unevenly. The Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, would not require the Tennessee Valley Authority and several other major utilities to ramp up clean electricity generation because they don’t directly deliver power to homes and businesses, experts say.

Reconciliation bill would slash emissions. But by how much?

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Congress is considering the most aggressive piece of climate legislation in U.S. history, prompting a scramble among interest groups and experts to measure the environmental benefits. Now that House committees have wrapped up their work on the package, these groups are modeling the greenhouse gas emissions impact of the bill’s suite of climate policies. Their early conclusions? The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill would greatly reduce emissions if enacted.

Why some US electric utilities are experimenting with flat-rate pricing

Source: By Michael J. Coren & Tim McDonnell, Quartz • Posted: Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Cell phones. Data plans. Movie and music streaming. Home energy bill? The subscription craze has finally reached electric utilities in the US. At least three companies are testing a new billing model that charges users a flat monthly rate regardless of how much electricity they consume. Utilities are hoping it ushers in the era of a more efficient, greener grid.

What a clean electricity payment plan means for gas, CCS

Source: By Carlos Anchondo, Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Natural gas could still count as a clean power source under House Democrats’ $150 billion clean electricity proposal, but only with the widespread adoption of technologies like carbon capture and storage, according to analysts. Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce committee advanced plans for a Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which would be implemented through the Department of Energy. Under the House proposal, the CEPP would give out grants to electricity suppliers that increase the amount of clean electricity they supply to customers by at least 4 percent over the previous year.

Industry, greens look to woo Manchin on drilling reforms

Source: By Emma Dumain, Heather Richards. E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 16th, 2021

As House committees complete their work this week on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, environmentalists are already preparing themselves for the likelihood that many of their hard-fought climate victories won’t withstand negotiations with the Senate. One set of priorities, however, stands a strong chance of sneaking through, advocates say: a suite of historic overhauls to the federal oil and gas program.

First Major U.S. Offshore Wind-Farm Project Arranges Financing

Source: By Maxwell Adler, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The first major offshore U.S. wind-farm project lined up $2.3 billion in financing with investments by Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and seven other banks. Vineyard Wind LLC plans to commence construction off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard next year and begin delivering electricity in 2023, according to a statement Wednesday. The farm, which will generate enough power to light 400,000 homes, still faces a legal challenge from fishing interests that object to the manner in which federal regulators granted approval.