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EV leader on Biden, DOE and Elon Musk

Source: By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Peter Rawlinson, the CEO and chief technology officer of Lucid Motors Inc., once worked for Elon Musk. But he’s now aiming to take on Tesla Inc.’s dominance of the luxury electric vehicle market. Rawlinson, who previously served as chief engineer at Tesla before joining Lucid in 2013, also says the incoming Biden administration could help his California-based startup by rolling out pro-EV policies.

N.J. takes historic grid step for offshore wind

Source: By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to build a transmission network serving multiple offshore wind farms, after state regulators and grid officials announced a call for proposals for the project yesterday. In an order approved unanimously, commissioners at the Board of Public Utilities asked regional grid operators to help evaluate ideas for an “open-access” system built by a third party that could bundle together power generated by multiple turbine projects and feed it into the onshore grid.

Biden builds White House team 

Source: By Sean Sullivan, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Also joining Biden’s team are Julie Chávez Rodríguez, his former deputy campaign manager, who will become director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. She has worked for Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris and is the granddaughter of labor activist César Chávez. Annie Tomasini will become director of Oval Office operations. She has been Biden’s traveling chief of staff.

The next DOE secretary? ‘This is the guy you want’

Source: By David Ferris, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Arun Majumdar is shaping up as the most influential energy adviser in President-elect Joe Biden’s transition circle. He is heading the Department of Energy’s transition team and is a leading candidate to be its secretary, giving him a prime perch to guide Biden’s energy policy. But who is he and what is his vision for the agency?

New Jersey regulators partner with PJM in offshore wind transmission planning

Source: By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utikity Dive • Posted: Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced on Wednesday it has submitted a solicitation to develop offshore wind transmission solutions in 2021 with the regional grid operator, PJM Interconnection. The new type of solicitation, dubbed as a State Agreement Approach (SAA), is intended to explore new frameworks to advance offshore wind energy, said BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso. The Board unanimously approved the SAA, which requests PJM to incorporate New Jersey’s offshore wind public policy objectives into its transmission planning process starting in the first quarter of 2021, as the state works to add 7.5 GW of the resource by 2035.

Wind industry releases blueprint for Biden

Source: By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The leading U.S. wind energy trade group released a road map yesterday outlining policy steps for the incoming Biden administration, Congress and federal agencies to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The American Wind Energy Association’s 100-day plan for the federal government is centered around four themes: establishing clean energy targets, expanding interstate transmission capacity, expediting federal permitting processes for renewable energy and removing cost barriers for renewables.

New Survey Finds More Countries Turning to Macro Grids to Enable Energy Transition 

Source: By Americans for a Clean Energy Grid • Posted: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

A global survey of Macro Grids conducted by Iowa State University and released today shows countries around the world are scaling up their electric grids in order to tap low-cost domestic and foreign renewable resources, grow their economies, and strengthen security. Sponsored by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid as part of the Macro Grid Initiative, Macro Grids in the Mainstream: An International Survey of Plans and Progress examines whether, and to what extent, other countries are planning and building Macro Grids, defined as a network of ultra-high voltage regional and interregional transmission lines, expansive in geographical scope.

The big climate battle of the Biden era will be natural gas

Source: By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The night Barack Obama claimed victory in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2008, he predicted future generations would look back and say, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” That turned out to be wrong. Earth kept getting hotter, the oceans kept rising, and Donald Trump spent four years undoing many of the clean energy policies adopted by his predecessor.

Boris Johnson unveils plan for ‘green industrial revolution’

Source: By Tim Ross, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Boris Johnson will seek to make good on his promise to boost the economies of neglected regions of the U.K. with investment in thousands of jobs in green industries, under a plan expected to be announced today. Yesterday the prime minister talked his Cabinet through his 10-point plan for “a green industrial revolution,” which will be published this week, his spokesman James Slack told reporters.

Obama memoir traces his climate evolution

Source: By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

“For my constituents, many of whom were working-class, poor air quality or industrial runoff took a backseat to the need for better housing, education, healthcare, and jobs,” he wrote. “I figured somebody else could worry about the trees. “The ominous realities of climate change forced a shift in my perspective.”