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March 25, 2021

Top Story

Biden’s dilemma: Land for renewables

By Peter Behr and Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:28:16

“We are not going to sustain a transition on the scale, magnitude and pace required to get to net zero unless we have in effect a social compact — an agreement that is commonly shared across the country that this [is] something we fundamentally need to do,” Jenkins said. “If we do that, I think that will change the way we approach infrastructure in this country. If we continue the ways we have of last several decades … I don’t think we’re going to get anywhere close to the pace required.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The race to install wind

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:27:25

Global wind power growth will need to triple over the next decade to stay on a net-zero pathway and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to a report today from the Global Wind Energy Council . [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden to unveil multi-trillion dollar plan targeting power grids, other infrastructure next week

By Joe Bousquin, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:24:45

President Joe Biden will unveil his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan next week in Pittsburgh, the White House announced Wednesday. The president will travel to Pittsburgh to make the announcement on March 31. Details of the plan are still being worked out, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. [ read more … ]

Renewable-Energy Backers Want 10-Year Tax Credits in Biden Plan

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:25:35

The clean energy industry is rushing to hitch a ride on President Joe Biden’s emerging infrastructure plan, lobbying for a decade-long extension of coveted tax credits as the White House drafts a recovery proposal that could top $3 trillion. Lobbyists for the industry want to attach the long-term extension of credits used by the wind, solar and other industries, to the plan — a windfall that would be worth billions of dollars if successful. [ read more … ]

Carbon Tax Sidelined in Biden’s Push on Climate, Taxes

By Greg Ip, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:25:06

There is no more effective way for President Biden to meet his aggressive climate goals than a carbon tax. The timing seems ripe: his Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, has been a prominent advocate. Big business has flipped from opponent to proponent. Republican opposition is no longer monolithic. But a carbon tax lacks support where it matters most: with Mr. Biden and the Democratic base. Progressive Democrats claim a carbon tax and its close cousin, cap-and-trade, are unfair to the poor and racial minorities. And a carbon tax appears to conflict with Mr. Biden’s promise not to raise taxes on any household earning less than $400,000 a year. [ read more … ]

Biden ‘Moratorium’ on Oil Leasing Targeted by GOP-Led States

By Erik Larson and Tripp Baltz, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:25:58

More than a dozen Republican-led states sued the Biden administration over a climate change initiative they claim would effectively ban oil and gas leases on federal land. President Joe Biden’s Jan. 27 executive order entitled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad violates federal law by sidestepping honest debate on whether the “speculative” benefits of the plan outweigh the financial cost to states, Wyoming said in a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court. A similar suit was filed separately by more than a dozen states led by Louisiana. [ read more … ]


New Mexico legislative session ends without passing LCFS bill

By OPIS  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:26:28

A bill that would have established a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in New Mexico failed to pass the Legislature before lawmakers adjourned for the year last week. The measure (S.B. 11) would have required a 10% reduction in transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2018 levels by 2030 and a 28% reduction by 2040. [ read more … ]

Los Angeles now has a road map for 100% renewable energy

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:31:24

Los Angeles is one of the last places in California still burning coal for electricity — and if all goes according to plan, it could become one of the country’s first major cities to nearly eliminate fossil fuels from its power supply. In a first-of-its-kind study commissioned by the city and released Wednesday, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded L.A. is capable of achieving 98% clean energy within the next decade and 100% by 2035, meeting one of President Biden’s most ambitious climate goals. And it can do so without causing blackouts or disrupting the economy, the federal research lab found, undercutting two of the most common arguments used by opponents of climate action. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politcs

Senate Democrats plan to employ an obscure legislative tool to reinstate an Obama-era climate change rule.

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:27:02

Senate Democrats plan to deploy an obscure but powerful legislative weapon in the coming weeks to try to quickly reinstate a major Obama-era climate change rule that the Trump administration had effectively eliminated. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, is expected next month to invoke the 1996 Congressional Review Act with the goal of undoing a Trump rule finalized in September that lifted controls on the release of methane, a powerful planet-warming gas that is emitted from leaks and flares in oil and gas wells. [ read more … ]

Yellen Puts Climate on First Financial-Stability Meeting Agenda

By Christopher Condon and Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:30:54

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will preside over her first meeting as head of the Financial Stability Oversight Council on March 31, with climate change on the agenda of the cross-agency body’s initial gathering under the Biden administration. The public portion of the agenda includes “climate change and its potential impacts on financial stability,” according to a Treasury statement on Wednesday. The private part of the gathering will address “hedge fund activity and open-end mutual fund performance during the Covid-19 crisis,” the Treasury said.
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Texas Fallout

Shawnee Mission School District hit with $1.6M gas bill after February cold snap

By xKyle Palmer, Shawnee Mission Post  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:24:07

The Shawnee Mission School District has been hit with a $1.6 million natural gas bill for the month of February. That single month’s total is nearly three times what the district budgeted for natural gas costs for the entire 2020-21 school year.
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Texas blackouts may bring winterization mandates from FERC, shape federal spending priorities

By Jasmin Melvin, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-03-25 15:27:53

Policy activity on grid resilience has seen an uptick in the month since an Arctic blast left millions of Texans without power for days, and the federal policy response could bring new requirements for generator winterization and inform stimulus and infrastructure spending priorities, a Washington insider said March 24. The federal response starts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel for Advanced Energy Economy, said during an AEE-hosted webinar on the policy fallout from the Texas blackouts. [ read more … ]




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