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August 5, 2019

Top Story

Senate committee unanimously approves $1 billion for EV, natural gas and hydrogen fuel infrastructure

By Max Witynski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-08-05 04:32:07

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously Tuesday morning to advance a broad bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes funding for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is working to bring it before the full Senate this fall. S. 2302, the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act, earmarks $1 billion in funding for competitive grants to support the development of fueling infrastructure for electric, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The bill also directs federal agencies to transition their vehicle fleets to hybrid-electric, electric and alternative fuels within a year of enactment. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Feds launch wind tariff probe; AWEA warns of ‘bottlenecks’

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-05 04:30:46

The federal government has launched a preliminary investigation into implementing wind tariffs, prompting the industry’s largest trade association to warn that new fees would double the pain caused by existing tariffs on Chinese steel. The 1,000-member American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) made its case in testimony before the International Trade Commission (ITC) last week. It said the tariffs — requested by a coalition of tower manufacturers last month — would reverberate across the industry, raising the cost of wind power, dampening investment and causing cancellations of new projects. [ read more … ]

Record amount of wind under construction in the US

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-08-05 04:31:12

There was a record amount of wind farms being developed across the U.S. in the second quarter of this year, according to a report released Thursday. The 41,801 megawatts of wind capacity currently under construction represents a 10% increase over the level of activity this time last year, the American Wind Energy Association said, with strong demand from businesses and utilities. [ read more … ]

Car rules rollback threatens auto jobs in swing states — report

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-05 04:31:31

The Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era clean car standards could prevent automakers from adding thousands of new jobs in states that backed Donald Trump in the 2016 election, according to a new report. Dialing back the car rules “would result in between 89,000 and 202,000 of tomorrow’s jobs lost or foregone,” states the report from the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups. [ read more … ]

States sue over reduced fuel economy penalties

By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-05 04:31:49

A coalition of states is taking the Trump administration to court for cutting penalties automakers must pay when they fall short of fuel efficiency standards. California, New York and other states led by Democratic attorneys general filed suit today in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration broke the law when it slashed the penalty rate. [ read more … ]

 

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