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December 18, 2019

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Eastern States Introduce a Plan to Cap Tailpipe Pollution

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-12-18 04:16:04

A coalition of twelve mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday released a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation, tackling what has fast become the largest source of planet-warming gases. More than a fifth of the United States population would be affected by the plan, which sets a cap, to be lowered over time, on the total amount of carbon dioxide that can be released from vehicles that use transportation fuels, like gasoline and diesel fuel. Under the program, which could start as early as 2022, fuel companies would buy allowances from the states, either directly or on a secondary market, for every ton of carbon dioxide their fuel will produce. The states then put the proceeds toward efforts to reduce carbon emissions from transportation, including investment in trains, buses, and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.
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Wind Energy

N.Y. board OKs large wind farm despite local prohibition

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-12-17 15:19:36

A New York board has approved plans to build a 27-turbine wind farm despite a new local law intended to block the project. The state’s Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment approved the 124-megawatt Calpine wind farm in eastern Broome County yesterday. It’s the fourth wind farm approved by the board in the past four months, representing 577 megawatts of renewable energy generation. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. is losing the solar race. Can big batteries help?

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-17 15:18:27

It’s an open question how the United States fits into the booming future of solar energy growth. And it’s one that might interest the next president. Sharply falling solar prices coupled with the near-dominance of Chinese companies among the globe’s largest makers of modules are reviving an issue that the U.S. has worried about for decades: Will it have energy independence in a world where another nation controls the market? This time it’s not about oil, but electricity harvested from the sun. [ read more … ]

Climate

We Need a Massive Climate War Effort—Now

By KEVIN DRUM, Mother Earth  •    •  Posted 2019-12-17 15:19:04

Let’s start with the good news. About three-quarters of carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels for power, and we already have the technology to make a big dent in that. Solar power is now price-competitive with the most efficient natural gas plants and is likely to get even cheaper in the near future. In 2019, Los Angeles signed a deal to provide 400 megawatts of solar power at a price under 4 cents per kilowatt-hour—including battery storage to keep that power available day and night. That’s just a start—it will provide only about 7 percent of electricity needed in Los Angeles—but for the first time it’s fully competitive with the current wholesale price of fossil fuel electricity in Southern California. [ read more … ]

FERC

Happy birthday and thank you, O2K (Order 2000)!

By James J. Hoecker, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-12-17 15:18:45

Two decades ago, on Dec. 20, 1999, a divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission crossed its collective fingers in hopes that the patchwork of largely state-regulated electric transmission providers could be persuaded to coalesce around uniform, independent, and regional management of transmission infrastructure plans and wholesale electric markets in the U.S. In retrospect, it’s remarkable that Order No. 2000 — a rulemaking that “encouraged” (but did not compel) formation of Regional Transmission Organizations, or “RTOs” — would prove so transformative for most large power markets across the country. [ read more … ]

EVs

Cybertruck ‘stunt’ stirs debate about Tesla’s EV strategy

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-17 15:18:08

Tesla Inc. said last week that its first electric pickup truck would likely be heavier than many anticipated, raising questions about the product’s commercial viability and the company’s electric vehicle strategy. The revelation came after a Twitter post from Tesla CEO Elon Musk in late November depicting a Cybertruck and a smaller Ford F-150 chained together from the rear and facing in opposite directions, then accelerating at the same time. Many assumed that meant the two cars were of similar weight, with the Tesla being a stronger model. And details released by Tesla suggested that the Cybertruck would be able to haul more weight in its bed and cabin — or towed in a trailer behind it — than most versions of the F-150.
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