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June 2, 2020

Top Story

E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:38:25

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that it had limited states’ ability to block the construction of energy infrastructure projects, part of the Trump administration’s goal of promoting gas pipelines, coal terminals and other fossil fuel development. The completed rule curtails sections of the U.S. Clean Water Act that New York has used to block an interstate gas pipeline, and Washington employed to oppose a coal export terminal. The move is expected to set up a legal clash with Democratic governors who have sought to block fossil fuel projects. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Power Will Soon Cost Less Than Coal

By Mahmoud Habboush, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:43:43

New solar and wind farms will soon cost less than many of the world’s coal-fired power plants, and governments should invest in them to boost economies amid the coronavirus, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Coal plants with a capacity of up to 1,200 gigawatts will probably be more expensive to run by next year than new, large-scale photovoltaic solar plants, said the organization, which advises countries on curbing their use of fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

China’s Solar Giants Slash Prices as Virus Curbs Demand

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:41:41

Chinese manufacturers that dominate nearly every step in the global solar power supply chain are being forced to slash prices as the coronavirus disrupts projects around the world. Costs for components like wafers and cells have fallen by as much as 20% since the start of the year. They likely haven’t bottomed out yet, either, as the outlook for demand remains uncertain and new mega-factories threatens to add supply [ read more … ]

Climate

Emissions guru on the virus, improbable CO2 goals and cars

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:42:55

When you start to think about policies that inject cash into the economy, particularly if they’re infrastructure, there is a pretty important opportunity here to put that cash into the right place. We could build a massive road and employ so many people and whatever, but that might have negative consequences further down the track. Saving a fossil industry that was struggling already versus supporting renewables, which are not being hit as hard — they’ve been hit of course, but not as hard. There’s plenty of opportunities to nudge things in the right direction. [ read more … ]

Florida judge rejects children’s climate change lawsuit, citing ‘political’ issue

By Zachary T. Sampson, Tampa Bay Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:44:14

A Tallahassee judge on Monday ordered the dismissal of a climate change lawsuit brought by eight children who wanted to argue the governor and other top state leaders have promoted pollution that imperils their chances of living in Florida in the future. “I still believe in my heart of hearts that the people through their elected representatives will eventually get this climate thing right,” said Leon County Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll. But he rejected the case before it could go to trial because he said it delved into matters better left for the Legislature. “We can’t rely on judges to be dictators of public policy because, at the end of the day, a dictator in a black robe isn’t any better than a dictator in a suit or in a military uniform.” [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Bill

House Democrats to unveil green infrastructure bill this week

By Maxine Joselow and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:42:31

Based on conversations with about 20 senators from both parties in recent weeks, however, Carper said “almost everyone” is interested in surface transportation, water infrastructure and deployment of broadband in rural areas — an issue that has gained prominence during the pandemic. “I think there’s a way, there’s actually a need, to do all of those,” Carper said. “And I’ve talked to enough senators now, Democrat and Republican, to believe that there’s some goodwill and some strong bipartisan interest in seizing the day.” [ read more … ]

FERC

PJM affirms preferred auction dates

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:43:19

Grid operator PJM on Monday filed a second compliance proposal with FERC to implement the agency’s December 2019 order to limit the participation of renewable and nuclear energy in the 13-state market. The grid operator wrote that it stands by its proposal to hold its long-delayed capacity auction by March of next year, but said it would need FERC to approve this and an earlier compliance filing quickly to meet that timeline. [ read more … ]

EVs

In California, Tesla Model 3 outsells Civic, Corolla, Accord, Camry

By Bengt Halvorson, Green Car Reports  •    •  Posted 2020-06-02 15:41:22

The top-selling car in California is now an electric car, and it’s one that was designed, engineered, and built there: the Tesla Model 3. According to the quarterly update released on Thursday by the California New Car Dealers Association, the Model 3 outsold the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in the state from the start of the year through March. Tesla still ranks quite a bit behind all those mass-market nameplates on a U.S. basis. According to Automotive News data, Tesla sold an estimated 180,000 Model 3s in the U.S. in 2019, while both the Civic and Corolla added up to more than 300,000 each.  [ read more … ]

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