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September 17, 2020

Top Story

It’s Not Just the West. These Places Are Also on Fire.

By Veronica Penney, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-17 04:07:37

Wildfires are devastating the American West, but the United States isn’t the only place on Earth that’s burning. This year, other countries have also experienced their worst wildfires in decades, if not all of recorded history. In each case, the contributing factors are different, but an underlying theme runs through the story: Hotter, drier seasons, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, have made the world more prone to erupt in flames. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The Solar-Powered Future Is Being Assembled in China

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-09-15 15:28:43

On a recent morning in central China, workers in blue jumpsuits and white masks placed clamps around a bar of shiny metal and fed it into a powerful cutting machine. The bar was an ingot made of polysilicon, a heavily refined cousin of the same material that makes up sand. Inside the cutter, it was sliced into thousands of small squares slightly larger than a CD case and thinner than a thumbnail. These wafers would then be shipped on to other factories to be infused with conductive elements such as phosphorous and boron, then wired into cells and assembled into panels—the base unit of solar energy generation. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Midwest Grid Operators Seek to Unlock Clean Energy Transmission on the ‘Seam’

By Jeff St. John, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:29:18

The U.S. Midwest has massive wind power potential, and it’s a growing target for solar power projects as well. What it lacks is the transmission capacity to carry that clean energy to market — a costly problem compounded by convoluted transmission planning rules that have held back gigawatts of wind projects over the past few years.  That’s how Beth Soholt, executive director of the Clean Grid Alliance, describes the challenge for Midwest renewable energy developers, utilities and grid operators trying to expand the region’s clean energy resources. “Our fundamental problem is a lack of transmission capacity,” she said. “We need more wire.” [ read more … ]

States

Pa. regulators advance plan to join RGGI

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:26:24

Pennsylvania regulators yesterday approved plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon cap-and-trade pact among Northeastern states, despite the Republican-controlled Legislature’s attempts to thwart the move. The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB), controlled by appointees of Gov. Tom Wolf (D), voted 13-6 to approve a draft rule that would limit carbon emissions from power plants. The proposal now moves to the state Office of the Attorney General for review and is open for public comment until Nov. 30. [ read more … ]

Climate Cases

Mounting climate cases expand Big Oil’s legal battlefield

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:28:08

Climate lawsuits against the oil industry are popping up in courts across the country, and experts see this month’s succession of new filings from state and local officials as a sign of more to come. Environmental advocates often compare the growing body of climate misinformation suits to litigation against the tobacco industry, which eventually forced four major cigarette companies to amend their advertising campaigns and shell out more than $206 billion over 25 years to 46 states, five territories and the District of Columbia under the terms of a 1998 master settlement agreement. [ read more … ]

Methane Rule

Greens sue to stop Trump methane rule

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:26:59

A coalition of 10 conservation groups is taking the unusual step of asking a federal court to immediately throw out EPA’s rollback of 2016 regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decides not to grant a summary vacatur of the rule, the Environmental Defense Fund and other challengers are asking for the rule to be put on hold, pending the court’s decision in the case. [ read more … ]

Fall Energy Issues

6 energy battles to watch this fall

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:26:03

Federal judges across the country are poised to take on a slew of cases with important implications for pipelines, power plants, and oil and gas leasing — just as the country prepares for the possibility of a new president with a markedly different energy agenda. Blue-state leaders and conservation groups say they are watching to see if the judiciary will help lay the groundwork for that potential policy shift.
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FirstEnergy

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission launches investigation into FirstEnergy Corp.

By John Caniglia,  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 15:38:03

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into FirstEnergy Corp. in a separate probe of the company tied to the $60 million bribery scandal involving House Bill 6, records show. The examination became public in a lawsuit the company and a consulting firm filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland against a former employee of the firm who accessed financial information about the Akron-based utility. [ read more … ]

House Energy Bill

Coming to a house floor near you

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:28:35

House Democrats unveiled a nearly 900-page clean energy package on Tuesday, teeing up floor consideration for the measure next week. The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, H.R. 4447 (116), “fulfills House Democrats’ promise to invest in the creation of high-paying jobs by making America a global leader in clean energy,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer(D-Md.) said in a statement. In her own statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the measure’s focus on research and development to “unleash a clean energy revolution.” [ read more … ]

EVs

EV Hummer’s hook for buyers: ‘Crab mode’

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:27:37

General Motors Co. will reveal next month its electric Hummer, a new, battery-powered version of the once-popular truck capable of driving diagonally in a bid to lure off-roaders into the EV market. The company released a teaser video for the Hummer yesterday that promoted the vehicle’s “crab mode” diagonal feature, “enabled by the GMC Hummer EV’s four-wheel steering capability,” the company said. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

‘It’s a setback.’ Trump’s climate denials worry Republicans

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:27:46

The Republican Party has spent several years crafting a climate message that moves the GOP away from its denier past. President Trump blew that apart this week. As fires rage along the West Coast and Hurricane Sally threatens to pound the South, Trump openly embraced conspiracy theories that reject basic tenets of climate science. [ read more … ]

‘Nothing to Do With Climate Change’: Conservative Media and Trump Align on Fires

By Michael M. Grynbaum and Tiffany Hsu, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-09-16 16:28:59

Rush Limbaugh told millions of his radio listeners to set aside any suggestion that climate change was the culprit for the frightening spate of wildfiresravaging California and the Pacific Northwest. “Man-made global warming is not a scientific certainty; it cannot be proven, nor has it ever been,” Mr. Limbaugh declared on his Friday show, disregarding the mountains of empirical evidence to the contrary. He then pivoted to a popular right-wing talking point: that policies meant to curtail climate change are, in fact, an assault on freedom. [ read more … ]

 

 

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