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December 22, 2020

Top Story

U.S. federal spending bill includes funding to combat climate change

By Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 04:15:26

The bill providing coronavirus aid and funding the U.S. government approved on Monday contains measures to address climate change, including limiting the use of a potent greenhouse gas in refrigerants and extending tax incentives for wind and solar energy. The bill marks the first time in 13 years that Congress used energy policy to tackle global warming – an issue President Donald Trump has eschewed while denying the scientific consensus that industrial activity and fossil fuel use are causing climate change. Senate Democrats hailed the legislation’s climate provisions as a good start. [ read more … ]

Year-end deal includes major energy, environment wins

By Geof Koss, Jeremy Dillon and Emma Dumain, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:21:22

While negotiators largely sidelined energy issues during months of stalled talks on COVID-19 relief, a number of significant energy and environmental provisions will hitch a ride on the year-end agreement set to passed yesterday. House and Senate leaders yesterday announced they had reached a deal on a $1.4 trillion fiscal 2021 spending omnibus, pandemic relief legislation and a number of major items that will ride along. Final text had yet to be released by publication time. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind turbines fed record power flow to U.K. grid on Friday

By William Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:07:23

Wind turbines generated a record amount of U.K. power on Friday as the growing number of turbines at sea take advantage of the windy conditions off the coast. The record production is a glimpse of the future as the U.K. seeks to push $27 billion of investment to quadruple offshore wind capacity to help the country eliminate its carbon footprint by the middle of the century. It’s also a welcome respite for grid managers, who had to fire up natural gas plants during the relatively windless conditions prevailing since the start of November. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Incoming EPA chief vows ‘sense of urgency on climate’

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:08:13

“Growing up as a child, hunting and fishing with my father and grandfather in eastern North Carolina, I developed a deep love and respect for the outdoors and our natural resources, but I also experienced respiratory issues that required me to use an inhaler on days when pollutants and allergens were especially bad,” said Regan during his introduction by President-elect Joe Biden in Wilmington, Del. There’s little question where the lung-searing pollution came from. The 382-megawatt H.F. Lee Plant was one of Duke Energy Corp.’s baseload coal burners. It spewed millions of tons of carbon dioxide and other criteria air pollutants every year since its opening in 1951. [ read more … ]

Granholm faces monumental DOE clean energy challenge

By Lesley Clark and Peter Behr, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:07:01

Joe Biden’s selection of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) as Energy secretary positions the department as a central driver of the president-elect’s efforts to bring U.S. power sector emissions to zero by 2035. Energy analysts warn that truly ambitious climate action will require legislation. But even if the Georgia Senate runoffs in January leave the U.S. Senate in Republican control, Granholm and the Department of Energy will still hold potentially powerful tools to drive a clean energy agenda, particularly on two fronts, analysts say. [ read more … ]

New Trade Association

The new renewables group in town

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:06:40

Heather Zichal is hoping that with the new American Clean Power Association, the renewable energy industry can speak with one voice and become a bigger lobbying power in Washington, at a time when the incoming Biden administration will be looking for ways to boost clean energy. Zichal, who advised President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign and served as a top climate official in the Obama White House, joined the American Clean Power Association as its CEO earlier this month. The trade group, an expansion of the American Wind Energy Association, formally launches Jan 1. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

Meet the ‘hydrogen home’: Is it key to a 100% clean grid?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:07:50

A major gas utility is developing a “hydrogen home” to showcase how the fuel could help California achieve its clean energy goals. Southern California Gas Co. plans to build a model home equipped with solar panels, a home battery and an electrolyzer that will convert solar power to green or carbon-free hydrogen. It will also contain a hydrogen fuel cell that can convert hydrogen back to electricity.
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Climate Litigation

Climate wars sweep courts as Biden eyes bold emissions cuts

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:09:09

Courtroom battles over climate change raged across the country — and around the world — as legal experts continue to grapple with the role of the judiciary in addressing rising global temperatures. Climate litigation shows no sign of slowing, even as the United States prepares to welcome a president to the White House who is expected to usher in policies aimed at reducing emissions of planet-warming gases. [ read more … ]

Coal

‘No sign that coal is going to fade away quickly’

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:09:34

Global demand for coal is projected to increase 2.6% next year due to rising consumption in Asia and an anticipated spike in electricity use worldwide, a report from the International Energy Agency said Friday. Next year’s coal rebound — following an unprecedented decline in demand this year because of the pandemic — will be short-lived, and not significant enough to overtake 2020’s reduction in demand, IEA said. Coal demand in 2021 is still expected to be lower than it was in 2019 and could be even lower than expected if some of IEA’s assumptions are incorrect, the organization said in its “Coal 2020” report. [ read more … ]

EVs

Michigan grants awarded for more electric vehicle charging stations

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-12-21 15:08:42

More electric vehicle fast-charging stations are coming to Michigan. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said more than $448,000 in grants have been awarded for six new charging locations and three expansions of previous projects. [ read more … ]

 

 

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