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January 25, 2021

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Restoring Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump Could Take Years

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:33:51

President Biden, vowing to restore environmental protections frayed over the past four years, has ordered the review of more than 100 rules and regulations on air, water, public lands, endangered species and climate change that were weakened or rolled back by his predecessor. But legal experts warn that it could take two to three years — and in some cases, most of Mr. Biden’s term — to put many of the old rules back in place.
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Wind Energy

Giant Swedish Wind Park Targets Turbines as Tall As Eiffel Tower

By Lars Paulsson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:32:39

he developer of Europe’s biggest onshore wind park in Sweden has its eyes on a new milestone in renewable energy. Svevind AB is working on an unprecedented permit to increase the approved height of wind turbines by a third to 300 meters (984 feet), or almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower. The application for part of the Markbygden wind park will probably be filed later this quarter and the process could take two to three years, said Kristina Falk, the company’s head of environment and permits. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

‘Not slowing down’: Solar will be cheapest power resource in US by 2030: WoodMac

By Emma Penrod, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:32:05

Based on developing technology already in the pipeline, a new report by Wood Mackenzie projects that solar costs will fall another 15-25% over the next decade, potentially making solar the lowest-cost power resource in all U.S. states by 2030. Rapid adoption of solar energy allowed the industry to scale and cut costs much faster than analysts in the early 2010s expected would be possible, according to Ravi Manghani, head of solar research for Wood MacKenzie. [ read more … ]

States

Legislation introduced to establish clean fuel standard in New Mexico

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:33:05

Legislation introduced in New Mexico on Jan. 19 aims to establish a Clean Fuel Standard within the state. The bill is supported by New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. If signed into law, the bill, SB 11, would require a 10 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) from transportation fuels by 2030 when compared to a 2018 baseline. The required GHG reduction threshold would ramp up to 20 percent by 2040.
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EPA

Hometown pollution shaped the next EPA chief

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:31:07

It’s 6 miles as the crow flies from the childhood home of Michael Regan to the shuttered coal plant that helped light up this city of 35,000 people. During the 1980s, the plant’s three coal-fired generators were industrial monoliths on the edge of town, pulsing out nearly 400 megawatts of electric power to Wayne County and east-central North Carolina. It was also when Regan, the first Black man nominated to lead EPA, had his first asthma attacks, a condition triggered by heat, allergens and air pollution. [ read more … ]

Biden to Name Obama Administration Veteran as EPA Chief of Staff

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:31:33

The Biden administration is poised to name Dan Utech, who worked on climate change and energy issues during the Obama years, as the Environmental Protection Agency’s chief of staff. He’s the founder of Climate Strategies, a consulting firm that advises non-governmental organizations on climate change policy and advocacy. Utech, who worked on climate change and energy issues during the Obama years.

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Biden races to reverse Trump on methane

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:34:18

EPA is expected to propose regulations by September that would set new methane standards for future and existing oil and gas infrastructure — including segments of the supply chain the Trump administration tried to exempt. The executive order President Biden signed Wednesday night directed the agency to review standards that EPA finalized last year. Those 2020 standards require leak detection and repair for new and modified oil and gas development.
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FERC

How Richard Glick may drive 100% clean energy plan

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:30:40

President Biden’s decision yesterday to tap Richard Glick as the top federal energy regulator puts the former Senate staffer at the forefront of implementing the administration’s goal of decarbonizing the electric sector in the next 15 years. While some sources said they’re expecting a sea change in policies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Glick, others question if the former energy lobbyist and general counsel for Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will open up the nation’s markets to competition needed to spur renewable deployment.
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PJM, utilities ‘messing with’ state sovereignty is ‘biggest threat’ to climate goals: Maryland commissioner

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:33:30

A Maryland regulator blasted his state’s regional grid operator on Wednesday, blaming it and transmission owners for blocking the state from fulfilling its renewables obligations. Maryland Public Service Commissioner Anthony O’Donnell grilled Matthew Segers, attorney for Exelon subsidiary Delmarva Power, during the agency’s latest administrative meeting, blaming the utility and the PJM Interconnection for renewables interconnection delays that he said are “messing with” states’ rights. The project in question was a 45.9 MW solar array that had to request a three year extension so that its commission authorization wouldn’t expire, because of delays in approving interconnection between the utility and grid operator. [ read more … ]

Climate

Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:34:38

Pete Buttigieg, President Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation, vowed to make climate change a top priority during his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. But that raises a question: How much can a transportation secretary realistically do to reduce emissions from America’s vast fleet of cars, trucks and airplanes — all of which the agency oversees, to varying degrees? [ read more … ]

Kerry: World leaders are failing Paris goals

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-24 15:30:13

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told an international group of business leaders yesterday that every nation has fallen behind in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. His comments marked the first time Kerry spoke as President Biden’s climate diplomat. He addressed the Business 20, a forum used by the global business community to inform the Group of 20, which comprises the world’s biggest economies. [ read more … ]

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