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February 9, 2021

Top Story

The Battery Is Ready to Power the World

By Russell Gold and Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:03:16

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries were first commercially used in hand-held camcorders in 1991. Laptops soon followed. A decade later, batteries enabled the rise of tech titans such as Apple Inc. by powering smartphones and wearable devices, then made their way into electric vehicles. The basic technology throughout remained pretty much the same: Lithium ions move through a liquid from the cathode to the anode, and back again. This, however, was just the beginning. After a decade of rapidly falling costs, the battery has reached a tipping point. No longer just for consumer products, it is poised to transform the way the world uses power. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Farms, Big in Europe, Could Boom in U.S. Under Biden

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:01:34

Developers of offshore wind farms, long awaiting their moment in the U.S., are pushing the Biden administration to cut through red tape that has for years stymied the industry’s domestic growth. President Biden signed an executive order last month directing the Interior secretary to identify steps to double offshore wind production by 2030, part of an effort to deploy more renewable energy to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Senate Democrats are getting ready to push climate proposals

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:04:25

Senate committee leaders are now coming up with ways to curb global warming in everything from the tax code to farming, after Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told them climate would be a top priority amid a broader infrastructure push this spring. “As the Biden administration prepares a whole-of-government approach to combating climate change,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, “the Democratic majority will pursue a whole-of-Senate approach as well.” [ read more … ]

Markey and clean energy standard

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:05:06

The Massachusetts senator also said he wants Democrats to pursue a clean energy standard over carbon pricing in their push for climate legislation. “[M]y view is that sector-wide solutions like a clean energy standard can help enact the Biden campaign promise of moving toward 100 percent carbon-free electricity sector by 2035,” he said. “And there’s a strong case to be made that this policy proposal can be done through reconciliation. It’s effective, it’s endorsed by the Biden campaign, [and] it polls very well. And I think it should be our starting point for climate negotiations, not a carbon tax.” [ read more … ]

How long can EPA nominee’s romance with GOP last?

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:05:46

if Wednesday’s confirmation hearing was any indication, it was a calculated one. News coverage that evening extolled Regan’s bipartisan bonadfides and talents as a “listener” and “consensus builder,” at a time Biden has made clear he intends to begin the contentious process of shifting the country away from oil and other fossil fuels. Regan, the top environmental regulator in North Carolina, was not only introduced by his state’s two GOP senators but spent much of the first half hour of his confirmation hearing exchanging grins with Republicans as he promised his door would be open to everyone. [ read more … ]

Markets

Coal-Fired Power Took a Beating During the Pandemic, Study Finds

By Veronica Penney, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:06:15

The share of energy generated from coal has dropped more sharply during the coronavirus pandemic than that of any other power source, according to a new report on Monday that looked at coal demand in some of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The shift away from coal power had a significant impact on global emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide, the researchers said, and could lead to an acceleration of the global shift toward renewable energy. [ read more … ]

EVs

The $2.1 Billion Case for Building a Federal EV Fleet

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:04:44

f President Joe Biden’s administration is going to replace the entire federal vehicle fleet with fully electric vehicles, as promised, it will need trucks and vans — lots of them.  An analysis of Uncle Sam’s garage found an aging, expensive crush of big rigs — some 645,000 vehicles in all,  almost two-thirds of which are trucks. Another 9% of the fleet is vans and buses. If U.S. automakers want to cash in on a federal fleet overhaul, they would be wise to accelerate efforts to electrify their largest models; none of these large models has been electrified — at least not at scale. [ read more … ]

Electric vehicles could be ‘imperfect substitutes’ for gas-powered cars, new study suggests

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:05:24

Electric vehicles are being driven about half the distance of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, according to new a new paper from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). That means policymakers may be underestimating the costs of going fully electric, according to the authors. The study combined hourly electric meter readings with address-level EV registration records in California, and found the purchase of an EV raised a household’s electricity consumption by just 2.9 kWh/day — indicating an average EV is driven about 5,300 miles annually. According to EPIC, that’s less than half of the U.S. fleet average. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Task Ahead for Biden on Climate

By The Editorial Board, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-08 15:03:51

The president’s pitch to Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is that a credible climate plan will create the jobs the pandemic has destroyed, and many more. Let’s hope it works. In the meantime, it seems enough to celebrate what, as if in a fairy tale, has appeared in the White House: a president who cares about the climate and other environmental issues, who has gathered around him serious people, who has determined to follow science where it leads and who will try to do good and useful things. [ read more … ]

 

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