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February 12, 2021

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Gina McCarthy: Expect more climate executive orders

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:20:44

President Biden is likely to issue more executive orders on global warming, said White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy. The former EPA administrator was circumspect yesterday about when those orders might come or what they might entail. But she hinted that Biden isn’t done — even after he launched his presidency with a raft of climate-related orders and actions. “You might see a few here and there,” McCarthy said. “The climate one was certainly one of the most robust that really showed the direction we’re going to take, but there is more to come in terms of opportunities to tell the American people about the actions that we’re taking and that we plan to take and you’ll see those rolling out over time.”
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Wind Energy

Making Wind Turbines Greener Could Also Make Them More Expensive

By Thomas Gualtieri, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:20:23

The world’s biggest wind turbine manufacturers have committed to eliminating their net emissions of greenhouse gases, but reducing the carbon footprint of their production process may mean customers have to bear some of the cost. Global players such as Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, its German-Spanish rival, aim to hit an array of sustainability targets in the next decade. These range from building zero-waste turbines to reducing the emissions of their supply chain, posing the challenge of rising costs in a market where margins are already lean. [ read more … ]

Solar and Wind Are Reaching for the Last 90% of the U.S. Power Market

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:22:04

Three decades ago, the U.S. passed an infinitesimal milestone: solar and wind power generated one-tenth of one percent of the country’s electricity. It took 18 years, until 2008, for solar and wind to reach 1% of U.S. electricity. It took 12 years for solar and wind to increase by another factor of 10. In 2020, wind and solar generated 10.5% of U.S. electricity. If this sounds a bit like a math exercise, that’s because it is. Anything growing at a compounded rate of nearly 18%, as U.S. wind and solar have done for the past three decades, will double in four years, then double again four years after that, then again four years after that, and so on. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden’s Green-Grid Timeline ‘Difficult’, Power Trade Group Says

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:23:14

The Biden Administration’s goal of a carbon-free U.S. electricity grid by 2035 would be an “incredibility difficult situation to handle” for most power companies, according to the head of utility trade group Edison Electric Institute. “We have done some tremendous reduction in carbon emissions, and we will continue to do that,” said Tom Kuhn, president of the institute, during the group’s annual briefing to Wall Street. “There are situations where we have to worry about the reliability and affordability of the system.” [ read more … ]

Hydro Power

Canada plans hydropower push as Biden looks to clean up U.S. grid

By Steve Scherer in Ottawa and Valerie Volcovici in Washington, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:21:34

anada sees an opportunity in U.S. President Joe Biden’s push to achieve a carbon-free electrical grid by 2035: hydropower exports. With Canadian crude exports taking a hit from Biden’s decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Ottawa is increasingly focused on sales of clean energy.
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EVs

Ford, Volkswagen EV Battery Supplier Dealt Setback by Trade Commission

By Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:22:25

A federal trade commission ruled against battery maker SK Innovation Co.096770 2.95% in a case that could disrupt Ford Motor Co. F -3.49% andVolkswagen AG’s VOW 0.66% plans to build electric vehicles in the U.S. The U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent government agency, affirmed Wednesday a judge’s earlier ruling in favor of rival LG Chem, which in 2019 accused SKI of stealing trade secrets related to lithium-ion battery production. SK Innovation has denied the allegations. [ read more … ]

Electric Vehicle Holdouts Fret Most Over Charging Infrastructure

By Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:22:47

Skepticism about charging infrastructure remains a hurdle for the country’s transition to electric vehicles, according to new Morning Consult polling, though consumers’ interest in EV models is growing slowly but surely.  A Jan. 22-25 poll found that the share of U.S. adults who say they are likely to purchase an EV in the next decade (39 percent) is up 6 percentage points since March 2019. Meanwhile, the share of those who say they are unlikely to do so is down to 49 percent from 56 percent. Interest in hybrids has remained steady during the same period. [ read more … ]

Biden’s electric vehicle plans put to test in dispute between battery makers

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-11 14:23:39

The U.S. International Trade Commission is throwing a wrench into President Biden’s electric vehicle plans, restricting a major battery manufacturer from importing some of the hardware at the heart of many emissions-free cars made in the United States. In a decision issued Wednesday evening, the independent agency ruled the battery maker, SK Innovation, was making batteries with trade secrets stolen from one of its competitors, LG Chem. [ read more … ]

 

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