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April 7, 2021

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EPA Chief Vows Tougher Tailpipe Rules by July, Unwinding Trump’s

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:45:55

The Biden administration is on track to propose by the end of July new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases from automobiles that are strong enough to meet “the urgency of the climate crisis,” according to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “We need to go as far as we can to meet the demands of the day,” Regan said in an exclusive interview Tuesday with Bloomberg News. “The science indicates we have a short window in time to reverse the path that we’re on and mitigate against certain climate impacts.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Farm With the Wind

By Matthew Wilde, Progressive Farmer Crops Editor  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:42:49

Corn pours into Kelly Nieuwenhuis’ combine grain tank this past fall as 20-plus mph winds keep two MidAmerican Energy wind turbines spinning in his field. The northwest-Iowa row-crop farmer, in effect, is harvesting two revenue streams, but the latter is a stable source. “For the last four years, the turbines were the most profitable part of my farm,” Nieuwenhuis claims as he maneuvers his combine around the base of one of the 262-foot towers. “I wish I had 10 of them.” [ read more … ]

Nuclear, coal, oil jobs pay more than those in wind, solar -report

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:46:15

Workers in nuclear energy and fossil fuel industries earn higher wages than those in renewable energy sectors like wind and solar that are the focus of President Joe Biden’s plan to stimulate the U.S. economy and combat climate change, according to an analysis published on Tuesday. The report comes a week after Biden’s administration rolled out a $2 trillion plan that includes billions to boost the market for clean energy technologies and create good-paying jobs while stripping away subsidies for fossil fuels. Its findings underscore the challenges here the United States will face replacing the quality of jobs lost in a move away from coal and oil. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Standard

Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Faces New Hurdle in Senate Rules

By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:43:35

Democratic aspirations for approving legislation along party lines received a boost on Monday when the chamber’s parliamentarian indicated that lawmakers could use the procedure multiple times in one fiscal year. But even if Democrats can employ the process more frequently, measures passed through reconciliation will still need to comply with a number of Senate rules, including that they have a direct impact on the budget. Those rules could mean that several provisions in the plan, including labor rules and a clean electricity standard, may have to be removed from or amended in the final legislation, according to lawmakers and aides. [ read more … ]

Grid growing pains

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:44:07

President Joe Biden is pushing for a net-zero emission power sector by 2035, and revamping the nation’s grid is a major priority for his massive infrastructure proposal. Greater connections across the country could help regions out of a pinch in disasters like this year’s Texas winter storm, as well as transmit renewable energy to consumers thousands of miles away. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

EPA’s New Chief Gets to Work on Climate Goals—and Hiring Scientists

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:44:30

President Joe Biden has promised to put the U.S. on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that also turns around decades of environmental injustice, in which poorer and non-White communities have carried a heavier burden from pollution. Meeting both goals will go through Michael Regan, the new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency. Before he even begins pursuing what he terms an “aggressive climate agenda,” Regan faces the daunting task of rebuilding an agency left in disarray by the previous administration. The EPA spent the past four years demoralized and belittled, with an exodus among rank-and-file staff. That means hiring hundreds of scientists just to fill vacancies. [ read more … ]

Jeff Bezos Backs Corporate Tax-Rate Increase and Infrastructure Plan

By Sebastian Herrera, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:46:42

Mr. Bezos made his support public in a memo Tuesday. Amazon has faced scrutiny over its workplace policies and some criticism from members of Congress over what they view as low tax payments. Mr. Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan centers on fixing roads and bridges, expanding broadband internet access and boosting funding for research and development. “We recognize this investment will require concessions from all sides—both on the specifics of what’s included as well as how it gets paid for,” Mr. Bezos wrote. He said Amazon was “supportive of a rise in the corporate tax rate” and said the company looked forward to seeing the U.S. government’s progress on the plan.
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FERC

FERC seeks more input on PJM capacity market construct, possible reforms

By Jasmin Melvin, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:45:17

Following up on discussions during a technical conference in March, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking additional input on capacity market constructs as state policies are increasingly affecting resource entry and exit, including whether new market rules could be implemented in PJM Interconnection without delaying its December capacity auction. Grid operators and stakeholders for the most part supported doing away with minimum offer price rules, as currently constructed and imposed on capacity markets in the Eastern regional transmission organizations, during a March 23 commissioner-led technical conference, the first in a series planned to help modernize electricity market design. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S. Forecasts Highest Summer Fuel Prices Since 2018

By Andres Guerra Luz, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:45:39

Drivers eager to get back on the road more than a year into the pandemic will face the highest summer gasoline prices since 2018, according to a U.S. government report. Prices at the pump will average $2.78 a gallon from April to September in the U.S., more than 30% higher than last summer. While Covid-19 will continue to affect petroleum markets this summer, more vaccinations combined with U.S. fiscal stimulus will support the economic recovery and drive demand growth, the Energy Information Administration said in its annual Summer Fuels Outlook report on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

EVs

US electric car incentive is rumored to increase to $10,000 in program reform

By Fred Lambert, Electrek  •    •  Posted 2021-04-07 14:44:54

The US federal government is currently looking to include a ramp-up of investments in electrification as part of a massive infrastructure bill. It’s unclear how the money will be spent, but we are now hearing that the electric car tax credit could increase to $10,000. As part of the summary, the administration confirmed that they are planning to reform the EV incentive program, which today consists of a $7,500 tax credit on new electric vehicles up to a 200,000-unit limit per manufacturer. [ read more … ]

 

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