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April 19, 2021

Top Story

Power companies urge Biden to implement policies to cut emissions 80% by 2030

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:23:45

A group of U.S. electricity companies wrote to President Joe Biden saying it will work with his administration and Congress to design a broad set of policies to reach a near-term goal of slashing the sector’s carbon emissions by 2030. Washington should implement policies, including a clean energy standard, or CES, to ensure the electricity industry cuts carbon emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2030, the group of 13 power interests, including generators Exelon Corp, PSEG and Talen Energy Corp, said in a letter to Biden. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Wants the U.S. to Lead on Climate Action, But the World Needs Proof

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Will Wade and Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:16:49

President Joe Biden aims to prove to the world this week that the U.S. has rejoined the international fight against climate change by vowing cuts in greenhouse gas emissions that are both ambitious and achievable. Whether those cuts will be either ambitious enough to reassure skeptical alliesor achievable given myriad domestic obstacles is far from a sure thing. [ read more … ]

U.S., China Say They Will Cooperate to Tackle Climate Change

By Dominic Lau and Philip Heijmans, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:19:47

The U.S. and China are committed to cooperating to tackle climate change, they said in a joint statement after meetings between senior envoys last week that were held amid rising geopolitical tensions between the two countries. The two nations will work together and with other parties to support implementation of the Paris Agreement and to promote a successful United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow later this year, they said. [ read more … ]

Green New Deal

Progressive Lawmakers to Unveil Legislation on Energy and Public Housing

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:20:37

Top liberal lawmakers are set to unveil legislation on Monday that would modernize the public housing system and start a transition to renewable energy, offering a clear policy marker for progressives as Democrats haggle over the details of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and how to push it through Congress. The introduction of the legislation, led by Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, is the first of multiple proposals from progressive lawmakers as they seek to influence a $2.3 trillion infrastructure overhaul to address climate change and economic inequities. [ read more … ]

States

Washington State Lawmakers Pass LCFS Bill, Program Could Start by 2023

By Jordan Godwin, OPIS  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:19:04

After nearly a decade of trying, Washington state could finally get its low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The state Senate latest week  passed the bill (HB 1091) by a 27-20 margin, with two excused, just days before Sunday’s deadline to pass bills from the opposite side of the Legislature. The bill – which would create an LCFS program in the state beginning no later than the start of 2023 – now faces further negotiation before it heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, a climate advocate who has long made it a priority to establish a program [ read more … ]

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:21:01

Washington state lawmakers passed a bill last week setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California. The target is not a firm mandate and is contingent on the state adopting a tax on vehicle miles traveled, a measure to help pay for new transportation infrastructure, according to the text of the bill. [ read more … ]

Texas Blackouts

Texas energy companies push back against Berkshire Hathaway’s $8 billion plan for backup power

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:19:30

An $8.3 billion idea by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy to build 10 new natural gas power plants across the state for emergency use turned into formal legislation Thursday, when the proposal was introduced during a state Senate committee hearing. Berkshire executives, who pitched the plan to lawmakers in the weeks following February’s deadly winter storm, said revenue for the massive project would come through an additional monthly charge on Texans’ power bills. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden wants to build 500,000 EV charging stations. Where will they all go?

By Shannon Osaka, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-04-19 15:21:29

As the Biden administration prepares to push his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal through Congress — which includes a $174 billioninvestment in electric vehicles — one part of that ginormous plan has been overlooked. The U.S. currently only has about 115,000 gas stationsand 41,000 charging stations across the entire country, meaning that EV stations will have to match — and then quickly overtake — stations dispensing America’s longtime favorite fuel. Even with sufficient funding, where are those half a million new stations going to go? [ read more … ]

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