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April 27, 2021

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EXCLUSIVE White House backs 2030 milestone on path to net zero grid

By Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:31:36

The White House hopes to capitalize on growing support from U.S. utilities, unions and green groups for a national clean energy mandate by backing efforts to require the U.S. grid to get 80% of its power from emissions-free sources by 2030, according to a senior administration official. A 2030 target would be a milestone on the way to achieving President Joe Biden’s stated ambition of net zero carbon emissions in the grid by 2035. It could also potentially be passed without Republican support through a process called budget reconciliation. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Eminent domain opens doors for fossil fuels — could it do the same for renewable energy?

By Ysabelle Kempe, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:34:09

Electric transmission lines are the wires you see swooping overhead along streets, roads, and open spaces. They carry electricity to homes and businesses across the country. But there’s an obstacle for developers of interstate electric transmission projects: They have to obtain distinct eminent domain privileges in each state they want to build in, making construction of interstate power lines an arduous process. For a project to obtain eminent domain authority, it must serve a public purpose. But what if the electric transmission lines in question are simply carrying energy through the state to power another destination? It could be argued that although the project serves a national public purpose, it doesn’t serve the public interest of residents in the state it will cut through.  [ read more … ]

Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging into America’s Untapped Renewable Resources

By Americans for a Clean Energy Grid  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:32:02

Americans for a Clean Energy Grid released a new report, “Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging Into America’s Untapped Renewable Resources, ” which identifies 22 shovel ready, high-voltage transmission projects across the country that, if constructed, would create approximately 1,240,000 American jobs and lead to 60,000 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy capacity, increasing American’s wind and solar generation by nearly 50 percent. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Moves to Restore California’s Power to Fight Car Pollution

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:32:23

The Biden administration on Monday took a key step toward restoring California’s power to limit greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and overturn a Trump-era policy that pitted the federal government against a state seeking to eventually ban conventional gas-powered cars. The Environmental Protection Agency released a formal notice asking for public comment as it considers restoring a waiver that enables California to mandate zero-emission vehicles and enforce its own stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes. The Trump administration yanked that waiver in 2019.
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States

Governor Inslee open to special session for transportation package

By Jerry Cornfield, The Daily Herald  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:33:00

Gov Jay Inslee on Monday celebrated lawmakers’ passage of two major climate change bills he’s pursued for years. Now, to carry them out, he’s got to get them to do one more thing — agree on a transportation package with a nickel hike in the gas tax. And if it means summoning lawmakers into special session, he’s ready. [ read more … ]

FERC

Key Republican Energy Regulator Looks to Stay Past End of Term

By Dean Scott, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:33:48

A Republican on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who raised eyebrows for delving into carbon pricing is considering staying on after his term expires, amid doubts that a Democratic successor can be confirmed by the end of June. “Here we are in late April, and a successor has not even been nominated yet,” Commissioner Neil Chatterjee told Bloomberg Law, suggesting talk of his June 30 departure from the nation’s key energy regulatory body may be a bit premature. [ read more … ]

States ask FERC to eliminate MOPR, grant more flexibility in pursuing alternatives to PJM capacity market

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:33:29

State unrest within wholesale capacity markets has grown in recent years alongside the rise of clean energy laws and a desire to control local electricity resources. That tension was accelerated by FERC’s decision in 2019 to expand the MOPR, effectively raising the bidding price for state-subsidized resources — largely zero-emissions resources — in PJM’s capacity market. Coastal states in particular fear the MOPR will impact nascent offshore wind industries. [ read more … ]

EVs

France to Help 15,000 Auto Workers Threatened by Shift to EVs

By William Horobin and Tara Patel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:32:38

France unveiled a 50 million-euro ($60.5 million) fund to retrain workers making cast-metal auto parts whose jobs are at risk as the industry shifts to electric vehicles. “The situation of French foundries is worrying,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Monday at a press conference. “Our production is too small, too scattered, and the market position is not the most promising for the coming years.” [ read more … ]

Honda to phase out gas cars, aiming for 100% electric vehicles in North America by 2040

By Nathan Bomey, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2021-04-27 15:33:14

Honda is aiming to sell only electric vehicles in North America by 2040, joining several other automakers that have made similar announcements recently. The Japanese automaker called it a goal, not a commitment, echoing similar language used by its competitors as they leave open the possibility of selling conventional cars for longer. [ read more … ]

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