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May 2, 2021

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White House says clean energy standards work. Is that true?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:37:01

“It’s working very well in states that have utilized it,” White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy told reporters earlier this month. “We think it’s one of the best methods to actually get the [emissions] reductions we’re looking for with a level of certainty.” Groups ranging from the centrist think tank Third Way to the grassroots Sunrise Movement have thrown their weight behind the administration’s push. “A CES will cut the soot and smog threatening our health and the carbon pollution driving the climate crisis,” the Natural Resources Defense Council wrote on a blog this month.Supporters of clean energy standards also say they have worked to bring low-emissions resources online at the state level and cut emissions. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

A Bet 20 Years Ago Made It the Exxon of Green Power

By Stanley Reed and Raphael Minder, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:35:53

In the winter of 2015, three directors of a Connecticut electric company met with a potential acquirer: a determined Spanish utility executive named José Ignacio Sánchez Galán, who surprised them with a bold vision for America’s utility industry. “He was very clear then that he saw the U.S. as having enormous potential in renewable energy,” said John L. Lahey, who was chairman of the company, United Illuminating. “This guy six years ago was already way ahead of where the U.S. was.” [ read more … ]

Wind Power Giant’s Profit Hit by Rocks on the Seabed

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:34:38

Building power plants in the middle of the sea was never going to be easy. The world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms Orsted A/S has found that some of its cables connecting to wind farms have been damaged by scraping against rocks on the seabed and will need to spend as much as 3 billion Danish kroner ($489 million) to fix them. It’s part of the growing pains for the offshore wind industry that’s become one of the fastest-growing sources of electrici [ read more … ]

As Indian Point Goes Dark, New York Races to Swap Nuclear With Wind

By Eric Roston and Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:34:56

One of the pair of active nuclear reactors within blast radius of Manhattan made a federal safety watch-list back in 1993. That’s when regulators cited Unit 3 at the Indian Point Energy Center for leaky coolant pipes and faltering engineering support. Shortly thereafter a control-room operator tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. But none of that helped activists’ long quest to turn off the nuclear plant. Up until Friday, when Indian Point’s final reactor will be shut down, dogged opposition from environmentalists and safety advocates failed for decades to shut it down permanently. The two reactors produced about 2.1 gigawatts of power for nearly 45 years—enough to meet a quarter of demand from New York City, without emitting greenhouse gas.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Chinese Solar Firm Plans Tours to Rebut Forced Labor Claims

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:34:18

U.S.-listed Daqo New Energy Corp. has fired back at allegations that forced labor is used at factories in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang, saying it will soon let investors see for themselves. The company will invite as many as 50 analysts and investors to visit the plant in mid-May, said He Ning, director of investor relations at the polysilicon manufacturer, which has a facility outside Urumqi that Bloomberg reporters visited in March without being allowed inside. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden is pledging steep carbon cuts – but isn’t explaining how he got there

By ZACK COLMAN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:36:39

White House officials have said the ambitious target to reduce U.S. emissions of planet-heating gases by 50-52 percent by 2030 was built on a rigorous analysis that laid out the pathways to success. But nearly a week later, no one outside the administration seems to have seen it. Several Republican, Democratic and committee offices on Capitol Hill told POLITICO they had not been briefed by the Biden administration nor have they received any detailed explanation of how the White House plans to achieve the goal President Joe Biden unveiled ahead of the summit he convened with dozens of world leaders. [ read more … ]

FERC

BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS: New FERC chair making changes ‘at warp speed’

By S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:35:24

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick has sought to smooth tensions with states whose varied clean energy policies have come into conflict with the nation’s mandatory power capacity markets. In its natural gas project work, FERC has begun to elevate considerations of climate change, environmental justice and community impacts, at times rattling pipeline companies worried about the permanence of its decisions supporting projects. “Glick is attacking everything. He is at warp speed right now,” said Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen, rattling off multiple policy initiatives, rulemakings and workshops on the gas and power agenda. [ read more … ]

EVs

Carper urges tough US rules barring gas-powered cars by 2035

By HOPE YEN and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-05-02 10:36:13

A top Senate Democrat is urging U.S. anti-pollution standards that would follow a deal brokered by California with five automakers and then set targets to end sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal that reaches farther than President Joe Biden’s climate plan. In a letter sent late Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, says the administration must move forcefully in the auto sector to achieve Biden’s plan of slashing America’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
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