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May 25, 2021

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‘Time to move on’: Infrastructure talks near collapse

By BURGESS EVERETT and MARIANNE LEVINE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:53:29

Washington’s bipartisan infrastructure talks may soon look a lot like its cicada population: squashed after staggering around haplessly. Senate Republicans negotiating with the White House sounded dour notes on Monday evening and are mulling whether to even make a counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s proposal last week. Democrats are increasingly calling for Biden to consider going it alone rather than see the GOP water down his agenda. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How futuristic floating wind turbines might ride the waves

By Justine Calma, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:55:12

While they hold a lot of potential, the floating behemoths have so far been too costly to deploy at commercial scale. And because they’re floating, they also face a barrage of technical challenges that turbines fixed to the seabed don’t have to weather. GE hopes to solve some of those problems through advanced turbine controls that it’s developing alongside consulting firm Glosten. They’re pairing this with their largest turbine model, which is nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument combined. [ read more … ]

Wind power sets new record in the UK

By Renews.biz  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:55:50

UK wind energy set a new record on 21 May meeting almost two-thirds of electricity demand, according to preliminary data from National Grid ESO. Between 2am and 3am on 21 May wind power met 62.5% of demand (16.3GW), National Grid ESO said. [ read more … ]

Fishermen fear encroachment from offshore wind projects

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:56:29

Fishermen in Connecticut and along the northeastern U.S. coastline who have struggled to survive in the face of regulations meant to rebuild stocks of cod, flounder and other species say they are facing another threat — offshore wind projects. Some say they are not opposed to green energy projects, but that they want more input on the projects’ potential effect on their business.
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Commentary

No, we don’t need ‘miracle technologies’ to slash emissions — we already have 95 percent

By By Mark Z. Jacobson, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:54:24

In sum, we have 95 percent of the technologies we need today and the know-how to get the rest to address both energy and non-energy emissions. As such, no miracle technology, particularly carbon capture, direct air capture, modern bioenergy or modern nuclear power, is needed.  By implementing only clean, renewable WWS energy and storage and implementing non-energy strategies, we will address not only climate, but also the 7 million annual air pollution deaths worldwide and energy insecurity. None of the “miracle technologies” addresses all three. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Exclusive: Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to U.S. miners

By Ernest Scheyder and Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:54:51

U.S. President Joe Biden will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, part of a strategy designed to placate environmentalists, two administration officials with direct knowledge told Reuters. The plans will be a blow to U.S. miners who had hoped Biden would rely primarily on domestically sourced metals, as his campaign had signaled last autumn, to help fulfill his ambitions for a less carbon-intensive economy. [ read more … ]

States

Ohio bills would let township boards block wind and solar power

By Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:54:00

An Ohio Senate committee is set to take up a proposal Tuesday that would give townships unprecedented control over wind and solar siting decisions. The latest version of Senate Bill 52 would prevent wind or solar companies from applying to build projects unless townships first set up an “energy development district.” As few as 50 people in the smallest townships could force a referendum on the districts, and local boards would be able to veto projects even after they are approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board. [ read more … ]

FERC

Glick on FERC cyber rules, climate and ‘common decency’

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:52:59

Glick is seeking to make it easier to build new high-voltage transmission lines that can transport renewable energy across the country — without increasing costs for ratepayers — and to establish new rules for the commission. A FERC meeting last Thursday turned combative when Commissioner James Danly, a Republican, proposed adding an eleventh-hour amendment to two orders, something Glick said hasn’t been done “in at least 14 years” (Energywire, May 21). Danly defended the move as appropriate, but Glick said he hopes to prevent similar last-minute changes in the future. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford CEO: Electric Vehicle Demand Will Transform Industry

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:55:32

A new electric version of Ford’s immensely popular F-150 pickup truck might just be the catalyst that hastens America’s transition from gasoline to battery-powered vehicles. Jim Farley, the company’s new CEO, calls the introduction of an electric version of the nation’s top-selling vehicle a watershed moment for Ford as well as for the auto industry. The new truck, called the F-150 Lightning and due in showrooms by next spring, will be able to travel up to 300 miles. [ read more … ]

First in me: Where the EVS are

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:56:10

Roughly half of U.S. auto manufacturing plants are either constructing electric vehicles or are planning to do so by 2025, according to a study released today by Third Way, a shift that affects over 4 million jobs tied to the American automotive sector. But many of those jobs could be at risk if American manufacturers don’t bolster their EV production and match competition from China and Europe. [ read more … ]

Blackouts

After Blackouts, Texas Moves to Make Power Plants Weatherize

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-25 15:52:34

Texas lawmakers advanced a sweeping and potentially costly measure that would require power plants and some gas facilities to prepare for extreme winter weather as part of an effort to avoid a repeat of February’s energy crisis. The Texas House of Representatives on Monday gave final approval to a billrequiring power generators and critical gas infrastructure to make upgrades enabling them to function during freezing temperatures. It’s unclear how much the upgrades would cost power and gas companies, but violators would face a minimum penalty of $5,000 a day. In extreme cases, fines could reach $1 million. [ read more … ]

 

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