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June 7, 2021

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Despite pandemic, level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hits historic levels

By Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:04:31

Economies worldwide nearly ground to a halt over the 15 months of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a startling drop in global greenhouse gas emissions. But that did little to slow the steady accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which reached the highest levels since accurate measurements began 63 years ago, scientists said Monday. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Farms Show What Biden’s Climate Plan Is Up Against

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:06:57

President Biden wants to catch up fast — in fact, his targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions depend on that happening. Yet problems abound, including a shortage of boats big enough to haul the huge equipment to sea, fishermen worried about their livelihoods and wealthy people who fear that the turbines will mar the pristine views from their waterfront mansions. There’s even a century-old, politically fraught federal law, known as the Jones Act, that blocks wind farm developers from using American ports to launch foreign construction vessels. [ read more … ]

Any way the wind blows

By BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:05:44

Nine East Coast governors from both parties wrote to Biden on Friday to lay out their priorities as the U.S. seeks to expand its nascent offshore wind industry . “To revitalize our aging port infrastructure and deliver a new high-paying offshore wind workforce, we need continued federal leadership to prioritize the development of and provide a predictable long-term plan for the industry,” they wrote. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Infrastructure talks stuck on EVs, clean energy

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:06:02

Frustration is creeping into President Biden’s own climate team as his bipartisan infrastructure talks plod past the White House’s initial deadline and into the summer. Infrastructure negotiations continue today, after Biden on Friday rejected Senate Republicans’ offer of $307 billion in new spending, a $50 billion bump from their last offer. [ read more … ]

Energy chief cites risk of cyberattacks crippling power grid

  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 15:20:39

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday called for more public-private cooperation on cyber defenses and said U.S. adversaries already are capable of using cyber intrusions to shut down the U.S. power grid. “I think that there are very malign actors who are trying,” she said. She added: “Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.” [ read more … ]

Blackouts

Texas Lawmakers Tackle Costs of Winter Freeze, Say More Action Needed

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:05:11

Texas lawmakers passed measures meant to stabilize the state’s power market in the wake of the deadly February freeze, but many legislators and others agree a broader overhaul is needed to keep it stable. The measures require power-plant owners to take steps to ensure their fleets can function during extreme cold snaps. They also direct state agencies to map critical infrastructure, and provide financial support for several large electricity cooperatives and retail electricity providers that purchased power at astronomical prices during the four-day freeze. [ read more … ]

EVs

Start me up: ‘car guy’ Joe Biden accelerates push to turn America electric

By Daniel Strauss, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:06:19

“The future of the auto industry is electric. There’s no turning back,” Biden said. “The question is whether we will lead or we will fall behind in the race to the future.” The proposed $174bn investment in electric vehicles represents the biggest ever White House push from fossil-fuel based vehicles and toward battery-powered cars. The Biden administration has made environmentalism and sustainability a key pillar to its job creation efforts, and the president wants to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicles on the road and the infrastructure for manufacturing them. [ read more … ]

ChargePoint CEO Sees Electric Pickups Winning Over Americans

By TT News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:04:50

The largest vehicle charging network in the U.S. is counting on electric pickup trucks to finally win over American drivers for EVs. ChargePoint Holdings Inc. CEO Pasquale Romano expects many businesses that maintain fleets of pickups will switch to electrics in the next few years, because they’re cheaper to maintain. And the workers driving those fleets will get hooked on their performance, Romano says.
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When The Power Grid Runs Low, Your EV’s Battery Could Help

By Rachel Morison, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:05:26

The Nissan Leaf sitting in Paul Kershaw’s driveway outside Cambridge, England, might look like just another car, waiting for its driver to take it for a spin. But the electric vehicle has been more than a means of transportation. It’s also powered appliances, streetlights and other grid-reliant machinery in the neighborhood. The exchange of power is part of a trial launched in 2019 by Ovo Energy Ltd., the U.K.’s second biggest energy supplier. When Kershaw heard about the program, he applied to be one of 330 people to register his car as an energy-storage device. [ read more … ]

Fiat plans to become an EV-only automaker by 2030

By K. Holt, Engadget  •    •  Posted 2021-06-07 16:07:12

Fiat is the latest automaker to announce a move entirely to electric vehicles by 2030. The company plans to phase out combustion engine vehicles starting in 2025. “It is our duty to bring to market electric cars that cost no more than those with an internal combustion engine, as soon as we can, in line with the falling costs of batteries,” Fiat CEO Olivier François said. “We are exploring the territory of sustainable mobility for all: this is our greatest project. Between 2025 and 2030, our product line-up will gradually become electric-only. This will be a radical change for Fiat.” [ read more … ]

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