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June 10, 2021

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Peak Internal Combustion Engine May Already Be Years Behind Us

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:02:58

Porsche has managed to grow its sedan market with a new model, but the competition between its incumbent and its new entrant is also crystal clear. The electric Taycan could push its combustion-engine sibling to the brink—too small a market to be worth a model refresh. It’s a competition, in miniature, that the global auto market will soon face across the board. All of its growth is electric, and at a certain point, that growth comes at the expense of combustion engine sales.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind vs. solar: What wins the job race?

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:00:44

While President Biden’s clean energy goals promise to create a wind power ecosystem on the East Coast, his plans could fall flat without a massive retraining effort, a report warns.
Heaping clean energy onto the electric grid would reshape the nation’s labor market, a new report says, creating a broad jobs rally, reinvigorating unions and creating a wind power ecosystem on the East Coast to rival that of solar on the West Coast. But without a massive retraining effort, a shortage of workers could become a big brake. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind power in Gulf of Mexico? Possibility for areas off Mississippi, other states

By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:01:06

President Joe Biden’s administration wants to know whether offshore wind companies want to move into the Gulf of Mexico. The agency that oversees offshore leases will publish a request for interest Friday in the Federal Register, for areas off Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, the Interior Department said Tuesday. Those areas are largely in shallower waters where many wells have played out rather than the deep seas where the Gulf’s offshore oil and gas industry is now focused. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Global supply chain squeeze, soaring costs threaten solar energy boom

By Muyu Xu, Emily Chow and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:02:38

Global solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labor, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives and analysts interviewed by Reuters. The situation suggests slower growth for the zero-emissions solar energy industry at a time world governments are trying to ramp up their efforts to fight climate change, and marks a reversal for the sector after a decade of falling costs. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Collapse of Infrastructure Talks Puts Climate Action at Risk

By Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman and Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:03:20

The collapse of negotiations between President Biden and Senate Republicans for an infrastructure bill has complicated the prospects for another priority of the administration: fighting climate change. Embedded in the president’s infrastructure proposal were billions of dollars to help pivot the country away from the fossil fuels that are generating the pollution that is heating the planet.
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Biden pitched a bold climate vision. He may be watching it die in Congress.

By MICHAEL GRUNWALD, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:03:41

President Joe Biden clearly wants to be a climate president. He’s set ambitious climate targets. He’s assembled a team of passionate climate wonks and activists. He’s announced a “whole of government approach” to the climate crisis, followed by a drumbeat of aggressive executive actions. He’s also proposed extraordinary climate investments in his infrastructure plan, and an hour rarely goes by without an administration official urging Congress to pass it. [ read more … ]

States

Renewable energy transmission project in New Mexico to boost ‘clean power’ exports

By Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 14:59:30

Federal land managers moved forward with a transmission project that could bring renewable electricity from rural New Mexico to markets in Arizona. The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project would originate in Torrance County south of Albuquerque and would transport up to 4,500 megawatts (MW) of energy west into Arizona, terminating in Pinal County, Arizona south of Phoenix. The line was intended to bolster renewable energy resources, allowing power generated in New Mexico to be sold in Arizona. [ read more … ]

NC Gov. Cooper sets ambitious targets, the state’s first, for offshore wind development

By Adam Wagner, The News & Observer  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:01:28

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has announced the state’s first-ever targets for offshore wind energy development as part of an executive order, the latest in a series of steps to move the still-fledgling industry forward. North Carolina’s newly announced targets are 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and 8 gigawatts by 2040. Meeting the goal of 8 gigawatts by 2040 would power about 2.3 million homes with offshore wind, according to a press release from Cooper’s office. [ read more … ]

EVs

G-7 Eyes Ambitious Shift to Electric Cars and Away From Oil

By Alberto Nardelli and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:01:46

Group of Seven leaders are discussing ambitious plans to shift the balance of car buying away from gasoline to greener vehicles by the end of the decade, as part of a package of measures to combat climate change. Under one proposal contained in a document seen by Bloomberg, G-7 governments would “strive” to ensure that the majority of all new passenger car sales are not petrol or diesel-powered “by 2030 or sooner.” Countries are divided on how specific the measures should be.
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EVs won’t hit net-zero by 2050 without policy support, report says

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:02:10

Passenger electric vehicles across the globe are expected to rise from the 12 million currently on the road to 54 million by 2025 — but that trajectory is not enough to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in the transportation sector by 2050, according to a new report from BloombergNEF released Wednesday. Falling lithium-ion battery prices, improvements in technologies and expanding infrastructure are set to transform the auto industry over the coming decades, but further policy action such as tighter fuel economy standards is required to achieve a net-zero global fleet by mid-century. [ read more … ]

Blackouts

Texas Renewables Defy GOP Backlash With $20 Billion in Projects

By Josh Saul and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Green  •    •  Posted 2021-06-10 15:00:12

Four months after the failure of the Texas electric grid sparked a backlash against clean power, investors and developers have decided just what the state needs: more renewable energy. Much more. Texas is on pace to have as much green-power development in coming years as the next three states combined, according to the American Clean Power Association, a Washington-based trade group. Projects totaling 15 gigawatts — equal to the total electrical capacity of Finland in 2019 — are under construction or in advanced development, more than double three years ago. That’s according to data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or Ercot, the state’s grid operator. [ read more … ]

 

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