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June 16, 2021

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Democrats to Biden: No climate provisions, no vote for infrastructure deal

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:36:38

Two Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they would not vote for an infrastructure bill that omits key measures aimed at combatting climate change, putting pressure on the White House to abandon attempts to secure a bipartisan package. President Joe Biden has been focused on getting a sweeping infrastructure bill passed in Congress that would revamp the nation’s roads and bridges while also accelerating a rapid U.S. shift toward clean energy. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Industry Calls for Ban on Old Turbine Blades in Landfills

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:39:02

Europe’s wind-power industry is calling for an end to one of the dirtiest parts of its business. Countries across Europe should ban old turbine blades from going into landfills by the middle of the decade, industry group Wind Europe said Wednesday. While wind power is helping to cut emissions, the turbines can become a source of waste. Most parts of the structures — such as the steel towers and rotors — can be recycled, but not the blades, which comprise glass or carbon fibers and a sticky resin that can’t currently be broken down and reused. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Supply chain constraints are starting to hit the solar industry, SEIA says

By David Wagman, PV Magazine  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:36:59

Increased commodity prices and delivery delays are beginning to affect portions of the U.S. solar industry, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie in their Solar Market Insight Report for the first quarter. The report said the most significant impact of the current supply environment is on utility-scale projects that are under development. Developers are approaching offtakers to renegotiate their power purchase agreements (PPA) in an effort to increase prices or relax in-service dates. The report said that, so far, efforts to increase PPA prices on existing contracts “have not been very successful in a hyper-competitive market.” [ read more … ]

States

Republicans Aim Again to Block Governor’s Climate Strategy

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:38:44

Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The bill passed 35-15 in the Senate, a veto-proof majority for a bill that Wolf’s office said he will veto. Six Democrats joined every Republican in voting for the measure, which has support from blue collar labor unions whose workers maintain power plants, build gas pipelines and mine coal. [ read more … ]

Texas Grid

Texas Power Grid, Strained Last Winter, Now Faces an Early Heat Wave

By John Schwartz and Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:39:47

On Monday, when soaring temperatures drove electricity demand in Texas to a June record, state regulators asked citizens to use less power or face a repeat of the deadly failures in February that left 69 percent of Texans without electricity and half without water. Experts say that Texas, which prides itself on its light regulatory touch, is paying a price. As climate change contributes to weather extremes in both summer and winter, the vulnerability of the state’s power system is becoming increasingly apparent. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture ‘Key Tool’ to Curb Factory Emissions, John Kerry Says

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:39:17

Carbon capture is emerging as a key strategy for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions from heavy industry, according to U.S. climate envoy John Kerry. “Industrial decarbonization is one of the critical challenges of the climate crisis,” Kerry said Tuesday at a conference organized by BloombergNEF. “Carbon capture is obviously a key tool available today for reducing process emissions from industrial manufacturing.” [ read more … ]

Car Rule

EPA previews more tailpipe rules

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:37:17

EPA air officials said Tuesday they’re in the early stages of additional regulations related to conventional and greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes. The agency says it is on track to propose new federal light-duty standards sometime next month to replace the Trump rollback, but the Biden administration also is looking even further forward.  [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:38:17

General Motors says it has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system. GM and locomotive maker Wabtec Corp. signed a nonbinding agreement to use GM battery and hydrogen technology to help railroads cut carbon emissions. Pittsburgh based Wabtec says it already has built a battery-powered locomotive prototype. Fuel cell locomotives will follow full development of the electric version. [ read more … ]

EVs

EXCLUSIVE GM to boost spending on electric vehicles by 30%

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:37:51

General Motors Co will boost global spending on electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 billion through 2025, a 30% jump over its most recent forecast as it pursues EV leadership, people briefed on the matter told Reuters. As part of that spending, the No. 1 U.S. automaker will build two additional U.S. battery plants and move ahead some of its EV investments, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. In November, GM upped its spending plans from $20 billion, a figure that was announced in March before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the auto industry.
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Average Age of U.S. Vehicles Rises to 12.1 Years

By NACS Daily  •    •  Posted 2021-06-16 14:37:34

The average age of light vehicles in operation in the U.S. has risen to 12.1 years, increasing by nearly two months during 2020 and elevated by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research from IHS Markit shows. The rise in average age will further drive vehicle maintenance opportunities from an increasingly older vehicle fleet, the research firm said. [ read more … ]

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