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June 24, 2021

Top Story

‘We Have a Deal’: Biden Agrees to Bipartisan Infrastructure Compromise

By Emily Cochrane, Jim Tankersley and Jonathan Weisman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:08:42

President Biden struck an infrastructure deal on Thursday with a bipartisan group of senators, signing on to their plan to provide about $579 billion in new investments in roads, broadband internet, electric utilities and other projects in hopes of moving a crucial piece of his economic agenda through Congress. “We have a deal,” Mr. Biden said outside the White House, standing beside a group of Republicans and Democrats after a meeting in the Oval Office where they outlined their proposal. “I think it’s really important we’ve all agreed that none of us got all that we wanted.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Tesla’s Solar Roof Rollout Is a Bust — And a Fixation for Elon Musk

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:10:19

Elon Musk, one of the world’s richest men, says a $50,000 abode near Brownsville, Texas, is his primary home these days. He has tweeted that he’s made some improvements to the house, without specifying what they are. But earlier this year, Tesla Inc. employees traveled to Brownsville to install the company’s Solar Roof on that bungalow and several other houses on Weems Street that are owned by another Musk company, SpaceX. The construction project gave Musk an up-close look at a challenge that’s been vexing him.
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U.S. Blocks Some Solar Materials Made in Xinjiang Region

By Jenny Leonard, Jennifer A Dlouhy, Brian Eckhouse and Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:09:58

The U.S. has barred some solar products made in China’s Xinjiang region, marking one of the Biden administration’s biggest steps yet to counter alleged human rights abuses against the country’s ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority. Xinjiang — where advocacy groups and a panel of United Nations experts say Uyghurs and other minorities have been subjected to mass arbitrary detention and forced to work against their will — produces roughly half of global supply of polysilicon, a material critical for solar panels and semiconductors. China has denied the allegations, saying they’re an attempt to undermine successful businesses. [ read more … ]

Raining on Xinjiang solar

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:11:29

The Biden administration will announce an import ban on solar materials from a major Chinese firm. Customs and Border Patrol will issue a ban on imports of products linked to Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. Ltd, a major manufacturer of the feedstock for the polysilicon inside most solar panels. The action, called a withhold release order, will allow CBP to seize shipments from Hoshine, only releasing them if the importer can prove they are not made with forced labor.  [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Exxon Bid to Halt Massachusetts Climate Case Denied by Judge

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:09:28

A Massachusetts judge said Exxon Mobil Corp. must face the state’s lawsuit accusing the energy company of misleading investors and consumers about the impact of climate change on its business and products. Exxon’s motion to dismiss the 2019 lawsuit by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was denied by Associate Justice Karen Green in Boston, who ruled the state had properly laid out its claims and that it was too soon to say if the company’s statements about climate change amount to protected speech.
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Texas

Gov. Abbott said reforms fixed ERCOT’s flaws. Why is the Texas power grid struggling?

By Fares Sabawi, KSAT  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:09:05

On June 8, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared his confidence in the bills he signed to reform the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after a power shortage led to outages that lasted for days amid freezing temperatures and killed at least 151 people. Less than one week later, ERCOT notified that Texans that due to tight grid conditions, they would need to reduce electric use to avoid the potential of rolling outages [ read more … ]

EVs

Europe’s Surging EV Sales Are Oil’s Next Challenge

By Jack Wittels, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:09:42

If a Covid-caused fuel-demand collapse hasn’t been bad enough for Europe’s oil refineries, they are now facing yet another jolt to profitability: a world-leading shift to electric vehicles. The continent’s electric car purchases surged 142% to 1.4 million in 2020, surpassing China as the top buyer, according to the International Energy Agency. Even last year, when mobility tumbled because of the pandemic, EVs managed to erode oil refiners’ share of the continent’s road-fuel market. [ read more … ]

Bill would fund Biden zero-emission fleet plans

By George Cahlink and Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:10:37

Hundreds of millions of dollars would go toward buying electric or zero-emissions vehicles for the federal government in the proposed fiscal 2022 Financial Services-General Government bill due to be marked up today. The House Appropriations Committee released the $29.1 billion bill yesterday, which would represent a $4.8 billion, or 19%, increase over current spending. [ read more … ]

California heat waves prompt alerts about EV charging habits, energy conservation

By Stephen Edelstein, Green Car  •    •  Posted 2021-06-24 15:11:06

California has more electric cars than any other state, but now the high cooling demands due to a heat wave could impact drivers’ ability to charge their EVs. The state’s Independent System Operator (ISO), which oversees the electricity grid, twice asked Californians to conserve energy during specific periods—dubbed Flex Alerts—on a voluntary basis, Newsweek reported. EV charging was included in a list of conservation tips the ISO posted on Twitter, along with things like avoiding use of large appliances, and turning off extra lights. [ read more … ]

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