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July 7, 2021

Top Story

Rising Oil and Gas Prices Add to U.S. Economic Challenges

By Ben Casselman and Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 14:18:54

As the U.S. economy struggles to emerge from its pandemic-induced hibernation, consumers and businesses have encountered product shortages, hiring difficulties and often conflicting public health guidance, among other challenges. Now the recovery faces a more familiar foe: rising oil and gasoline prices.
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Wind Energy

Innovations Speed Race to Put More Wind Turbines on Sea Floor

By Heesu Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 14:18:20

It’s getting faster and cheaper to embed a wind tower the size of the Washington Monument into the sea floor. South Korea is cutting the time it takes to construct and install an offshore turbine, from as long as three months to just a matter of days, thanks to a large flat-bottomed ship for hauling the structure and a “bucket suction” method for affixing it. The innovations could chop an estimated $3 million from the process. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Corporate America unites behind clean energy standard

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 13:40:50

Nearly 80 major corporate entities are pressing Congress to enact a federal clean electricity standard. The businesses want the power sector to hit an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 — and meet President Joe Biden’s goal of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. “Passage of a federal clean electricity standard will drive large amounts of new renewable generation and do so in a way that provides businesses with a clear path and expectations to make needed investments at the scale and speed necessary,” the companies write in a letter. [ read more … ]

States

Taking the states’ lead

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 14:19:37

Center for American Progress has a new report out today laying out how state action can offer an example for Congress and the administration to promote job growth while addressing climate change. It cites state and city-level investments into union-heavy sectors, including public transportation and energy efficiency, as well as jobs-centered provisions for state climate bills in Oregon, Maine, New York and Virginia. [ read more … ]

Texas

Abbott orders utility commission to shore up Texas power grid, targets renewable energy

  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 14:03:34

In a letter to the commission, Abbott directed the board to take steps to increase the amount of electricity produced in Texas. Specifically, Abbott told the utility commission to work to provide incentives for the construction and maintenance of natural gas, coal and nuclear power. Further, Abbott directed his appointees at the utility commission to take aim at wind and solar power, which have been criticized for their perceived unpredictability in producing power, even as failures at natural gas plants played a significant role in power failures during the February freeze and in last month’s conservation call. [ read more … ]

Texas governor blames renewables

  •    •  Posted 2021-07-07 13:37:14

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is pinning his state’s recent power grid troubles on renewable energy, even as data from the grid operator shows failures at fossil fuel-fired plants contributed far more.
“Electric generators are expected to provide enough power to meet the needs of all Texans. When they fail to do so, those generators should shoulder the costs of that failure,” Abbott wrote in a letter to commissioners on the state’s Public Utility Commission yesterday. In this instance, however, Abbott was referring to wind and solar power, not the many natural gas plants that tripped offline during the February cold snap that left millions of Texans in the dark for several days. [ read more … ]

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