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July 12, 2021

Top Story

More Power Lines or Rooftop Solar Panels: The Fight Over Energy’s Future

By Ivan Penn and Clifford KraussPhotographs and Video by Tamir Kalifa, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:39:50

The nation is facing once in a generation choices about how energy ought to be delivered to homes, businesses and electric cars — decisions that could shape the course of climate change and determine how the United States copes with wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather linked to global warming. On one side, large electric utilities and President Biden want to build thousands of miles of power lines to move electricity created by distant wind turbines and solar farms to cities and suburbs. On the other, some environmental organizations and community groups are pushing for greater investment in rooftop solar panels, batteries and local wind turbines. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden’s clean energy plan would cut emissions and save 317,000 lives

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:40:38

A plan to force the rapid uptake of renewable energy would swiftly cut planet-heating emissions and save hundreds of thousands of lives from deadly air pollution, a new report has found amid growing pressure on the White House to deliver a major blow against the climate crisis. Of various climate policy options available to the new administration, a clean energy standard would provide the largest net benefits to the US, according to the report, in terms of costs as well as lives saved.But the new report, conducted by a consortium of researchers from Harvard University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Syracuse University, suggests it would be the most effective tool in reaching a White House goal of 80% renewable energy use by 2030. Joe Biden has said he wants all electricity to be renewable by 2035. [ read more … ]

Clean electricity standard carries $1.8T upside — study

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:41:02

A national clean electricity standard would save thousands of lives and yield other health and climate benefits that would outweigh the policy’s costs, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 would improve air quality enough to avert an estimated 317,500 premature deaths and generate health benefits totaling $1.13 trillion between now and 2050, said the analysis, released today through Syracuse University’s Clean Energy Futures project. Power sector greenhouse gas emissions would also fall by 98% from 2005 levels over the same period, the study projected — offering an additional $637 billion climate boost.
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States

Murphy signs clean energy bills for electric cars and solar

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:39:09

New Jersey’s governor signed a package of bills Friday aimed at moving the state closer to its goal of generating 100% of its power from clean sources by 2050. The measures make it easier to develop some solar energy projects, and to locate and build electric vehicle charging stations. But still waiting for action by the Democratic governor is another bill that would remove most local control from where and how offshore wind energy projects come ashore. Murphy did not mention that bill at a signing ceremony in Seaside Heights in a municipal parking lot across the street from a popular water park. [ read more … ]

Heat pumps on the rise after Minnesota passes new energy law

By FRANK JOSSIE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:40:05

Air source heat pumps are on the rise in rural Minnesota and utility officials expect momentum to grow as a result of the state’s new energy conservation law. A year-and-a-half-old collaboration between the nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment and five outstate Minnesota utilities is aiming to make heat pumps mainstream by the end of the decade by offering training and other support to contractors, as well as rebate referrals and information to consumers. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Should the U.S. Offer Tax Credits to Promote Renewable Energy?

By Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:41:30

Fans of credits say that these financial tools have had a powerful impact in the past and need to be extended—or made permanent. Opponents say that the benefits of credits are overstated and that alternative inducements, such as a carbon tax, are a better way to go green. Debating the issue are Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president for energy and environment at the Center for American Progress, and Alex Brill, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. [ read more … ]

How Big Can Renewable Energy Get in the Next 10 Years?

By Dan Weil, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-12 14:42:28

Can renewable energy get that big in the U.S. over the next decade? We asked three experts to weigh in: Kevin Book, managing director at Clearview Energy Partners in Washington, D.C.; Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor at Princeton University with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment; and Leah Stokes, assistant professor of political science at University of California, Santa Barbara. [ read more … ]

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