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July 13, 2021

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DeWine signs bill giving commissioners ‘kill switch’ on wind, solar projects

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-13 14:50:48

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Monday giving county commissioners new powers to kill wind or solar projects early in their development. No such power exists for local officials for coal mines or oil and gas wells, which are regulated at the state level. [ read more … ]

Climate

U.S. Companies Say Climate Change Is a Problem—But Still Lobby Against Solutions

By Michael Tobin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-13 14:51:27

While more than 80% of the largest U.S. companies have set emissions reduction goals, less than half engaged with lawmakers to advocate for science-based climate policies — and more than 20% have lobbied against them, according to report released Tuesday by sustainability nonprofit Ceres. “Claiming credit for making operational climate change commitments while undermining the necessary policy measures to achieve those very commitments poses significant reputational and financial risks to companies,” the report’s authors wrote.
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Grid

How an Oregon wildfire almost derailed California’s power grid

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times   •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:15:31

Warning of “extreme temperatures across much of California,” officials urged the state’s tens of millions of residents to use less electricity the next evening, to make sure power demand didn’t outstrip supply and cause the lights to go out. It was the third Flex Alert of a young summer that’s felt more like August or September as heat waves shatter records and wildfires devour the landscape, symptoms of a climate in chaos. And unlike the first two calls for energy conservation, this one would nearly bring the Golden State’s electric grid to its knees — all because of a wildfire in southern Oregon. [ read more … ]

FERC

Biden order could prompt FERC to act on utility-sector competition, experts say

By Zack Hale, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-07-13 14:51:51

A new executive order issued by U.S. President Joe Biden could serve as an impetus for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to crack down on anti-competitive behavior while encouraging more wholesale power market expansion, according to industry experts. The order, issued late July 9, aims to establish a “whole-of-government” approach to “address overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition in the American economy.” It directs federal agencies, including FERC, to adopt pro-competitive regulations and rescind rules that “create unnecessary barriers to entry that stifle competition.”
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EVs

United Air, Mesa Agree to Buy Up to 200 Small Electric Planes

By Justin Bachman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-13 14:51:03

United Airlines Holdings Inc. and regional carrier Mesa Air Group Inc. each agreed to buy as many as 100 small electric-powered planes from a Swedish startup — if the aspiring manufacturer can develop the aircraft.  The U.S. airlines and Breakthrough Energy Ventures also will take an equity stake in Heart Aerospace, the companies said in a statement Tuesday. The investment amounts to $35 million, Heart Chief Executive Officer Anders Forslund said in an interview before the announcement. The company is targeting a 2026 debut for its proposed 19-seater, the ES-19.  
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Out of 9 Countries, Germany Is the Only One Where Interest in EVs Exceeds That of Hybrids

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-07-13 14:51:37

Among respondents considering purchasing a car in the next six months, those in Germany are particularly likely to say they are most interested in an EV, a Morning Consult survey of nine countries found. Thirty percent of German adults in the market for a car say an EV is at the top of their list, more than the share considering a hybrid (23 percent) though less than the share considering a gas-powered vehicle (46 percent). [ read more … ]

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