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July 18, 2021

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Senate nears pivotal vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal that’s still unwritten

By MARIANNE LEVINE and BURGESS EVERETT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:12:12

The Senate left town Thursday with the fate of a bipartisan infrastructure package uncertain, despite Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempt to force it forward by advancing a floor vote next week. Schumer has scheduled the vote for next Wednesday, a hardball tactic Democrats hope will allow them to pass President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda before the August recess. But negotiators face several outstanding issues, both on funding mechanisms and spending priorities. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Growth Blowback for Wind Turbines

By Rochelle Toplensky, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:12:34

Wind-turbine manufacturers have big plans to supply the booming green-energy market. But burgeoning demand doesn’t guarantee continued profitability in the near term. Late Wednesday night, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the leading manufacturer of offshore wind turbines, issued a profit warning. On Friday morning, shares were down 16% since the announcement. Management said group earnings margins would be flat or slightly negative and revenues would be at the low end of forecasts. Only last quarter, recently appointed chief executive Andreas Nauen outlined his turnaround plan for the offshore division where the problems are centered. [ read more … ]

They’re not blown away by NJ’s offshore wind power plans

By WAYNE PARR, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:15:14

New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans. While the state’s Democratic political leadership is solidly behind a rapid build-out of wind energy projects off the coast — it has set a goal of generating 100% of its energy from clean sources by 2050 — opposition is growing among citizens groups, and even some green energy-loving environmentalists are wary of the pace and scope of the plans.
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Solar Energy

Building Solar Farms May Not Build the Middle Class

By Noam Scheiber, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:12:52

To hear Democrats tell it, a green job is supposed to be a good job — and not just good for the planet. The Green New Deal, first introduced in 2019, sought to “create millions of good, high-wage jobs.” And in March, when President Biden unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, he emphasized the “good-paying” union jobs it would produce while reining in climate change.
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U.S. seeks to speed rooftop solar growth with instant permits

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:14:27

The Biden administration on Thursday will roll out a tool that enables instant local permitting of rooftop solar installations, addressing a major source of industry delays and possibly lowering costs for homeowners, the Energy Department said. The Solar Automated Permit Processing platform, developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will be an optional portal for local governments to process permit applications automatically. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Clean car standard

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Poliitco  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:13:38

 A cohort of 30 energy and environment groups urged Biden to implement long-term vehicle emissions standards to spur the transition to EVs and reach a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. The groups pushed Biden to direct EPA to set long-term emissions standards by the end of 2022 that are not “undermined by complex credit schemes that reward automakers for reductions on paper that aren’t matched in real world performance.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Democrats push sweeping climate legislation amid a scorching summer

By
Dino Grandoni, Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:13:17

The far-reaching set of climate measures that Senate Democrats outlined this week came as a scorching summer brought deadly heat waves, deepened droughts and fueled wildfires across the American West — the latest reminders of why the party has sought to prioritize efforts to slow rising temperatures around the globe. While the $3.5 trillion budget deal that emerged Wednesday could change in key ways in the months ahead, the proposal represents one of the biggest efforts yet that Congress has undertaken to address climate change. It underscores how cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions — and spurring other nations to do the same — has emerged as a central priority for President Biden and his party after years of relative indifference from lawmakers in Washington. [ read more … ]

European Floods Are Latest Sign of a Global Warming Crisis

By Melissa Eddy, Jack Ewing, Megan Specia and Steven Erlanger, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:14:43

Days before roiling waters tore through western Germany, a European weather agency issued an “extreme” flood warning after detailed models showed storms that threatened to send rivers surging to levels that a German meteorologist said on Friday had not been seen in 500 or even 1,000 years. By Friday those predictions proved devastatingly accurate, with more than 100 people dead and 1,300 unaccounted for, as helicopter rescue crews plucked marooned residents from villages inundated sometimes within minutes, raising questions about lapses in Germany’s elaborate flood warning system. [ read more … ]

Oregon Utility CEO Warns of Possible Power Cuts This Fire Season

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:14:58

Oregon’s largest electric utility is prepared to cut power in some areas to prevent wires from sparking fires in dry and windy conditions this summer. Portland General Electric Co. is focused on safeguarding its grid to reduce wildfire risks and would only interrupt service to customers as a last resort, Chief Executive Officer Maria Pope said in an interview Friday. [ read more … ]

Texas

Natural gas companies were paid to turn off power during Texas winter storm: report

By Haley Samsel, Forth Worth Star-Telegram  •    •  Posted 2021-07-18 16:14:09

The February winter storm that nearly brought the Texas electricity grid to its knees likely stressed the state’s natural gas infrastructure “more than any time in history,” according to the authors of a new UT Austin report analyzing the power outages and their financial implications. The report includes previously undisclosed data about how the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the grid’s manager, responded to the unfolding crisis, which led to widespread outages and hundreds of deaths statewide. The report was released just before ERCOT announced its own “roadmap” of 60 proposals to improve the grid. [ read more … ]

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