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July 20, 2021

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Manchin could get top role in writing clean energy standard

By Nick Sobczyk, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:16:23

Democrats are grappling with jurisdictional questions that will help determine whether their signature climate policies get enacted into law, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) could end up with a leading role in developing a clean electricity standard. The Senate Budget Committee last week struck a deal on a broad $3.5 trillion outline for reconciliation, but lawmakers are beginning the delicate process of writing a budget resolution and determining which other committees will draw up some of the Biden administration’s marquee proposals.
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Wind Energy

Alliant Energy’s renewable energy use in Iowa jumps in 2020

By John Steppe, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:15:07

More than 40 percent of Alliant Energy’s power sold in Iowa during 2020 came from renewable sources, according to a report released Tuesday, as the company continues toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 43.8 percent of Iowa power from utilities in 2020 was up from 26.5 percent in 2019 and 9.9 percent in 2018. [ read more … ]

Condo owners’ appeal could be last legal hurdle for offshore wind in Great Lakes

By Kathiann M. Kowalski, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:15:43

Briefs mark the latest milestone toward building Lake Erie’s first offshore energy — a resource that might someday supply up to a fifth of Ohio’s electricity.
A legal challenge by two lakeview condo dwellers seeking to block Lake Erie’s first offshore wind farm faces a high legal bar before the Ohio Supreme Court — with equally high stakes for clean energy in the region. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

DOE jobs report: EVs up, but unions back fossil fuels

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:16:06

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm marked the reappearance of DOE’s role in the U.S. Energy and Employment Jobs Report at a virtual meeting yesterday with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who had pressed for the government to do the accounting. “This isn’t just any old energy jobs report,” Granholm said, calling the level of detail by industry, state and demographics on union membership “the most complete snapshot that you get of who works in the energy field and where.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Emissions Could Hit New Record by 2023 Without More Green Spending

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:14:30

Less than 15% of the $2.4 trillion in government spending to support the post-pandemic economic recovery has gone to investments in clean energy, according to the International Energy Agency.  “It’s a good start,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, “but the money is not sufficient” to the put the world on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. The majority of the $380 billion in green spending is happening in advanced economies, when it should be helping accelerate the transition to clean energy in emerging countries. 
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Biden administration, workers grapple with health threats posed by climate change and heat

By Eli Rosenberg and Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:15:25

The issue has become such a concern that the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put a new heat illness rule on a list of agenda items for the Biden administration to consider, calling it a top priority. Right now, there is no specific federal policy that governs heat-related workplace safety, leaving states to set their own approach. Amid nearly 200 deaths in Washington and Oregon during the recent record-shattering heat wave, which saw temperatures climb as high as 116 degrees, at least two workers died suddenly: a 51-year-old man who collapsed outside an Oregon Walmart distribution center where he worked, and a 38-year-old farmworker who died while working in a field on a 104-degree day near the Willamette Valley. [ read more … ]

EVs

The $20 Billion Winner of the American EV Startup Boom: Saudi Arabia

By Eliot Brown, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-20 16:14:48

The single biggest financial beneficiary of the recent U.S. electric-vehicle startup boom is an unlikely candidate: the world’s largest exporter of oil. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia stands to record a profit of nearly $20 billion on a $2.9 billion investment in Lucid Motors Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area electric-car maker that is set to list publicly after it completes a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company Friday. The Saudi Public Investment Fund will own over 60% of the company, which is expected to have a market capitalization of about $36 billion based on the SPAC’s current share price. [ read more … ]

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