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July 25, 2021

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Heat wave death toll of 117 will rise with thorough count

By Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:39:35

When the Washington State Department of Health said this week that the recent heat wave in the Northwest had killed 117 people, many people missed an important word in the announcement. Preliminary. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NIMBY-proof? N.J. takes major step on offshore wind

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:39:16

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law yesterday stripping local communities of authority over placement of transmission lines, removing a chief obstacle for offshore wind in the state. The move, while focused on just one state, highlights national tensions cropping up over a planned acceleration of renewable energy projects that some local residents say are being forced upon them. The battles are likely to increase as a swath of offshore wind projects are considered up and down the East Coast and President Biden pushes to decarbonize the power sector by 2035. [ read more … ]

New Jersey governor signs bill ending local control of wind power lines

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:41:47

New Jersey’s governor has signed a measure that would remove most local control from where and how offshore wind energy projects come ashore. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced the move in a prepared statement sent out Thursday night.
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Inside Clean Energy: Ohio Shows Hostility to Clean Energy. Again

By Dan Gearino, Inside Clean Energy  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:40:54

A new Ohio law solidifies the state’s reputation for stifling clean energy industries. And the law may well be an economic development victory for places that stand to gain projects Ohio chases away. For clean energy advocates, the signing of Senate Bill 52 this month by Gov. Mike DeWine is the latest in a string of disappointments. [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

American Clean Power and Energy Storage Associations Pursuing a Merger

By Sonal Patel, Power  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:41:14

The American Clean Power Association (ACP)—a 2021-launched pan-renewables trade group—may be poised to merge with the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) starting on Jan. 1, 2022.
The groups’ intent to pursue a merger, announced on July 22, still requires ESA’s member approval. If successful, it would combine the two trade association’s staff programs and members, and potentially expand the ACP’s reach into the dedicated energy storage group’s diverse membership. ESA currently has 200 members from companies that include independent power producers, electric utilities, energy service companies, financiers, insurers, law firms, installers, manufacturers, component suppliers, and integrators. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Senate Infrastructure Deal in Sight After Medicare Agreement

By Erik Wasson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:38:39

A bipartisan group of senators is closing in on a $579 billion infrastructure deal after agreeing to pay for it in part by delaying a costly Trump-era Medicare regulation, but they don’t expect to announce details until at least Monday. Any deal could still face resistance from Democrats on both sides of the Capitol, making the prospects uncertain as a bipartisan group of 22 senators works out the final sticking points. [ read more … ]

Will Biden’s EPA regulate power plant CO2? It won’t say

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:39:57

EPA’s plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants remains unclear more than halfway into President Biden’s first year in office. And environmentalists are increasingly pushing the administration to act. The uncertainty over EPA’s approach partially reflects Biden’s push to find a legislative solution to power plant emissions in the form of a clean electricity standard. It’s also a result of an early executive order, which directed the agency to focus on emissions standards for cars, new oil wells and toxic air pollutants from power plants.
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Industry looks to shape Democrats’ clean energy plans

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:40:25

Democrats are facing headwinds from industry in their push to enact a number of major climate change policies through the process of budget reconciliation. Electric utilities and the oil and natural gas industry are raising potential issues with some of the proposals that leading Senate Democrats agreed to in principle last week, including plans for a clean electricity standard, fees on oil and gas drillers for methane emissions, and new levies for importing certain goods from countries without significant climate policies. [ read more … ]


GM Recalls All-Electric Chevy Bolt for Second Time Due to Fire Risk

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:42:08

General Motors Co. is recalling its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt for a second time because of a potential battery defect that can cause a fire, underscoring the technical challenges car companies face as they race to develop more plug-in vehicles. GM said Friday that its investigation into recent battery fires involving the cars found that manufacturing defects in a certain battery cell were the root cause. It is asking owners of 2017-2019 model year Bolts to keep their electric-vehicle charges at a certain level and to park the cars outside after charging them. [ read more … ]

Electric-Vehicle Sales Growth Outpaces Broader Auto Industry

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:38:14

The auto industry’s push into electric vehicles has gained traction this year with sales of these models growing at a faster clip than the broader U.S. car business. While still a sliver of the overall market, sales of plug-in vehicles more than doubled in the first half of 2021 compared with last year, when the pandemic sapped sales. That far outpaced the 29% rise for total vehicle sales, according to research firm Wards Intelligence. [ read more … ]

Gas Engines, and the People Behind Them, Are Cast Aside for Electric Vehicles

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:42:28

Steven Penkevich spent 36 years at Ford Motor Co. F -0.65% as part of an army of Detroit engineers who perfected the internal combustion engine, a technology dating back to the dawn of the automobile era. He developed gasoline engines for family sedans as well as thunderous Nascar racing machines. By last year, though, the excitement was gone. His projects were no longer about advancing the engine, just nursing along existing technology. All the buzz had shifted to electric vehicles. In December, Mr. Penkevich took early retirement at age 59. [ read more … ]

Tesla Finally Bows to Charging Competition

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:42:48

Mr. Musk will juice you up — yes, even you Nissan and Porsche people who have steered well clear of The Elon Show. Tesla Inc.’s pledge to open its massive charging network to other car brands later this year, while largely expected, nevertheless marks a major inflection point in the electric vehicle economy and, should it come to pass, will surely goose the pedal on EV adoption. [ read more … ]

Can The Airline Industry Live Without Fossil Fuels?

By Josh Owens, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-07-25 15:38:55

The global war on emissions has exploded in recent years, with every company, industry, and government on earth now desperately attempting to reduce its carbon footprint. From the introduction of carbon taxes to the adoption of electric vehicles and the rising market share of renewable energy, carbon is under attack. But not all industries are equal, and the aviation industry, in particular, has proven incredibly hard to decarbonize. Today, we will take a look at why jet fuel is so hard to replace and whether it will ever be possible to fly emissions-free. [ read more … ]



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