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August 1, 2021

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Collins says infrastructure bill could pass Senate by end of week with at least 10 Republicans in support

By Amy B Wang, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:19:04

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package could be introduced on the Senate floor as early as that day and that she believes at least 10 Republicans would support it, with the aim of passing the bill by the end of the week. Collins, who is part of a bipartisan group of senators that has been negotiating the plan since early June, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the group worked overnight to finish up the spending and appropriations provisions of the bill and that it has shared large portions of the bill’s text with other Senate offices.
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What the infrastructure deal means for energy

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:21:43

The $550 billion infrastructure package that moved through Congress this week stops short of President Biden’s climate ambitions but could still have broad ramifications for the country’s energy sector. From new funds for transmission critical to renewables to GOP-backed language calling for a report on job losses associated with the now-canceled Keystone XL pipeline, the measure could influence what type of power comes online and where — and shape politics heading into the 2022 midterm elections. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden admin begins review of first N.C. offshore wind farm

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:21:18

The Biden administration is beginning its environmental review of the first offshore wind project proposed off North Carolina, which is in a race to jump-start the industry before a Trump-era moratorium kicks in next year. The Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm, developed by Avangrid Renewables, would be a 69-turbine wind array off the coast of the state’s Outer Banks. It could power up to 700,000 homes. [ read more … ]

California Nimbys Threaten Biden’s Clean Energy Goals

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:19:44

Like many who live in this pastoral valley near Livermore, Calif., Chris O’Brien is a believer in renewable energy. The 61-year old logistics business owner outfitted his barn with solar panels that power his 50-acre ranch where he grows oat hay, raises horses and grazes cattle. “Everyone here is in favor of green energy,” O’Brien said. But that support has its limits. When he learned of plans to build a giant solar farm next door to his property—the kind of project that would help meet the state’s clean energy goals—O’Brien decided he had to fight it. It was exactly the sort of thing that would spoil the rural landscape that he says should be protected by a local anti-development measure. 
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Clean Energy Standard Bill

Senate’s proposed clean energy standard is a major win for health

By Sarah Spengeman and Neelu Tummala, The Hill   •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:20:27

We don’t have to look further than the weather app on our phones to understand why climate change poses such a risk to health. Air quality alerts were issued last week across the country, from California to New York due to smoke from wildfires raging in Canada and the West. The intensity of these wildfires is fueled by heat and drought conditions brought on by climate change. While these air pollution alerts are merely a warning for some, for others, including those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, these alerts can signal a life-threatening situation.  [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Crisis Catches Power Companies Unprepared

By Brad Plumer and Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:21:04

The phone call to the Eugene Water & Electric Board was startling. A group of homeowners, fearing a storm could knock down nearby power lines and ignite wildfires, was asking the Oregon utility to turn off their electricity. “I about fell out of my chair,” said Rodney Price, the utility’s assistant general manager, of the people who were voluntarily asking to live in the dark in September, during one of the worst fire seasons Oregon had ever seen. It was a sign of growing angst, he said. “We’re seeing more and more widespread impacts of climate change. It’s clear it’s impacting how we do our business.” [ read more … ]

Washington’s Oil Lobby Pivoted on Climate Change—and Made No One Happy

By Timothy Puko and Ted Mann, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:19:29

The American Petroleum Institute, Washington’s biggest lobby for the oil-and-gas industry, spent decades leveraging its financial muscle to fight almost every green initiative in its path. Then in March, the group signaled an about-face. It released its “Climate Action Framework,” a set of new policy prescriptions to lower emissions and support cleaner fuels. The core of the plan called for two policies API had opposed for years: more regulation on methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leaks from oil-and-gas operations, and a price on carbon, a financial penalty levied on all carbon-dioxide emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden wants U.S automakers to pledge 40% electric vehicles by 2030 -sources

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-01 16:20:05

The White House has told U.S. automakers it wants them to back a voluntary pledge of at least 40% of new vehicles sales being electric by 2030 as it works to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, sources briefed on the matter said. The administration is set as early as next week to roll out proposed revisions to vehicle emissions standards through 2026. Sources said a voluntary electric vehicle (EV) target could be as high as 50% but emphasized that no agreement with automakers has been reached and many details remain under discussion, including whether that pledge will include various types of gasoline-electric hybrids. [ read more … ]

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