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August 2, 2021

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Everything we know about Biden’s mysterious Clean Energy Standard

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:48:35

Utilities would get paid to expand their sales of clean electricity each year. If their sales failed to meet a certain threshold, they’d have to pay a tax. The emphasis on paying companies to install clean electricity is the reason advocates of the idea have a new name for their proposal. They’re calling it the Clean Electricity Payment Program, or CEPP.
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Solar Energy

Behind the Rise of U.S. Solar Power, a Mountain of Chinese Coal

By Matthew Dalton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:47:15

Solar panel installations are surging in the U.S. and Europe as Western countries seek to cut their reliance on fossil fuels. But the West faces a conundrum as it installs panels on small rooftops and in sprawling desert arrays: Most of them are produced with energy from carbon-dioxide-belching, coal-burning plants in China. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

$1 trillion infrastructure debate finally opens in Senate

By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:48:15

Formally the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the proposal clocked in at some 2,700 pages late Sunday after a hurry-up-and-wait rare weekend session. The final product was not intended to stray from the broad outline a bipartisan group of senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House. Schumer has said a final vote could be held “in a matter of days.” “Let’s start voting on amendments,” Schumer said as the Senate opened for business on Monday. “The longer it takes to finish the bill, the longer we will be here.” [ read more … ]

Wanted: EPA carbon rule that can survive in court

By Maxine Joselow, Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:46:51

When the Biden administration proposes its anticipated new greenhouse gas rule for power plants, it will be one of the most consequential climate regulations in the United States. To ensure that the pivotal rule holds up in court, however, Biden’s EPA must avoid the pitfalls that plagued the regulation’s predecessors, legal experts say. Chief among those stumbling blocks is the definition of the “best system of emission reduction” under the Clean Air Act — a thorny issue that stoked fierce debate among lawyers, judges and lawmakers following the release of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and the Trump administration’s subsequent Affordable Clean Energy rule. [ read more … ]

Net Zero

The U.S. Needs to Build More, Faster to Reach Net Zero

By Michael Tobin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:46:02

After years of waiting, Infrastructure Week finally happened. Last Wednesday, U.S. senators reached a bipartisan agreement on a $550 billion infrastructure bill, working through the weekend to finalize the text. On Sunday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill could be voted on “in a matter of days.”  While Congress was debating the size of the check, researchers at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment were preparing a report showing that the pace of infrastructure investment will have to speed up—considerably—to reach President Joe Biden’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]

Column: IEA’s roadmap shows difficult journey to net zero: Kemp

By John Kemp, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:47:52

Polarised responses to the International Energy Agency report on achieving net zero emissions by 2050 reveal the enormous challenges of the goal and differences about whether it is realistic in the timeframe. Like the Rorschach inkblot test, reactions to the report reveal more about the reader’s own views on how energy and climate systems change than about the technical contents of the report itself. [ read more … ]

EVs

Climate Goals at Risk If Only Rich Countries Adopt Electric Cars

By Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:46:19

Europe’s plan to phase out combustion-engine vehicles has put the region at the forefront of climate protection. Yet without progress cleaning up poorer nations’ roads, it won’t be enough to keep global warming below dangerous levels. Take Nairobi, for example. The Kenyan capital’s vehicle fleet doubles every eight years and its roughly 4.5 million inhabitants rely on minibus taxis called Matatus to get around. While they’re cheap, they tend to be older and often run on dirty diesel.
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Is Ford F-150 Lightning The Most Important EV Since Tesla Model S?

By Steven Loveday, InsideEVs  •    •  Posted 2021-08-02 15:47:33

The Ford F-150 is the best-selling truck in America, and the F-Series lineup outsells all other vehicles by a huge margin. This has been true for years, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.  Whether or not you’re a fan of the Ford F-150 Lightning, and no matter what you think about how well it may or may not sell, there’s no discounting the fact that it marks a major turning point in the history of automotive. [ read more … ]

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