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August 8, 2021

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Biden’s Electric-Car Ambitions Face Real-World Roadblocks

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:29:06

President Biden wants to convert American motorists to electric cars as a linchpin of his plan to address climate change. Success heavily depends on factors outside his control. The executive order that Mr. Biden signed Thursday—calling on sales of electric, fuel-cell and plug-in hybrids to account for 50% of car and light truck sales by 2030—has no binding authority. Auto makers say they could meet a target of somewhere between 40% and 50% of sales, but only if Congress spends billions of dollars to build out a network of EV charging stations and provides tax incentives to consumers, among other measures. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How a federal agency is blocking America’s largest wind farm

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:28:18

It had been a dozen years since Phil Anschutz first proposed to build the country’s largest wind farm, as well as a 730-mile transmission line to ferry the clean electricity toward the West Coast. Federal officials had signed off on the power-line route, but Anschutz Corp. still needed to work out financial arrangements with hundreds of private landowners whose properties the towers and wires would cross. I was interested in writing about the final holdout along the route, if the project got that far. This week, company officials finally had an answer for me. They said the last landowner standing between California and an infusion of climate-friendly power will be a family of Colorado ranchers — working closely with a federal agency. [ read more … ]

TotalEnergies Weighs Stake in Giant North Sea Wind Farm

By Dinesh Nair, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:22:25

otalEnergies SE is weighing taking a stake in what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, according to people familiar with the matter, as the French oil major continues to flex its green credentials. Paris-listed TotalEnergies could buy a roughly 20% stake in the third phase of the Dogger Bank wind project in the North Sea, which is being developed by U.K.-listed SSE Plc and Norway’s Equinor ASA, the people said. [ read more … ]

Reactions to EV and Emissions Plan

Biden’s EV plan: Details, drama and doubts

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:29:31

President Biden presented his vision yesterday for putting electric vehicles at the heart of the U.S. car industry, but some policy experts said that the target would do little to transform the industry and that automaker support could fall apart in coming years. In an executive order, Biden set a new national goal that 50% of new car sales by 2030 be electric vehicles, casting the plan as part of an “all-out effort” to build out the country’s base of EV manufacturing and compete with China. [ read more … ]

How Biden’s E.V. Plan Could Help Tesla and Squeeze Toyota

By Jack Ewing and Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:26:07

The Biden administration’s vow on Thursday to push sales of electric vehicles to 50 percent of new car purchases by 2030 means that there’s no place left to hide for any carmaker resisting the shift to battery power. Europe and China were already heavily promoting electric vehicles using regulations, incentives for consumers, and subsidies for carmakers and battery producers. President Biden’s commitment to follow a similar strategy means that the world’s three largest car markets are moving away from internal combustion at a faster pace than anyone predicted a few years ago. [ read more … ]

Republicans slam Biden car rule, predict higher costs

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:27:33

Congressional Republicans are opposing President Biden’s plan, announced yesterday, to boost electric vehicle sales and cut emissions from cars, saying it will dramatically increase costs. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, slammed Biden’s proposal from EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saying the plan puts the “radical Left” ahead of hardworking Americans. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Bill

Calif., N.Y. and Texas win big in new Biden climate grants

By Thomas Frank, Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:27:17

California, New York and Texas are the big winners from President Biden’s decision yesterday to give states an additional $3.5 billion to pay for projects that fortify communities against climate change and natural disasters. Those three states will receive $1.5 billion combined — 44% of the allocation even though they constitute just 26% of the U.S. population. [ read more … ]

States

4 issues to watch as heat disrupts the grid

By Edward Klump, Kristi E. Swartz, Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:26:36

High temperatures have pushed some parts of the country to electric consumption levels well beyond what was seen last year as people crank up air conditioners to keep cool. Heat is also reducing output from some resources such as natural gas and hydroelectric plants, while in others, it’s taxing infrastructure, such as power lines that are critical to keeping the lights on. In the West, a once-in-a-generation heat dome event, widespread wildfires and record-low water levels at hydroelectric dams are testing the grid, while Texas is grappling with power plant outages. [ read more … ]

Grid

4 issues to watch as heat disrupts the grid

By Edward Klump, Kristi E. Swartz, Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-08 14:26:36

High temperatures have pushed some parts of the country to electric consumption levels well beyond what was seen last year as people crank up air conditioners to keep cool. Heat is also reducing output from some resources such as natural gas and hydroelectric plants, while in others, it’s taxing infrastructure, such as power lines that are critical to keeping the lights on. In the West, a once-in-a-generation heat dome event, widespread wildfires and record-low water levels at hydroelectric dams are testing the grid, while Texas is grappling with power plant outages. [ read more … ]

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