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September 8, 2021

Top Story

From 4% to 45%: Biden Offers Ambitious Blueprint for Solar Energy

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:43:33

The Biden administration on Wednesday released a blueprint for producing almost half of the nation’s electricity from the sun by 2050 — something that would require the country to double the amount of solar energy installed every year over the next four years and then double it again by 2030. The expansion of solar energy is part of President Biden’s effort to fight climate change, but there would be little historical precedent for increasing solar energy, which contributed less than 4 percent of the country’s electricity last year, that quickly. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind nears halfway mark in NJ

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:45:08

Last month, the Murphy administration scrapped a scheduled formal request for companies to bid on building more wind farms off the Jersey coast — a sign viewed by some as proof the state is well on its way to building 7,500 megawatts of wind capacity by 2035. By virtue of awarding two new projects totaling 2,658 MW of offshore wind capacity at the end of June, the state, on paper, is more than halfway to reaching that ambitious target when the first 1,100 MW of capacity awarded in 2019 is included. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Total is spending $27 billion in Iraq. This time it’s about solar energy, too

By Hanna Ziady, CNN Business  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:43:50

TotalEnergies is investing in oil, gas and solar energy projects worth $27 billion in Iraq, returning to the country where the French company made its first energy discovery nearly a century ago.
This time, however, no new exploration is planned despite Iraq’s vast oil reserves, reflecting a shift by some major oil companies towards cleaner energy sources as the planet battles rising greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Ponds, reservoirs could host floating solar in space-constrained Massachusetts

By Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:43:16

A new joint venture between Boston-based BlueWave Solar and European photovoltaics firm Ciel et Terre is poised to bring floating solar panels to the ponds and reservoirs of Massachusetts for the first time. Supporters say the plan has the potential to mitigate ongoing concerns about finding enough space for clean energy development. “This is an opportunity to site solar a lot more responsibly going forward,” said Mike Marsch, principal and head of solar development at BlueWave. “We think it’s an incredibly elegant and responsible way to use land.” [ read more … ]

Grid

Grid experts grapple with ‘resilience’ in Ida’s wake

By Kristi E. Swartz, Edward Klump, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:46:22

The widespread destruction left by Hurricane Ida after the storm plowed into Louisiana and headed up the East Coast made one thing clear: There’s more work to be done in building a resilient power grid. But how might solutions differ from New Orleans to New York, especially as climate change scrambles conventional wisdom about when and where extreme weather strikes?
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Reconciliation Bill

House centrists: Only climate can get deficit spending

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:46:35

The latest negotiating tactic from House moderates could ease the path for Democrats to pass climate policy — even as party infighting escalates on other issues. Two senior centrists, Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), sent Democratic leaders a letter late last week demanding new conditions for supporting the party’s reconciliation package. They said they were writing on behalf of a “broader group.” [ read more … ]

Climate research, labs grab billions in reconciliation bill

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:46:55

National lab infrastructure improvements and climate modeling research would see massive investments in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s $45.5 billion budget reconciliation bill. Committee Democrats posted the legislative text over the weekend with language that would send approximately $15.8 billion to the Department of Energy, $11 billion to the National Science Foundation and $4.2 billion to NOAA. The bill sets the stage for the committee’s markup on Thursday as House Democrats race to compile legislative language to build out their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package to back the Biden administration’s infrastructure and social ambitions. [ read more … ]

Green for grid

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:44:52

Powering the U.S. electric grid with 80 percent zero-emissions resources by 2030 is possible at a minimum cost, and could save thousands of lives as well as spur millions of new green jobs, according to an analysis of 11 studies authored by prominent universities, think tanks, nonprofits, and energy consultancies. The analysis, conducted by clean energy think tank Energy Innovation, comes as Congress mulls whether to pass a budget that includes a Clean Electricity Payment Program, which would incentivize utilities to clean up their resource mix. [ read more … ]

FERC

Former GOP energy regulator regrets partisan past

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:42:56

Chatterjee said in an interview with The Hill that when he was still transitioning “from partisan legislative aide to independent regulator, I introduced an element of politics into that proceeding and to the agency. Having grown into the role and learning the importance of FERC’s independence and statutory directives, I really regret the way I comported myself in those early months,” he added. [ read more … ]

EVs

Toyota to Spend $9 Billion on Electric-Car Battery Plants

By Sean McLain, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-09-08 15:45:47

Toyota has ramped up spending on electric cars as countries began implementing stricter emissions regulations and sales of EVs grow. The company declined to say how many battery factories would be built but said it planned 10 production lines by 2025 and eventually around 70. A single factory can contain several production lines. [ read more … ]

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