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September 9, 2021

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Inside the Ohio factory that could make or break Biden’s big solar energy push

By Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:50:41

On the outskirts of Toledo, a short drive from Interstate 90, thousands of glass panels rumble along assembly lines at a factory that will help determine whether the Biden administration can meet two of its biggest goals — dramatically reducing carbon emissions and lessening reliance on China. First Solar is one of the few U.S. solar-panel manufacturers in an industry dominated by Chinese factories, some of which the Biden administration has accused of employing forced labor. Lately, that has made First Solar particularly popular with panel buyers, which have snapped up the company’s entire production run through 2022. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biden admin maps path for dramatic solar energy growth

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:54:14

The U.S. could get as much as 40% of its electricity from solar by 2035 if the country commits to federally backed decarbonization efforts and adopts policies to promote the technology, the Department of Energy said in a report today. The document comes as Capitol Hill prepares for weeks of debate on a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, which has the potential to contain hundreds of billions of dollars to encourage clean energy technologies to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

U.S. Puts $562 Billion Price Tag on Ramping Up Solar Power

By Timothy Puko and Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:52:16

The U.S. could get 37% of its electricity from solar power by 2035—and 44% by 2050—if the U.S. pursues an ambitious agenda to cut reliance on fossil fuels, the Energy Department said Wednesday. The Energy Department says the U.S. now gets 3% of its power from solar sources, requiring rapid growth if the country aims to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions from its power sector. The Energy Department report said ramping up solar power to the 44% level would require an increase in spending by the public and private sector of as much as $562 billion between 2020 and 2050. [ read more … ]

Budget Reconciliation Bill

House Panels Begin Writing $3.5 Trillion Social Policy and Climate Bill

By Jonathan Weisman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:52:39

Five House committees on Thursday will begin formally drafting their pieces of Democrats’ far-reaching social policy and climate change bill that would spend as much as $3.5 trillion over the next decade — and raise as much in taxes and other revenue boosters — to reweave the social safety net and move the country away from fossil fuels. The products of the drafting sessions, which could take several arduous days, are to be folded into a final bill later this fall that could be one of the most significant measures to reach the House floor in decades. [ read more … ]

‘Full speed ahead’: Dems look to quell internal dissent

By Geof Koss, Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:53:46

Democratic leaders said they’ll push on with a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package with significant climate provisions, despite nagging deficit concerns by a key centrist Democratic senator. The internal divisions, fueled by a report that Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) opposes as much as $2 trillion in spending under consideration, come as several House committees this morning will mark up their respective portions of the $3.5 trillion package. [ read more … ]

Biden’s solar goals hinge on reconciliation bill

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:53:00

With the right policies in place, the United States could generate 40% of its electricity from solar power by 2035, according to an ambitious new road map from the Department of Energy. But to even have a chance of getting there, President Biden and congressional Democrats must pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill with its key climate provisions intact. That’s the takeaway of both experts and Energy Department officials. They see the reconciliation bill as a critical first step toward boosting U.S. use of solar power from the 4% share of the grid it now occupies to the 40% outlined in the Energy Department road map. [ read more … ]

Climate

Abandoning 60% of global oil might limit warming to 1.5 C

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:53:27

The majority of the planet’s fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if the world wants even half a chance — literally — at meeting its most ambitious climate targets. A new study published yesterday in the journal Nature found that 60 percent of oil and natural gas, and a whopping 90 percent of coal, must remain unextracted and unused between now and 2050 in order for the world to have at least a 50 percent shot at limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Tesla plans energy trading team as company expands battery projects

By Liz Hampton and Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:51:54

Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc s looking to staff an energy trading team to support its battery and renewable power projects, according to Tesla’s website and an employee post on the career site LinkedIn.com. The company has expanded operations to include home solar and large battery storage facilities, which currently account for a small portion of its total revenue. It also recently applied to begin marketing electricity in Texas. [ read more … ]

Energy Vault says its block tower system can help address the challenge of providing clean power around the clock.

By Amrith Ramkumar, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:51:39

Founded in 2017, the company aims to produce renewable energy even when the weather is cloudy or calm. That would help address the challenge of generating low-cost renewable power around the clock, one of the main hurdles to making clean energy more mainstream. Energy Vault says it can build its tower system in a cheap, sustainable way. The special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, that is taking the company public is Novus Capital Corp. II. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

The world’s biggest plant to capture CO2 from the air just opened in Iceland

By Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:51:06

A major new facility to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere started operating in Iceland on Wednesday, a boost to an emerging technology that experts say could eventually play an important role in reducing the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. The carbon capturing plant, perched on a barren lava plateau in southwest Iceland, is the biggest of its kind, its builder says, increasing global capacity for the technology by more than 40 percent. Many climate experts say that efforts to suck carbon dioxide out of the air will be key to making the world carbon neutral in the coming decades. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC’s Clements: U.S. Faces ‘Once-in-a-Generation Moment’ to Overhaul Transmission System

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-09-09 15:50:26

With former Commissioner Neil Chatterjee’s (R) exit on August 30, stakeholders are waiting on news of President Joe Biden’s nominee to replace him. Some have pushed the president to make the announcement as soon as possible, given the current 2-2 split between Democrats and Republicans as they consider issues including how to encourage new transmission infrastructure and how to make decisions on new natural gas pipelines. [ read more … ]

 

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