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September 13, 2021

Top Story

Energy Prices in Europe Hit Records After Wind Stops Blowing

By Joe Wallace, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:08:31

Natural gas and electricity markets were already surging in Europe when a fresh catalyst emerged: The wind in the stormy North Sea stopped blowing. The sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production off the coast of the U.K. in recent weeks whipsawed through regional energy markets. Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make up the shortfall from wind. Natural-gas prices, already boosted by the pandemic recovery and a lack of fuel in storage caverns and tanks, hit all-time highs. Thermal coal, long shunned for its carbon emissions, has emerged from a long price slump as utilities are forced to turn on backup power sources. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Rising Solar Prices Threaten Paris Climate Goals, Analyst Says

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:10:01

Rising costs for solar panels threaten to slow the transition to clean energy that’s needed to curb climate change, according to a report from Rystad Energy.  Global prices for solar panels have climbed 16% this year, largely because costs for polysilicon and silver have increased, Rystad said Friday. That’s been exacerbated by pandemic-related restrictions that have sent some key raw materials costs soaring.  [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Major Calif. battery outage highlights energy storage risks

By Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:09:02

A massive U.S. battery storage project is offline in California, stoking reliability and safety questions about a technology that will be crucial to meeting future clean electricity goals. The overheating of battery modules on Labor Day weekend affected a 300-megawatt facility at Vistra Corp.’s Moss Landing energy storage site. But the implications go beyond any one state, company or project. [ read more … ]

Budget Reconciliation Bill

Manchin slams $3.5T plan, says climate bill ‘makes no sense’

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:09:19

Congressional Democrats will need to start bridging major differences over climate policy and spending this week if they want to make headway toward their goal of passing a sweeping budget reconciliation bill by the end of the month. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) threw more cold water on the process. On multiple talk shows, he said he would not vote for a $3.5 trillion plan and suggested it should be scaled back to no more than $1.5 trillion. [ read more … ]

Air Toxics Rule

Epic battle looms as EPA prepares to revive air toxics rule

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:09:45

Last year, attorney Robert Cheren was representing a coal company seeking to void EPA’s limits on releases of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Now employed by the West Virginia attorney general’s office, Cheren was first in line to formally weigh in with the Biden White House regulations office on an EPA proposal likely aimed at restoring the legal footing for those landmark regulations, records show. In what resembles a film run backwards, he’s among the players returning to the fray engulfing a particularly contested Trump administration rollback: the scrapping last year of the statutorily required determination that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous power plant emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Toyota, Honda oppose U.S. House electric vehicle tax plan

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:07:50

Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co on Saturday sharply criticized a proposal by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to give union-made electric vehicles in the United States an additional $4,500 tax incentive. Toyota said in a statement that the plan unveiled late Friday discriminates “against American autoworkers based on their choice not to unionize.” [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Left’s NIMBY War Against Renewable Energy

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-13 16:08:21

There’s not a more important economic imperative for the U.S. than the transition to renewable energy. Ominously, anti-development forces — commonly known as NIMBYs — threaten to make this transition much harder. And much of that NIMBY energy is coming from the political left. [ read more … ]

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