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September 14, 2021

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As the largest-ever U.S. climate bill inches forward, a lobbying frenzy ensues

By Steven Mufson and Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:56:14

The prospect of a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill has sparked a lobbying frenzy in Congress, as lawmakers zero in this week on a measure that could reshape the nation’s energy system.
The jockeying over what promises to be the largest-ever overhaul of the United States’ electricity grid and automotive fleet involves major industries, environmental groups and President Biden, who argued for cutting carbon emissions while touring wildfire damage in the West on Monday. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

Russia could fuel U.S. nuclear plants without political fix

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:57:27

Without a lifeline in the budget reconciliation bill, the next generation of nuclear power in the United States could be fueled by Russia. That’s significant because President Biden’s ambitious climate goals won’t be achievable without nuclear energy in the mix for the foreseeable future, observers say.Analysts note that the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors — which are smaller, cheaper and easier to deploy than their predecessors — need enriched uranium. “And right now the only way to get that is from Russia,” said Lindsey Walter, deputy director for Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program. [ read more … ]

Budget Reconciliation Bill

Senate Democrats press ahead despite Manchin warning

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:57:46

Senate Democrats yesterday shrugged off criticism from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) about their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, instead signaling they are continuing to work on the bill’s sweeping climate goals. Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said yesterday he expects the legislation will pass with significant climate provisions. Among those favored by Democrats are the Clean Energy Performance Program, or CEPP; a new civilian climate corps; and an energy tax code overhaul. [ read more … ]

Committee OKs methane fee, launches debate on climate plan

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:58:03

The Energy and Commerce Committee advanced parts of its sprawling budget reconciliation bill in a marathon markup Monday but punted until a fight over Democrats’ marquee climate policy.
The panel recessed around 3 a.m. this morning after 15 hours of debate, having passed six of the 16 subtitles that make up its portion of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. Lawmakers will reconvene at 10 a.m. to finish the energy subtitle and the $150 billion Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), the centerpiece of E&C’s massive suite of climate and environmental policies. [ read more … ]

States

Landmark Ill. climate bill passes in boon for nuclear, renewables

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:56:32

After struggling for years to meet its clean energy goals, Illinois is poised for a wind and solar boom after the General Assembly gave final approval to sweeping legislation that will authorize more than a half-billion dollars a year in renewable spending. The state Senate yesterday voted 37-17 to approve S.B. 2408 and send it to Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is set to sign the landmark energy legislation today. [ read more … ]

Agencies

What to watch this fall at DOE, Interior, FERC

By Miranda Willson, Lesley Clark, Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:58:31

“I think we’re seeing quite good support from the Biden ministration,” David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America, the largest offshore wind developer in the country, said in a recent interview. “From the Cabinet members from Haaland, etc., you can see a lot of traction in the first eight months.” Biden promised to clear 16 offshore wind projects through permitting by 2025, the end of his first term. So far this year, the department has advanced or started the central environmental review process for nine projects, including the approval of Vineyard Wind, the first large-scale offshore array in the country. Others expected soon include a notice to review Atlantic Shores, the 1,510-MW wind array planned off the coast of New Jersey. Others are expected to move closer to full approval this year, like Ørsted’s South Fork offshore wind farm. [ read more … ]

EVs

Automakers blast EV tax credit over union provision

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-14 14:56:59

Major auto companies are pushing back against an expansive clean energy tax bill that they say punishes manufacturers whose workers are not unionized. The bill, which the House Ways and Means Committee plans to take up tomorrow, would significantly increase electric vehicle credits. If passed, it could cut the price of some battery-powered cars by as much as a third — boosting EV competitiveness and, in some cases, making them cheaper than certain combustion-engine automobiles. The proposal was introduced last Friday as part of a broader $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, and includes sweeping tax extensions, expansions and creations [ read more … ]

 

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