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September 15, 2021

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Biden calls for climate action ahead of historic legislation

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:39:57

Dealing with climate change doesn’t have to be hard, President Joe Biden said yesterday: All it takes is for people to come together. “Something that is caused by humans can be solved by humans,” he said. If only it were that easy. [ read more … ]

Budget Reconciliation Bill

Democrats prepare for next phase of budget fight as House readies package and Biden meets with Senate skeptics

By Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:38:21

Assembling the House package has proven to be an enormous undertaking, as Democrats raced over the past week to produce roughly 2,600 pages of legislative text spanning the party’s vast policy ambitions. The measure seeks to shepherd major changes to federal health care, education, immigration and tax laws, introducing a sprawling set of federal programs that Democratic leaders have described as historic in their size and scope. But the fruits of lawmakers’ labors quickly seemed overshadowed by political reality, particularly in the Senate, where Biden on Wednesday began to focus his attention. He met with Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in the morning, and plans to huddle with Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) later in the day, as part of a renewed effort to reassure wavering lawmakers in his own party. [ read more … ]

Democrats Put Off Hard Decisions on $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan for Now

By Kristina Peterson and Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:39:13

Democrats on Capitol Hill have hard choices to make if they want to pass a sprawling package of healthcare, education and climate-change programs without any GOP support. So far, they have avoided making them. Centrist Senate Democrats are raising concerns over Democratic leaders’ plans to assemble a package of $3.5 trillion in spending and tax cuts, even if offset by other sources of revenue and savings. Because Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote from their own caucus in the evenly-split Senate, that means that overall spending level will likely have to come down, either by excluding or shortening the length of some proposed programs. [ read more … ]

Study: Dem plan could cut emissions by nearly a gigaton

By Nick Sobczyk, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:38:58

 The reconciliation bill working its way through Congress could cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly a gigaton by 2030, according to a new report. The analysis, released today by the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, offers a first look at how the sprawling suite of climate policies Democrats are considering as part of their $3.5 trillion package could overhaul energy and contribute to President Biden’s Paris Agreement emissions-cutting pledge. [ read more … ]

House committee approves $150B Clean Electricity Performance Program

By Jason Plautz, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:38:39

Text of the plan, released last week, detailed a $150 billion program that would require electric providers to increase the amount of clean energy distributed to customers by 4% year over year. Providers that meet the goal would get grants from the Department of Energy, while those falling short would owe money. [ read more … ]

States

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

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:38:03

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 … ]

Grid

Major utility questions Biden’s signature climate plan

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:40:36

One of America’s largest power companies is raising concerns that the president’s signature climate proposal would force utilities to develop clean energy “too rapidly.” American Electric Power asserted in a letter to other utilities and congressional offices that the Clean Electricity Performance Program would “adversely impact the reliability and resilience of the electric grid.” [ read more … ]

EVs

The government helped Tesla conquer electric cars. Now it’s helping Detroit, and Elon Musk isn’t happy.

By Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-15 14:40:19

President Biden held a splashy event on the White House’s South Lawn last month to announce an ambitious goal: to make half of new passenger vehicle sales electric, plug-in hybrid or fuel-cell electric vehicles by 2030. But a key player in the industry was nowhere to be seen. Elon Musk and the country’s leading electric-car manufacturer, Tesla, had been left out of the festivities.
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