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September 19, 2021

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Dems’ clean electricity plan could leave out big utilities

By Kristi E. Swartz, Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:30:51

The nation’s largest public power utility may be exempt from a $150 billion clean electricity plan under consideration in Congress, stoking concerns that the sweeping energy proposal contains significant loopholes and would hit the sector unevenly. The Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, would not require the Tennessee Valley Authority and several other major utilities to ramp up clean electricity generation because they don’t directly deliver power to homes and businesses, experts say.
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Grid

Why Louisiana’s Electric Grid Failed in Hurricane Ida

By Peter Eavis and Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:32:25

The grid failure after Ida is the latest display of how power companies are struggling to fulfill those obligations as climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather. In California, electricity providers have been forced to shut off power to tens of thousands of customers in recent years to prevent their equipment from setting off wildfires and to reduce energy demand during heat waves. In February, the grid in most of Texas failed during a winter storm, leaving millions of people without power and heat for days. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Reconciliation bill would slash emissions. But by how much?

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:30:38

Congress is considering the most aggressive piece of climate legislation in U.S. history, prompting a scramble among interest groups and experts to measure the environmental benefits. Now that House committees have wrapped up their work on the package, these groups are modeling the greenhouse gas emissions impact of the bill’s suite of climate policies. Their early conclusions? The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill would greatly reduce emissions if enacted. [ read more … ]

House Democrats Float Sweeping Tax Breaks For Clean Power, EVs

By Lee Logan, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:31:26

The plan would offer up to $12,500 in consumer tax breaks for an EV purchase, up from a current limit of $7,500. Nearly all of the difference is tied to vehicles made at unionized manufacturing plants, a provision that is already drawing opposition from foreign automakers such as Toyota and Honda. The low-carbon tax breaks are considered a major cornerstone of the climate-related elements of the reconciliation package, with top Democrats suggesting they would complement a proposed $150 billion incentive program to encourage utilities to deploy more clean electricity.
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EVs

Lucid Motors beats Tesla in range, going 520 miles on a charge, the E.P.A. says.

By Niraj Chokshi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:31:49

Lucid Motors, a start-up automaker, has unseated Tesla, the dominant maker of electric cars, as the producer of the electric vehicle that can travel farthest on a single charge. Lucid’s top-of-the-line Air Dream Edition Range can drive 520 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday, beating by more than 100 miles the Tesla Model S Long Range, previously the car that could go the furthest on a charge. [ read more … ]

Blowers, mowers and more: American yards quietly go electric

By KATHERINE ROTH, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-09-19 11:31:08

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.
“I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like listening to music when I do yardwork and this way I can enjoy music or a podcast while I work,” he said. “I could never do that with gas-powered equipment.” [ read more … ]

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