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September 21, 2021

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Sparring Grows Over Clean Electricity Program Amid Senate Pushback

By Doug Obey, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:15:01

Observers are questioning whether key elements of House Democrats’ proposed incentives and fees to spur clean electricity will comply with Senate budget procedures allowing passage on a party-line vote, while a key senator is reportedly pushing to weaken the plan. The threats to the proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) come as supporters are touting analysis claiming it would boost the effectiveness of other climate policies, particularly measures aimed at boosting clean manufacturing in energy-reliant communities. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

New York nearly doubles goal for distributed solar installations on success of existing incentives

By Emma Penrod, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:14:04

New York will increase the goal for its NY-Sun distributed solar program to aim for 10 GW of installed solar capacity by 2030, according to a Monday announcement by Governor Kathy Hochul, D. The program was already on track to exceed its original goal of 6 GW by 2025, according to the announcement. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

‘The biggest mashup we’ve ever had’: Dems scramble on agenda

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:14:41

Democrats are working to rescue their reconciliation plans, as another looming showdown between moderates and progressives threatens to upend the process. The next several days will be a crucial negotiating window on the $3.5 trillion package ahead of a scheduled House vote Sept. 27 on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that moderate Democrats negotiated last month with Speaker Nancy Pelosi [ read more … ]

DOE

DOE stirs up climate fight over building codes

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:14:26

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm warned the creators of the nation’s most widely used model for building energy codes yesterday that their work could be sliding toward “irrelevance” in addressing climate change, signaling that a once-obscure policy area is becoming a flashpoint for debates about cutting emissions. Granholm’s comments came in a recorded speech that was aired at an annual meeting of the International Code Council, a nonprofit group whose model codes are often voluntarily adopted by states and cities. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric vehicles divide opinion as car-loving Germany goes to polls

By Philip Oltermann, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:15:27

As the country heads to the polls on 26 September, all main parties on the ballot apart from the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) say they are committed to Germany reaching net zero within the next 14 to 29 years, and to curbing combustion engine emissions accordingly. The promise – and some say fiction – that these parties offer to voters is that such a historic change can be achieved without risking the world-leading status of Germany’s automobile industry. “Our great challenge is that we remain a car nation that is successful at making electric vehicles instead,” Olaf Scholz, the frontrunner in the race, said in a recent interview. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Washington’s Attack On Oil And Gas May Backfire

By Irina Slav, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted 2021-09-21 16:16:05

That the Biden administration and the Democratic-majority Congress have set their sights on the oil and gas industry as the ultimate culprit behind a changing climate was clear even before last year’s elections. Now, it seems, Washington is doubling down on its promise to crack down on oil and gas in any way possible. But the move may backfire badly. Last week, the House Oversight Committee wrote to the executives of the biggest oil companies operating in the United States along with the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to inform them that it is now investigating these companies for disinformation on climate change. The letter also called on the executives to appear in Congress next month to testify on the issue. [ read more … ]

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