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September 22, 2021

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1,000 corporations vs. utility execs: Who is right on 100% clean power?

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:51:23

A new blueprint from a billionaire-led coalition that includes some of the nation’s largest corporations is backing ambitious clean energy policies being pushed by President Biden, even as utility executives are expressing doubts about them. Known as America Is All In, the coalition has more than 1,000 corporate members — including Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Google LLC, Microsoft Corp. and Walmart Inc. — as well as three states; 13 counties; and hundreds of cities, universities and faith groups. Chaired by the billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), among others, the group emerged in 2017 as a pro-Paris-deal counterweight to the Trump administration, and has since pivoted to promoting what it calls an “all-of-society” approach to addressing climate change [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind farm draws fire for interfering with WWII incarceration site

By Rob Hotakainen, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:50:02

The Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project would be the largest wind farm in all of Idaho, bringing as many as 400 new turbines to Magic Valley. But there’s one big obstacle: Opponents fear the project in the southern part of the state would interfere with the integrity of the nearby Minidoka National Historic Site, which honors 13,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated there during the 1940s. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

California is sued over its rule on solar power installers.

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:48:33

Fearing that growth in California’s solar power sector could grind to a halt, the association representing the industry has sued the state over new restrictions on who can install batteries on solar units. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Friday, the California Solar and Storage Association asked the Superior Court of California in San Francisco to overturn the rule changes and allow the current training standards to remain in place for those who install increasingly popular solar panels and battery systems. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Reconciliation timing slips as Democrats continue to feud

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:50:24

Reconciliation talks are likely to slip into October amid ongoing policy disputes and a brewing fight in the House between moderates and progressives. That leaves President Biden’s agenda in an uncertain position, with less than a week to go before a scheduled House vote Sept. 27 on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. [ read more … ]

Democrats fear climate impact of only passing bipartisan bill

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:50:41

President Biden this summer trumpeted his bipartisan infrastructure deal as a “historic” win for the climate. But the arrival of autumn finds Democrats in danger of a historic failure. The bipartisan infrastructure bill, which prescribes $550 billion in new spending, is in danger. So is a larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that contains a much more ambitious approach to climate change [ read more … ]

Republicans to Fight Clean Power Program With ‘Byrd’ Budget Rule

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:51:01

Republicans intend to challenge a key climate-change program in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package with the same maneuver that helped knock out immigration reform.  They plan to seek a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian that the Clean Electricity Performance Program violates the so-called Byrd Rule prohibition on using budget reconciliation measures to advance policy changes with “merely incidental” budgetary impacts. [ read more … ]

EVs

Michigan plans 1st U.S. charging road for electric vehicles

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:48:51

Plans are underway for Michigan to construct a first in the nation segment of road that will charge electric vehicles while they’re driving, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday at the Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac. Michigan’s Department of Transportation and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification are partnering to make a one-mile stretch of state roadway in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties to allow public transportation and private vehicles to charge while traveling as a part of the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot, according to a news release.
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Electric vehicles may cut global refining capacity demand by half in 2050 – Rystad

By Florence Tan, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:49:08

A global drive towards electrification of road transport to reduce carbon emissions may cut demand for the world’s oil refining capacity by half in 2050, consultancy Rystad Energy says. “Going forward we will be touching by 2050 somewhere very close to 90% of electrification,” Mukesh Sahdev, senior vice president and head of downstream at Rystad Energy said, adding that this scenario would probably lead to a 50% decline in global refining capacity. [ read more … ]

Inclusion of Tax Credits for Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles in Democrats’ Budget Plan Has Support of 3 in 5 Voters

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:49:27

In light of the wrangling over the precise parameters of the $3.5 trillion budget plan making its way through Congress, a new survey found that 61 percent of the electorate would support the inclusion of renewable energy tax credits, including those for electric vehicle purchases. That figure includes 30 percent who “strongly” back the tax credits and 31 percent who “somewhat” support their inclusion. Meanwhile, 15 percent of registered voters somewhat oppose the potential provisions and 12 percent strongly oppose them.  [ read more … ]

Toyota boss says carbon is the enemy, not the internal combustion engine

By Ronan Glon, Autoblog  •    •  Posted 2021-09-22 15:49:40

“Carbon is our enemy, not the internal combustion engine,” he said during a Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) press conference. He’s the group’s chairman. He pointed out Japan’s car industry has cut its CO2 emissions by 23% over the past 20 years, largely with hybrid technology like the system Toyota pioneered before a vast majority of its domestic and international rivals. In his view, the industry needs to “leverage the technological advantages that we have built up and take immediate steps to maximize CO2 reductions using the electrified vehicles we have now,” a strategy which would free up resources to develop solutions for other carbon-emitting industries. [ read more … ]

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