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September 30, 2021

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McCarthy Floats Dropping CEPP To Win Climate Measures In Budget Plan

By Rick Weber, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:39:12

White House domestic climate chief Gina McCarthy says a scenario in which Democrats fail to include a clean electricity performance plan (CEPP) in their budget “reconciliation” legislation would not prevent the administration from achieving its climate targets, arguing EPA and other agencies’ climate rules will complement any Hill action. “It doesn’t mean I don’t want the clean energy payment plan, and it doesn’t mean we’re going to give it up without lots of kicking and screaming. It does mean that I don’t think we need to have every penny in here to make tremendous progress.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Expanding tax credits

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:40:40

 Sen. Michael Bennet is out with a new bill that would expand investment and production tax credits for onshore wind, hoping to get the renewable boost included in reconciliation. The Onshore Wind American Manufacturing Act would create a 30 percent ITC for American facilities that manufacture or assemble onshore wind components, with a phase out by the end of 2030. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. trade officials delay decision on new solar tariffs

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:40:17

The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday asked a group of anonymous domestic solar manufacturers for additional information before it would consider a request to impose duties on panels produced in three Southeast Asian countries. The move delays the department’s decision which had been expected this week. The case is the latest dispute between U.S. solar project builders that rely on cheap imports for most of their supplies and the tiny domestic manufacturing sector that says it can’t compete effectively with the flood of low-priced imports from Asia. [ read more … ]

CEPP

How Dems’ clean electricity plan would change utilities

By Peter Behr, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:41:37

The nation’s utility industry has never seen carrots and sticks the size of the grants and penalties aimed at delivering a zero-carbon grid transformation under congressional Democrats’ proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program. The CEPP is the key climate provision in President Biden’s embattled $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan, and its fate is unknown. So are its potential costs and benefits across a spectrum of unpredictable utility budgets, electric bills, and jobs added and lost.
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Manchin Urges FERC To Weigh Hill Democrats’ Clean Power Incentives

By Rick Weber, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:38:54

Senate energy committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) is expressing concerns that House Democrats’ proposal for a clean electricity performance program (CEPP) as part of budget reconciliation legislation could undermine grid reliability, and is asking federal energy regulators to help him sort through such concerns. “I just can’t for the life of me keep writing checks from our treasury for publicly traded companies that have shareholders that are basically benefiting off of the investments we’re making with no return to taxpayers,” Manchin said at a Sept. 28 Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing featuring testimony from all four members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [ read more … ]

EVs

Unions and EVs: Can Dems really have both?

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:39:29

Imagine two $40,000 American-made electric cars, one made by a unionized workers in Michigan and the other by nonunion workers in Tennessee. After a proposed federal tax break, the Tennessee vehicle would cost $32,500 and the Michigan one would cost $28,000. Is that fair? Now imagine the workers who made those cars. The median hourly wage for a union Michigan assembly worker is about $21, while the nonunion Tennessee worker is $18. Is that fair? [ read more … ]

Electric Vans Roll Off Line That Once Made Gas-Guzzling Hummers

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-30 15:39:51

The vans are basically breadboxes on wheels. But the company is not trying to turn heads on the sidewalk. It’s hoping to get the attention of fleet managers with a simple proposition: save money by converting to electric. The vehicles have a range of 100 to 120 miles, 171 cubic feet of cargo space (enough to carry several hundred shoe boxes) and a cost of about $27,000 after a $7,500 federal tax credit. By ELMS estimates, the total cost of ownership, including fuel and maintenance, is 35% cheaper than comparable gas-powered vans. [ read more … ]

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