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October 3, 2021

Top Story

GM sets earlier deadline for all-renewable energy

By Will Englund, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:52:50

GM’s rival, the Ford Motor Co., has said it will meet the same goal for all its operations, domestic and international, by 2035. By moving the target date ahead, GM said, it will be able to avoid 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions that would have been produced between 2025 and 2030. “We know climate action is a priority and every company must push itself to decarbonize further and faster,” the company’s chief sustainability officer, Kristen Siemen, said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Upper Midwest renewable energy projects spark need for more power lines

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:51:45

“The grid is full today,” said Michael Lamb, Minneapolis-based Xcel’s senior vice president for transmission. More transmission, from big cross-country power lines to localized interconnections, is needed, particularly if aggressive government climate change goals are to be met, say clean energy analysts and power industry executives. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC pressed on gas, renewables, cyber threats

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:53:10

Operators of the nation’s power systems told federal regulators that the time for talk is over in girding the grid for a clean energy transformation and the threats of devastating weather and cyberattacks. “I feel like I’m on the train track at the end of the tunnel, and the light is getting bigger and bigger,” said Peter Brandien, an official of ISO New England, speaking to a conference yesterday on the power grid’s future at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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FERC Deadlock Allows PJM Rule Backing Renewables To Take Effect

By Rick Weber, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:54:15

Closely watched power market rules that could ease requirements for renewables and other low-carbon generators in the country’s largest grid region will now take effect after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deadlocked on whether to approve the regulatory changes. The rule by PJM Interconnection, which covers 13 Eastern and Midwestern states, reverses a Trump-era federal policy intended to favor fossil-fuel generators in “capacity” markets intended to secure sufficient long-term power needs. [ read more … ]

EVs

5 Midwestern governors agree to create a network to charge electric vehicles

By Bill Chappell, NPR  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:52:01

The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are joining forces to build a new network for charging electric vehicles. The bipartisan plan aims to improve the region’s economy while also reducing toxic emissions from cars and trucks. The new plan is called REV Midwest — the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition. In addition to creating jobs and improving public health, its backers say it will help the Midwest compete for both private investment and federal funding. [ read more … ]

EV sales have doubled. Is a ‘tidal wave’ coming?

By Arianna Skibell. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:53:31

Electric vehicle sales are booming in the U.S., with purchases nearly doubling over a year ago. That trend is chipping away at the long-held narrative that drivers aren’t ready for electric cars, and it’s leading some analysts to recalibrate their predictions. “We used to have a lot of very definitive forecasts,” said Tyson Jominy, vice president of data and analytics at J.D. Power, a global consumer intelligence company based in Michigan. “We’ve had to kind of blow those up because the rate of adoption is going much quicker.” [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rule

Strategic tension’: EPA plowing ahead on power plant rules

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:53:58

Away from the spotlight, EPA lawyers and technical specialists are working on new power-sector carbon dioxide rules. The Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards is the lead on the rule that is generating work across the agency, an EPA spokesperson said. “[W]e are working across offices within EPA to analyze the science and to determine which regulatory approaches are best suited to address the full suite of climate, health and environmental impacts from the power sector, and how they fit together,” the spokesperson told E&E News. [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA’s Draft Strategic Plan Targets Climate, Environmental Justice

By InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-03 12:52:33

The Biden EPA has unveiled its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-2026 that seeks to integrate climate change and environmental justice considerations into all agency actions, an effort that aims to formally institutionalize the administration’s priority items into EPA’s policy agenda “EPA is at the center of the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda on climate change and environmental justice, and so it’s critical that our strategic direction reflect those priorities and values,” Administrator Michael Regan said in an Oct. 1 statement.
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