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October 10, 2021

Top Story

An energy crisis is gripping the world, with potentially grave consequences

By Will Englund, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:58:01

“The wrong response to this would be to slow down the transition to renewable energy,” Timmermans said at a meeting of environmental ministers. “The right response is to keep the momentum and perhaps even look for ways to increase the momentum.” Energy analysts argue that Europe moved too quickly away from fossil-fueled power, before ensuring that sufficient renewable sources could take up the slack in an emergency. Caught halfway in a transition that should take decades, they say, Europe is now scrambling to find coal and gas to burn in its remaining traditional plants. [ read more … ]

Markets

Global Energy Crisis Threatens to Hit U.S. Grids This Winter

By Will Wade, Naureen S Malik and Josh Saul, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:59:51

The energy crisis that’s led to electricity shortages and blackouts in Europe and Asia may be heading for the U.S. Electric companies are alerting customers about winter price hikes and an energy hedge fund warned of potential gas shortages. Ernie Thrasher, chief executive officer of Xcoal Energy & Resources LLC, said said utility executives have told him they’re anxious that fuel shortages this winter could trigger blackouts. [ read more … ]

Hydropower Decline Adds Strain to Power Grids in Drought

By MICHAEL PHILLIS, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:57:46

Severe drought across the West drained reservoirs this year, slashing hydropower production and further stressing the region’s power grids. And as extreme weather becomes more common with climate change, grid operators are adapting to swings in hydropower generation. “The challenge is finding the right resource, or mix of resources, that can provide the same energy and power outputs as hydro,” said Lindsay Buckley, a spokesperson for the California Energy Commission. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Democrats’ red line for Manchin: No climate cuts

By Nick Sobczy, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:59:31

A group of Senate Democrats yesterday dug in their heels against potential cuts to climate programs in the reconciliation package, as a stare down continues with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and other moderates. “There isn’t a middle ground between a livable and unlivable world. We cannot pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill without the reconciliation package,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said during a news conference with environmental groups and Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). “We cannot slash climate funding in this package.” [ read more … ]

Exclusive-U.S. Democrats court Manchin with two-part climate plan -sources

By Jarrett Renshaw and Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 11:00:08

Democrats are close to finalizing a plan supported by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin that would boost tax credits for power plants that capture carbon, as the White House courts him to pass a multi-trillion spending plan, two sources said. The carbon sequestration tax credit, which rewards industries for installing equipment to capture carbon dioxide emissions and store them underground, is a crucial part of the “Build Back Better” bill being crafted in Congress, which aims to tackle the impacts of climate change by pushing companies to curb greenhouse gases.
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Coal may get a lifeline in Democrats’ reconciliation bill

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:59:17

Aging coal-fired power plants desperate for a lifeline may find one in the unlikeliest of places: the Democrats’ climate-centric $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The measure uses funding and tax breaks to ensure daily American life is predominantly powered by the sun and wind, not fossil fuels. And it aims to make that happen in a decade. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

6 Aspects of American Life Threatened by Climate Change

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:58:22

Less food. More traffic accidents. Extreme weather hitting nuclear waste sites. Migrants rushing toward the United States, fleeing even worse calamity in their own countries. Those scenarios, once the stuff of dystopian fiction, are now driving American policymaking. Under orders from President Biden, top officials at every government agency have spent months considering the top climate threats their agencies face, and how to cope with them. [ read more … ]

Nut shells fuel cement kilns as Calif. imposes climate law

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:59:00

One California cement plant burns tires and pistachio shells in its 2,700-degree kiln. Another feeds plastic and fabric into its rock-melting oven. The cement industry is using unusual fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as lawmakers increasingly target cement makers for their outsize contributions to climate change. The industry faces its biggest test in California, which just passed the nation’s first law forcing cement makers to reach net-zero emissions in 24 years.
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EVs

The hard road to electrifying a mighty truck

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-10 10:58:37

Sometime soon, a strange contraption wrapped in colorful blue and orange coils and weighing almost 24 metric tons will roll out of a Seattle industrial park, destined for a platinum mine in South Africa. There it will meet its future host: a truck that is one of the planet’s largest land vehicles. [ read more … ]

 

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