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October 13, 2021

Top Story

Fossil-Fuel Use Could Peak in Just a Few Years. Still, Major Challenges Loom.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:45:41

Clean energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are advancing so rapidly that the global use of fossil fuels is now expected to peak by the mid-2020s and then start declining, the world’s leading energy agency said Tuesday. But there’s a catch: The transition away from coal, oil and natural gas still isn’t happening fast enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, the agency said, at least not unless governments take much stronger action to reduce their planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions over the next few years. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind is America’s new industry. Who will build it?

By Benjamin Storrow, Miriam Wasser, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:44:24

Workers in onshore wind and solar tend to make less than their counterparts in fossil fuels. They are also less likely to belong to unions. Offshore wind represents an opportunity to change that.
With 16 projects proposed along the East Coast, and more likely to follow, the United States could see thousands of turbines clustered near its shorelines. Offshore wind is a pillar of President Biden’s climate strategy as he tries to decrease emissions and increase jobs. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Holding back the years: Dems try new tack in reconciliation

By George Cahlink, Geof Koss, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:45:26

Congressional Democrats are trying to lower the price of President Biden’s domestic agenda by scaling back the length of some new initiatives and curtailing their costs rather than dropping them altogether. Saying she was “very disappointed” that Congress won’t be able to pass a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill favored by most of her members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday she instead expects a final bill to come in at “a couple trillion” dollars — a compromise to curry favor with moderate Senate Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. [ read more … ]

States

The disaster governors

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:43:42

With climate change increasing the severity of weather disasters, governors of several Northeastern states are increasingly turning to each other for advice on dealing with these events as they brace for more dangerous disasters to come. “We’re all comparing notes,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said. “And I think we all feel like we’re being dragged along.” Murphy said he also talks with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has overseen the emergency response to countless droughts and wildfires in his state. [ read more … ]

Markets

Big Energy Companies’ New Pitch: ‘Carbon-Neutral’ Oil and Gas

By Dieter Holger, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:43:19

Some energy companies are giving fossil fuels a carbon-neutral makeover, raising concerns that the pitch could undermine the case for less emissions. The companies are selling fossil fuels bundled with carbon offsets and marketing the products as carbon neutral. While they acknowledge that the offsets alone aren’t enough to stop climate change, advocates of decarbonization say the offerings risk exaggerating the climate benefits. [ read more … ]

Natural gas and net zero: Can they coexist?

By Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:44:03

A new net-zero goal from CenterPoint Energy Inc., a Texas-based utility company, contains an eye-catching 2035 timeline that puts it 15 years ahead of many industry peers. But the pledge to slash greenhouse gas emissions also arrives with asterisks that critics say undermine its value. That’s in part because CenterPoint has both natural gas and electricity operations — and most of its greenhouse gas emissions are tied to customers’ gas use that is outside the net-zero goal. The company also is planning to build some gas-fueled generation in the name of affordable and reliable power. [ read more … ]

Energy crunch raises questions about China’s devotion to coal

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:45:14

Quitting coal won’t be easy. About half of the world’s coal plants operate within China, and it has plans to add around 100 gigawatts of new capacity. Last year, it built over three times as much new coal power capacity as all other countries in the world combined, according to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air. But the way China manages the fossil fuel presents its own problems — a situation that gives observers hope that China could turn the corner on coal. [ read more … ]

EVs

Rocking down to Electric Avenue? Good luck charging your car

By Nick Carey and Tina Bellon, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:42:51

European and U.S. cities planning to phase out combustion engines over the next 15 years first need to plug a charging gap for millions of residents who park their cars on the street. For while electric vehicle (EVs) sales are soaring in Europe and the United States, a lag in installing charging infrastructure is causing a roadblock. [ read more … ]

Zero-emission vehicles make up highest-ever share of overall vehicle sales

By Tanya Snyder, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-10-13 11:46:03

During the second quarter of 2021, zero-emission vehicles made up a larger percentage of new vehicle sales than ever before — 3.8 percent of total sales, according to an auto trade group. According to a new quarterly report on electric vehicle sales from the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, more than 168,000 battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles were sold in the second quarter, a 33 percent increase over the first quarter. [ read more … ]

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