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October 17, 2021

Top Story

Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

By Coral Davenport and Luke Broadwater, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:01:11

Some House and Senate Democrats, smarting from a move by Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, to kill a major element of President Biden’s climate plan, are switching to Plan B: a tax on carbon dioxide pollution. A carbon tax, in which polluting industries would pay a fee for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, is seen by economists as the most effective way to cut the fossil fuel emissions that are heating the planet. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Big Oil wants to be Big Wind. Can drillers be trusted?

By Benjamin Storrow, Miriam Wasser, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:00:44

Some experts say oil companies’ deep pockets and their decades of working offshore make them uniquely suited to build turbines at sea. Others are skeptical. They worry that offshore wind could be a token investment, something to burnish the companies’ reputations while they pour vast resources into oil and gas projects. Fossil fuel companies have “known for literal decades that the industry they were running was going to ruin the world,” said Mary Annaïse Heglar, a prominent climate writer and co-host of the “Hot Take” podcast and newsletter. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Secret trade war stirs fears of ‘high and rising’ threat to solar

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:02:29

An anonymous solar coalition’s appeal to the Biden administration for new trade restrictions on Chinese-linked panels is becoming a bitter struggle that analysts say will have major implications for the broader U.S. solar industry. The coalition, known as the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC), petitioned the Commerce Department in August for new tariffs on solar products originating in China and assembled in Malaysia, Vietnam or Thailand. The coalition accused nearly two dozen Chinese companies — including some of the world’s largest solar suppliers — of setting up facilities in those three Southeast Asian countries in order to export to the United States without paying existing tariffs. [ read more … ]

States

California Scrambles to Find Electricity to Offset Plant Closures

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:04:05

California is racing to secure large amounts of power in the next few years to make up for the impending closure of fossil-fuel power plants and a nuclear facility that provides nearly 10% of the state’s electricity. The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered utilities to buy an unprecedented amount of renewable energy and battery storage as the state phases out four natural-gas-fired power plants and retires Diablo Canyon, the state’s last nuclear plant, starting in 2024. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Chopping block angst grows as Dems eye end-of-month deadline

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:03:07

The Biden administration and Democratic leadership in Congress continue to promise that climate provisions won’t be left out of a final, multitrillion-dollar social spending package. But anxiety is building around what “climate” might actually mean to those at the negotiating table. House Natural Resources Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), in an interview with E&E News yesterday, said he isn’t sure what they’re talking about, either — and he worries that their definition will exclude the policies and programs prioritized in his committee’s massive set of recommendations for the reconciliation process. [ read more … ]

Exclusive: Kerry says legislation not essential to climate goals

By Sara Schonhardt, Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:03:35

“I just think people are miscalculating if they think that the whole thing depends on one piece of legislation,” Kerry said in an interview. “Is it important as legislation? Yes, unequivocally. But it is not the key to Glasgow, it is not the sole determinant of what is going to unfold.” [ read more … ]

PM2.5

Regan Warns Of PM2.5 Health Risks, Need To Combat ‘Structural Racism’

By Stuart Parker, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:02:05

EPA Administrator Michael Regan is warning of the need to protect vulnerable populations from the dangers of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and the adverse impact it has in exacerbating racial and economic disparities in environmental health, indicating a likely push to strengthen federal standards in a reconsideration of the limits now underway. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC weighs grid plan that could revolutionize clean energy

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:02:48

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is weighing an overhaul of a major rule that critics say impedes the transition to a low-carbon grid while raising electricity bills. The agency has received comments from dozens of state regulators, electric utilities, clean energy groups and private companies on whether it should remove a policy allowing states to block demand response resources from wholesale power markets. Since the rule was established in 2009, an estimated 18 states have taken advantage of the “opt-out” provision. [ read more … ]

Transmission ‘Monitor’ Emerges As Flashpoint In FERC Grid Proposal

By Rick Weber & Lee Logan, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-17 12:01:36

Regional electric grid operators are pushing back on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s draft rules to ease deployment of transmission lines needed to integrate high levels of renewables, while environmentalists, Biden administration officials and some states are cheering the plan. A key point of contention is FERC’s proposal for expanded federal oversight of transmission planning, in the form of an “independent transmission monitor” that would oversee planning and costs of transmission projects in a given region. [ read more … ]

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