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October 21, 2021

Top Story

Inaction on climate change imperils millions of lives, doctors say

By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:34:57

By far the deadliest hazard comes from the act of burning fossil fuels, which generates tiny, lung-irritating particles known as PM2.5. One estimate published this February put the toll of this pollution at more than 10 million excess deaths each year. “If nothing else will drive the message home about the present threat that climate change poses to our global society, this should,” said Lachlan McIver, a Doctors Without Borders physician who was not involved in writing the Lancet report. “Your health, my health, the health of our parents and our children are at stake.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden wants more wind energy. Those projects should help local politicians, our research finds.

By Oksan Bayulgen, Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Mary Buchanan and Lyle Scruggs, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:35:14

Our findings suggest that, at least in Minnesota, developing wind farms helps politicians win reelection. We think our results might be true for other states as well. During the past decade of rapidly expanding wind farms, most have been built not in blue, coastal states, but in very red parts of the middle of the United States, where it is easiest to reap energy from wind. According to the Energy Information Agency, the top four states for wind energy production are Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas. Red states are adding capacity as fast or faster than blue states. [ read more … ]

Meeting state offshore wind, renewable goals requires up to $3.2B in transmission, PJM says

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:34:39

It will cost $2.2 billion to $3.2 billion to build enough transmission in the PJM Interconnection to meet states’ offshore wind and renewable portfolio standard goals through 2035, according to a study by the grid operator. The transmission projects and renewable generation would lower customer costs by reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled power plants and removing transmission bottlenecks on the grid while allowing for more exports to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, PJM said in the report released Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

U.S. delays global plan to deliver $100B in climate finance

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:37:27

The United States is holding up a process for determining how the world’s richest nations will deliver billions of dollars to poorer countries for combating global warming, according to sources close to the discussions. One major sticking point is whether the U.S. and other nations would have to make up shortfalls if they fail to provide $100 billion a year to developing countries. The U.S. has raised concerns about a proposal by other rich nations to commit to $500 billion over the next five years. [ read more … ]

Climate

EIA projects that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will rise over the next 30 years

By Kevin Nakolan, EIA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:41:24

In our International Energy Outlook 2021, we project that global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will increase for countries both inside and outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over the next 30 years under current laws and regulations. Between 2020 and 2050, we project that total energy-related CO2 emissions will increase by 5% (600 million metric tons) in OECD countries (which generally have slowly growing economies) and by 35% (8 billion metric tons) in non-OECD countries (which generally have rapidly growing economies). [ read more … ]

White House to roll out ‘climate framework.’ Here’s what we know

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:37:07

The White House is poised to reveal a trove of information about U.S. climate progress ahead of global talks in two weeks, but it’s unclear whether it will include a detailed road map for halving emissions by 2030. Staff with climate envoy John Kerry and the White House National Security Council told environmental advocates yesterday that the U.S. would send two overdue reports to the U.N. that outline White House decisions on emissions, climate finance and other issues. The reports, known as the “national communication” and the biennial report, were not issued during the Trump administration and are overdue. [ read more … ]

‘More than one way’: Dems mull options for climate program

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:37:51

Lawmakers are in a new phase of negotiations on the climate provisions of the reconciliation bill, as they attempt to come up with ideas to replace the flailing Clean Electricity Performance Program. The crucial question for Democrats now is how to slash greenhouse gas emissions enough to meet President Biden’s climate targets in a world where the CEPP, as currently conceived, is all but declared dead. [ read more … ]

Markets

4 ways the energy crisis hits U.S. electricity, gas, EVs

By Lesley Clark, Mike Lee, Edward Klump, David Iaconangelo, Carlos Anchondo, David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:36:30

A global energy crunch is creating pain for people struggling to fill their tanks and heat their homes, as well as roiling the utility industry’s plans to change its mix of generation and complicating the Biden administration’s plans to tackle climate change. The ripple effects of a surge in natural gas prices include a spike in coal use and emissions that counter clean energy targets. High fossil fuel prices also are translating into high prices and a supply crunch for key minerals like silicon used in clean energy projects. On a call with investors yesterday, a Tesla Inc. executive said the company is having a hard time finding enough nickel for batteries. [ read more … ]

FERC

Chatterjee on climate, FERC fights and his ‘cooling off’ period

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-21 16:35:39

When he first came to FERC in 2017 after being appointed by then-President Trump, Chatterjee was referred to by some as “McConnell’s coal guy,” since he was previously an energy policy adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). During his four-year term on the commission, he embraced some initiatives seen as antithetical to climate action, including a controversial bid to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants. Chatterjee ultimately voted against the proposal, but he now wishes he had handled it differently. [ read more … ]

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