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October 24, 2021

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The Coming Electric Car Disruption That Nobody’s Talking About

By Ari Natter and Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:28:36

Across the country, thousands of companies such as Trenton Forging are warily eyeing a future of electric vehicles that contain a fraction of the parts of their gasoline-powered counterparts and require less servicing and no fossil fuels or corn-based ethanol. It’s a transition that will be felt well beyond Detroit, as millions of workers at repair shops, gas stations, oil fields and farms find their jobs affected by an economic dislocation of historic proportions.  “Anybody who thinks this transition is going to go smoothly is fooling themselves,” said Michael Robinet, executive director of automotive advisory services for consulting firm IHS Markit. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind farm likely coming to the Oregon Coast

By Keely Chalmers, Oregon Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:56:53

There’s a national effort to bring wind energy farms to the Oregon Coast. The Biden administration wants to develop up to seven offshore wind farms on both the east and west coasts to generate renewable energy and offer an alternative to fossil fuel. The goal is to generate enough offshore wind energy to power more than 10 million homes by 2030. Oregon is an ideal spot. Not only does it have the wind, it already has much of the transmission system in place. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

BLM considers big solar expansion in Nev.’s Mojave Desert

By Scott Streater, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:59:14

The Bureau of Land Management is evaluating three large-scale solar projects that could turn the southern Nevada desert into a major green energy hub. BLM, in three separate notices on the Federal Register, announced the withdrawal of nearly 16,000 acres of federal lands southeast of Pahrump, Nev., from new mining claims for two years while it evaluates three large-scale solar power proposals that would power hundreds of thousands of homes. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:57:26

The administration’s strategy now consists of a three-pronged approach of generous tax incentives for wind, solar and other clean energy, tough regulations to restrict pollution coming from power plants and automobile tailpipes, and a slew of clean energy laws enacted by states. An analysis released this week by Rhodium Group, a nonpartisan analysis firm, found that strategy could technically fulfill Mr. Biden’s ambitious pledge to cut the country’s emissions 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The United States is historically the largest source of the pollution that is heating the planet.
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Biden talks up climate deal with Manchin

By Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:58:00

President Biden said last night that there’s a deal to be had on climate with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who opposes key pieces of the party’s reconciliation package. At the same time Democrats are increasingly worried that they’ll arrive for United Nations climate talks next month with little to show for months of effort. Biden acknowledged Manchin’s staunch opposition to the clean electricity performance program, a central decarbonization policy in Democrats’ budget reconciliation package, but he confirmed there are options on the table to replace the $150 billion proposal. [ read more … ]

FERC

Biggest U.S. grid changes rules to shore up coal supply as winter approaches

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:57:09

PJM Interconnection, the largest U.S. power grid operator, could restrict how much some coal-fired plants can operate this winter if their fuel supplies fall below certain levels to ensure coal will be available in the case of a deep freeze in the eastern part of the country. Energy prices around the world are trading near multiyear highs as supplies of coal, oil and natural gas run short, causing power outages in China and utilities in Europe and Asia to scramble to buy fuel before the winter heating season. [ read more … ]

FERC rulings may change renewables’ path in Southeast, Calif.

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:57:43

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued two major decisions yesterday that could determine access to renewable energy in large swaths of the United States, even as the agency fought over whether the country is facing “gas scarcity.” In a blow for clean energy advocates, the commission denied a petition from four small utility companies served by the Tennessee Valley Authority that were seeking to obtain power from other energy providers with cheaper — and potentially lower-carbon — resource mixes. FERC also approved a proposal from Southern California Edison Co. that will help sustain California’s robust solar and storage market and allow the state to reach clean energy targets, according to advocates. [ read more … ]

States

California seeks strict limits on new oil drilling near communities

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:58:45

Newsom announced the proposal at a news conference in the Los Angeles-area neighborhood of Wilmington, a primarily Latino community that is adjacent to a major oil field. “I know for many this has been a long and frustrating and arduous journey,” Newsom said, noting that 2 million Californians live within half a mile (805 meters) of an oil drilling site. He also said the proposal fits in with California’s goal of weaning its economy off of fossil fuels. “We don’t see oil in our future,” he said. [ read more … ]

Markets

Renewable energy jobs grew globally in 2020 despite COVID-19 crisis

By Megan Rowling, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-10-25 16:43:53

The number of jobs in renewable energy worldwide increased in 2020, despite the huge economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the growing industry holding up better than fossil fuels, international agencies said on Thursday. In an annual report on clean energy employment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) said there were 12 million jobs in renewable energy and its supply chains last year, a third of them in solar power. [ read more … ]

EVs

Study compares electric vehicle charge costs vs. gas — and results were surprising

By Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press  •    •  Posted 2021-10-24 11:58:58

Anderson, who is CEO of East Lansing-based economic consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, loves the zippy acceleration and “exciting” features the car offers. He also gets satisfaction in knowing that driving an EV benefits the environment, he said.  But Anderson’s joy comes with a dark side. “They are a wonderful driving experience. But at the same time, they’re an enormous burden in time and in energy in finding chargers and getting them charged,” Anderson said. “And you’re not really saving much in terms of charging costs … you may be paying more.” [ read more … ]

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