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November 3, 2021

Top Story

After loss in Virginia, Democrats look to speed up their stalled $3 trillion spending agenda

By Tony Romm, Mike DeBonis and Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:14:45

The work continued primarily in the House, where Democrats raced to fine-tune a $1.75 trillion proposal to overhaul the nation’s health care, education, climate and tax laws. Party leaders finalized a new version of the legislation on Wednesday, with the goal of holding a key procedural hearing imminently and voting on it before the end of the week. Even as they readied the new 2,135-page proposal, however, Democrats found themselves grappling with a slew of lingering policy fights — a reflection of the persistent tensions between the party’s liberal and moderate wings. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NREL Explores Innovative Manufacturing Approach for Next-Generation Wind Turbine Blades

By U.S. Department of Energy  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:15:34

A team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers are furthering their revolutionary combination of recyclable thermoplastics and additive manufacturing (better known as three-dimensional [3D] printing) to manufacture advanced wind turbine blades. The advance was made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office—awards designed to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing, and enable the manufacturing of cutting-edge products in the United States. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

By Ellen Rosen, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:15:54

Hecate Energy, a renewable energy developer, had hoped to install a 500-acre solar farm in Copake, N.Y., a quiet town nestled between the Catskill and Berkshire Mountains. The setting was ideal because of its proximity to an electrical substation, critical to the power transmission. But after facing an outcry from some in the community who feared the installation would mar the bucolic setting, Hecate scaled back its plans. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Maine voters reject Avangrid’s $1 billion transmission project

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:15:12

About 59% of Maine voters approved a ballot question designed to block the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project, a power line designed to provide Massachusetts utilities with carbon-free electricity from Canada. The Natural Resources Council of Maine, which opposes the NECEC project, urged Avangrid’s Central Maine Power subsidiary to stop building the power line and urged Massachusetts to select another option for its renewable energy supplies. [ read more … ]

Carbon Emissions Regulation

EPA forges ahead on power plant rule amid legal showdown

By Jean Chemnick, Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:17:46

EPA said it is still working on new power plant carbon rules, despite a move by the Supreme Court last week that could have repercussions for the kind of regulation that would ultimately pass legal muster. Administrator Michael Regan said yesterday that EPA would “continue to move forward” with regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, even as the justices consider the scope of authority the agency has under the Clean Air Act to promulgate such rules. [ read more … ]

EPA climate order fuels calls for Supreme Court reform

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:17:03

The Supreme Court’s extraordinary move last week to weigh in on EPA’s climate authority stoked new furor among judicial reform advocates. Legal experts say the Friday order is a clear example of the influence of the Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative majority — an impact that some groups have urged the Biden administration to address through court expansion and other strategies.
“If you are a climate change hawk and don’t yet support Court reform, now would be the time,” tweeted Brian Fallon, executive director of the progressive advocacy group Demand Justice. [ read more … ]

EVs

Toyota hits union-made electric vehicle credit proposal with new ad

By Riley Beggin, The Detroit News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:16:09

Toyota Motor Corp. is running ads in major newspapers beginning Tuesday opposing proposed tax credits that would give consumers a $4,500 discount on electric vehicles made by unionized autoworkers.  The union tax credit, which would benefit the Detroit Three over others producing and selling cars in the U.S. because their workforces are members of the United Auto Workers, would be among up to $12,500 in consumer rebates for EVs under Democrats’ proposed $1.75 trillion social safety net and climate package [ read more … ]

Why Biden might be the e-bike president

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-03 15:16:27

The proposed subsidy would be capped at $1,500 and be limited to e-bikes that cost less than $8,000. It would also be fully refundable, meaning that tax filers who don’t owe income taxes could still get the money back from the U.S. Treasury. The tax credit is only authorized until 2026. It would also begin to phase out for e-bike buyers who make more than $75,000 annually or married couples who earn over $150,000 per year. [ read more … ]

 

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