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November 4, 2021

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House eyes vote as soon as Thursday on Biden spending plan as moderate Democrats continue to question costs

By Tony Romm, Marianna Sotomayor and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 15:59:16

House Democrats are angling to vote as soon as Thursday on a $1.75 trillion measure to overhaul the country’s health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws, provided that the party can muscle through its last-minute political feuds and renewed concerns about the bill’s cost. Responding to reporters at her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought to project an air of progress: She stressed that Democrats are closing in on consensus around the package and now are trying to rally votes for the initiative as well as a second, parallel bill to fund improvements to the nation’s infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Vestas and Orsted warn of tough times for renewable energy

By Nathalie Thomas in Edinburgh, The Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 15:59:49

Orsted, the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer, said it had taken a DKr2.5bn ($389m) hit from lower wind speeds in the first nine months of this year compared with 2020 as it reiterated expectations its 2021 profits would come in at the lower end of a guided range. Its third-quarter operating profits were also slightly below analysts’ estimates. The relatively downbeat assessments came a day after global leaders at COP26 in Glasgow cited clean energy technologies as critical to meeting goals to curb global warming. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

‘Elephant in the room.’ Feds ponder new solar tariffs

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 16:00:10

In 2018, then-President Trump ordered safeguard tariffs on solar panels and cells, which went into effect at 30 percent and have since fallen to 18 percent. The fees were protested by solar advocates, who called them an unwarranted shot across the bow of the renewable industry. They’re set to expire in February 2022. Now, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which recommended the tariffs to Trump in the first place, has to decide next month whether to extend the levies for another four years — either as they are or in modified form — and pass that suggestion on to President Biden, who will make the final decision.
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Reconciliation Bill

Democrats update reconciliation bill as they prepare to vote

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 16:01:04

House Democrats offered an updated version of their massive social spending bill yesterday — one that stripped out new royalties for hardrock mining but dared moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin to oppose fees on methane and more than $500 billion in other climate policies. It marked another significant step forward for a negotiating process that has dragged on for three months, potentially putting the House on track to vote on the package by the end of this week. [ read more … ]

Election

Va. election underscores Biden’s energy challenge

By Lesley Clark, Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 16:02:03

The sharp partisan divide among states over climate change has shifted again after Virginia voters elected Republican Glenn Youngkin governor on Tuesday, putting pressure on President Biden as Democrats try to push a $550 billion package of clean energy incentives through Congress. Virginia is a blow to Biden’s agenda, with the loss of a Democratic governor in a state his administration hails as a pioneer in offshore wind development. Still, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm pushed back yesterday against suggestions that Virginia’s shift to GOP leadership, along with the defeat of a clean energy project in Maine, signals that voters may have worries about renewables and the effect on energy prices. [ read more … ]

SOTUS

Where Supreme Court justices stand on EPA, climate

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 16:01:15

“The decision will likely be significant no matter how it’s crafted,” she wrote, “whether narrowly on EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases, or more broadly on the administrative state itself if the opinion tackles whether and how Congress can give an agency regulatory authority over major policy questions.” The case, which is expected to be decided by next summer, is the most significant climate battle to reach the Supreme Court in more than a decade. The complicated legal battle concerns maneuvering by the Trump EPA to undo rules set by its predecessors in the Obama administration [ read more … ]

Climate

‘Business as usual’: Emissions return to pre-COVID levels

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E  •    •  Posted 2021-11-04 16:00:36

2020 saw a historic drop in global carbon dioxide emissions. 2021 erased it. Global CO2 emissions are projected to increase by almost 5 percent this year, according to the Global Carbon Project — a jump that would negate nearly all the emission reductions from last year. CO2 emissions fell 5.4 percent between 2019 and 2020, the largest year over year decline in history, due to economic lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. [ read more … ]

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