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November 9, 2021

Top Story

Power lines are infrastructure bill’s big climate win

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:49:02

When the House passed the bipartisan infrastructure package last week, headlines focused on the bill’s $1 trillion price tag. But when it comes to greening the grid, one of its most important provisions has little to do with dollars and cents. The bill enhances the ability of federal regulators to permit new transmission projects, by giving authority to the Energy Department to designate national transmission corridors for clean electricity projects. The provision is important to energy planners, who say the United States needs a massive build-out in transmission infrastructure to serve a new generation of clean energy projects. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How Scotland is using waves and bubbles to generate energy – Washington Post

By William Booth, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:46:27

But after two decades of trial-and-error, the sector’s backers say marine energy is getting there. They say tidal machines could begin to work alongside the far more developed energy systems, based on solar and wind power, within the decade. The basic concept? Imagine taking an offshore wind turbine, with its rotor blades spun by moving air, and turning the thing upside down, dunking it into the sea, and letting the tidal currents turn the blades. The idea is simple; execution less so. As these devices — and their computers, turbines and hydraulics — must survive in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.
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Solar Energy

100,000-panel solar farm near approval in central Illinois

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:46:58

A solar energy project proposed in central Illinois would use some 100,000 solar panels and have the capacity to power the equivalent of 10,000 homes, officials say. The 35-megawatt project would be located on a 223-acre site just north of Washburn, northeast of Peoria. It’s is awaiting final approval by the Marshall County Board, which is expected to vote on the proposal Wednesday, the (Peoria) Journal Star reported [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Climate advocates skeptical of bipartisan infrastructure bill amid Biden victory lap

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:46:08

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is getting a lukewarm reception from climate advocates, some of whom say passage of the measure has cost Democrats some leverage when it comes to further advancing a social spending package expected to deliver major climate benefits. Despite the Biden administration’s victory lap following the House vote on Friday to pass the infrastructure bill after weeks of wrangling, advocates said they plan to put pressure on lawmakers to pass the $1.75 trillion social spending package quickly. [ read more … ]

Markets

Biden Faces a Political Risk in Rising Gas Prices, With Few Options to Respond

By Ari Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:47:47

The increase in oil and gasoline prices threatens the U.S. economic rebound and poses a political risk for President Joe Biden. But his options for taming the surge are limited, and many of them would be either short-lived or conflict with his agenda of fighting climate change.  “Political leaders have to respond to an energy crisis. History shows that voters rebel against leaders when energy prices are high,” said Kevin Book, managing director of research firm ClearView Energy Partners, but still he added: “There aren’t really any easy fixes here.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Obama takes the offensive at COP 26

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:48:29

Former President Obama took aim at Russia, China and Republicans, blaming them for standing in the way of global efforts to stem runaway warming in remarks at United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland. The former president joked as he took the stage in the conference’s plenary hall that as a private citizen he was allowed to speak without wearing a necktie. But he also shuffled off the typical constraints on heads of state who downplay political and geopolitical divisions in favor of diplomacy. [ read more … ]

Who has the most delegates at the COP26 summit? The fossil fuel industry.

By Karla Adam and Harry Stevens, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:47:23

The prize for largest delegation went to the fossil fuel industry, which, as a whole, sent more delegates than any single country, according to the advocacy group Global Witness. Climate activist Greta Thunberg was not impressed. The Swedish teen tweeted, “I don’t know about you, but I sure am not comfortable with having some of the world’s biggest villains influencing & dictating the fate of the world.” [ read more … ]

FERC

Fight over FERC grid order could scramble electricity mix

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:48:14

Power producers challenging a PJM Interconnection regional market rule are setting up a legal fight that could affect the electricity mix across chunks of the Midwest and eastern U.S. A U.S. appeals court has been asked to review a rule governing the capacity market run by the regional grid operator. The rule, sanctioned by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, affects how sources of carbon-free electricity can participate in PJM’s annual auctions for future electricity supplies. [ read more … ]

EVs

How the rise of copper reveals clean energy’s dark side

By Aliya Uteuova, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-11-09 16:46:41

If electric vehicles are the alternative to oil-guzzling cars, then their impact – from the mining and extraction of raw materials needed to build them to managing the waste from that process – should be addressed, said Boulanger. “And we need to make sure that we’re working to reduce that impact.” Encouraging automakers and electronics companies to work with suppliers who source minerals responsibly is also important, environmentalists say. At the end of the day, such mines won’t ever be 100% safe, said Siwik, who recently joined Indigenous tribes and environmental groups calling on the federal government to revise hardrock mining regulations. [ read more … ]

 

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