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November 17, 2021

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White House takes aim at oil industry as gas prices create economic and politics rifts

By Jeff Stein and Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:26:12

Biden’s push on gas prices comes as the administration confronts broader political and economic challenges of rising prices for American consumers, with recent polling suggesting inflation represents a key vulnerability for the president. Prices on a range of products rose 6.2 percent over the last year, according to recent government data, and rising energy prices have emerged as one of the most nettlesome and visible parts of the price increases hitting the American economy. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Court kills solar tariffs backed by Trump, Biden

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:22:30

A federal trade court has sided with the solar industry’s biggest trade group, striking down tariffs supported by both the Trump and Biden administrations on imports of a special kind of double-sided panel. The “bifacial” panels, as they’re known, make up a modest percentage of the overall market but are rapidly turning into a favorite of solar developers, since they can generate electricity from a panel’s shadowed side at only a small cost premium. [ read more … ]


Maine utility regulators are warning electricity customers to brace for a big rate hike

By Fred Bever, Maine Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:23:22

Maine’s residential electricity consumers are likely in for a jolt, with supply prices coming close to doubling and adding hundreds of dollars to annual residential bills. On Tuesday the Maine Public Utilities Commission opened bids for the default, standard offer electricity supply for customers served by Versant’s utility lines. The lowest bid for supply to start flowing next year was 89% higher than this year. “It’s not a good news story, that’s for sure,” says Phil Bartlett, who chairs the commission. [ read more … ]


New York sends ‘unequivocal’ climate signal to insurers

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 08:31:57

New York’s top financial agency yesterday became the first state regulator to lay out in detail how it expects the insurance industry to handle global warming. The final guidance unveiled by the New York State Department of Financial Services says insurers based in the state need to do so in several ways. Principal among them: disclose the risks they face from extreme weather events and the clean energy transition; consider those same threats when making business decisions; and conduct scenario analyses to gauge climate change’s capacity to spur losses in the short-, medium- and long-term. [ read more … ]

EPA to preserve Trump-era airplane emissions rule

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:23:01

EPA will not rework a Trump-era rule aimed at regulating carbon pollution from airplanes, the agency announced last night. The decision leaves in place a rule that critics say will not ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. EPA said instead of issuing a new rule, the Biden administration will press for new international standards at the upcoming U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization summit, among other efforts. [ read more … ]

Gas Prices

Pain at the pump drives Biden’s suffering in the polls

By BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:24:20

Consumer sentiment has plunged in recent weeks as inflation climbed to the highest levels in more than a generation. Those rising prices are especially evident in the gasoline market, where drivers have seen the per gallon price jump to the highest levels in seven years. On top of that, homeowners are bracing for expensive heating bills this winter, with natural gas costs more than twice the year-ago level. The inflationary pressure has helped drive Biden’s approval polls to just 41 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released last week. About half of respondents put the blame for rising inflation on the White House — not the supply chain issues related to the pandemic recovery that most economists say is most responsible for driving up prices. [ read more … ]


Democrats gain FERC majority with Phillips Senate confirmation

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:21:55

The Senate unanimously confirmed Willie Phillips Jr. Tuesday to fill a vacant seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, giving Democrats a 3-2 majority at the agency.

Adding Phillips to the agency could break potential logjams over key policy decisions. FERC is considering changing its rules around transmission planning, how it reviews natural gas infrastructure and how to give the public a bigger role in its decision-making processes. Phillips must be sworn in before he is officially seated at FERC, which oversees wholesale power markets, natural gas infrastructure and non-federal hydroelectric dams. [ read more … ]


Biden to face push back on EV rules at first Three Amigos summit in 5 years

By Steve Scherer in Ottawa, Dave Graham in Mexico City and Jarrett Renshaw in Washington, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:21:37

Biden has revived the so-called Three Amigos summit to be held at the White House on Thursday afternoon for the first time since 2016. Former President Donald Trump ditched it in 2017. Bi-lateral meetings will be held earlier in the day. The three-way meeting is about furthering North American economic cooperation, but both Canada and Mexico are worried about Biden’s ‘Buy American’ provisions and a proposed electric vehicle tax credit that would favor unionized, American-based manufacturers. [ read more … ]

Democrats might drop union bonus for electric vehicle credit

By Lindsey McPherson, Roll Call  •    •  Posted 2021-11-17 16:22:11

House Democrats are starting to acknowledge changes to their sweeping budget package that will be needed to get through the evenly divided Senate, such as dropping a special add-on tax credit for electric vehicles built with unionized labor. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts said Tuesday that Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee, the author of the bill’s tax credits for electric vehicles, and others are having conversations with the Senate on how to address West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III’s concerns with those provisions.  [ read more … ]

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