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December 2, 2021

Top Story

Carbon Capture: The Vacuum the Climate May Depend On

By Eric Roston and Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:59:06

The most recent report by the world’s top climate scientists was alarmingly clear: If we are to avoid the most calamitous consequences of warming our planet, we must get as good at taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as we’ve been at putting it in. Even if solar panels and wind turbines sprout like mushrooms, reaching “net-zero” is going to require capturing large amounts of emissions from activities that are hard to decarbonize, like making cement. Holding temperatures down will also require vacuuming huge amounts of carbon out of the air. The challenge is that current technology for both these tasks is a long, long way from being able to reach these goals. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

France: the battle over wind power stirs up the election

By Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:28:17

As France’s election season gathers steam, the fishermen from Saint-Brieuc on the north Brittany coast have had a stream of illustrious visitors, including the EU’s former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. But instead of discussing Brexit and fishing, Barnier and other conservative politicians have focused on a different bugbear: a €2.4bn offshore wind farm project that has sparked such ire among locals that a flotilla took to the sea to protest when underwater construction work started earlier this year. Dubbing it a “failure” and a “disaster”, Barnier, who is also a former environment and agriculture minister, joined a chorus of demands for the project to be stopped. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

US utility-scale solar, storage prices drop 12+% in past year, but supply chain worries loom: NREL

By Jason Plautz., Contributor, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:27:36

The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems continued to drop between 2020 and 2021 in the U.S., with utility-scale solar systems seeing a 12.3% price decline, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  The cost of residential PV fell 3.3% and commercial rooftop PV systems dropped 10.7%, the report found. The calculations rely on a bottom-up model that accounts for all costs during installation, including hardware, sales prices and labor. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Industry slams oil and gas reforms in bid to sway Manchin

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:29:11

A coalition of fossil fuel industry groups directly asked Sen. Joe Manchin yesterday to reject proposed increases to royalty rates for oil and gas leasing on federal lands, a potential warning sign for yet another climate provision in the Democrats’ massive social and climate spending package. [ read more … ]

Retiring DeFazio leaves climate, infrastructure legacies

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:30:46

While Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio stunned many in Washington with his retirement announcement yesterday, he’ll leave behind a career of more than three decades fighting for big infrastructure and climate change spending. DeFazio, 74, who said he would leave Congress at the end of his term in January 2023, described the passage last month of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the expected passage of the “Build Back Better Act” as the culmination of his 36-year career in the House. [ read more … ]

EVs

Could Roads Recharge Electric Cars? The Technology May Be Close.

By Kerry Hannon, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:29:28

EVs are getting a boost, though: They are prominently featured in a $7.5 billion initiative from the Biden Administration, signed by the president earlier this month, with the goal of building a nationwide network of a 500,000 high-speed electric vehicle charging stations by 2030. But that would solve only part of the problem, in part because charging times are still lengthy. The real sweeping change in the next decade may address that: roadways that electrically power cars as they travel, using a technology known as inductive charging. [ read more … ]

Ford, GM race to brag ‘We’re Number 3!’ in electric vehicle market

By Paul Lienert and David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:27:55

General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co are revving up their century old rivalry, this time over which will sell more electric vehicles by 2025. But with Tesla ensconced as the global EV leader and the Volkswagen Group (VOWG_p.DE) mounting a $100 billion-plus challenge, GM and Ford are racing for third place, at best. [ read more … ]

Missing from Biden EV plan: State support for charging

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-02 14:28:45

If state regulators approve, 5,100 households in Kansas and Missouri will get one-time rebates of up to $500 over the next five years to help wire their homes for electric vehicle chargers — a missing piece in the Biden administration’s drive for EV dominance by the end of the decade. Offering to front the cost: Evergy Inc., the Kansas City-based power company that is proposing this incentive to help speed the adoption of EVs in its region. [ read more … ]

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