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December 7, 2021

Top Story

Offshore wind grid woes may be worse than previously thought

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:26:45

Experts are warning that the challenge of connecting large amounts of offshore wind to an aging onshore grid may be much larger than initially realized. That’s because offshore wind will need to grow very big, very fast to decarbonize the grid, they say. The White House has given a big boost to the burgeoning sector with its pledge to facilitate putting 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in the water by 2030 as part of a broader plan to decarbonize the economy by midcentury. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Spending bill hits crucial stretch as ‘Byrd Baths’ begin

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:27:44

In a letter to colleagues yesterday, Schumer said that the eight Senate committees with jurisdiction over some portions of the reconciliation bill had already submitted their proposed language to the parliamentarian for review. The goal, he continued, was to complete, over “this week and next,” the necessary “bipartisan Byrd Bath meetings” where Republicans can argue for the removal of certain provisions on the grounds of noncompliance with the Byrd Rule. Republicans are setting their sights on removing a number of Democratic priorities currently in the bill, including a new fee on methane, a repeal of the 2017 green light to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the imposition of higher royalties on oil and gas drilling on federal lands [ read more … ]

How Dems’ climate plan may transform coal in rural America

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:28:29

The budget reconciliation package that passed the House this month is targeting one of the most fossil fuel-heavy parts of the electricity sector: coal plants in rural America. The $1.7 trillion “Build Back Better Act” tackles challenges facing the nation’s rural electric cooperatives, which generally have been slower to transition away from coal than other utilities. The bill — which is expected to undergo significant changes during ongoing negotiations with the Senate — includes nearly $12.6 billion to help rural co-ops retire coal plants and invest in carbon-free and low-carbon energy. [ read more … ]

States

State climate action raced forward in 2021

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:27:14

“You’re seeing a movement where climate action, climate justice and equity are increasingly coming together, and that broader movement is making things possible at the state level that we haven’t seen before,” said Kit Kennedy, who leads the state climate and clean energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Liberal states have long been active in climate policy, and 2021 saw a continuation of that trend. Massachusetts’ net-zero law expands its focus to sectors of the economy like home heating and requires more stringent environmental reviews for fossil fuel projects in communities of color [ read more … ]

Markets

Demand for Oil, Gas to Remain Robust for Years, Energy Leaders Say

By Collin Eaton and Christopher M. Matthews, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:25:35

The leaders of the world’s largest oil companies said Monday that demand for the products they make will remain robust for years to come even as the world attempts to transition to lower-carbon energy sources. The chief executives of Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 1.88% , Chevron Corp. CVX 1.72% and Saudi Arabian Oil Co., speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Houston, said that while the world needs to address the risks posed by climate change, global economies cannot function without fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Grants

Bezos fund awards $443M for environmental justice, climate

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:29:15

The Bezos Earth Fund today said it awarded hundreds of millions of dollars for organizations working on environmental justice, land conservation and climate change — grants that could mark a shift in philanthropic dollars for grassroots efforts. The $443 million will be distributed to 44 organizations. The money is part of Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos’ 2020 Instagram pledge to pour $10 billion of his own wealth into fighting climate change and other environmental hazards. [ read more … ]

EVs

Major U.S. utilities plan coast-to-coast, EV-charging network

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-07 14:26:23

More than 50 U.S. power companies have joined forces to build a coast-to-coast fast charging network for electric vehicles along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023. The National Electric Highway Coalition was announced today by the Edison Electric Institute. Fifty EEI members; the Tennessee Valley Authority; and Midwest Energy Inc., a Kansas-based electric cooperative, make up the coalition. It also combines two existing EV charging groups formed in the Midwest and in Southern and Eastern coastal states.
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