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December 8, 2021

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Sen. Joe Manchin Holds Back Support for Social-Spending Bill

By Eliza Collins, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:06:43

Sen. Joe Manchin declined to commit to voting for Democrats’ roughly $2 trillion social-policy and climate package, citing concerns about inflation and the length of programs, weeks before the Christmas deadline party leaders are racing to meet. Mr. Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, made the remarks during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit at a pivotal moment for Democrats in Washington—and one where he has been a key figure. Because Senate Democrats are using a special budget maneuver to pass their education, healthcare and climate package without any GOP support, they can’t lose a single senator from their own party. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind brings in big bucks

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:07:46

Offshore wind backers predict expanded offshore wind leasing could generate $2.7 billion to $4.5 billion in revenue for the federal government and $120 billion in clean energy investments in the coming decades. It could also create between 73,000 and 128,000 construction jobs, plus anywhere from 28,000 to 48,000 jobs in operations, maintenance roles, the supply chain and the local community. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Can U.S. phase out natural gas? Lessons from the Southeast

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:07:31

Even with the Biden administration’s call for the power sector to decarbonize, many Southeastern utilities plan to add large amounts of natural gas to their grids, a move they say is necessary to support renewable projects in the queue. The plans illustrate the challenge facing some U.S. regions as they aim to decarbonize: How can utilities move away from fossil fuels when they say natural gas is needed to back up renewables? Can gas lower emissions in the long run? Is it true that policies such as cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline have raised gas prices? Will a reduction in gas lead to less grid reliability? [ read more … ]

Tranmission

DOE loan chief fleshes out clean energy plans

By David Iaconangelo. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:08:23

The head of the Department of Energy’s loan program signaled yesterday that his office is in no rush to approve its “innovative” projects, as the Biden administration plans how to distribute funds from the infrastructure package. The Loan Programs Office’s $40 billion in loan authority is viewed by many innovation advocates as an important climate policy tool. Under the Obama administration, LPO helped finance the first massive wind projects, giving legs to an industry that is now a linchpin of decarbonization efforts. [ read more … ]

BIP prods the grid

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:08:02

Taking away transmission authority is unsurprisingly deeply unpopular among the states, and Shah acknowledged fear of souring relationships with state authorities could give the private sector pause before backing ambitious interstate projects. He urged the private sector to engage more with DOE to make sure its implementation of the infrastructure package is done effectively. “I’m not going to take responsibility if the private sector doesn’t show up,” he added. [ read more … ]

States

Hawaii endures record cold, blizzard conditions

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-08 15:07:16

Hawaii saw record temperatures over the weekend. Not for heat. For cold. Nighttime lows on the island of Oahu plunged to 56 degrees Fahrenheit — breaking a nearly 60-year record for what passes in Hawaii as extreme cold. Saturday’s daytime high was 70 degrees, the lowest on record, beating 76 degrees in 1965. And temperature was not the worst of it. [ read more … ]

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