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January 5, 2022

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Manchin sees path to climate deal

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:21:18

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin today offered his strongest words yet in support of climate provisions that are part of the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion reconciliation package. “I think that the climate thing is one that we probably can come to agreement much easier than anything else,” Manchin told a gaggle of reporters in his first comments on the matter this year. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

The country’s biggest solar farm is coming to one of the coal-friendliest states

By Jena Brooker, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:19:32

Among vast fields of corn and soybeans in rural northwest Indiana, construction workers broke ground in October on what will be the largest solar farm in the United States. The project, known as Mammoth Solar, will cover 13,000 acres, spread across two counties, with 60 landowners involved. It will generate enough electricity to power nearly a quarter-million homes in an area with deep ties to the fossil fuel industry.  [ read more … ]


New York climate plan sees renewables, new technology replacing fossil-fueled power

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:21:02

Power demand in New York State is expected to increase by 65% to 80% by 2050 while fossil fuel-fired power generation is simultaneously shut down through a strategy that relies on accelerating renewable energy growth, enhancing power markets and exploring technology solutions. The state’s climate change mitigation blueprint, officially called the “New York State Climate Action Council Draft Scoping Plan,” constitutes a framework for policymakers as the state moves towards developing a final scoping plan that informs regulations needed to meet the climate goals in 2019’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA. [ read more … ]

How to address climate locally? These 6 places have plans

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:20:38

While much of the nation’s attention to climate adaptation has focused on large coastal cities with outsize risks, some of the most forward-leaning climate policies are coming from less urbanized places such as Marina, Calif.; Carmel, Ind.; and the Jersey Shore. Experts say local government innovation will continue to shape the nation’s climate agenda over the coming years, even as funding for such initiatives ebbs and flows. Here are six places meeting unique climate challenges head on, often through local commissions, councils and even volunteers. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Tough talk, uncertainty ahead of new reconciliation push

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:21:34

The next steps for the “Build Back Better Act” are in flux amid a busy month in the Senate and continued unsettled negotiations between Sen. Joe Manchin and Democratic leadership. Democrats were broadly confident that they would be able to get some form of climate and social spending package passed as they emerged from the two-week holiday recess yesterday. But what, exactly, that package looks like is as uncertain as ever, and they may not get much resolution over the next few weeks. [ read more … ]


What to watch at DOE, FERC, Interior in 2022

By Miranda Willson, Heather Richards, David Iaconangelo, Hannah Northey, Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:20:09

One year after President Biden took office, federal agencies are facing pressure to carry out his administration’s energy and climate policies while navigating political calculations ahead of critical midterm elections. The Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are expected to implement new programs and policies included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law last year as well as respond to executive orders aimed at accelerating the energy transition. With another major clean energy bill, the “Build Back Better Act,”facing an uncertain fate, the three agencies could play an outsize role this year when it comes to advancing the administration’s agenda. [ read more … ]


Opinion: Imagine Virginia’s icy traffic catastrophe — but with only electric vehicles

By Charles Lane, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-05 16:19:46

The supplicant was “driving a Tesla,” recounted the trucker, who told the story on Twitter under the handle My World Through A Windshield, “and he’s worried about running out of power in the cold. [It’s] 19°F or -7°C. He’s a nice guy who was worried about his kids. I gave him some water, a spare blanket and [a] thermal/mylar blanket.” My World Through A Windshield did not report what eventually happened to this driver, but the anecdote illustrates an important point: If everyone had been driving electric vehicles, this mess could well have been worse.
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