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January 11, 2022

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About-face: GM agrees to Calif. tailpipe emissions rule

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:07:46

General Motors Co. yesterday announced it will recognize California’s authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act, a move that makes the company now eligible for fleet purchases by the Golden State. The announcement marks a reversal for the company, which previously sided with the Trump administration’s stance against the state’s authority to set its own tailpipe standards. In a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the auto giant said it will meet the California Air Resources Board’s emissions reduction targets and is “committed to complying with California’s regulations.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The first offshore wind lease sale under Biden is coming soon. Will the fishing industry intervene?

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:06:05

The Interior Department is expected to greenlight the first offshore wind lease sale under President Biden as soon as this week, a move that would lower the nation’s reliance on the fossil fuels that are dangerously warming the planet. But the effort has sparked concern from the fishing industry, which contends that towering turbines in the waters off New England could harm fishermen’s catches and livelihoods. It’s the latest sign of tensions between Biden’s ambitious clean-energy agenda and industry interests concerned about its economic impact. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Power and Battery Storage Will Be the Real Test for Tesla

By Dana Hull and Mark Chediakm, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:07:10

“Over time, we think the demand for stationary storage is going to be at least as high as the demand for vehicles,” Musk said during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in October. In households, Tesla is angling for comparisons to Apple Inc.’s hardware ecosystem, which tends to push people who’ve already bought in to buy more. Lots of customers already have the trifecta of key Tesla products: an electric car in the driveway, solar panels or a Tesla Solar Roof up above, and a home battery called the Powerwall in the garage (or maybe rigged up outside). “Tesla’s core concept is to make the house as energy-independent and self-reliant as possible,” says Pol Lezcano, an analyst for BloombergNEF, Bloomberg LP’s primary research service on the energy transition. “The idea is to have a Tesla-powered home.” [ read more … ]


Challenge to EPA’s Climate Authority Heads to Supreme Court

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:07:31

At the heart of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is a challenge over the extent to which Congress can delegate regulatory power to the executive agencies. The great fear is that the new super conservative majority on the court is open to taking radical action that will undo nearly a century of common practice. “There is a possibility that the court can write an opinion,” says Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, “that really reflects a core challenge to the fundamental basis of the regulatory state — for the ways in which our federal bureaucracy or federal agencies have evolved and operate.” [ read more … ]


Where the oil industry is headed in 2022

By Mike Lee, Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:06:51

After recovering from a near-death experience in 2021, the U.S. oil and gas industry could be in for a bumpy ride in 2022 that will influence how much the industry drills, cuts emissions and invests in clean energy. While oil prices have begun to stabilize after crashing during the pandemic, the recovery creates a paradox for oil companies. It will repair their bottom lines, according to a recent report from Moody’s Investors Service, but also increases calls for the industry to lower its emissions of climate-warming pollution and transition away from fossil fuels. [ read more … ]


California’s blueprint budget has $6.1 billion for electric vehicle initiatives

By Lora Kolodny, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:06:35

California Governor Gavin Newsom presented a $286.4 billion budget proposal, dubbed the “California Blueprint,” for the state on Monday. The plan suggests spending $22.5 billion to address the burgeoning climate crisis in the state, allocating a fresh $6.1 billion to electric vehicle related initiatives. Last year, the state of California committed to spending $15.1 billion on a range of climate-related efforts, including $3.9 billion to electric vehicle related initiatives. California also became the first state to say it would effectively ban sales of new, internal combustion engine or gas-powered vehicles by 2035. [ read more … ]

States carve out billions in budgets for electric vehicle surge

By Reid Wilson, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-01-11 16:06:19

State governments are carving out billions of dollars to adapt to surging demand for electric vehicles in a new push to accommodate such vehicles that require new infrastructure to operate.
The growth of the electric vehicle market has already spurred billions in tax breaks and spending incentives as states race to attract new manufacturing plants. In recent months, the electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian has announced plans to open a major facility in Georgia, and Ford has said it will open a multibillion dollar facility in Tennessee. Toyota said last month it would build its first North American battery plant in North Carolina. [ read more … ]

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