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January 18, 2022

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Can Anyone Satisfy Amazon’s Craving for Electric Vans?

By Karen Weise and Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:38:45

In the fall, Jeff Bezos tweeted praise for Rivian, a start-up under contract to make 100,000 electric delivery vans for Amazon, and its founder, R.J. Scaringe, calling him “one of the greatest entrepreneurs I’ve ever met.” Then, Mr. Bezos worked in a jab: “Now, RJ, where are our vans?!” [ read more … ]

States

War between energy titans could shape New England climate

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:39:45

or five years, two of the world’s largest power companies have been locked in an all-out battle over the future of New England’s electric grid. The outcome could determine the fate of the region’s decarbonization efforts for decades. The fight pits Avangrid Inc., a subsidiary of the Spanish power giant Iberdrola, versus NextEra Energy Inc., the most valuable power company in America. It effectively is a contest between hydro power — generated by dams in Quebec and carried on a 146-mile transmission line built by Avangrid across Maine — versus a large nuclear plant operated in New Hampshire by NextEra. [ read more … ]

Will Texas have more blackouts? 5 issues to watch

By Edward Klump, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:34:26

Cold temperatures blasted Texas this month, revealing strains in the natural gas system and offering a reminder that the state remains vulnerable to blackouts. Texans’ power mostly stayed on, but many observers said they’re worried the state still isn’t ready for the sort of prolonged freeze that arrived last February and caused deadly blackouts — and forced the state to consider a major revamp of the electric grid.
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BBB Bill

Climate advocates argue against breaking up BBB, call it a ‘mistake’ for Democrats and the planet

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:33:56

House Democrats facing tough reelection fights are urging party leaders to break up President Biden’s sprawling Build Back Better bill into a series of narrow measures and pass them individually.
These swing-district members have argued to House leaders in recent days that holding votes on politically popular provisions in the bill, such as curbing prescription drug costs and extending the child tax credit, would help Democrats survive a potential Republican wave in the midterm elections. [ read more … ]

House Dems want climate BBB action

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:35:07

Senate Democrats are still at a stalemate over their reconciliation package and its $555 billion in climate spending. With voting rights legislation and midterms coming up, the laser focus on Democrats’ climate and social spending package is fraying, and many political operatives are afraid the party will have to campaign without a major leg of its domestic agenda. [ read more … ]

EVs

Sales of Electric Vehicles Surpass Diesel in Europe, a First

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-18 14:39:28

Europeans bought more electric cars than diesels in December, a stunning illustration of the growing popularity of battery power and the decline of diesel, which was once the most popular engine option in Europe. More than 20 percent of new cars sold in Europe and Britain in December were powered solely by electricity, according to data compiled by Matthias Schmidt, an analyst in Berlin who tracks electric vehicles sales. Sales of diesel vehicles, which as recently as 2015 accounted for more than half of the new cars in the European Union, slipped below 19 percent. [ read more … ]

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