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January 19, 2022

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Power companies back EPA climate authority at Supreme Court

By Niina H. Farah, Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:36:16

Public and private power companies yesterday called for the Supreme Court to uphold EPA’s authority to broadly regulate how they produce electricity for the nation. Consolidated Edison Inc., Exelon Corp., National Grid USA and other firms expressed their support for EPA to require the sector to cut emissions using a range of approaches that look beyond technical controls at individual facilities. “Power companies, including the Power Company Respondents, favor emission-reduction approaches that allow for trading because these market-driven approaches enable the greatest emission reduction at the lowest cost,” the companies wrote in a “friend of the court” brief docketed yesterday in the case West Virginia v. EPA. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Construction to begin soon on new US offshore wind farm

By Jennifer McDermott , Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:33:40

Construction will soon begin on the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project to gain approval in the United States, the developers said. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved it in November, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued its approval letter for the constructions and operations plan Tuesday, a major step in the federal process before construction can start. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

California’s butting solar rules

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:34:49

The California Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to gut solar incentives for homeowners appears to be at odds with a California Energy Commission mandate for solar power in new homes. The California Energy Commission’s 2-year-old mandate requires the panels remain within the financial reach of homeowners, but investors are saying the CPUC proposal would make them practically worthless investment unless paired with expensive batteries. [ read more … ]

States

Despite Aggressive Policies, California Not On Track For GHG, Air Goals

By Curt Barry, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:35:26

Despite California’s pioneering and aggressive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conventional air pollution, the state enters 2022 facing seemingly near-impossible odds of achieving its carbon-reduction targets and EPA’s legal mandates to attain criteria air pollution limits. “[W]hile the state has delivered on many fronts, the hard truth remains that we are no longer on track to meet our forthcoming climate goals, and even state leadership has expressed concern that we are off track,” notes F. Noel Perry, founder of Next 10, a clean energy policy group. [ read more … ]

FERC

States unwind FERC plans for grid expansion

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:36:38

A decade after federal regulators opened the door to competition for development of large transmission projects, states — acting at the request of incumbent utilities — are slamming it shut. The latest example is Michigan. In December, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed into law a proposal pushed by Novi, Mich.-based ITC Holdings Corp. guaranteeing the company the opportunity to build any new large transmission line in its service area rather than having to compete for the project. [ read more … ]

Markets

Exxon vows to have net-zero carbon emissions from operations by 2050

By Sabrina Valle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:35:42

Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday pledged to cut to zero its net carbon emissions from its global operations by 2050, a step in the direction of rivals minimizing their carbon footprints. Exxon’s 2050 plan, first mulled last year, covers emissions from its oil, gas, and chemical production and from the power those operations consume, so-called scope 1 and 2 targets. It made no commitment for emissions from consumers using those products. [ read more … ]

EVs

For Maximum EV Efficiency, Stick to 25 Miles an Hour, Ignore Angry Drivers

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:34:34

The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric car can hit 60 miles an hour from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. Fergal McGrath prefers to keep the needle stuck at a grandfatherly 40 mph. He’s after a different kind of bragging rights. Mr. McGrath is a hypermiler, someone who tries to coax as much mileage as possible from their fuel, whether gas or electric. The practice requires driving at a plodding pace to conserve energy, around 40 to 50 mph on a gas-powered vehicle. The efficiency sweet spot on an electric car can be agonizingly slow—sometimes below 30 mph. [ read more … ]

When Will EVs Go Mainstream? It Depends on Uncle Sam

By Stephen Wilmot, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:35:05

One of the biggest questions EV investors face is whether the U.S. will throw its weight in. President Biden’s infrastructure plan included $7.5 billion for chargers, but extra tax credits for EVs were part of the now-stalled “Build Back Better” bill. While there is an existing federal handout of up to $7,500 for each of the first 200,000 plug-ins a manufacturer sells, market leader Tesla and would-be challenger GM have already passed the milestone. [ read more … ]

Automakers Develop Charging Networks for Greater EV Cred

By Ryan Fisher, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-19 14:36:55

Frequent announcements of new electric vehicle model launches and multi-billion-dollar funding for electrification programs have pushed automakers’ commitments to roll out charging networks out of the news. It’s worth taking stock of these projects — a raft of meaty announcements in the area recently have positioned carmakers to become key owners of the future charging network. [ read more … ]

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