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January 23, 2022

Top Story

It’s Manchin’s climate bill now. Here’s what might be in it

By Scott Waldman, Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:03:40

Manchin said earlier this month that it would be easier to pass the $500 billion in climate provisions tucked into the “Build Back Better” plan as a stand-alone bill, and Biden said Wednesday that he is now prepared to do that. Biden recognizes that his only choice is to get as much policy done through the budget reconciliation process as possible, since that doesn’t require any Republican votes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said yesterday.
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Solar Energy

Bipartisan senators urge Biden to end solar tariffs

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:02:06

A group of eight bipartisan senators sent a letter  to President Biden urging him not to extend the Trump administration’s tariffs on solar panel imports, ahead of a high-stakes decision for clean energy. The letter, which has not been previously reported, argues that Trump’s 2018 tariffs would stymie the growth of solar power and clean jobs and add “unnecessary costs” for electricity consumers. [ read more … ]

Supply chain issues likely slowed 2021 solar development in Southeast US, may persist

By Mark Watson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:03:02

Solar developers added almost 2.9 GW of capacity in Southeast US in 2021, a 20% increase to the region’s cumulative total but below 2020’s near-4-GW addition. Pandemic-related supply chain issues may have contributed to the slowdown and may affect further growth in 2022. “Supply chain issues are dominating,” said Aneesh Prabhu, S&P Global Ratings power sector analyst. [ read more … ]

The Senate solar split

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:02:23

 The Biden administration has until Feb. 6 to decide whether to extend Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels, and the matter is splitting the Senate into bipartisan factions fiercely pushing in both directions. The matter gets at a conflict between two of the administration’s key priorities: The build out of renewable energy and the protection of the U.S. manufacturing sector and its jobs. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Democrats want to break up BBB. What does that mean?

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:05:05

A day after President Biden said the core of his domestic climate and social agenda may need to be broken off into “chunks,” congressional Democrats were trying to make sense of the plan. “Chunks is an interesting word,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday in response to questions from reporters. The path forward, she and other negotiators said, is to shrink the scope and price tag of the budget reconciliation measure compared with what passed the House late last year. And climate is a must for any new package. [ read more … ]

GOP, eyeing Hill takeover, mulls energy and climate agenda

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:04:32

It may seem early, but Republicans are already plotting out a climate and energy agenda should they win control of Capitol Hill come 2023. But whether a Republican-controlled Congress would work with President Biden on those issues is another matter altogether. Many Republicans have changed their rhetoric in recent years. There’s a growing acknowledgment within the party that greenhouse gases are warming the planet and that outright climate change denial could hurt them at the ballot box. [ read more … ]

Biden wants climate action abroad but can’t find it at home

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:04:46

President Biden came to office 12 months ago promising an antidote to years of American climate denial and absenteeism. The U.S. would again lead the world “by the power of our example,” he said at his inauguration. But political gridlock at home has undermined his credibility abroad. And delays in corralling the money that poorer countries need for their own energy transitions and to repair climate damage have sown anger and disappointment. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC meeting: Gas fights, EJ shifts and a ‘legal weapon’

By Miranda Willson, Christian Vasquez, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:02:41

In a sign of FERC’s shifting views on environmental justice with a new Democratic majority, three of the commission’s five members voiced concerns over the Weymouth Compressor Station’s location in a densely populated area near historically disadvantaged communities and already home to multiple polluting industrial facilities. Still, the commission stopped short of taking further action against the facility because it lacked the legal right to do so, FERC Chair Richard Glick said.
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EVs

Tesla looks to northern Minn. for nickel

By Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-23 10:03:25

Tesla Inc. is planning to get some of the nickel the company needs for its electric vehicles from northern Minnesota, a region where mining is hotly contested by environmental groups. The automaker last week committed to buy at least 165 million pounds of nickel concentrate over six years from the Tamarack nickel project, a proposed mine in Aitkin County, Minn., west of Duluth. Tamarack is a joint venture between junior miner Talon Metals Corp. and Australian mining giant Rio Tinto PLC. [ read more … ]

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