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January 25, 2022

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Reporter idles in EV for 12 freezing hours to test what happens

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 15:12:14

Lauer lost 25 percent of his range over 12 hours while keeping the car warm. It stands to reason, he said, that 24 hours would have meant losing just 50 percent of his battery charge. That means a hypothetical Mustang Mach-E driver who got stuck on the I-95 backup this month, likely would have fared just fine. Lauer notes he is not a scientist and there are numerous factors he couldn’t control for. For example, he had seat warmers, and so used less direct heat, which may have conserved battery power. He also began his driveway journey with a full charge. But he says, all told, he would feel pretty secure driving a new EV model in frigid weather during a traffic jam.
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Solar Energy

‘Inflection point.’ Biden faces 2 tests that could remake solar

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 15:11:38

President Biden’s clean energy and jobs agenda is facing a critical test as the White House weighs several decisions on U.S. solar policy, with pressure mounting on multiple fronts. While the entire solar industry wants to see more panels and cells built in the U.S., there are differing views on how to get there. The current debate hinges largely on two questions: What should happen to Trump’s solar tariffs, and should Biden’s “Buy American” policy be changed? [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rules

New EPA Rules to Target Power Plant Pollution

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 15:12:53

Mr. Regan said the EPA is looking to roll out new proposals in a more coordinated approach to regulate the power sector, using the agency’s broad array of powers to oversee air and water pollution as well as wastewater disposal. “We don’t have to overly rely on any one rule,” Mr. Regan said. “It’s looking at the full suite of authorities to maximize our ability to protect communities and public health.” [ read more … ]

FERC

PJM seeks reserve market rehearing from FERC, proposes capacity auction schedule

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 15:10:55

PJM Interconnection has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a rehearing in its reserve market proceeding because a recent FERC order departs, without adequate explanation, from prior findings that resource procurement costs to alleviate power supply shortages should be reflected in transparent market prices. FERC has reversed earlier decisions pertaining to an overhaul of PJM’s reserve market, forcing the grid operator to make two compliance filings before the end of February. [ read more … ]

Markets

Meet 6 Texans who could upend the oil industry

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 15:11:16

One of Texas’ top energy regulators is facing a wide field of challengers for reelection after an unprecedented year that saw the state’s natural gas and power generation systems fail in the middle of a winter storm. Wayne Christian, a Republican, is one of three elected members of the Texas Railroad Commission, which is one of the most powerful energy regulators in the country. The commission, which hasn’t dealt with railroads for decades, oversees pipelines and oil and gas production in the biggest energy-producing state. [ read more … ]

EVs

The 2022 EVs that matter most for climate

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-25 08:48:34

What matters for the climate is that gasoline or diesel isn’t burnt in the first place. That metric is sometimes called avoided emissions. The EVs that avoid the most emissions are those sold in greatest numbers, are the heaviest or that log the most miles. Generating electricity to charge an EV has its own emissions, but it’s a separate metric. Here are the low-emissions EVs that the experts have their eyes on: [ read more … ]

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