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March 6, 2022

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Here comes the sun: Wind, solar power account for record 13% of U.S. energy in 2021

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:47:51

“It was not that long ago that critics of clean energy would snicker and say that its contributions amounted to a rounding error compared to total generation,” said Ethan Zindler of the Americas for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “That’s definitely no longer the case. Anyone who still calls clean energy ‘alternative energy’ is just so, so 2009.” Renewable energy production, predominantly from hydroelectric dams, solar arrays and wind turbines, grew more than 4% year-over-year in 2021. When nuclear energy is added, carbon-neutral energy sources met 40% of U.S. demand. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Inside Clean Energy: Explaining the Record-Breaking Offshore Wind Sale

By Dan Gearino, Inside  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:45:48

After days of bidding, six companies emerged as winners last week in a record-breaking auction for the rights to develop offshore wind in federal waters off New York and New Jersey. The total of the winning bids was $4.37 billion for 488,000 acres spread across six lease areas. The process was overseen by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Of the winning companies, all but one, Invenergy Offshore Wind, are based in Europe or include European partners. Two European oil companies, Shell and TotalEnergies, were among the winners. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Interior advances large solar project on Nev. tribal land

By Scott Streater, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:46:15

The Biden administration is advancing the latest commercial-scale solar power project on Native American lands that could power thousands of homes. The Interior Department announced it has completed a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Chuckwalla Solar Projects proposed to be built on about 6,500 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in southern Nevada, about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Clark County. [ read more … ]

No on solar tariffs

By JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:46:34

A group of utilities and renewable energy developers wrote to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Thursday, urging her agency to reject a petition to expand solar tariffs on China to four Southeast Asian nations. They want Raimondo to dismiss the petition without even opening an inquiry, writing that even the “threat of an investigation” is causing “significant disruption in domestic solar deployment and imperiling the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate goals.” The agency must decide next week whether to open the tariff probe. [ read more … ]

Grid

Grid operators’ ‘seam’ study paves way for renewable expansion

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:48:39

A joint study by two regional grid operators with territories that span a wide swath of the central U.S. reveals how strategically sited transmission projects along their boundaries could enable a wave of new renewable energy generation that may not otherwise get built. The final study, published yesterday, is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP) to help enable more wind and solar development across an area that’s become increasingly challenging for renewable developers because of grid constraints. [ read more … ]

Emissions

EPA science advisers unanimously back tighter soot limits

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:50:50

It’s not a question of whether national soot standards will be tightened, but by how much — a decision with sizable implications for Americans’ health and industry regulations. The choice is now up to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. An agency advisory panel unanimously approved a series of recommendations for Regan to consider in setting new standards that in one key specific go beyond the conclusions of EPA career staff. [ read more … ]

EPA

Inside the Trump EPA’s final moves on climate

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:49:44

Top officials at President Trump’s EPA scrambled to leave a lasting legacy on climate change policy in the administration’s final hours, records show. Emails obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act shed more light on the Trump EPA’s final days, when officials clambered to advance climate policy with then-Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s signature. Records also show how the agency under President Biden responded, gathering its top appointees and pulling back Wheeler’s moves, resulting in litigation and regulatory limbo. [ read more … ]

Markets

California Gasoline Hits Record $4.94 Amid Russia Oil Fallout

By Sheela Tobben, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:47:07

California, already paying record prices for motor fuel, is set to shell out even more with the Golden State more exposed to surging oil prices than the rest of the country in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Diesel prices at the pump rose to a record high $5.185 a gallon on Thursday, according to auto club AAA. The state’s gasoline also rose to fresh record of $4.94 a gallon while San Francisco prices topped $5, AAA said.   [ read more … ]

Bid to ban Russian oil imports gains steam on Capitol Hill

By Jeremy Dillon, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:50:27

While Capitol Hill is coalescing around legislation to block Russian energy, the White House is rejecting the idea, saying such actions could disrupt the global supply of oil and natural gas. The disconnect is likely to have major implications for how quickly a supplemental aid package to Ukraine can move through Congress, despite the growing bipartisan momentum behind additional financial punishment for Russia’s invasion. [ read more … ]

U.S. Clean Energy Draws Record $105 Billion in Private Investment

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:50:08

Private investment into U.S. clean-energy assets reached a record $105 billion last year as the country added an unprecedented amount of renewable-power capacity. The investment influx is 11% higher than 2020 and represents a 70% surge during the past five years, according to an annual report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The private backing into U.S. assets including wind farms and solar plants represents about 14% of the $755 billion in global private investment made last year. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV buyers face long waits, price hikes above sticker cost

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-06 09:49:10

A shortage of electric vehicles nationwide is triggering long waits and driving up prices — pushing many buyers to pay thousands of dollars more than the list price to get their cars. Plug-in electric vehicles offered by Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Audi, Porsche, Kia and Ford are among those selling at a premium, said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights at Edmunds, a car shopping website with access to dealer records. The average amounts paid over the sticker price range from about $1,500 more for the Ford Mustang Mach-E to more than $4,600 extra for the Mercedes-Benz EQS. [ read more … ]

 

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