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March 13, 2022

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Offshore wind is set to soar. Fishing groups want to pump the brakes.

By JORDAN WOLMAN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:03:02

Offshore wind is finally taking off in the United States. But fishing interests around the country are throwing one last obstacle in the industry’s way. The Biden administration has ambitious plans to open up vast swaths of coastline in order to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. Energy companies are stepping up: Six leases off the New Jersey and New York coasts sold for $4.3 billion last month, the most lucrative wind lease sale in U.S. history. But the wind industry and federal and state agencies still haven’t managed to placate the fishing industry, which is lobbying against offshore wind proposals around the country over concerns the turbines could interfere with fishing routes. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Biden defends energy record, blames Putin for high prices

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:03:26

President Biden once again blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for soaring gas prices and pushed back against claims from Republicans that his energy policies are harming the economy.
“Democrats didn’t cause this problem, Vladimir Putin did and we are working to fix it,” Biden said in the closing address here at the House Democrats’ annual retreat, where lawmakers sought to hone their messaging and legislative agenda ahead of this fall’s midterm elections.
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Rising metals prices threaten U.S. green energy push

By Jael Holzman, Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:06:10

The global conflict over the war in Ukraine is creating a crunch in the supply of metals vital to clean technology, threatening to make U.S. progress on climate action more expensive. Western governments, like the United States as well as the European Union, have sought to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for invading Ukraine by curbing the use of Russian oil, gas and coal and pledging to more forcefully transition away from fossil fuels and toward wide adoption of electric vehicles, as well as wind and solar energy. [ read more … ]

Markets

Exclusive: Canada looking at boosting oil pipeline flows to U.S., minister says

By Steve Scherer and Nia Williams, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:03:45

Canada is studying ways to increase pipeline utilization to boost crude exports as Europe seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian oil, the country’s natural resources minister said on Thursday. Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc  said in a statement it was in talks with the government “about how the industry can help relieve the current energy crisis”. Most of Canada’s crude exports travel to the United States on Enbridge’s Mainline system, with another 590,000 barrels a day flowing on TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline.
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Will producing more oil lower gas prices? It hasn’t in the past.

By Philip Bump, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:02:34

What most Americans want seems simple in its outline: inexpensive gas that doesn’t leave the United States beholden to bad actors such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Not all Americans want this, certainly. There are a lot of environmentally conscious Americans who recognize that the downside to inexpensive gas is more gas consumption and, therefore, more greenhouse gas emissions. But as a broad benchmark, the twin goals stated above seem to represent a majority opinion — and have for some time. And yet it hasn’t happened. Despite the uptick in domestic production that accompanied the surge in hydraulic fracturing, and despite various global disruptions and controversies, we still import a lot of oil and gas from overseas and we still see gas prices going up. [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rule

What EPA’s new power plant plans mean for carbon

By Jean Chemnick, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:04:24

EPA unveiled its plans yesterday for regulating the power sector, with greenhouse gas rules in a supporting role to limits on conventional pollution. Describing his agency’s regulatory blueprint at the CERAWeek by S&P Global conference here, EPA Administrator Michael Regan argued that regulations that would be rolled out in the coming year for mercury, ozone, water and coal ash would help finish the job on curbing climate pollutants that market conditions started by shifting U.S. power generation away from high-emitting coal. [ read more … ]

Ozone

EPA expands reach of ozone regulations

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:05:42

Power plants, paper mills and other industries in roughly half the country would face fresh requirements to cut smog-forming emissions under a new EPA “good neighbor” plan that would sharply expand the agency’s efforts to curb harmful pollution that crosses state lines. The proposal released this morning would apply in varying degrees to 26 states, located mainly in the East and Midwest but also hopscotching to include Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California, none of which was covered by the last major “cross-state” pollution rule issued more than a decade ago and updated six years ago.
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BBB Bill

‘Son of Build Back Better.’ Energy CEOs eye renewables’ future

By Miranda Willson, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-13 10:04:54

Supply chain disruptions, inflation and bureaucratic regulations are slowing the deployment of renewable energy in the United States and jeopardizing efforts championed by President Biden to achieve 100 percent carbon-free power, leaders in the electric industry said yesterday. Utility executives and clean energy developers also joined government officials at CERAWeek by S&P Global in outlining how Russia’s war in Ukraine is exacerbating economic challenges for renewables — even as they said the growth of clean power is unstoppable in the long run. [ read more … ]

 

 

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