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March 16, 2022

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The truth about gas prices and oil production

By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:12:12

A separate debate is taking place over U.S. oil production and whether Biden administration policies have played a role. Partisans on all sides, as is often the case, are misrepresenting the facts, obscuring the complicated truth about oil production, gas prices and the role of renewables. Here’s a guide to that issue. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Trade Probe Poses Threat to U.S. Projects, Developers Say

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:10:56

A potential Commerce Department probe of solar imports from Southeast Asia has the potential to freeze investment in the U.S. industry leaders warned Tuesday. The agency is set to decide by March 25 whether to formally investigate whether solar products from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia circumvent longstanding solar tariffs. An investigation could expose the imports to retroactive duties of 50% to 250%, the Solar Energy Industries Associationsaid Tuesday.  [ read more … ]

Want more solar panels? Good luck connecting to the grid

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:11:43

Colorado utility regulators began collecting data last summer about the process for connecting small carbon-free energy projects to the grid system. The state public utilities commission found that 41 percent of community solar projects withdrew their applications to connect to the grid through the local utility Public Service Company of Colorado in 2019 and 2020, underscoring what some say is a growing barrier for clean energy across the country. [ read more … ]

Grid

How a smarter grid can prevent blackouts

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:08:46

As the grid strains under the weight of climate change and new sources of demand, one important way to prevent blackouts comes from an unlikely location: your house. Customers who allow utilities to control heat pumps, water heaters and electric vehicle charging stations would give operators a potent new tool for managing grid systems in extreme weather emergencies, like the Western wildfires, Gulf Coast hurricanes and Texas’ 2021 power crisis, researchers say. The issue was highlighted in a January report from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that said customers’ major energy resources, if synchronized with utilities’ control centers, can be “shock absorbers” helping balance power supply and demand in grid emergencies such as California’s 2020 rolling blackouts.
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States

States consider gas tax pauses as prices spike

By Reid Wilson, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:09:30

Governors and state legislators are considering moves to suspend state gas taxes as the cost of fuel continues to soar to record levels, a bipartisan effort that comes as high prices hammer household budgets across the nation. Maryland legislators have fast-tracked a bill to suspend the state gas tax for 30 days. The Democratic-controlled General Assembly plans to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) by the middle of the week, after Hogan and legislative leaders reached a deal. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Checking in on big oil’s climate suites

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:10:01

In Minnesota, a trio of judges appointed by former President Donald Trump to the 8th Circuit expressed skepticism on Tuesday over Minnesota’s arguments that its climate tort lawsuit belongs in state court rather than federal court, Alex Guillén reports . A ruling against the state would clash with the Colorado ruling — a “circuit split,” aka Supreme Court catnip. [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA air nominee faces obstacles to Biden agenda

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:09:06

The White House’s decision to name Goffman as air office chief gives the veteran lawyer some measure of job security, regardless of whether his nomination wins Senate approval. It also comes as the office juggles a far-reaching air and climate portfolio that could eventually lead to stricter national soot standards, tighter oil and gas methane regulations, and power plant greenhouse gas rules. Some are only in the proposal stage; others have yet to be unveiled. [ read more … ]

FERC

Renewables challenge New England gas rules

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:10:36

The renewables energy industry on Tuesday filed a complaint with FERC, alleging that the New England grid operator’s market rules unfairly favor gas generators during winter peak conditions. Such policies disadvantage renewables and create higher costs for customers, according to the complaint filed by trade group American Clean Power and renewable energy nonprofit RENEW Northeast. [ read more … ]

EVs

Starbucks wants to become the gas station of the future for EV

BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company  •    •  Posted 2022-03-16 15:08:20

By 2030, there could be 26 million electric cars in the U.S., which means we’ll need more than 10 times as many EV chargers. Starbucks, with its 15,000 locations across the country, thinks that it could help fill part of the gap. In a pilot this year, the company is partnering with Volvo and Chargepoint to install EV chargers in its parking lots along a 1,350-mile route from Denver to Seattle, with stops available roughly every 100 miles. “It’s one of those charging deserts, so to speak,” says Michael Kobori, chief sustainability officer at Starbucks. “There aren’t too many charging stations available there.” [ read more … ]

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