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March 27, 2022

Top Story

Ukraine War Drives Up Cost of Wind, Solar Power

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:37:50

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is further driving up the price of renewable-energy projects, which were already facing supply-chain strains and raw-materials increases before the war. The new pressures, which are hitting two years after the pandemic created bottlenecks for wind and solar developers, are adding to delays for completing many projects. The Biden administration and other governments around the world have called for speeding the transition to renewable-energy sources to avoid reliance on Russia for oil and gas. But project developers say it might be nearly impossible to move faster in the near term. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. to hold wind energy auction for two areas off Carolinas

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:35:31

The agency said it approved CGI as a buyer after reviewing the company’s agreement with Hilton Worldwide, which will turn the hotel into a Waldorf Astoria, as well as the company’s financial capabilities and ability to secure bank financing. While the GSA’s decision was largely perfunctory, it moves Trump’s business one step closer toward unloading a hotel that became a center of controversy during his presidency — and which has recently drawn interest from New York prosecutors looking into whether he misled the government in his initial application for the lease. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Treasury Secretary Yellen: The U.S. should have moved faster toward renewable energy

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:39:21

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Friday the United States should have moved faster toward renewable energy sources and that, had we done so, the country would be in a better position to address climate change and national security. CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Yellen whether the focus on environmental social governance needs to be partially suspended because of national security issues that the focus on ESG “is either creating or has created.” Global bans on Russian oil after the Russian invasion of Ukraine have led to higher energy prices, for exam [ read more … ]

Biden increases LNG exports as Europe faces energy crisis

By Sara Schonhardt, Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:37:16

The White House announced this morning that the U.S. will rapidly increase exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe as Germany and other E.U. nations try to diminish their dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The move will ramp up LNG shipments carried by seagoing tankers by 15 billion cubic meters this year, according to a fact sheet released by the White House. As a comparison, the United States sent 22 bcm of LNG to Europe last year, the highest ever traded between the two continents. [ read more … ]

States

California’s Plan for $400 Gas Rebate Criticized for Undermining Climate Goals

By Todd Woody, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:36:01

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to give $400 to every car owner to offset record-high gasoline prices has prompted criticism that it undercuts the state’s aggressive climate goals.
Under the $11 billion plan unveiled Wednesday, every owner of a registered car in California – including owners of electric vehicles – would receive a tax refund in the form of a $400 debit card regardless of their income. An owner of more than one registered vehicle would receive $800. If approved by the California legislature, a millionaire owner of two Range Rovers that get 13 miles per gallon would receive $800 as would the owner of a pair of Tesla electric cars who does not pay fuel taxes. Someone who relies on a bicycle for transportation, on the other hand, would be left empty-handed. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Sen. Manchin launches new push for ‘all of the above’ energy bill

By Maxine Joselow, Anna Phillips and Tyler Pager, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:38:25

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) has restarted talks with fellow Democrats about reviving the party’s climate and social spending bill, according to two people familiar with the matter, as administration officials search for oil and gas policies that could make the measure more palatable to him. Manchin, who has traveled in the past week with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, has told staff members and colleagues that the legislation must be voted on before senators leave town in August, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

The SCOTUS carbon factor

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:39:58

EPA Administrator Michael Regan offered a cloudy outlook on the future of the Biden administration’s forthcoming greenhouse gas regulation, saying the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on EPA’s authority makes doing so “a tough call.” “I think we’re watching very closely and weighing all of our options,” he told the American Council on Renewable Energy’s policy forum. “Obviously, it’s our hope that the decision will stay on that more narrow side.” The high court is considering a case challenging EPA’s authority on regulating power plants’ greenhouse gas pollution argued last month, with Republican states contending EPA had no authority to enact the kinds of wide-ranging carbon cuts that Democrats have sought. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Possible Pruitt Senate run trashed by ex-Inhofe, Trump aides

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:36:53

Scott Pruitt might not be able to count on old allies if he launches a run for the Senate in Oklahoma. The former EPA administrator left Washington in 2018 under a cloud of ethics scandals and on bad terms with many onetime allies tied to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and EPA. As Pruitt mulls a run in this year’s race to succeed Inhofe, who is retiring, people in those circles tell E&E News they won’t be supporting him.
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Inside Scott Pruitt’s chaotic last days at EPA

By Robin Bravender, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-27 10:36:22

The Trump administration’s abrupt 2018 ouster of EPA boss Scott Pruitt prompted chaos and confusion inside the agency, according to internal records obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act. Emails requested in 2018 and released to E&E News last month offer new insight into Pruitt’s hasty departure from the agency. Pruitt resigned under pressure from then-White House chief of staff John Kelly, Bloomberg reported at the time and two former Trump administration officials confirmed this week. [ read more … ]

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