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March 28, 2022

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BOEM sets May auction for offshore wind leasing in 2 areas off the Carolinas

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:51:28

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed an environmental review of federal waters off the coast of the Carolinas and will hold an auction for two leasing areas on May 11, the Department of the Interior announced Friday. The areas selected within the Carolina Long Bay could result in at least 1.3 GW of offshore wind energy, based on BOEM estimates. Developers will be able to bid on one or both of the areas, which are similarly distant from the shore and have the same wind resource potential, according to BOEM. [ read more … ]

RGGI

RGGI revolt

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:53:30

Carbon market supporters and opponents will be watching the Keystone State over the next two weeks as Pennsylvania Republicans line up a slew of measures to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to enter the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. First, there’s Senate Bill 119, which would require legislative approval prior to Pennsylvania joining RGGI. That bill will get a vote in a House committee this afternoon. Remember: Wolf took executive action in 2019 to kick off a regulatory process to join RGGI. The Senate passed this bill last year with a veto-proof majority. Pennsylvania would be the first major fossil fuel state to join RGGI, which currently includes 11 states from Virginia to Maine. Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is looking to take Virginia out of RGGI. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Europe grapples with 2 crises connected to gas: War, warming

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:54:19

A drive to end European use of Russian fossil fuels is deepening concerns among green groups that the effort could slow rather than accelerate the region’s pursuit of clean energy. And a deal struck with the United States last week to divert more natural gas to Europe may only make the challenge greater. Under the agreement, the European Union would work “toward ensuring stable demand” for 50 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas annually from the United States at least until 2030. That’s roughly one-third of the gas volume that Europe currently imports from Russia. [ read more … ]

Biden’s LNG deal with Europe jolts gas critics

By Mike Soraghan, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:54:35

Natural gas producers are applauding President Biden’s pledge to export more U.S. gas to Europe as environmental groups fume that the trans-Atlantic deal undercuts Biden’s commitment to address climate change. It’s a familiar divide in U.S. politics, with the Biden administration prioritizing European energy security in the short term. Then there are the energy markets. They have their own read on the president’s pledge to deliver more U.S. liquefied natural gas to Europe and help expand Europe’s LNG import capacity. [ read more … ]

Vehicle Efficiency Standards

EXCLUSIVE U.S. boost fines for automakers not meeting fuel economy rules in Tesla win

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:52:58

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sunday reinstated a sharp increase in penalties for automakers whose vehicles do not meet fuel efficiency requirements for model years 2019 and beyond. The decision was a win for Tesla that could cost other automakers hundreds of millions of dollars or more. Under President Barack Obama, the higher penalties were set to start with the 2019 model year, but the Trump administration set the effective date as the 2022 model year following a court decision. [ read more … ]

EVs

State regulators nix Xcel plan for ratepayer-funded electric vehicle rebates

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:52:06

Minnesota utility regulators Thursday rejected an Xcel Energy plan to use ratepayer money for tens of millions of dollars in electric-vehicle rebates. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office argued state law doesn’t allow the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve ratepayer-funded EV rebates — and that such a program would add to customers’ “energy burden,” particularly pointing to low-income consumers. PUC Commissioner Matt Schuerger said the assessment was “spot on. … It is questionable whether it is good policy to use ratepayers’ funds for rebates.” [ read more … ]

Washington state plans to ban most non-electric vehicles by 2030

By Minyvonne Burke, NBC News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:53:48

Washington state plans to ban most non-electric vehicles by 2030, according to a newly signed bill by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill says that all vehicles of the model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in the state must be electric.
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Off-Topic

How Joe Manchin Aided Coal, and Earned Millions

By Christopher Flavelle and Julie Tate, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:51:48

On a hilltop overlooking Paw Paw Creek, 15 miles south of the Pennsylvania border, looms a fortresslike structure with a single smokestack, the only viable business in a dying Appalachian town.
The Grant Town power plant is also the link between the coal industry and the personal finances of Joe Manchin III, the Democrat who rose through state politics to reach the United States Senate, where, through the vagaries of electoral politics, he is now the single most important figure shaping the nation’s energy and climate policy.
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FirstEnergy utility gave to pro-Trump dark money group

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-28 16:52:23

Records provided by FirstEnergy Corp.’s Maryland utility show some of its customers’ monthly payments in 2017 were secretly flowing to a dark money group formed earlier the same year to help further former President Trump’s agenda. The records show Potomac Edison paid $163,000 that year to the pro-Trump group America First Policies Inc., which was founded by some of Trump’s top administration and campaign officials to promote the president’s agenda. [ read more … ]

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