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April 4, 2022

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‘Swallowing a toad’: Progressives warm to Manchin’s fossil fuel demands to clinch climate package

By JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:36:46

House progressivessay they may be prepared to accept policies that boost fossil fuels in the short term in order to win Sen. Joe Manchin‘s support for a party-line climate change and social spending bill to help salvage their agenda ahead of the midterm elections. Manchin killed President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion Build Back Better bill in December, a month after it had passed the House, dashing the hopes of climate hawks who championed the legislation’s record $550 billion in spending dedicated to reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

California solar inequity

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:37:01

The debate over slashing rooftop solar incentives and levying a monthly fee on solar owners in California is about more than the $3.4 billion a year in subsidies given to net metering, Pedro Pizarro, president and chief executive officer of Edison International, parent company of utility Southern California Edison, said at the SEJ conference on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission review of net metering rules has divided state lawmakers, but energy officials continue to push the commission to revamp the current solar program. Pizarro said non-solar customers, many of whom are low-income customers, end up paying for subsidies directed to affluent, solar system owners. “It’s simply about equity,” he said. [ read more … ]

Hydro

Tribes, Industry Groups Reach Deal to Boost U.S. Hydroelectric Power

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:31:40

Groups supporting the package include the National Hydropower Association, American Rivers, the Skokomish Tribe, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Our respective constituencies have battled each other to a draw for generations,” said Malcolm Woolf, the National Hydropower Association’s chief executive. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Nearly Everyone in the World is Breathing Polluted Air

BY JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:38:50

The U.N. health agency says nearly everybody in the world breathes air that doesn’t meet its standards for air quality, calling for more action to reduce fossil-fuel use, which generates pollutants that cause respiratory and blood-flow problems and lead to millions of preventable deaths each year. The World Health Organization, about six months after tightening its guidelines on air quality, on Monday issued an update to its database on air quality that draws on information from a growing number of cities, towns, and villages across the globe — now totaling over 6,000 municipalities. [ read more … ]

Climate

How High Energy Prices Could Help Both the Climate and the U.S.

By Greg Ip, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:38:31

The surge in global energy prices triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sure doesn’t seem like any sort of blessing. It has driven up inflation, squeezed household budgets and battered President  Biden’s approval ratings. And yet for Mr. Biden, there may be a silver lining. Higher prices, if sustained, could reduce global fossil-fuel consumption and encourage the shift to zero-emission energy. At the same time, sanctions and boycotts on Russia pave the way for U.S. oil-and-gas producers to expand market share. They may thus provide Mr. Biden a pathway to both combat climate change and promote the U.S. oil-and-gas industry. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Regan on the Hill to defend EPA’s spending, staffing plan

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:38:02

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will be on Capitol Hill this week to push for his agency’s expansive budget plan. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday with Regan to discuss EPA’s proposed budget for fiscal 2023. It will be the administrator’s first hearing with lawmakers to discuss the fiscal blueprint, which was released last week. [ read more … ]

EVs

Low use of EV smart charging alarms Minn. regulator

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-04 15:37:26

Minnesota’s largest utility, which is trying to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, has struggled to enroll EV owners in programs that ensure charging happens during overnight hours when electricity is cheapest. Xcel Energy Inc. said in a filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that just 10 percent of 14,000 EVs in its service area were signed up for managed charging — programs that have utilities automatically control when charging occurs to take advantage of off-peak electricity pricing.
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