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April 7, 2022

Top Story

Cities step up to save $2.5B Midwest power line

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:46:04

They came to Missouri’s capital from small cities and towns such as Marshall and Lebanon, Odessa and Shelbina. They’re not activists or lobbyists but city administrators and public works directors from deep red Missouri counties. They drove hours this week to push back against big agriculture and urge the majority Republican Legislature not to spike the largest energy infrastructure project in the state — the $2.5 billion Grain Belt Express transmission line. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

US wind energy just hit a major milestone

By Ella Nilsen, CNN  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:43:44

The United States set a major renewable energy milestone last Tuesday: wind power was the second-highest source of electricity for the first time since the Energy Information Administration began gathering the data. Last year, wind was the fourth-largest electricity source behind natural gas, coal, and nuclear, generating close to 380 terawatt-hours for the entire year, according to the EIA. For context, a terawatt is a thousand times bigger than a gigawatt. [ read more … ]

Grid

Readying the grid

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:44:33

 Reps. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) and Paul Tonko(D-N.Y.) will introduce the EV Grid Act today to direct the Energy Department to study and develop a plan to meet the anticipated electricity demand from new electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The study would include the anticipated growth in the use of EVs under the president’s climate targets and would assess how much additional electrical generation, transmission and distribution capacity will be needed to meet the demand. [ read more … ]

Storms batter aging power grid as climate disasters spread

By MATTHEW BROWN, CAMILLE FASSETT, PATRICK WHITTLE, JANET MCCONNAUGHEY and JASEN LO, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:45:05

Power outages from severe weather have doubled over the past two decades across the U.S., as a warming climate stirs more destructive storms that cripple broad segments of the nation’s aging electrical grid, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. Forty states are experiencing longer outages — and the problem is most acute in regions seeing more extreme weather, U.S. Department of Energy data shows. The blackouts can be harmful and even deadly for the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable communities. [ read more … ]

Markets

High Energy Prices Challenge Wall Street’s Green Shift

By Amrith Ramkuma, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:44:08

Wall Street arranged more bonds and loans for clean-energy projects than oil-and-gas companies in the first quarter. The shift could be short-lived amid the push to boost fossil-fuel supplies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Banks underwrote more than $100 billion of bonds and loans for clean-energy uses in the first quarter and arranged $95 billion in borrowing for oil-and-gas firms. The pace of underwriting slowed in both categories from last year, when total oil-and-gas and green debt issued in each area totaled about $570 billion. [ read more … ]

What we learned from the Big Oil hearing

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:45:22

The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday held the most anticipated of several planned hearings on the energy policy fight precipitated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Democrats, looking to deflect blame for high gasoline prices as the midterms approach, launched an all-out campaign against the oil industry for alleged price gouging. Republicans defended the industry, delighting in Democratic calls to boost oil and gas production after they campaigned in 2020 on climate policy.
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Democrats grill oil executives on gasoline prices

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:45:44

Lawmakers grilled Big Oil executives about their profits and production this morning during a high-profile House hearing, continuing the intense partisan back-and-forth over retail gas prices as the midterms approach. Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations probed top executives from Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP America Inc., Shell USA Inc., Devon Energy Corp. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co. about prices at the pump, which remained over $4 per gallon nationally as of this morning. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden administration, auto leaders want ‘seamless’ EV charging station use

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:43:19

Senior officials in the Biden administration and major automotive leaders agree that charging station infrastructure for electric vehicles should offer an interoperable experience based on any car model. The White House said a virtual meeting was held Wednesday with major automotive leaders, including Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and General Motors CEO Mary Barra to discuss electric vehicles and charging. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Public Power District Joining National Electric Highway Coalition

By Peter Maloney, Nebraska Public Power District  •    •  Posted 2022-04-07 16:44:47

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has signed a memorandum of cooperation to become a member of the National Electric Highway Coalition. The National Electric Highway Coalition currently consists of more than 60 investor-owned, public power and cooperative electric companies that have committed to providing electric vehicle fast charging stations along major travel corridors by the end of 2023. [ read more … ]

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