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April 27, 2022

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President Biden’s Climate Ambitions Are All But Dead

By Leslie Kaufman, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:20:22

Political allies are now acknowledging what scientists who analyze U.S. policy options have confirmed: There’s virtually no viable path to slashing U.S. emissions in line with Biden’s 2030 target—at least not without major legislation that appears increasingly remote. “I am certainly grateful for the improvements we’ve seen under this administration, but it hasn’t gotten nearly far enough to be considered on track to address the climate crisis,” says Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat who is a leading progressive in the House of Representatives.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Cement Makers Burn Turbine Blades as Wind Power Faces Recycling Headache

By Dieter Holger and Giulia Petroni, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:19:35

Last year, more than 12,000 blades were scrapped globally, according to data provider BloombergNEF, which expects the number to exceed 28,000 in 2030. This could result in hundreds of thousands of metric tons of waste each year. Turbine blades can last 20 to 30 years, but companies often replace them earlier with more efficient designs. Some companies have gotten creative when recycling old blades, repurposing them as slides and climbing frames in playgrounds or as noise barriers for highways. But these niche uses are unlikely to account for all the worn-out hardware. Instead, old blades are increasingly being sent to cement factories, where they are burned in kilns to make clinker, a key ingredient in the building material. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar industry aims to shine light on tariff probe

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:19:15

Solar developers are hitting Capitol Hill today to warn against the Commerce Department’s recent investigation into solar modules from four Southeast Asian nations, which they argue will cut jobs and solar capacity. The Solar Energy Industries Association is out with new data on the impact of the anti-circumvention probe that is examining whether imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand or Vietnam are being used to avoid existing duties on imports from China. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Could NextEra’s $55M winning bid for SPP’s transmission project be among the last of its kind?

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:21:25

The Southwest Power Pool’s board of directors selected a NextEra Energy subsidiary to build a $55 million transmission project in Oklahoma, marking the fourth time the grid operator has used competitive solicitations in its transmission planning process, SPP said Tuesday. An SPP expert panel reviewed seven offers for the 48.4-mile, 345-kV line connecting the Minco and Draper substations, with the losing bids ranging from $74 million to $97 million, according to a report on the solicitation included in the board’s agenda package. The board selected a $77.6 million proposal by Transource Energy, a joint venture of American Electric Power and Evergy, as a backup project [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Will Manchin’s bipartisan energy gambit bear fruit?

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:20:39

Democrats aren’t giving up on a reconciliation package, despite a new round of bipartisan talks led by Sen. Joe Manchin that threatens to complicate a “Build Back Better” revival. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair gathered a group of lawmakers Monday for a preliminary discussion about a bipartisan climate and energy policy package, spurred on by political pressures caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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Climate

Investors at 3 major banks defeat climate resolutions

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:21:02

Three of the banks — Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. — held their annual shareholder meetings yesterday, giving investors the chance to weigh in. Just under 13 percent of shareholders backed the fossil fuel-related resolution at Citigroup, while 11 percent supported the proposal at both Wells Fargo and Bank of America. The results aren’t a big surprise — and likely won’t be enough to push the financial institutions to crack down on their clients’ new fossil fuel development in the near term. But proponents said they are still pleased with the outcome. [ read more … ]

States

Second RGGI challenge

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:18:57

A group of fossil fuel allies have filed a preliminary injunction request in a Pennsylvania court in yet another attempt to stop the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
The group, which includes the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the United Mine Workers of America, filed its legal challenge against Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration just days after the RGGI regulation was officially published on Saturday. [ read more … ]

Markets

Russia halts gas flows to Poland, Bulgaria

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:19:55

Russia told Poland and Bulgaria yesterday that it will stop providing natural gas to both countries, marking an escalation in the conflict between Moscow and Europe over the war in Ukraine.
A halt in gas shipments to Poland would rupture a trade relationship that has existed since before the Cold War, and raises questions about whether Russia would withhold gas from other European nations as it becomes increasingly ostracized for waging its brutal war in Ukraine.
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EVs

Saudi Arabia Orders Up to 100,000 Electric Vehicles in Boost to Startup Lucid

By Stephen Kalin, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:18:17

Saudi Arabia will purchase between 50,000 and 100,000 electric vehicles over the next decade from Lucid Group Inc., which is backed by the kingdom’s sovereign-wealth fund, in a boost to the car maker’s push to increase sales revenue. The Saudi government said the decision was in line with efforts to make its fleet more environmentally friendly and diversify the national economy away from oil. Lucid was selected, the government said, because the company is setting up a full production factory in Saudi Arabia—its first international manufacturing plant, which is aiming to produce 150,000 cars annually. [ read more … ]

The Big EV Charging Mystery: How Long Does it Take?

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-27 15:17:56

How long does it take to “fill up” an electric car? Well, that depends on the car … and the charger … and how many other cars are plugged into the charger … and how full the battery is to begin with … and, oh yeah, the weather matters, too. If filling up a gas vehicle is a game of tic-tac-toe, charging an electric vehicle is 3D chess —or a 10-letter version of Wordle. [ read more … ]

 

 

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