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April 28, 2022

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First all-electric heating mandate for buildings passes in Washington state

By Emily Pontecorvo, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:23:32

Washington just became the first state in the country to mandate that newly constructed buildings be outfitted with all-electric space heating and hot water systems.  The State Building Code Council voted 11-to-3 on Friday to adopt a revised energy code that requires most new commercial buildings and large multifamily buildings to install electric heat pumps. The Council will consider a similar proposal for smaller residential buildings later this year. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden admin weighs offshore wind in deepwater Atlantic, Ore.

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:25:22

The Biden administration announced today it is weighing a future round of offshore wind auctions by inviting feedback on potential leasing in the deep waters off the Mid-Atlantic states and the Oregon coast. It’s the latest move from the renewables-focused Interior Department to kick-start the nascent industry in the United States during Biden’s first term by approving the first fleet of offshore wind developments, auctioning federal waters for future projects, and advancing potential new areas for lease. [ read more … ]

U.S. identifies possible wind power areas off Oregon, Atlantic coasts

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:25:01

The Biden administration on Wednesday identified new areas for potential offshore wind development off the coasts of Oregon and several central Atlantic states, its latest step toward bolstering the nascent U.S. industry. Offshore wind is a key pillar of President Joe Biden’s plan to fight climate change by decarbonizing the U.S. power sector by 2035 and the entire economy by 2050. Wednesday’s announcement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the Department of Interior, is the first step in designating areas that will be auctioned to companies seeking to build offshore wind farms.
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Solar Energy

In surprise move, Fla. governor vetoes solar crackdown

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:27:14

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill yesterday targeting rooftop solar that was backed by the state’s largest electric company and a top political donor, in a move that shocked Florida’s political and energy landscape. The move is a win for the solar industry and deals a blow to Florida Power & Light Co., which holds significant political sway in the Sunshine State. It also is a win for state Democrats, who largely opposed the bill and have had been unsuccessful in getting any meaningful clean energy legislation passed in Florida. [ read more … ]

Half-Built Solar Project Shows Risk From Tariffs to Biden’s Green Agenda

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:25:40

On top of an old coal mine in western Pennsylvania, developers were preparing to install the first of 237,000 new solar panels — a living embodiment of the transition away from fossil fuels into clean energy. Just as the Maple Hill solar farm was getting underway, things came to an abrupt halt. The $30 billion U.S. solar industry is being ensared in a trade probe that’s leaving projects like Maple Hill in limbo and threatening to slow down — possibly even derail — the country’s shift to renewable power. The panels crucial to the solar farm in Portage, Pennsylvania, were being made in Thailand. But the threat of tariffs, equal to as much as 239% of the equipment’s value, forced the supplier to halt shipments.  [ read more … ]

Vehicle Emissions

Lacking filters, U.S. cars set to emit a septillion more particles – research

By Nick Carey and Barbara Lewis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:24:36

regulatory gap allows automakers like Ford and BMW to make U.S. cars that emit more ultrafine particles that harm human health than equivalent models sold in Europe and other markets, according to new research. British testing specialist Emissions Analytics took four pairs of cars – from Ford, BMW, Toyota and Stellantis – and compared the impact of tailpipe filters that are widely used in Europe where regulations limit the number of harmful particles that can be emitted, but not in the United States where the same regulations do not apply. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

Biden’s $6B nuclear plan hits ’24th hour’ roadblock

By Peter Behr, Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:27:03

A top energy executive yesterday confirmed that one of the first plants poised to qualify for financial support under the Energy Department’s newly unveiled lifeline — Michigan’s Palisades plant — remains on schedule to close May 31, throwing the Midwestern state’s climate goals into question. Leo Denault, CEO of Entergy Corp., owner of the Palisades plant, told security analysts yesterday that a buyer who succeeded in acquiring the generator would also bear refueling costs and other expenses. [ read more … ]

States

Calif. cap-and-trade revenues fund corporate upgrades

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:23:07

California’s carbon cap-and-trade program generates billions of dollars each year for state projects that advance zero-emission vehicles, fund housing near transit and invest in other climate-focused actions. The revenues also help well-known corporations. [ read more … ]

Markets

Democrats unveil new push to punish oil and gas giants for high prices

By Tony Romm, Leigh Ann Caldwell and Mike DeBonis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:24:09

Top congressional Democrats on Thursday pledged to penalize oil and gas giants that they say are unfairly raising prices at the pump, part of a broader effort to blunt the financial and political fallout from soaring inflation. The new legislative push reflects a growing sense of urgency among party lawmakers, who returned to Washington this week after hearing from voters who have seen the costs of housing, groceries and other goods spike at their highest rate in roughly four decades. [ read more … ]

Top Democrats meet to craft gasoline price package

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-28 15:26:21

Democratic leaders said yesterday they were committed to fighting high gasoline prices as they search for a legislative solution that can earn consensus in both the House and Senate. A legislative package could emerge in the coming weeks. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) huddled earlier this week to find common ground on how best to structure a response. [ read more … ]

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