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May 1, 2022

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For the first time, US renewable energy output exceeds nuclear generation, EIA finds

By Elizabeth McCarthy, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:35:11

The growing number of large solar and wind energy projects resulted in renewable generation beating out nuclear energy last year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday. 
The nation has seen a steady rise in renewable generation, with the biggest share from solar, which is expected to continue because of the lower cost and greater safety of this intermittent power resource, clean energy advocates say. That is despite the Biden administration’s multi-billion dollar program to keep online baseload nuclear power plants scheduled to retire. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Industry ‘Frozen’ as Biden Administration Investigates China

By David Gelles, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:34:12

Around the country, solar companies are delaying projects, scrambling for supplies, shutting down construction sites and warning that tens of billions of dollars — and tens of thousands of jobs — are at risk. The tumult is the result of a decision by the Commerce Department to investigate whether Chinese companies are circumventing U.S. tariffs by moving components for solar panels through four Southeast Asian countries. [ read more … ]

Meet the CEO at the center of solar’s ‘most serious crisis’

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:33:54

The solar industry is blaming much of its current troubles on one company: Auxin Solar. But the CEO of that company, Mamun Rashid, says the industry is engaging in “fearmongering.” The country’s climate goals remain in reach even if the Biden administration complies with Auxin’s request and slaps new tariffs on solar imports, he said. New tariffs “would be good for America. It would allow us to be energy-independent,” Rashid said in an interview. [ read more … ]

Utilities: No long-term fallout from solar tariff — yet

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:33:34

Executives from three of the largest Midwest-based utilities indicated yesterday that uncertainty around rising solar costs and supply chain disruptions are short-term issues that are not a threat to longer-term clean energy plans. The solar industry said this week that 46 percent of U.S. solar over the next two years could be at risk if the Commerce Department goes forward with an investigation that could lead to new tariffs on imported panels and cells. But DTE Energy CEO Jerry Norcia assured analysts and investors in a call yesterday that supply chain delays won’t affect the company financially. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Big US energy transmission projects inch closer to approval

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:33:04

The federal government has finished another environmental review of a proposed transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from rural New Mexico to big cities in the West and similar reviews are planned for two more projects that would span parts of Utah and Nevada, the U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday. The regulatory steps came a day after the Biden administration announced a $2.5 billion initiative to make the nation’s power grid more effective at withstanding catastrophic disasters caused by climate change. It’s also part of the administration’s goal to create a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035. [ read more … ]

Unleashing renewables

BY JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:36:05

Members of the largest regional grid operator in the U.S. endorsed a new plan to eventually free the region’s clogged interconnection queue, the organization announced Thursday. The plan, brought forward by the PJM Interconnection, which stretches from Chicago to the Mid-Atlantic, would implement a two year “transition” to relieve the line of projects waiting to connect to the grid. These stalled projects total 225 gigawatts, more than 95% of which is capacity for renewable energy or energy storage resources. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Is Gina McCarthy really a power broker on climate rules?

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:35:32

Republican lawmakers who had waged war on past climate rules predicted the former Obama EPA administrator would seize the regulatory reins from Biden’s EPA chief, Michael Regan, and reinstate rules that were scrapped during the Trump administration or tied up in court. But 15 months into the Biden administration, it’s unclear what, if any, role McCarthy has played on setting regulatory policy. [ read more … ]

States

Fracking Boom Turns Texas Into the Earthquake Capital of the U.S.

By Sergio Chapa and David Wethe, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:34:34

West Texas, the proud oil-drilling capital of America, is now also on the cusp of becoming the earthquake capital of America. Even California and Alaska, home to massive fault lines and a never-ending series of tremors, appear bound to be overtaken soon at the current pace of things. There’s little doubt that there is a link between the drilling and the jump in seismic activity. Huge quantities of wastewater spew out of wells as the oil gushes out, and injecting that water back into the ground—the cheapest disposal option—puts stress on the Earth’s fault lines. Industry insiders even acknowledge as much. [ read more … ]

EVs

Manchin Rejects Biden’s EV Tax Credit as ‘Ludicrous’

By Ari Natter and Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:31:50

“There is a waiting list for EVs right now, with the fuel prices, but they still want us to throw a $5,000, or $7,000 or $12,000 credit for us to buy electric vehicles,” Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said during a Senate budget hearing Thursday.  “When we can’t produce enough product for the people that want it and we’re still going to pay them to take it — it’s absolutely ludicrous in my mind,” he said. [ read more … ]

States, enviros sue USPS over gas-truck purchase

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-01 09:32:24

Three separate lawsuits were filed today against the U.S. Postal Service over the quasi-independent agency’s billion-dollar move to replace its aging delivery fleet with a majority of gasoline-powered vehicles. The lawsuits say USPS failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, including by using inaccurate or outdated information about the emissions of gas-powered trucks and the cost of electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

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