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May 3, 2022

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California wants 100% renewable power. It just hit that milestone — briefly

By Julie Johnson, San Fransisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:48:13

California hit a major clean energy milestone over the weekend when the state’s renewable power sources like solar and wind generated essentially as much electricity as the state needed. The record occurred shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday, as solar power production soared before late-afternoon power demand kicked in. The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s grid, said that the share of renewable energy peaked at 99.87% — marking a record for the state, albeit a fleeting one. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Senators Plead With Biden for Quick End to Solar-Trade Probe

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:47:55

Nearly two dozen senators on Monday implored President Joe Biden to swiftly advance a trade probe that they said was already causing “massive disruption” in the U.S. solar industry. The investigation into whether Chinese companies are circumventing decade-old tariffs by assembling solar cells and modules in Southeast Asia “will severely harm” American businesses and workers “as long as it continues,” the 22 senators said in a letter to Biden.  [ read more … ]

Transmission

The fight for a national clean energy transmission system emerges on three fronts

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:47:08

After years of studies showing a national transmission system is the most cost-effective way to meet growing clean energy and carbon reduction mandates, there is still no nation-spanning solution. New initiatives at the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are refocusing on that goal. A modern “macrogrid” could access the nation’s diverse clean energy from coast to coast to affordably protect against extreme weather, cyber, and demand spike reliability threats, power system analysts told a March 15 Department of Energy (DOE) webinar. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Building codes: The new natural gas battlefront?

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:51:40

Washington became the first state in the country to mandate electric heat pumps for new buildings late last month, marking a new arena in national debates over how and whether to phase out natural gas.   Starting in 2023, the mandate covers new commercial buildings and large multifamily apartments, which will no longer use natural gas or other fossil fuels for much of their heating. [ read more … ]

Markets

Get Ready for Another Energy Price Spike: High Electric Bills

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:48:32

Already frustrated and angry about high gasoline prices, many Americans are being hit by rapidly rising electricity bills, compounding inflation’s financial toll on people and businesses. The national average residential electricity rate was up 8 percent in January from a year earlier, the biggest annual increase in more than a decade. The latest figures, from February, show an almost 4 percent annual rise, reaching the highest level for that month and approaching summer rates, which are generally the most expensive. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden Administration Begins $3 Billion Plan for Electric Car Batteries

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:48:50

The Biden administration plans to begin a $3.1 billion effort on Monday to spur the domestic production of advanced batteries, which are essential to its plan to speed the adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy. President Biden has prodded automakers to churn out electric vehicles and utilities to switch to solar, wind and other clean energy, saying the transitions are critical to eliminating the pollution that is dangerously heating the planet. [ read more … ]

Coal giant, EV fueler ink deal to boost U.S. charging network

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:51:07

One of America’s largest coal mining companies has taken a fledgling electric-vehicle-charging company under its wing and will use its deep connections to open doors at the country’s electric utilities. Alliance Resource Partners LP, which operates coal mines from Illinois to Maryland, said yesterday it would become a “significant minority shareholder” in Francis Energy, a charging company founded by the son of a prominent Washington lobbyist. It first floated the deal last week in an earnings call and securities documents. [ read more … ]

Where’s Scotty?

Pruitt’s pitch: Energy independence, fixing the Senate

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-03 14:50:53

Scott Pruitt isn’t shying away from his EPA tenure in his run for the Senate, instead using it to present himself as a champion of the fossil fuel industry. Pruitt left Washington in 2018 under a cloud of numerous scandals stemming from allegations that he violated ethics standards and used his office for personal gain. But in interviews since launching his campaign last month to fill out retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) term, the former EPA administrator is instead boasting about his work rolling back regulations and convincing former President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. [ read more … ]

 

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