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May 5, 2022

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Alito: The Supreme Court’s next environmental law juggernaut?

By Robin Bravender, Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:49:44

“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant,” Alito said a decade later in a 2017 keynote speech at the Claremont Institute. “When Congress authorized the regulation of pollutants, what it had in mind were substances like sulfur dioxide, or particulate matter — basically, soot or smoke in the air. Congress was not thinking about carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases.” EPA’s climate authority is once again before the court in West Virginia v. EPA, which is expected to be decided by early summer. While legal observers largely agree that the justices are unlikely to use the case to completely overturn Massachusetts v. EPA, they do expect the court to rein in the federal government’s emissions authority. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind time

BY MATTHEW CHOI, KELSEY TAMBORRINO AND JOSH SIEGEL, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:47:41

A whole host of the administration’s clean energy bigwigs will be at the AFL-CIO headquarters today for a signing ceremony between North America’s Building Trades Unions and Norwegian offshore wind company Ørsted on an agreement to employ American labor on its offshore wind farms. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

The Solar Boom Will Create Millions of Tons of Junk Panels

By Dieter Holger, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:47:17

The global volume of solar-panel waste generated annually will rise from 30,000 metric tons in 2021 to more than 1 million tons in 2035 and more than 10 million tons in 2050, according to BloombergNEF. The International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that the recovered materials could be worth $450 million by 2030 and $15 billion by 2050. “We have to work today if we don’t want to have a problem in the future,” said Agustín Delgado, sustainability and innovation chief at Spanish utility IberdrolaSA, one of the world’s biggest providers of solar power. [ read more … ]

Solar market turmoil delays Ind. coal shutdown

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:48:04

Indiana utility Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said it will delay retirement of its largest coal-fired power plant by two years because a Commerce Department investigation is leading to supply chain uncertainty for solar projects needed as a replacement energy source. NIPSCO, which operates across northwest Indiana, said yesterday that the delays will affect solar and storage projects this year and next year. [ read more … ]

Transmission

California’s All-Renewable Moment Shows the Future of the Power Grid

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:50:39

On the last day of April, California hit a milestone: For a brief spell during a sunny Saturday afternoon, renewable sources met 99.87% of electricity demand. Power systems outside the U.S. have reached this target before (Denmark with wind power and South Australia with solar alone last year). But California’s main grid, which serves 80% of the state, is far bigger than those examples.  Last year, I described South Australia as a glimpse of the power industry’s future. We should think of California the same way but on a much larger scale. Its recent milestone points to a future full of zero-carbon power, with a great deal of variability; there will be new technologies and business models as well as room for further innovation.  [ read more … ]

Major grid dilemma: Treat fossil fuels like renewables?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:48:27

Last year, the nation’s largest grid operator scaled back the use of a controversial grid rule that wind and solar developers claimed unfairly favored fossil fuels. Now, clean energy advocates have their sights set on another issue they say may give coal, natural gas and nuclear generators a leg up with PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organization that oversees the flow of power in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The issue is known as capacity value, and how PJM handles it could have implications for everything from coal plant retirements to battery deployment to the reliability of the power grid for the 65 million people living in the PJM region. [ read more … ]

FERC chair backs ‘transmission monitor’ for grid build-out

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:48:41

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should consider establishing an independent monitor to help oversee the build-out of the power grid and protect consumers, FERC Chair Richard Glick said yesterday. Speaking during a panel discussion on transmission reforms, Glick said an “independent transmission monitor” could be beneficial as the commission seeks to improve the process for building regional power lines seen as vital for transitioning away from fossil fuels [ read more … ]

Congress

Bipartisan energy gang eyes ‘Santa’s list’ of tax credits

By Nick Sobczyk , E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:48:58

The House-passed “Build Back Better Act,” Democrats’ climate and social spending bill, was loaded up with $300 billion in clean energy and electric vehicle tax credits that climate advocates were hoping would make major strides in decarbonizing the U.S. economy. It included revamped credits for renewables, which would have eventually become technology-neutral, and expansions of the electric vehicle tax credit. It also had some GOP-friendly ideas, such as a new production incentive for nuclear energy and a bigger 45Q carbon capture credit. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Experts press Biden’s ‘Cancer Cabinet’ to target toxics

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-05 14:49:25

Cancer researchers and the federal government need to spend more time and money on reducing exposures to toxic chemicals if the Biden administration is going to reach goals laid out in the “Cancer Moonshot” program, researchers and environmental health advocates said today. “In order for systemic changes to happen, we must prevent exposures to chemicals, of which many are known carcinogens,” said Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, executive director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network. [ read more … ]

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