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May 8, 2022

Top Story

White House alarmed that Commerce probe is ‘smothering’ solar industry

By Evan Halper and Jeff Stein, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:28:41

Top climate officials in the Biden administration are warning that a federal investigation into alleged dodging of tariffs by Chinese suppliers has put the domestic solar industry in peril just as the United States is trying to ramp up clean-energy production. White House officials and their allies in the solar industry have grown increasingly exasperated over a Department of Commerce investigation into panel makers from four Asian countries. The industry and its allies in Congress are demanding that Cabinet officials intervene to blunt the damage, but Commerce officials say their hands are tied by federal statute. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

American wind

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:30:32

President Joe Biden has frequently framed his push for a clean energy transition as a boon for domestic job growth — and particularly for well-paying union jobs. So it’s no surprise that a host of top administration officials were on hand to crow about a project agreement that would likely mean tens of thousands of those union jobs to help build out one of Biden’s signature goals: creating a strong offshore wind power sector. [ read more … ]

Wind turbine makers struggle to find pricing power

By Stine Jacobsen in Copenhagen and Isla Binnie in Madrid, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:29:02

Wind turbine makers racked up hefty losses last quarter, swelled by rocketing costs and cut-throat competition despite being more in demand than ever. The industry started seeing a steep decline in prices and increased competition back in 2017 as some governments moved away from generous, fixed, subsidised tariffs for power toward an auction-based system that favours the lowest bidders. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

How Alito tipped his climate hand in anti-abortion draft

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:32:59

Some legal experts have expressed fears that the Supreme Court’s conservative wing could seize on the opportunity to rehash climate standing doctrine established in the 2007 case Massachusetts v. EPA if the justices were to eventually review the kids’ climate case, Juliana v. United States. The Juliana lawsuit argues that the government’s support for fossil fuels worsens climate change. [ read more … ]

Transmission

A Fight Over America’s Energy Future Erupts on the Canadian Border

By David Gelles and photographs by Renaud Philippe, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:31:02

Mr. Abergel, a senior executive at Hydro Quebec, has for years been working on an ambitious effort to send electricity produced from the river down through the woods of northern Maine and on to Massachusetts, where it would help the state meet its climate goals. Yet today, work on the $1 billion project is at a standstill. Over the past few years, an unlikely coalition of residents, conservationists and Native Americans waged a rowdy campaign funded by rival energy companies to quash the effort. [ read more … ]

Get rid of competition’? FERC and the push for power lines

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:32:05

A proposal from federal regulators to change the U.S. transmission planning process has been praised by renewable energy advocates, who see it as key to scaling up carbon-free power. But the reforms, if finalized, would also give utilities more control in the development of new high-voltage power lines — a shift that could spark backlash from consumer advocates, independent renewable energy companies and others. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Politics Could Speed Up Clean Energy. They May Also Slow It Down.

By Rochelle Toplensky, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:34:19

In the world’s transition to lower-emission fuels, politics is a big part of both the solution and the problem. Decarbonization is shaping up to be the next industrial revolution—a massive shift that will lead to the decline of some industries and the rise of others, creating both risks and opportunities for investors. Even though renewable energy is now often cheaper than burning fossil fuels, the time pressure imposed by global warming means politics will be instrumental in making it happen. [ read more … ]

Biden admin unveils long-awaited EJ strategy

By Pamela King, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:32:33

The Justice Department and EPA rolled out a multipronged plan for addressing pollution and climate impacts in vulnerable communities. During an event at DOJ headquarters this afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland and EPA Administrator Michael Regan revealed plans to set up a new Office of Environmental Justice, establish a comprehensive environmental justice strategy and reinstate a popular enforcement tool. [ read more … ]

Manchin open to methane fee in climate, energy talks

By Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:33:23

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin expressed optimism yesterday that a fee on methane emissions could be part of a bipartisan climate and energy package currently being negotiated behind closed doors. But the West Virginia Democrat said certain conditions would need to be met — namely, that pipelines would not be penalized if they are not able to build infrastructure to trap the potent greenhouse gas. [ read more … ]

States

Climate Change Is Straining California’s Energy System, Officials Say

By Benjamin Mullin, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:29:25

Torrid heat, raging wildfires and prolonged drought are putting California residents at increased risk of power outages, officials said Friday, as extreme weather driven by climate change puts additional stress on the state’s already-taxed energy grid. Officials said in an online briefing that they were preparing for a scenario in 2022 that would see California fall short of energy demands by about 1,700 megawatts. The shortfall is likeliest to occur in the summer after the sun sets, depriving energy providers of solar energy. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

U.S. Energy Department to commit $2.25 bln to carbon storage program

BY Timothy Gardner, REUTERS  •    •  Posted 2022-05-08 10:31:43

The U.S. Department of Energy intends to commit $2.25 billion for projects to store carbon dioxide underground and help fight climate change, it said on Thursday. The funding for carbon storage validation and testing over the next five years will come from the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden last year. “The goal here is that at the end of the day, you do actually have commercially available facilities for storage,” said Emily Grubert, deputy assistant secretary for carbon management at the department. [ read more … ]

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