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May 12, 2022

Top Story

Fossil Fuels Aren’t Just Harming the Planet. They’re Making Us Sick

By Liza Gross, Victoria St. Martinm Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:25:50

The new peer-reviewed study, published Tuesday in Environmental, Science & Technology, found many chemicals that have never been measured before in pregnant women. “We looked at chemicals from nine different classes, including things like phthalates and alternative plasticizers and pesticides and other chemicals used in personal care products,” said Jessie Buckley, an associate professor of environmental health and engineering at Johns Hopkins University, “And we found that many of these chemicals were detected in all of the women in our sample from across the United States.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

2nd Interior lease sale boosts N.C. offshore wind

By Heather Richards, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:23:28

Developers bet big on the prospect of offshore wind in North Carolina yesterday in an auction that accelerates the momentum of the Biden administration’s offshore wind thrust — and proves the industry aims to grow its footprint in the southern Atlantic. After an all-day bidding war, French oil giant TotalEnergies SE and southern utility Duke Energy Corp. pledged a combined $315 million for the right to raise turbines in the sea off the state’s coast.
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U.S. Offshore Wind Plans Collide With Fishing Concerns off Carolina Coast

By Jennifer Hiller and Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:23:11

The Interior Department on Wednesday auctioned off the rights to develop a 110,000-acre site off the Carolinas to two bidders: affiliates of France’s TotalEnergies SE and North Carolina-based utility Duke Energy Corp. The companies won the auction with separate bids that amount to $315 million. Commercial and recreational fishing businesses have raised concerns about the offshore projects, though the charter industry could see the biggest effects. Some areas opened up for development off the Carolina coast are home to an ancient reef and old shipwrecks that support scores of species of fish popular with recreational anglers, including bluefin tuna, mackerel, snapper and grouper. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biden admin defends solar probe, spurs industry outrage

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:22:54

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo sought to justify her department’s ongoing probe into new solar tariffs during a congressional hearing yesterday, prompting sharp attacks from renewable advocates. The Commerce preliminary probe, launched in March, is assessing whether to slap tariffs of 50 percent to 200 percent on solar panels and parts imported from four Southeast Asian countries. It was prompted by a request by California-based panel maker Auxin Solar, which says Chinese producers are unfairly skirting U.S. duties by performing minor assembly in those four countries. [ read more … ]

U.S. Commerce secretary says she can’t influence solar tariff probe

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:24:46

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday said she had no discretion to influence her department’s investigation into tariff-dodging by Chinese solar panel producers but said the industry’s worst fears were unlikely to materialize. The comments came as the U.S. solar industry has warned of a major slowdown in installations this year due to the threat of tariffs on panel imports from four Southeast Asian nations. Commerce opened a trade probe into those products in March at the request of a small domestic panel producer, Auxin Solar. [ read more … ]

SEIA refits

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:25:10

Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, told reporters she was personally “fairly outraged by some of the things that the secretary said.” Hopper said Raimondo left open the door to high tariff rates, which could have a chilling effect on imports, and did little to address the market uncertainty. “I think the way that people who are looking at a global market and looking at strong demand and stable policy in other countries, they’re going to go and send their product to other countries, which is the reason why we’re not getting our products here,” Hopper said. [ read more … ]

PJM

PJM releases road map for creating ‘grid of the future’ to handle coming renewables, storage wave

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:24:29

The PJM Interconnection has developed a roadmap for handling the various changes affecting its system, including the retirement of fossil-fueled generation, growth in renewable energy and storage, and the electrification of the transportation and building sectors. The largest U.S. grid operator intends to use scenario-based transmission planning, conduct targeted reliability studies and consider ways to reflect extreme weather risks in its analyses, according to the Grid of the Future report released Tuesday. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

California regulators reject governor’s pitch for carbon neutrality by 2035

By Diana Kruzman, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:26:14

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced ambitious goals last July for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions ahead of schedule. Newsom called for the California Air Resources Board, the state’s top climate regulator, to “evaluate pathways” for the state to become carbon neutral by 2035 — a decade earlier than planned — as well as phase out the extraction of oil entirely. The risks from extreme heat, sea level rise, and impacts on environmental justice communities make it urgent to act quickly, he said, because “we don’t have time to delay.” On Tuesday, that strategy hit a roadblock when the agency, or CARB, released its draft plan for meeting the state’s emissions targets. [ read more … ]

Here’s where Colorado wants to capture and bury 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

By Michael Booth, Colorado Sun  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:26:33

A pioneering carbon capture company wants to take the climate change fight to northeastern Colorado by gathering 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from ethanol fermentation at plants in Yuma and Sterling and injecting it into underground wells.  Carbon America announced the project Thursday with Sterling Ethanol and Yuma Ethanol, in apparently the first commercial operation of its kind to sequester significant amounts of carbon in Colorado. The state has ambitious goals to cut carbon releases to combat global warming in coming decades, and some experts believe carbon capture and sequestration is a vital additional tool alongside cutting overall emissions from industrial production.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Panel moves bill to scrap NEPA study of Postal Service fleet

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-12 15:23:59

The House Oversight and Reform Committee today approved legislation to throw out a U.S. Postal Service study used to justify the agency’s decision to replace much of its aging delivery fleet with gasoline-powered vehicles. Lawmakers voted 28-15 along party lines to bring H.R. 7682 to the House floor for full consideration. The “Ensuring an Accurate Postal Fleet Electrification Act,” introduced by Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), would invalidate the environmental impact statement USPS conducted as part of its agreement to replace as many as 165,000 delivery trucks with 90 percent gas-powered vehicles. [ read more … ]

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