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May 17, 2022

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America Leans on Aging Power Plants to Fend Off Electricity Shortages

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:17:33

As parts of the U.S. face potential electricity shortages this year, power grid operators around the country are moving to keep old coal- and gas-fired power plants running longer and harder. The extra mileage being put on these power-plant versions of old clunkers, some of which were set for retirement, has raised concerns that some could break down when needed most. It has also led to complaints from power plant owners that they should be paid more to ensure that the aging facilities are properly staffed and maintained if they are pressed into service for longer than anticipated. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Govs join to oppose solar probe

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:17:02

An unusual bipartisan mix of 19 governors is urging the Biden administration to expedite the preliminary determination in the Commerce Department’s anti-circumvention probe into solar components from four Southeast Asian nations. The governors – who lead states spanning deep-red Missouri to blue states like New York – also call on the administration to conduct economic analysis as part of the inquiry and the potential impact from retroactive duties on businesses, workers and families. [ read more … ]

States

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vows aggressive push to establish a hydrogen and carbon storage hub in the region

By ANYA LITVAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:15:51

Gov. Tom Wolf added his endorsement to the pursuit of a carbon sequestration hub in southwestern Pennsylvania and the use of the region’s natural gas to make hydrogen, making public an effort that his administration has been working on for months. Companies such as Shell, Equinor and EQT have been making the pitch for a public-private partnership to advance this goal, which they believe can drive down carbon emissions in the region, help industries such as steel and cement decarbonize, and keep natural gas and chemicals derived from natural gas playing a role in the energy transition. [ read more … ]

As California confronts the future of its natural gas system, who could get left behind?

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:17:55

The demand for natural gas in buildings is likely to fall in any low-carbon future scenario, a 2020 report prepared for the California Energy Commission notes – but without a proper transition strategy, this could lead to large increases in energy bills, which would likely fall on renters, low-income customers, and other groups who may not be able to make the switch away from gas.  [ read more … ]

California governor floats 5-GW, $5.2B ‘reliability reserve’ amid possible electricity shortfalls

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:18:18

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, D, has earmarked $5.2 billion in a revised budget proposal released Friday to fund a “strategic electricity reliability reserve” – an up to 5,000 MW resource that the state can tap into when the grid is particularly stressed. In total, the revised budget includes $8 billion over five years to boost the state’s energy system reliability and help customers with increasing electricity rates.  [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Meeting climate goals could save 50K+ lives yearly

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:16:20

Ending the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation, transportation and several other key sectors would save more than 50,000 lives annually, researchers conclude in a new paper. The paper, published online today in the journal GeoHealth, is the latest to forecast enormous public health gains as a side benefit to avoiding the worst effects of climate change. The corollary is that the pace of the shift to what the study calls a “clean energy economy” will be a continuing matter of life and death for vulnerable populations. [ read more … ]

Short-term air pollution exposure heightens Covid-19 risk

By Sean Reill, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:16:39

Despite “relatively low levels of air pollution exposure,” the Swedish researchers tied higher daily levels of airborne particles and black carbon to increased risk of infection in the range of 6 to 7 percent. While no such association was found for exposure for another class of pollutants known as nitrogen oxides, the results support “the broad public health benefits of reducing ambient air pollution levels,” write the authors, who work at the Stockholm-based Karolinska Institutet and other organizations in Sweden and Italy. [ read more … ]

Climate

Analysis: How earmarks will affect energy, enviro projects

By George Cahlink, Hannah Northey, Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:18:42

Congress this year directed billions of dollars in spending toward energy and environment projects through earmarks, and the popularity of the process will likely mean even bigger spending on pet projects for the coming fiscal year. All told, nearly a quarter of the 4,938 earmarks were directed at energy and environmental concerns in the fiscal 2022 omnibus that passed in March, an E&E News analysis found. The aims of the earmarks are as varied as the states represented on Capitol Hill. [ read more … ]

Congress

Michael Bloomberg Plans a $242 Million Investment in Clean Energy

By Maggie Astor, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-17 15:19:06

The investment is part of Mr. Bloomberg’s push, announced last year, to shut down coal production in 25 countries and builds on his $500 million campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States. The announcement is tied to a gathering this week in Rwanda hosted by Sustainable Energy for All, an international group working to increase access to electricity in the global south. [ read more … ]

 

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