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May 25, 2022

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Clean energy faces its latest test: Rising interest rates

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:10:41

Clean energy has managed to grow during a global pandemic, a hostile presidential administration and fierce competition from fossil fuels. Now, it faces the prospect of battling rising interest rates and a potential recession. The mounting threat of a market downturn represents a test of clean energy’s economic muscle. The industry — from renewable developers to electric vehicle makers — grew up over the last decade, spurred on by a market where capital was abundant and debt was cheap. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Experts Forecast Wind Power Plant Of The Future — Taller, Cheaper

By U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:10:02

Anticipating key features of wind plants a decade or more ahead of their installation can inform today’s investment, research, and energy system planning decisions. Researchers Philipp Beiter and Eric Lantz from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with collaborators from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, elicited opinions from more than 140 of the world’s leading experts about their expectations of future wind plant design in 2035. In their new article, “Expert Perspectives on the Wind Plant of the Future,” which appears in the journal Wind Energy, the researchers find that experts expect the height of wind turbines to increase even greater than previously forecast, with plants located increasingly in less favorable wind and siting regions. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

America Has a Solar Red-Tape Nightmare. Here’s How to Fix It

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:10:25

A pathway to faster permitting exists. It’s called Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus, or SolarAPP+, which the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped fashion as a fast, standardized system for US communities. It automatically performs a compliance check against code requirements to verify installation practices and workmanship, according to a January presentation. “The novelty of the tool is that it gets rid of the lengthy, inefficient, bureaucratic and manual process of permit approvals without compromising on safety,” said Pol Lezcano, an analyst at BloombergNEF. “It may or may not be perfect, but it’s definitely way better than the current permitting process and reduces the risk of human error.” [ read more … ]

Markets

TotalEnergies to Buy Stake in U.S. Wind and Solar Company in Green-Energy Push

By Jenny Strasburg, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:08:14

TotalEnergies said Wednesday that Clearway is the fifth-largest U.S. renewables player, with 7.7 gigawatts of wind and solar power, and a pipeline of more than three times that volume of renewable and storage projects. The San Francisco-based company has 760 employees. TotalEnergies said the deal was its largest U.S. renewables acquisition and would bring its U.S. green-energy holdings to more than 25 gigawatts. [ read more … ]

FERC

Senate fight escalates over FERC chair. What will Manchin do?

By Miranda Willson, Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:08:50

“He’s doing a lot on grid modernization and expansion, and I think he’s struck up a very good relationship with states,” said Rob Gramlich, founder and president of Grid Strategies LLC and a former economic adviser at FERC. However, Glick’s plans face an uncertain fate, as he’ll need to win approval this year from the Senate — evenly split among Democrats and Republicans — to stay on at FERC for five more years. The outcome of that process is far from certain, analysts say. “I think it’s way too hard today to predict what the outcome might be in a 50-50 Senate,” said Neil Chatterjee, a former Republican FERC commissioner and chair. [ read more … ]

Climate

Court tosses Exxon bid to stop Mass. climate lawsuit

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:09:07

Massachusetts’ highest court yesterday paved the way for the state to proceed with a lawsuit that accuses Exxon Mobil Corp. of misleading consumers and investors about the risks of climate change. Exxon had argued that the challenge should be struck down because the company’s lobbying activity and advertising is free speech and is protected under a Massachusetts law that seeks to prevent “strategic lawsuits against public participation” that can be wielded to silence critical speech. But the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found yesterday that the 1994 anti-SLAPP law does not apply to civil enforcement actions by the state attorney general. [ read more … ]

Congress

Court tosses Exxon bid to stop Mass. climate lawsuit

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:09:07

Massachusetts’ highest court yesterday paved the way for the state to proceed with a lawsuit that accuses Exxon Mobil Corp. of misleading consumers and investors about the risks of climate change. Exxon had argued that the challenge should be struck down because the company’s lobbying activity and advertising is free speech and is protected under a Massachusetts law that seeks to prevent “strategic lawsuits against public participation” that can be wielded to silence critical speech. But the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found yesterday that the 1994 anti-SLAPP law does not apply to civil enforcement actions by the state attorney general. [ read more … ]

EVs

Industry heavyweights unite in U.S. battery push

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:07:39

Auto giants are joining with battery companies, EV startups and lithium producers in a new coalition seeking stronger federal support for building a large U.S. battery supply chain. Driving the news: The Coalition for American Battery Independence (CABI) launches Tuesday. The goal: cohesive support for everything from raw materials processing and refining to component manufacturing to making battery packs. [ read more … ]

Porsche’s $208,000 electric station wagon showed me that super-fast charging can be a luxury, too

By Tim Levin, Insider  •    •  Posted 2022-05-25 15:07:55

I plugged into a 350-kilowatt Electrify America station — one of the very few locations in my area that’s powerful enough to unlock the Taycan’s full potential — and marveled at how quickly the car’s battery level started shooting up from 20%. The Taycan immediately started charging at 252 kilowatts, taking just 2 minutes to gain 10% battery and add roughly 25 miles of driving potential.  Five minutes later it reached 50%. In the end, it took a brief 18 minutes for the Taycan’s battery level to reach 80%, affording me 198 miles of driving range or 150 more than when I arrived. It was plenty for the drive home and then some. Overall, the experience felt almost as convenient as getting gas, but not quite.  [ read more … ]

 

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