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June 1, 2022

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U.S. says it will cut costs for clean energy projects on public lands

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:44:14

The Biden administration on Tuesday said it would substantially reduce the cost of building wind and solar energy projects on federal lands to help spur renewable energy development and address climate change. In a statement, the Department of Interior said rents and fees for solar and wind projects would fall by about 50%. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Former executive gets prison for $1 billion solar fraud

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:42:03

Hansen, 51, worked for DC Solar, a company based in Benicia in the San Francisco Bay Area that marketed mobile solar generator units. The firm touted the units mounted on trailers as being able to provide emergency power for cellphone companies or to provide lighting at sporting and other events. But the company executives started telling investors they could benefit from federal tax credits by buying the generators and leasing them back to DC Solar, which would then provide them to other companies for their use, prosecutors said. The generators never provided much income, and prosecutors say the company ran a Ponzi scheme, in which early investors were paid with funds from later investors. [ read more … ]

Grid

As the grid adds wind power, researchers have to reengineer recovery from blackouts

By News Service, Iowa State University  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:43:14

When the power grid goes down, there’s a step-by-step recovery process – a “blackstart” that up to now has depended on power from gas or hydro turbines spinning away inside a power plant.
It was all relatively easy to control. Start up the turbines, use them to spin generators and watch the electrons flow steadily and predictably to reenergize a grid and withstand short circuits and other faults. But what if we’re talking about a wind power plant? [ read more … ]

Commentary

How to create a more resilient power grid to avoid blackouts

By Dan Lashof and Jennie Chen, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:42:47

America needs to upgrade its power grid, both to reduce the risk of outages and to ease the transition from polluting fossil-fired power plants to renewables and other clean electricity sources. Key to improving grid reliability while cutting emissions is to update our high-voltage transmission infrastructure. The U.S. grid includes low-voltage distribution wires that send power to consumers, and high-voltage transmission lines that move electricity over longer distances. While the United States has hundreds of thousands of milesof high-voltage transmission lines, the system was not designed to meet current needs. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC shakes up Northeast renewables with grid rule phaseout

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:43:56

Federal regulators have approved plans to phase out a contentious grid policy that has pitted New England states against the region’s grid operator, in a move observers say could bolster solar and wind while lowering electricity costs. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted a proposal last week from ISO New England to eliminate a power market rule — known as the minimum offer price rule — by 2025. The decision marks what could be the end of a three-year debate at FERC over how much state clean energy policies tamper with regional electric capacity markets and whether they must be “mitigated” through price rules. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

As Senate sits on TVA nominees, Biden’s climate goals wither

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:43:39

The nation’s largest public power utility soon could be operating with less than half of its board, increasing the uncertainty of whether it can help the Biden administration meet its already threatened decarbonization goals. The Tennessee Valley Authority is down to five of its nine members at a time when the federal agency is considering dramatic changes to its electricity mix. That number could drop to two by the end of the year if the Senate fails to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominees for the board, who have been waiting more than a year to clear the chamber. [ read more … ]

EPA staff: No need to tighten soot limits

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:44:55

EPA air quality specialists are again discounting the need for tighter daily limits on soot exposure — a rebuff to the majority findings of an agency advisory committee in the high-profile regulatory review. The EPA staffers’ stance — which could carry implications for industry — could also find its way into EPA’s upcoming draft rule for soot standards, which agency Administrator Michael Regan aims to finalize next year. [ read more … ]

Markets

Why clean fuels won’t replace Russian oil in Europe

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:41:24

The United States lacks Europe’s political commitment to climate action, as seen by stalled attempts to pass climate legislation in Congress. Emerging markets face the challenge of rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar, making an already expensive transition even pricier. And while rising oil prices make alternatives more attractive financially, they also make the politics around energy more volatile. Consumers become particularly attuned to perceived increases in energy bills when prices are already high. [ read more … ]

EVs

Rapid EV Growth Hastens the Peak, Then Fall, of Internal Combustion

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:41:43

BloombergNEF published its annual long-term electric vehicle outlook today, a deep look at the future on two, three, four and more wheels. The trends are clear: Despite the challenges of a pandemic, supply-chain crunches and trouble sourcing critical minerals, electric vehicles are eating into the transportation system and taking bigger bites every year. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Meet the top-paid energy trade and environmental leaders

By Timothy Cama, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-01 16:44:40

An E&E News analysis of energy and industry trade groups’ leaders found that at least 10 of them brought in seven-figure compensation packages in 2020, despite the economic downturn brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some influential environmental leaders earned more than $500,000 during that time. [ read more … ]

 

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