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June 2, 2022

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The world may be careening toward a 1970s-style energy crisis — or worse

By Matt Egan, CNN Business  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:05:37

The world is grappling with gravity-defying energy price spikes on everything from gasoline and natural gas to coal. Some fear this may just be the beginning. Current and former energy officials tell CNN they worry that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the wake of years of underinvestment in the energy sector have sent the world careening into a crisis that will rival or even exceed the oil crises of the 1970s and early 1980s. Unlike those infamous episodes, this one is not contained to oil. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden Administration to Cut Costs for Wind and Solar Energy Projects

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:07:32

The Biden administration said on Wednesday it would cut in half the amount it charges companies to build wind and solar projects on federal lands, a move designed to encourage development of renewable energy. Wind and solar developers have long said that lease rates and fees for projects on federal lands were too high to attract investors. The new policy would cut those costs by about 50 percent, administration officials said. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Giants’ Fates May Hinge on a Fight Over 28 Millimeters

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:06:53

Two Chinese solar giants are in a tussle over technology standards that hinges on a mere 28 millimeters, with the outcome set to determine which company has an edge going forward in the $200 billion industry. The combatants are the world’s biggest solar manufacturers, pitting industry leader Longi Green Energy Technology Co. against the world’s second-biggest player Trina Solar Co. And the battle involves bragging rights over the ideal size for wafers, the key component for making solar modules: Which is better, Longi’s 182-millimeter version, or Trina’s 210-millimeter? [ read more … ]

Grid

A summer of blackouts? Wheezing power grid leaves states at risk.

By Evan Halper, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:05:22

A large swath of the Midwest that has enjoyed stable electricity for decades is now wrestling with forecasts that it lacks the power needed to get through a heat wave. The regional grid is short the amount of energy needed to power 3.7 million homes. New Mexico’s attorney general is preparing for “worst case scenarios” after a regional utility warned of possible blackouts. North Dakota regulators advised the state to be ready for rolling outages, Arkansas officials are preparing emergency energy conservation measures, and power companies in Arizona are already sounding alarms about next year. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden finds limited options for lowering gasoline prices

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:05:07

The twin threats of inflation and high gasoline prices continued to drag on the Biden administration this week, and analysts were beginning to predict that it will take strong economic medicine to deal with the malaise. The price of regular U.S. gasoline hit yet another record yesterday, averaging about $4.67 per gallon, according to AAA. Prices typically climb during the summer driving season, but 75 percent of drivers told the automobile association in a recent survey that they’d change their driving habits if the price hit $5 a gallon. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC’s EJ counsel says agency can bolster gas oversight

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:06:44

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can “absolutely” improve its assessments of natural gas projects to better account for environmental justice issues, according to the agency’s first-ever senior counsel for environmental justice and equity. One year into her role at FERC, Montina Cole joined a webinar yesterday to discuss how the commission is becoming more responsive to historically disadvantaged communities affected by its decisions and policies — something that environmental justice advocates say has long been overlooked.
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EVs

How Ford’s Electric Pickup Can Power Your House for 10 Days

By Todd Woody, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:07:10

The extended-range Lightning’s 131 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack boasts almost 10 times the capacity of a Tesla Powerwall, an $11,000 home backup battery that can’t be driven to the supermarket. The Lightning is “a mini powerplant for your home,” says Jason Glickman, executive vice president for engineering, planning and strategy at California utility PG&E Corp. “It can support the grid on a hot summer day, when we have demand spiking.” “At scale, when these vehicles are enabled to send energy back to the grid, flex alerts and notices of grid emergencies will be a thing completely of the past,” adds Glickman, whose utility is testing how to integrate the truck into its management of the grid. [ read more … ]

EVs will triple in just 3 years but adoption still too slow to hit big climate target

By Rachel Koning Beals, MarketWatch  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:06:07

Electric vehicle sales appear likely to more than triple by 2025, and yet governments and manufacturers will have to work harder and likely sweeten incentives to eliminate emissions from road transportation by the middle of this century as pledged. That’s according to research firm BloombergNEF in its seventh annual Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook, released Wednesday. [ read more … ]

USPA considers boosting EV purchase plan

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-06-02 16:05:52

 The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday said it will take steps toward purchasing more electric vehicles than under its prior plan that drew criticisms from Democrats and lawsuits from environmentalists. USPS will look into “accelerating the production” of the 10,000 electric vehicles included in its initial purchase order of 50,000 vans and “anticipates taking advantage of the flexibility built into the contract with Oshkosh Defense to increase the number of [electric vehicles] purchased in the initial delivery order.” [ read more … ]

 

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