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June 8, 2022

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US solar companies weigh challenge to Biden pause on tariffs

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:19:30

U.S. solar manufacturers say they are considering legal challenges after President Joe Biden declared a two-year pause for tariffs on solar imports from Southeast Asia. Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act on Monday as the White House moved to jumpstart solar installations that have been slowed or abandoned amid a Commerce Department inquiry into possible trade violations involving Chinese products. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

New U.S. solar forecast: Rosier, but still trouble

By Miranda Willson, David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:20:46

Solar installations plummeted in early 2022 to a level not seen since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, as price spikes, supply chain constraints and a federal probe of solar imports rattled the industry, according to a new report. The solar industry installed 24 percent less capacity in the first quarter of this year than in the first quarter of 2021, according to the analysis released yesterday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The trend is slowing down the country’s shift to clean energy, although action taken this week by the Biden administration is already offering some relief, said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Installing Rooftop Solar Can Be a Breeze. Just Look at Australia.

By Saul Griffith, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:22:07

How is it that Australia, a country that historically has been a coal-burning climate pariah, is leading the world on solar? The four-bedroom house we recently bought provides a hint: It came with two rooftop solar systems of 11 kilowatts of combined capacity and a battery with 16 kilowatt-hours of storage. This system should produce more than enough to power my family’s home, one electric car and both of our electric bikes with some left over to send back to the grid. [ read more … ]

States

Automakers back U.S. restoring California emissions authority

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:20:13

Five automakers including Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG and Honda Motor Co on Tuesday backed efforts by President Joe Biden’s administration to restore California’s ability to set its own strict tailpipe and zero-emission vehicle standards. Joined by BMW AG and Volvo Cars, the automakers in a court filing backed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to restore the authority that was withdrawn under former President Donald Trump. [ read more … ]

Train threatened by rising seas could be saved with a wall

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:21:14

California officials will decide today whether to approve construction of a seawall to prevent the rising ocean from destroying a crumbling cliff that supports tracks for one of the nation’s busiest Amtrak lines. The vote thrusts the California Coastal Commission into a debate over how to protect the railway carrying 50 trains a day from the effects of climate change. Other proposed solutions include stabilizing the bluff with steel pillars. There’s also a plan to relocate the tracks, a major undertaking that’s estimated to cost billions of dollars. [ read more … ]

More Than 22 Million in Southwest Brace for Dangerous Heat

By Derrick Bryson Taylor, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:22:29

Dangerous and potentially deadly heat will settle over the Southwestern United States for the next several days, with temperatures in some locations expected to break records and exceed 110 degrees. More than 22 million people in California, Nevada and Arizona are under some sort of heat-related alert through at least part of the weekend, the National Weather Service said. A heat wave is defined as a period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather that lasts for two or more days. [ read more … ]

Congress

Dems bullish on climate deal as they await Manchin, Schumer

By Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:21:40

Democrats are increasingly optimistic about the prospects of a revived reconciliation package, with negotiations almost entirely consolidated between Sen. Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The pair have been meeting privately in recent weeks, and Senate Democrats have essentially given them total control over negotiations on a revamped climate and social spending bill, lawmakers told E&E News.
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Markets

EIA expects continued high energy prices through 2023

By EIA  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:19:50

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that a variety of U.S. energy prices will remain historically high through 2023, including oil, natural gas, coal, and electricity, according to EIA’s June 2022 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO). “We continue to see historically high energy prices as a result of the economic recovery and the repercussions of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine,” said EIA Administrator Joe DeCarolis. “Although we expect the current upward pressure on energy prices to lessen, high energy prices will likely remain prevalent in the United States this year and next.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Senator hits back after supposed electric car ‘boasts’ amid record gas prices: ‘Stop helping oil companies’

By Ethan Freed, The Independent  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:19:10

Michigan Senator says her electric car made gas prices irrelevant to recent trip. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office has defended her remarks on how driving an electric vehicle (EV) had made gas prices irrelevant – and sparked much hysteria among conservative commentators. The Michigan senator spoke on Tuesday about how driving from her home state to Washington DC in her EV meant that she hadn’t needed to consider the current high price of gas. [ read more … ]

Ford’s Electric F-150 Comes With Adapter to Charge Stalled Teslas

By Craig Trudell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-08 16:20:30

Ford Motor Co.’s electric F-150 Lightning pickups are poised to come to the rescue of any Tesla drivers in need of a jolt. Initial owners of the model that beat the Cybertruck to market have shared images online of an adapter that came with their pickup enabling them to charge Teslas, which use plugs distinct from the rest of the auto industry. [ read more … ]

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