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June 27, 2022

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The Supreme Court might throw a big wrench in the EPA’s attempt to fight climate change

By Dave Levitan, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:27:06

The Supreme Court issued a pair of seismic rulings last week on abortion and gun control. Now it’s climate change’s turn. The court is expected to rule this week on whether the Environmental Protection Agency can continue to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases using the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Fierce local battles over power lines are a bottleneck for clean energy

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:28:07

The existing system of transmission lines is insufficient for the large-scale deployment of clean energy that the country needs to meet its decarbonization goals to combat global warming. As the battle in Maine exemplifies, however, building transmission lines is a complicated task which can get stuck in fierce local siting battles. A study published in June in the journal Energy Policy found 53 utility-scale wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects that ended up being delayed or blocked between 2008 and 2021 due local opposition. Those projects represent approximately 9,586 megawatts of potential energy generation capacity. [ read more … ]

States

Georgia Power proposes 12% increase in bills, with 2023 leap

By Jeff Amy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:27:21

Georgia Power Co. wants to raise customer bills 12% over the next three years to pay for system improvements and higher costs and allow higher profits, the company said Friday in a rate filing with state regulators. The filing kicks off a rate case before the Georgia Public Service Commission, with the five commissioners likely to vote on the plan in December and new rates taking effect in January. Changes are likely before any vote. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

DOE keeps hiring oil industry public relations firm

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:28:37

The Department of Energy retained a global public relations firm with longstanding fossil fuel ties, continuing a practice that ramped up during the Trump administration. The global firm Edelman in April signed a $500,000 contract to promote the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, which the Biden administration established with infrastructure law funding and billed as “a turbocharger of our net-zero future.” [ read more … ]

Ukraine

All aboard the climate hypocrisy helicopter at G7

BY KARL MATHIESEN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:26:50

War zones. Natural disasters. Traffic patrol. There are any number of good reasons for journalists of questionable airworthiness to get into a helicopter. A five-minute jaunt to an announcement by G7 leaders about sustainable infrastructure is assuredly not one of them.  Nonetheless, the German organizers of the G7 leaders’ summit ordered up a military chopper Sunday to lift reporters to a press briefing where leaders of the U.S., Germany, Italy, the EU, Japan and Canada showcased their plans to shift $600 billion into building clean infrastructure around the world. [ read more … ]

G-7 leaders seek price cap on Russian oil to ‘starve’ Putin’s war effort

By Ashley Parker and Matt Viser, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:27:37

President Biden and his Group of Seven counterparts plan to unveil additional economic measures Monday to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his war in Ukraine — including an effort to set a global price cap for Russian oil shipments. The expected announcement comes on the day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the gathering virtually, increasing the pressure on the G-7 to continue its unified front to hold Russia accountable. [ read more … ]

Biden urges G7 to stay together as leaders target Russian gold, oil price

By Sarah Marsh, Andreas Rinke, Andrea Shalal, Philip Blenkinsop, John Irish, and William Schomberg, Reuter  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:28:17

U.S. President Joe Biden told allies “we have to stay together” against Russia on Sunday as G7 leaders gathered for a summit dominated by war in Ukraine and its impact on food and energy supplies and the global economy. At the start of the meeting in the Bavarian Alps, four of the Group of Seven rich nations moved to ban imports of Russian gold to tighten the sanctions squeeze on Moscow and cut off its means of financing the invasion of Ukraine.
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EVs

Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle to Go Electric

By Jack Ewing an photographs by Federico Borella, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:26:24

Lamborghini, Ferrari and a handful of other companies that make so-called supercars — a loosely defined category of vehicles that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and offer race-car-level performance — face an existential threat. The auto industry is moving inexorably toward battery power, a trend that these carmakers cannot escape. They are now wrestling with how to design electric sports cars that will inspire the same passion and command the same prices. [ read more … ]

‘We’re fully in.’ Utilities eye electric transition

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-27 16:28:53

Utility executives said they’re prepared to lead a transition to a clean energy economy, even as inflation and supply chain issues have slowed down solar and wind installations and as critics say the industry hasn’t done enough to get off fossil fuels. A flurry of electric trucks, cars and motorcycles were on display outside the conference center that housed the industry meeting, underscoring the connection to the decarbonization of other sectors. [ read more … ]

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