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July 11, 2022

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Texas Wind Power Is Failing Right When the State Needs It Most

By Brian Eckhouse and Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:47:55

A scorching heat wave is pushing the Texas grid to the brink. Power demand is surging as people crank up air conditioners. But meanwhile, wind speeds have fallen to extremely low levels, and that means the state’s fleet of turbines is at just 8% of their potential output. Texas may be America’s oil and gas hub, but it’s also long been the country’s biggest wind-power state. The renewable energy source has become highly politicized: Some critics blamed frozen wind turbines for the Texas grid’s failure during a deadly winter storm last year, even though disruptions at plants powered by natural gas were the bigger culprit. [ read more … ]


Rate of Arctic warming faster than previously thought

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:50:32

For years scientists have known the Arctic is among the most rapidly warming regions of the planet, with temperatures rising significantly faster than the global average. Now they say it may be heating up even faster than previous research suggested. Several recent studies indicate the Arctic is now warming around four times as fast as the rest of the globe. It’s a substantial update: Until recently, scientific papers and news reports alike have typically stated the Arctic is warming at two to three times the global average. [ read more … ]


Three-week sprint: Dems eye deal on clean energy package

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:48:51

Congress returns this week with a narrow window to decide the fate of hundreds of billions in clean energy tax credits as advocates are urging Senate Democrats to find a compromise on a climate and social spending package. The stakes could not be higher. The month’s work period could represent the last, best chance, climate advocates say, for the United States to make meaningful investments in the technology needed to unleash a clean energy transition. The hope is that legislation would help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Biggest CCS failure clouds Supreme Court ruling

By Corbin Hiar, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:49:28

The future for carbon capture and storage has perhaps never been brighter. Congress has appropriated billions of dollars of funding to the CCS technology through last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law. And the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the West Virginia v. EPA case left the door open for EPA to require carbon capture as a way to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants. But there’s a cloud hanging over the potential CCS-building boom: Petra Nova. [ read more … ]


Biden plan could advance massive Arctic oil project

By Scott Streater, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:49:48

The Biden administration released an updated analysis of a major Arctic oil and gas project last week that opened the door to approving a scaled-back version of the controversial proposal — a prospect environmentalists slammed as betraying the president’s climate agenda. The Interior Department’s draft supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.’s Willow project was the result of a federal court order last year. The draft, made public late Friday, includes a new alternative that could cut two of five drill sites in an effort to avoid critical habitat for polar bears, migrating waterfowl and caribou herds in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area.
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Where Have People Gone All-Electric? Not the Places You’d Expect

By Justin Fox, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:50:10

You can see why politicians in California and New York are making such a big deal about electrification — they have a really long ways to go! You can also see why they’re likely to run into obstacles, given how accustomed their constituents are to cooking with gas. As I’ve written before, people don’t tend to get attached to their natural-gas furnaces, but they do like their Viking ranges. [ read more … ]


US Crosses the Electric-Car Tipping Point for Mass Adoption

By Tom Randall, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:48:27

Many people of a certain age can recall the first time they held a smartphone. The devices were weird and expensive and novel enough to draw a crowd at parties. Then, less than a decade later, it became unusual not to own one. That same society-altering shift is happening now with electric vehicles, according to a Bloomberg analysis of adoption rates around the world. The US is the latest country to pass what’s become a critical EV tipping point: 5% of new car sales powered only by electricity. This threshold signals the start of mass EV adoption, the period when technological preferences rapidly flip, according to the analysis. [ read more … ]

EV adoption is higher where consumers see more electric vehicles, studies show

By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:47:17

The more electric vehicles people see in their neighborhood, the more likely they are to purchase one, according to results from a Consumer Reports survey released Thursday and a 2021 research report from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. Talking with or knowing others who own electric vehicles creates “peer effects” that can influence someone’s decision to buy an EV, the studies revealed. [ read more … ]

Interest in EVs has grown substantially, survey shows

By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-07-11 15:47:37

U.S. consumer interest in electric vehicles is growing rapidly, according to findings from a Consumer Reports survey released Thursday. This year, 14% of consumers said they would definitely buy or lease an electric-only vehicle if they were to get one today, compared with just 4% in the organization’s 2020 survey.  “What surprised me about the results of the survey is how many Americans really express interest in buying or leasing an EV,” said Mary Greene, senior policy counsel for CR’s sustainability policy team. Greene attributed the change primarily to two factors: the high cost of gas, and people “who are concerned about the impacts on the environment” who are aware that EVs may lessen that impact.
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