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July 24, 2022

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Biden’s offshore wind directive doesn’t end industry’s uncertainty in Southeast

By Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:46:46

“We’re going to make sure the ocean is open for the clean energy of our future,” said Biden, speaking at a site poised to become the first offshore wind manufacturing hub in Massachusetts, “and [do] everything we can do to give a green light to wind power on the Atlantic coast.”  But it wasn’t clear how Biden’s directive to the Secretary of the Interior to “advance clean energy development” in the federal waters of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas would evade a Trump-era ban on offshore wind in the region, and most clean energy advocates said Congress still needs to step in. 
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States

Massachusetts passes ‘landmark’ climate bill to decarbonize multiple sectors, add 5.6 GW offshore wind

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utiliuty Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:46:24

The Massachusetts legislature on Thursday passed a climate bill widely supported by environmental and clean energy advocates, with measures for expanding offshore wind energy and energy efficiency as well as curbing transportation emissions. H. 4515 sets a 5.6 GW offshore wind development minimum target by 2027, reforms ratepayer-funded efficiency programs focused on clean energy and low-income households, and removes market impediments for medium-sized solar developments, alongside a slate of building and transportation electrification measures. [ read more … ]

FERC

States to FERC: Here’s how to fix transmission problems

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:48:01

The U.S. needs more high-voltage power lines to send energy across far-flung regions of the country and help keep the lights on during extreme weather events, state officials said this week. Utility regulators called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to address the current dearth of interregional transmission, or power flow between different states and sections of the electric grid, which they said could make electricity more reliable and unlock low-cost solar and wind energy. [ read more … ]

Climate

Biden Aides Back at Climate Drawing Board After Mad Rush

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:45:16

His aides worked feverishly on a plan to show he was aggressively, and unilaterally, attacking climate change. They drafted a menu of options, including an emergency proclamation that would unlock sweeping executive powers allowing Biden to potentially block crude exports, fund clean energy construction and curtail offshore oil drilling. Then, before the speech, Biden himself hit pause. There would be no emergency proclamation — not yet. He sent the aides back to the drawing board, where they remain, trying to chart an ambitious path forward that will not only pass legal muster but yield measurable results for voters, all while delicately handling Senate politics. [ read more … ]

Biden Balked Late at Bold Climate Decree After Rush to Get Ready

By Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:47:08

Hours after Senator Joe Manchin delivered a fatal blow to climate change legislation championed by Joe Biden, White House officials began making plans for the president to take matters into his own hands. They wanted to act fast. Heading into the weekend, news of historic heat waves scorching cities from Phoenix to London seemed to underscore the urgency of the climate threat. And they had the perfect stage to announce bold action: In a few days, Biden would deliver a speech on clean energy in front of a shuttered Massachusetts coal plant. His aides worked feverishly on a plan to show he was aggressively, and unilaterally, attacking climate change. They drafted a menu of options, including an emergency proclamation that would unlock sweeping executive powers allowing Biden to potentially block crude exports, fund clean energy construction and curtail offshore oil drilling.
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Ocasio-Cortez leads House bid to reverse EPA climate ruling

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:49:39

The House has in recent weeks taken several votes to protect individual liberties and reverse the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion last month. Now, progressives are pushing to do the same for the court’s landmark climate ruling in West Virginia v. EPA. But they’re facing headwinds from some in their own party who have little interest in cracking open the Clean Air Act in an election year. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is shopping a bill, H.R. 8395, to give EPA the kind of broad authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that the Supreme Court stripped away in its decision last month. [ read more … ]

Six climate emergency complications

By Robin Bravender, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:45:56

Biden said after his climate speech in Massachusetts on Wednesday that he hadn’t declared an emergency because “I’m running into traps on the totality of the authority I have.” His international climate envoy, John Kerry, told The New York Times that the president is “very close” to declaring an emergency, adding that there’s internal debate over how it should be done rather than whether it should happen. While Biden weighs his options, energy and environment insiders were abuzz this week over the merits and possible pitfalls of a national climate emergency declaration. Here are six complications that might pose hurdles to a climate emergency declaration [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

High court hurdles shape debate over climate emergency

By Lesley Clark, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:48:46

As the White House considers whether to declare a climate emergency, Biden administration attorneys are likely weighing the legal peril that could accompany the move. The deliberations come as President Joe Biden has stepped up efforts to act unilaterally on planet-warming emissions after Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia, last week thwarted the president’s plans for more sweeping congressional climate action. Biden traveled to Massachusetts on Wednesday to announce plans to boost wind energy production and pledged to treat climate as an emergency [ read more … ]

EVs

Porsche Believes It Can Make More Profit Selling Electric Cars

By Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:47:31

Auto CEOs warned for years about effects a costly transition to electric vehicles would have on their margins. But ahead of its landmark potential listing, Porsche is telling investors it can become more profitable focusing on battery power. The Volkswagen-owned sports-car maker sees more potential to raise prices of its EVs than its combustion engine models, Chief Financial Officer Lutz Meschke said during Porsche’s capital markets day early this week. He sees the manufacturer’s EV margins reaching parity with those of combustion vehicles in two years, then expanding because customers are willing to pay more for new technology.
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Ford inks deal to get lithium from mine with ESA problem

By Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:49:15

Ford Motor Co. just struck a binding deal to get a lot of lithium for its electric vehicles from a proposed mine in Nevada, indicating the automaker means serious business when it comes to locking up sources of the precious battery metal. But the mine Ford signed up to rely on is a project criticized by environmentalists for potentially eradicating a desert wildflower called Tiehm’s buckwheat that only grows on a patch of Bureau of Land Management land in Nevada.
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3-way ‘big deal’ eyes new model for EV chargers

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-24 14:48:21

Three crucial players on the highway — a truck-stop chain, an automaker and a charging company — plan to fabricate a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers, creating a template for scale in the EV age. While other cooperative charging webs have been struck between EV equipment builders and automakers, or between the builders and fossil fuel stations, this is the first to involve all three. That suggests that a widening slice of American businesses expect to eventually make money from EV fueling.
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