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August 10, 2022

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Study finds 100% renewables would pay off within 6 years

By MARK HUTCHINS, PV Magazine  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:53:56

As renewables come to represent a larger portion of the worldwide energy mix, and as targets are put in place to increase it further still, there are plenty of worries over the cost that radically changing our energy systems will entail. And the intermittent nature of wind and solar also creates concern about insufficient supply and possible blackouts. The latest energy system models from Stanford University researcher Mark Jacobson, however, show that for 145 countries, the energy transition too 100% wind, water, solar and storage would pay for itself within six years, and ultimately cost less than continuing with the current energy systems. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How the climate bill would shift offshore wind in 4 states

By David Iaconangelo, Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:51:44

The Democrats’ climate bill would erase former President Donald Trump’s 10-year moratorium on offshore wind in the U.S. Southeast, but few experts are betting on a regionwide surge in projects.
Signed by Trump in 2020, the moratorium banned new leasing for all types of energy off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It went into effect last month. Wind power has not generally experienced warm welcomes in the Southeast. Just one onshore wind farm — the Avangrid-owned Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City, N.C. — currently generates electrons across the four moratorium states. Interest in offshore wind also has been mixed. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Bill

Methane ‘Loophole’ Shows Risk of Gaming New US Climate Bill

By Zachary Mider, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:51:26

The landmark climate legislation that cleared the US Senate this week is meant to push more companies to be like Range. The bill would impose a first-of-its-kind fee on releases of the potent greenhouse gas from energy infrastructure. But an examination of Environmental Protection Agency data reveals one of the pitfalls of that approach: companies have broad leeway to decide how much pollution they report, based on how they interpret more than 100 pages of complex agency rules. [ read more … ]

States

Gov. Baker wavers on signing Massachusetts climate bill due to concerns over fossil fuel limits

By Larry Pearl, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:50:27

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, R, is having a difficult time deciding whether to sign a major climate bill due to a provision that would allow 10 communities to ban or restrict the use of fossil fuels in new construction projects along with other concerns, CommonWealth reported Tuesday. “That part of the bill gives me agita,” the governor said, according to CommonWealth. “One of the big decisions we have to make is whether my concerns about that particular piece, which cuts at something I think anybody would agree is a very significant problem in Massachusetts, overwhelm the rest of the good the bill does.” [ read more … ]

He has total veto power”: Greg Abbott takes control over who will lead Texas’ troubled power grid, sources say

By Mitchell Ferman, Texas Tribune  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:50:49

When Brad Jones was tapped as interim CEO of the nonprofit that runs the state’s power grid following the deadly February 2021 winter storm that left most of Texas without power for days, he said he would help stabilize the grid and get it through the summer. Jones was clear that he wasn’t interested in keeping the job long term. Now, 15 months after Jones became interim CEO — and more than a month after the June target date when Jones had told colleagues and conference crowds that he wanted to step down — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ new board of directors still has not selected his successor. Eight sources from across the power industry who spoke to The Texas Tribune say Gov. Greg Abbott — who has no formal role in the process — has put a stranglehold on the CEO search. [ read more … ]

Tranmission

MISO benefit-cost analysis of $10.3B transmission plan offers framework for national model: ACORE report

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:50:03

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s benefit-cost analysis of a set of $10.3 billion transmission projects, approved last month, offers a framework for a national model in measuring transmission benefits, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Council on Renewable Energy. MISO’s methodology for determining the benefits transmission projects can provide was developed with stakeholders, which helped build confidence in the results, panelists said during a webinar on the report. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Opioid ruling boosts Big Oil defense in Hawaii climate case

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:52:48

A landmark federal court ruling that rejected efforts to force three opioid distributors to pay up for the addiction crisis is already being cited by oil and gas companies in at least one lawsuit from local governments seeking compensation for erosion, wildfires and other effects of a warming planet. In a Hawaii state court filing late last month asking to dismiss Maui County’s climate-related claims against Sunoco LP and other companies, lawyers for the fossil fuel industry cited the July 5 West Virginia opioid ruling to argue that the climate liability case doesn’t properly raise a nuisance claim. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford to use renewable energy sources to make vehicles in Michigan

By Aishwarya Nair, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:49:09

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday every vehicle it manufactures in Michigan would be assembled using solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025, as the automaker aims to lower its emissions. Michigan-based Ford has signed a renewable energy purchase pact with local provider DTE Energy, under which the utility firm will add 650 megawatts of new solar energy in the state for the carmaker. [ read more … ]

Burning cash, commercial EV startups race to deliver vehicles

By Ben Klayman, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:49:25

A handful of commercial electric vehicle startups are burning through cash fast, racing to bring vans or trucks to market before the funds run out or customers choose to buy from legacy automakers like Ford Motor Co or General Motors Co (GM.N). Boosted by investor hunger to create the next Tesla Inc, a clutch of commercial EV makers on both sides of the Atlantic have gone public via reverse mergers with special-purpose acquisition companies, raising hundreds of millions of dollars as they sought to emulate Elon Musk’s success. These include Arrival Inc , Canoo Inc , Lordstown Motors Corp , Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc and REE Automotive Holding Inc. [ read more … ]

Biden wants minerals, but mine permitting lags

By Jael Holzman, Hannah Northey, E&E  •    •  Posted 2022-08-10 15:52:31

Even as President Joe Biden calls for creating a U.S. supply chain to source metals necessary for the energy transition, his administration is approving few new mines on federal land. The Biden presidency has been bad news for some expansive, high-profile mine projects in the United States, sidelining or stopping proposals like the Pebble mine near a prime salmon fishery in Alaska, the Twin Metals mine near the Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota and a titanium mine close to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia [ read more … ]

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