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August 11, 2022

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Gas Prices in the U.S. Fall Below $4 a Gallon

By Isabella Simonetti, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:27:41

Gas prices in the United States fell below $4 a gallon on Thursday, retreating to their lowest level since March, a sign of relief for Americans struggling with historically high inflation and a political boost for President Biden, who has been under pressure to do more to bring down prices. The national average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline now stands at $3.99, according to AAA. That’s still higher than it was a year ago but well below a peak of nearly $5.02 in mid-June. The average price has fallen for 58 consecutive days [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

California adopts 25 GW planning goal for offshore wind by 2045

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:26:34

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday voted to adopt offshore wind energy preliminary planning goals ranging from 2,000 MW to 5,000 MW by 2030, and 25,000 MW by 2045 — up from an initial proposed goal of 10,000 MW to 15,000 MW goal by 2045 — as part of the state’s broader push to decarbonize its electric grid. Agency staff proposed the goals in response to Assembly Bill 525, legislation passed last year that directed the commission to establish planning goals for offshore wind and a strategic plan to develop the resource in federal waters off the California coastline. [ read more … ]

Ohio Supreme Court upholds permit for what could be North America’s first freshwater wind farm

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:26:57

The Supreme Court of Ohio Wednesday upheld a permit for the 20.7-MW Icebreaker wind farm, a demonstration project that is poised to be the first freshwater wind farm in the United States. In a 6-1 decision, the court rejected arguments the Ohio Power Siting Board in May 2020 improperly issued a siting permit for the proposed project in Lake Erie. The permit was challenged by two people who were concerned the Icebreaker project would lead to more wind farms on Lake Erie, according to the decision. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Democrats savor spending bill — and some tell voters they want to do more

By Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:28:06

As Democrats prepare to cast their final vote on President Biden’s economic agenda, some party lawmakers are steeling themselves for the next fight: trying to persuade voters to let them finish what they started. The bill that is expected to be approved in the House on Friday clinches only some of Democrats’ long-delayed plans. It aims to combat climate change, lower health-care costs, revise the tax code and reduce the deficit, after party leaders jettisoned earlier, more ambitious spending proposals in pursuit of a deal that could win over moderates in their ranks. [ read more … ]

These congressional staffers helped clinch the historic climate deal

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:30:18

At the center of these private talks was Gerry Petrella, a trusted Schumer aide. “Gerry held it all together at a point in time when everyone thought it was dead or going to be dead,” said Rich Gold, head of the public policy practice at Holland & Knight.  Other key participants included Lance West, Manchin’s chief of staff; Renae Black, the Democratic staff director for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; and Luke Bassett, a staffer on the committee, according to people familiar with the matter. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act Draws Clear Battle Lines for Midterms

By Lindsay Wise and Chad Day, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:28:36

Democrats say the Inflation Reduction Act provides much needed investment in cleaner energy and lowers healthcare costs, while the GOP says the bill will pinch small businesses while subsidizing electric cars for wealthy Americans and do nothing to cut households’ bills. The Senate passed the package Sundayalong party lines, and House Democrats are expected to approve it Friday, sending it to President Biden’s desk. [ read more … ]

Bill to Speed Energy Infrastructure Faces Resistance

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:29:01

Legislation to speed the approval process for energy infrastructure projects is facing political headwinds, including from Republicans who are skeptical of assurances it will help the fossil-fuel industry and don’t like how it was tied to the tax-and-climate bill passed by Senate Democrats. The tax-and-climate plan was approved by the Senate Sunday in a so-called reconciliation bill that required a simple 51-vote majority. But the permitting legislation wouldn’t qualify as a reconciliation measure, meaning Democrats will need at least some Republican support to get the 60 votes for Senate passage under its rules for other legislation. Senate Republicans already are signaling that they will seek to block an attempt by Democrats to attach the proposal to must-pass budget legislation Democrats are queuing up for late September. [ read more … ]

Modeling ‘IRA’ carbon cuts: Caveats, uncertainty and luggage

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:29:28

The sudden unveiling of the Senate climate bill two weeks ago launched a race among emissions modelers. Their calculations, and extrapolations, estimated that the “Inflation Reduction Act” would spur a rapid deceleration of carbon dioxide — about a 40 percent reduction over seven years. But are they right?
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Would the climate bill slash methane? It depends

By Mike Lee, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:29:45

“Inflation Reduction Act” provisions aimed at cutting methane emissions would be a boon for the high-tech companies that sell detection equipment, but it may not have a big effect on the broader oil and gas industry’s emissions, analysts say. The bill — which passed the Senate last Sunday — includes $1.5 billion to promote methane detection and measurement in the oil and gas sector. Those funds could help the growing group of companies, many of them supported by the Department of Energy, that are deploying lasers, drones, satellites and other technology to help producers spot fugitive methane emissions [ read more … ]

Climate

Meet the energy and climate bigwigs with White House access

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:26:09

McCarthy hosted a group of environmental leaders in the Old Executive Office Building on March 24 to discuss the status of the administration’s environmental justice and climate change agenda, according to a person familiar with the meeting. That person was granted anonymity to discuss the private conversation. Attendees included John Podesta and Christy Goldfuss of the Center for American Progress, Collin O’Mara and Mustafa Santiago Ali of the National Wildlife Federation, Gene Karpinski and Sara Chieffo of the League of Conservation Voters, Elizabeth Gore and Joseph Bonfiglio of the Environmental Defense Fund, John Bowman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Jessica Eckdish of the BlueGreen Alliance, Sam Ricketts and Lena Moffitt of Evergreen Action, Claire Moser of Climate Power, and Kathleen Welch and Melissa Roy of Corridor Partners. [ read more … ]

EVs

Buy now or wait? What the new electric vehicle credits mean for you.

By Allyson Chiu, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:25:39

With the nation’s most significant climate bill likely to become law in days, many Americans might be wondering how it could affect them. The sweeping legislation contains a slew of incentives aimed at helping individuals who want to make more climate-friendly choices — chief among them, new tax credits for electric vehicles. The bill, dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, made it through the Senate over the weekend. The House is expected to approve it Friday, sending it to President Biden to sign into law. [ read more … ]

Is sustainable mining possible? The EV revolution depends on it.

By Evan Halper, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-11 15:27:18

Electric cars are still rare in this marshy stretch of central Minnesota, where it is more common to pass a flock of wild turkeys on the country roads than a Nissan Leaf. But the region could have an outsize impact on America’s transition to zero-emission vehicles. Tamarack, sitting atop a treasure trove of metal used to power electric cars, is fast becoming a test case of whether the auto industry can meet this critical climate moment by sourcing colossal amounts of battery materials domestically and sustainably. [ read more … ]

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