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August 15, 2022

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Biden, Democrats plan grand celebration next month of Inflation Reduction Act

By Mariana Alfaro, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:03:30

President Biden remains on vacation on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island. He plans to sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday and deliver remarks, but the White House is preparing for a much larger celebration on Sept. 6, after Labor Day, when Americans are expected to pay more attention to what’s at stake in the fall midterm elections. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

California aims to score big in the race for offshore wind

By Justine Calma, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:00:54

California has set a hella ambitious goal to build up its offshore wind industry. The Golden State is aiming to reach 25,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2045, about as much as all of Europe has today. The target set by the California Energy Commission is the biggest commitment any state has made yet to develop wind farms off of their coasts. The goal is even more monumental considering the US’s fledgling offshore wind industry has really only gained a foothold on the East Coast. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Panels Piling Up at US Border on Xinjiang Forced Labor Law

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:00:29

Solar equipment is piling up at the US border in an indication the passage of a law targeting forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region is having a major impact on trade flows.
Modules with capacity of more than three gigawatts have been held by US customs since June, Roth Capital analysts including Philip Shen said in a note that cited an industry contact. That’s the same month that the US Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act went into effect.  [ read more … ]

Climate

Newsom unveils plan as Calif. braces for 10% water loss

By Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:02:52

“We have a renewed sense of urgency to address this issue head on,” Newsom said in remarks in Antioch, Calif., where he stood in front of a new desalination plant. Seizing on predictions that the state could lose 10 percent of its water supply by 2040 — based on persistent drought that has gripped the West for more than 20 years and changing hydrology in the Golden State — Newsom unveiled a plan that also includes a proposal to build 4 million acre-feet of new storage and modernize existing water systems. [ read more … ]

Rise in extreme heat will hit minority communities hardest

By Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:03:11

Thirty years after Hurricane Andrew demolished Homestead, Fla., another disaster looms. The city of 80,000 will experience the nation’s sharpest increases in extreme heat, according to a groundbreaking new nationwide analysis that projects how climate change will affect neighborhood temperatures in 2053. Homestead has another notable quality: 65 percent of its residents are Hispanic, and 22 percent are Black. [ read more … ]

Nuclear

Calif. governor gives lifeline to state’s last nuclear plant

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:02:24

California Gov. Gavin Newson on Friday officially proposed keeping the state’s last nuclear power plant open five to ten years beyond its planned 2025 final closure date. The Democratic governor offered legislation that would extend a lifeline to the Diablo Canyon Power Plant located near the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County. One turbine at the plant currently is set to close in 2024 and the second in 2025. But the state now potentially would loan plant operator Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as much as $1.4 billion to support plant operations. [ read more … ]

EVs

Why Charging a Car Needs to Be as Easy as Filling Up With Gas

By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:01:57

Anders Hove is a world-renowned energy expert with a mild obsession about charging electric vehicles. Whether in his former home of Beijing or on trips in Europe or the US, the senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies enjoys getting behind the wheel of a battery-powered car to test what it’s like to refuel it. Hyperdrive recently spoke with him about his experiences and the future of electrified transport. [ read more … ]

Tesla and Nikola Big Rigs Race for Up to $40,000 US Incentives

By David Welch, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:02:09

Electric trucks aren’t as sexy as passenger cars. But if climate change is the raison d’être of the incentives in this bill, freight and trucking can’t be ignored. These vehicles account for more than 20% of fuel consumed in the US, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. With Amazon, Walmart and other retailers sending more of their wares by truck, fuel consumption for shipping is growing all the time. It’s expected to account for 40% of the increase in demand for oil in the next decade, according to the International Energy Agency. As will be the case with passenger cars, trucks will need to meet tough requirements to be eligible for incentives. Battery materials need to come from countries the US has free trade agreements with and not nations of concern, such as China. While it’s unclear how many will meet the criteria, battery-powered big rigs are definitely coming. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

How One Restaurateur Transformed America’s Energy Industry

By Jake Bittle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-15 15:01:18

If you wanted to tell the story of how the United States became one the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels, you could start in the Middle Devonian period, around 400 million years ago, when a warm inland sea dense with primitive aquatic organisms covered parts of the northeastern United States and Appalachia; you could explain that as these creatures lived, reproduced and died, their remains settled on the ocean floor and were compressed beneath layers of sedimentary rock, until eventually they transformed into a gas trapped thousands of feet below what is now Pennsylvania. Or you could start with the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. [ read more … ]

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