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August 25, 2022

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California Finalizes Details on Banning Gas-Powered Car Sales

By David R Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:03:47

California is poised to phase out sales of nearly all new, gas-burning cars by 2035 under rules regulators are expected to approve Thursday, a move that could dramatically accelerate the transition to electric vehicles nationwide if other states follow suit. Governor Gavin Newsom first announced the 2035 goal in an executive order two years ago, but the new rules would set a firm timetable for reaching it, requiring automakers to steadily increase their sales of zero-emission cars in the nation’s largest auto market. And because 17 other states typically follow California’s auto-emissions standards, Thursday’s vote by the California Air Resources Board could reverberate far beyond the Golden State’s borders, forcing the auto industry to speed up its switch to electric cars. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Gulf shrimpers brace for offshore wind

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 14:59:57

Many shrimpers in the region say they know enough to worry as a new industry crops up in the Gulf of Mexico: offshore wind. They wonder if transmission lines will add to the dangers that shrimpers and other commercial fishers already have to dodge, if turbines will take away places they could be shrimping, and if its planning will be done with shrimpers’ input taken seriously. “If you got a whole field of wind turbines, you may knock out 2 miles of our fishing grounds. That’s a problem, not mentioning the transmission and everything that goes into it,” Cooper said. [ read more … ]

Throwing the switch on Scotland’s largest offshore windfarm

By Alex Lawson, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:03:19

While floating windfarms are planned for further out to sea, Seagreen will be the world’s deepest fixed-bottom windfarm – its deepest foundation is due to be installed at 59 metres below sea level in December. “This is a significant project that’s very technologically innovative for the renewables industry. We’re installing a windfarm at a very difficult site with complex, rocky conditions,” said Wilson. The construction involves “suction bucket” technology for the bright yellow wind jackets, or foundations, which were assembled at the Port of Nigg, near Inverness. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Climate Law Shores Up EPA’s Threshold GHG Authority But Silent On Scope

By Dawn Reeves, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 14:59:17

Democrats’ newly enacted budget reconciliation law includes multiple amendments to the Clean Air Act with a first-time definition of greenhouse gases as an “air pollutant,” a move that some legal experts say shores up EPA’s GHG regulatory authority even as others argue the new statutory provisions do not address the scope of such authority. The new law’s direction to regulate and its incentives “will help us” in legal fights, “but does not definitively resolve those future questions of design and stringency” of any specific EPA climate rule, says David Doniger, a top climate official with the Natural Resources Defense Council [ read more … ]

The climate law will help red states. Can it change minds?

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:00:18

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden this month, offers some $260 billion in clean energy tax incentives overall, including long-term extensions and expansions of renewable credits and new subsidies for manufacturing. Much of that money will flow to where the wind blows hard and the sun shines bright, namely red states in the Plains and the South and rural red districts in traditionally blue states like California and New York. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Inside Clean Energy: The Idea of 100 Percent Renewable Energy Is Once Again Having a Moment

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:04:50

Lovins told me this week that the Breyer paper is “impressive and important” and he is pleased to see that Sørensen’s work is getting proper credit for being ahead of its time. “It’s become increasingly obvious over the past few decades that all-renewable electricity can work well pretty much anywhere,” Lovins said. “Denial is increasingly confined to the uninformed.” [ read more … ]

Climate

Pace of Climate Change Sends Economists Back to Drawing Board

By Lydia DePillis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 14:58:39

Rather than imposing a tax, the legislation offers tax credits, loans and grants — technology-specific carrots that have historically been seen as less efficient than the stick of penalizing carbon emissions more broadly. The outcome reflects a larger trend in public policy, one that is prompting economists to ponder why the profession was so focused on a solution that ultimately went nowhere in Congress — and how economists could be more useful as the damage from extreme weather mounts. A central shift in thinking, many say, is that climate change has moved faster than foreseen, and in less predictable ways, raising the urgency of government intervention. In addition, technologies like solar panels and batteries are cheap and abundant enough to enable a fuller shift away from fossil fuels, rather than slightly decreasing their use. [ read more … ]

Markets

BlackRock, UBS Among Firms Named Energy-Industry Boycotters by Texas

By Danielle Moran, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 14:58:57

“This is not a fact-based judgment,” the statement said. “BlackRock does not boycott fossil fuels — investing over $100 billion in Texas energy companies on behalf of our clients proves that. Elected and appointed public officials have a duty to act in the best interests of the people they serve. Politicizing state pension funds, restricting access to investments, and impacting the financial returns of retirees is not consistent with that duty.” A spokesperson for UBS said the company also disagrees with the decision. “We provided their office with extensive information on our policies and practices, demonstrating that UBS does not boycott energy companies even under a broad interpretation of Texas law,” the statement said.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Vehicle Startup Set Out to Beat Google, Got Stuck at the Starting Line

By Craig Trudell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 14:59:37

When Arrival, the primarily UK-based electric van and bus maker, was preparing to go public via a blank-check deal early last year, its ambition seemingly knew no bounds. This would be the company’s first year of revenue, and Arrival forecast it would generate more than $1 billion. The company expected about $5.1 billion in 2023 and $14.1 billion in 2024. The Wall Street Journal noted this dash past the $10 billion sales mark would be years faster than Google, which crossed that threshold in record time for a US startup. [ read more … ]

Calif. poised to ban sales of new gas-fueled cars by 2035

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:04:10

Automakers must hit other clean car benchmarks along the way, including ensuring that 35 percent of new cars are ZEVs by 2026, and 68 percent are ZEVs in 2030. Only used gas-fueled cars would be sold in the state after 2035. “California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035,” said Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who in a 2020 executive order asked CARB for the regulation. “It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we must take if we’re serious about leaving this planet better off for future generations.” [ read more … ]

Is the era of the gas-powered car over?

By Shannon Osaka, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-08-25 15:04:28

Five years ago, having an electric vehicle was along the lines of bringing your own bags to the grocery store or eschewing plastic straws: Some people did it, but those who did were either passionate environmentalists (often driving the snub-nosed Nissan Leaf) or wealthy technophiles (often driving the Tesla Model S). EVs felt like a novelty or a purity test — they certainly didn’t feel like an inevitability. But over the past few years, everything changed. [ read more … ]

 

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