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August 31, 2022

Top Story

Negative Power Prices? Blame the US Grid for Stranding Renewable Energy

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:05:40

As energy costs soar around the world, a curious thing is happening with increasing frequency in power grids in certain corners of the US: Prices are plunging below zero. So much wind and solar have been added that power is getting stuck where it’s generated because there aren’t enough high-voltage lines to move it to where demand is highest. That’s forcing power plant owners to pay users to take the excess electricity. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Maine Supreme Court revives contentious transmission project

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:04:03

The decision results in continued legal uncertainty for the line, which would carry hydropower from Canada to New England. The project’s proponents argue that the line is essential to decarbonizing New England’s power grid by complementing the build-out of offshore wind and solar. Its opponents contend that it would damage a unique ecosystem by cutting a transmission corridor through the Maine woods, distort the region’s power market and deliver few of the promised emission benefits. [ read more … ]

‘What is true for alcohol and milk’ must be true for transmission, 5th Circuit says in NextEra decision

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:02:10

A Texas law giving incumbent utilities the sole right to build transmission lines connecting to their systems likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s dormant Commerce Clause, which bars states from restricting interstate commerce, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said in an opinionTuesday. The appeals court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to reject arguments by NextEra Energy Transmission and affiliated companies that a Texas law called S.B. 1938 violates the Commerce Clause. “Transmission lines that are part of an interstate grid are much closer to the heartland of interstate commerce than the wine stores, dairies, or waste processing facilities that have faced dormant Commerce Clause scrutiny,” the appeals court said. “What is true for alcohol and milk under the dormant Commerce Clause must be true for electricity transmission.” [ read more … ]

Nuclear Power

Why even environmentalists are supporting nuclear power today

By Uri Berliner, NPR  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:03:05

Resistance to nuclear power is starting to ebb around the world with support from a surprising group: environmentalists. This change of heart spans the globe, and is being prompted by climate change, unreliable electrical grids and fears about national security in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

EPA’s scramble post-Supreme Court climate ruling

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:04:43

Anticipation and efforts to fine-tune rollout plans marked the wait at EPA for the Supreme Court’s landmark climate ruling. Then commotion ensued as the agency clambered to understand and respond to one of the most consequential legal decisions in its history. Emails obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of Information Act shed more light on what had become an exceptionally tense period at EPA as it braced for the ruling in West Virginia v. EPA in June. Senior staff had drafted public statements to release once the case was decided. [ read more … ]

EVs

Analysis: Musk’s bold goal of selling 20 million EVs could cost Tesla billions

By Paul Lienert and Joe White in Detroit, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:03:42

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has set his young company on an aggressive expansion path like no other auto executive has dreamed – but one riddled with potholes and road blocks that could stall or sidetrack the journey. Musk’s audacious goal of selling 20 million electric vehicles in 2030 is at the center of the company’s growth promise for shareholders and its pledge to drive the adoption of sustainable energy. If achieved, it would make Tesla twice the size of any automaker in history, accounting for roughly 20% of the global vehicle market. [ read more … ]

Equity is goal, not mandate, in California electric car rule

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:02:26

Discounted prices, car-share programs and at least one million more public charging stations are among the ways California will try to make electric cars easier to buy and drive as it phases out the sale of gas-powered cars. But the state won’t force automakers to participate in any equity programs designed to ensure people of all income levels can buy electric cars.
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Nearly Half of Voters Don’t Want Their State to Follow California’s Lead on Banning New Sales of Gas-Powered Cars

By Julia Martinez, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:03:24

The Golden State’s new rule, set to take full effect by 2035, is more popular than not among urban voters, and much less so for rural voters when thinking about their own states 1 in 3 Voters Would Support Ban on Sales of New Gas-Powered Vehicles in Their State by 2035. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Ex-EPA boss wades into Trump legal drama

By Robin Bravender, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-31 16:01:45

Whitman, who also served as governor of New Jersey, joined other former state and federal officials yesterday in submitting a proposed amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief opposing Trump’s request for the involvement of a special master to protect executive privilege. “The purpose of the executive privilege is to prevent those outside the Executive Branch from intruding in the decision-making of the Executive Branch. That intrusion does not occur when the Executive Branch itself is the entity reviewing the records, and for its internal use,” says the brief filed with a federal court in Florida. Legal precedent on this issue, Whitman and others argued, “establishes that determinations of executive privilege made by the current President outweigh claims of privilege made by a former president.” [ read more … ]

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