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September 7, 2022

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California Avoids Rolling Blackouts Despite Record Heat

By Shawn Hubler, Kellen Browning, Ivan Penn and Jill Cowan, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:14:25

Wildfires raged at both ends of California. Gavin Newsom, the state’s governor, warned of “unprecedented” heat. The power grid teetered on the brink of outages into the evening. But as California endured its sixth day under a ferocious heat dome, the nation’s most populous state narrowly managed to avert rolling blackouts, even as temperature and energy use records shattered on Tuesday and power grid officials begged homeowners to turn down their air conditioning. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. Looks to Tap 1950s Law to Boost Clean Technology

By Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:15:28

The solar industry, heat pump makers and electric-vehicle battery manufacturers are among those expecting benefits from the recently passed climate bill that will allow the government to make grants and purchase orders under the Defense Production Act. “I am optimistic, but it’s still unclear to me what they will do,” said David Calabrese, senior vice president of government affairs for the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese Daikin Industries Ltd., which makes electric heat pumps at a factory outside of Houston. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

EJ communities are wary as CCS racks up policy wins

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:14:02

Carbon capture and storage may finally be gaining traction as a way for power plants, natural gas terminals and industrial facilities to lower their emissions. But environmental justice advocates worry that it will become a lifeline for fossil fuels in a carbon-constrained world — one that comes at an unacceptable cost to the communities that have long suffered from the polluting facilities built next door.
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Natural Gas

‘Huge amount of money’ in climate law could spawn gas bans

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:14:48

The climate and energy law signed by President Joe Biden last month may reshape a national tug of war over gas bans and electrification, with the outcome influencing emissions and fossil fuel development for decades. Billions of dollars in new federal funds from the Inflation Reduction Act are set to flow to building owners and residents who swap out gas boilers, stoves and water heaters for electric-powered technologies. The dollars come on top of city-level policies in at least seven states banning fossil fuels in new buildings, including dozens of municipalities in California that followed the city of Berkeley in enacting the nation’s first gas ban in 2019. New York City, Seattle and much of the state of Washington followed with similar measures.
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States

Calif. heat wave smashes records, pushes grid to the brink

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:15:48

A record-shattering heat wave pushed temperatures to all-time highs in several California cities yesterday, straining the state’s electrical grid almost to the point of forced power shutoffs. As of early evening, the lights had stayed on. But both the grid manager and the state Office of Emergency Services sent out repeated messages to people on cellphones and through social media asking them to cut back energy use — and warning that blackouts could happen at any time.
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Inside Texas’ attempt to turn ESG upside down

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:16:12

The gambit — aimed at financial firms that “boycott” energy companies, Texas officials said — has drawn applause from Republicans opposed to the growing field of ESG investing. But Texas’ anti-ESG purge sets a dangerous precedent, experts warn, by empowering state officials to weaponize public retirement funds and other state money against political adversaries. It’s also already costing cities and workers millions of dollars, they said, while adding a distorting pressure to the economic data that underpins global finance. [ read more … ]

How energy, environment issues are playing in Senate races

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:16:48

Forecasting website FiveThirtyEight thinks Democrats have the upper hand to take a real majority in the upper chamber, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said recently there is a “50-50” chance the GOP can win. Here are some of the biggest races to watch. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden heads to Detroit auto show

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:13:31

The White House announcement that Biden will attend the North American International Auto Show comes after the president made a verbal commitment to attend earlier this month. “I’ll be there,” Biden said during a White House event on Friday. “I’m a car guy. As you kind of noticed.” [ read more … ]

Donald Trump goes on nonsensical rant about electric cars

By Fred Lambert, Electrek  •    •  Posted 2022-09-07 16:12:59

Trump is campaigning ahead of the midterm elections coming up in November, and he found himself in Pennsylvania last week holding a massive rally. We generally try to steer clear of broader politics when it doesn’t actually affect policies, but in this case, Trump undoubtedly has an extremely strong influence on a large part of the population in the US, and he used this influence to spread misinformation about electric vehicles at t [ read more … ]

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