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September 27, 2022

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Permitting reform faces big test in Senate this week

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:41:31

The Senate will take a vote Tuesday evening that could decide the immediate fate of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin’s permitting bill and set the stage for a last-minute fight about government spending. The West Virginia Democrat has been lobbying fellow lawmakers publicly and in private conversations to support his energy permitting overhaul. He popped up on Sunday shows and published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend blaming “extreme politics” for the current impasse on the legislation. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Build a Better Floating Wind Turbine and Win $7 Million from the Department of Energy

By John Fialka, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:39:07

The Energy Department is launching a new contest to lure U.S. companies into the business of designing and building floating wind turbines for offshore areas. The contest offers a combination of $5.75 million in prizes plus up to $1.1 million worth of assistance from Energy Department laboratories. The goal is to encourage businesses and inventors to design mass-produced platforms called “floaters.” In doing so, the Biden administration is looking to address a major hurdle in offshore wind energy. [ read more … ]

Gas to offshore wind? N.Y. illustrates grid challenge.

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:40:16

Oil and gas companies are asking New York to connect large volumes of offshore wind to the grid at a gas plant, underscoring a national push to transform old fossil fuel sites for renewable energy projects. The move also illustrates a challenge for offshore wind as more projects are announced: Will states move quickly enough to ensure the grid can accommodate the influx of power? [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Will the Inflation Reduction Act spur clean energy manufacturing in the US? Tax experts say yes.

By Emma Penrod, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:38:33

After several false starts, the Inflation Reduction Act may finally be the policy to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., tax experts speaking at RE+ said. Multiple companies have already announced plans for new production facilities or expansions within the U.S., aiming to take advantage of both the anticipated boom in demand for solar and wind components and the lucrative tax credits offered within the new law. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Meet Richard Revesz, Biden’s choice for rules czar

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:40:48

“There is no one alive who knows more about the regulatory process than Richard Revesz,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. “He was in many ways the obvious choice for this job.” Richard Revesz, who was nominated this month to head the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has published multiple volumes on how the government can measure the costs and benefits of its rulemakings. [ read more … ]

EPA assembles experts to probe benefits of air rules

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:41:10

EPA has assembled a 20-member panel of experts to scrutinize the adequacy of the agency’s framework for forecasting the benefits of proposed Clean Air Act rules. The panel “will review both EPA’s approach for selecting and applying the evidence used to quantify and monetize air pollution-related effects and how” the Environmental Benefits and Mapping tool “performs these calculations,” the agency’s Science Advisory Board Staff Office said in a memo posted online late last week.
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Markets

Biden Tells Oil Companies ‘Bring Down Prices You’re Charging’

By Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:39:28

While US gasoline prices have come down from the highs seen this summer, they’re clearly still weighing on President Joe Biden, who on Monday repeated demands for oil companies to charge less. “Last month, the price of oil worldwide is down,” Biden said at a meeting of the White House Competition Council. “We haven’t seen the lower prices reflected at the pump, though. Meanwhile, oil and gas companies are still making record profits — billions of dollars in profit.” [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. approves 50 states’ EV charging plans

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:38:50

The U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) said it has approved the electric vehicle charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington and Puerto Rico covering about 75,000 miles of highways.
The November 2021 $1 trillion infrastructure bill provides $5 billion to help states install EV chargers along interstate highways over five years. States now have access to more than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers, USDOT said. The White House announced earlier this month it had approved 35 state plans. [ read more … ]

Just 4% of North American Car Production Is Electric

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:39:54

For those with their hearts set on buying an electric car, here’s the critical math: Somewhere around one quarter of US drivers want one, but just 4% of the vehicles coming out of American factories fit the bill.  North American factories stamped out 7.4 million cars and trucks in the first half of this year, but only 323,000 of them were battery-powered, according to BloombergNEF and market forecaster LMC Automotive. That calculus is contributing to the dearth of affordable electric options, and means it will likely be years before everyone in the US with EV dreams is able to realize them.  [ read more … ]

How Hertz and the EV could remake your car rental

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-27 13:40:32

Hertz Corp., which is buying hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles, thinks the car itself is just the beginning of wholesale changes to the rental business. The person renting a car will notice only pieces of it: The rigid rules around fueling will change. Hertz’s partner, the oil company BP PLC, says the rental office, once a mere transition point, could become a sort of lounge with a place to eat. [ read more … ]

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