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September 28, 2022

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Without Permit Reform, Path to Clean Energy Could Face a Detour

By Jinjoo Lee, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-09-28 11:02:56

Architects of the Inflation Reduction Act paved a policy road map of solar and wind power paired with electric vehicles. But without a speedy build-out of transmission lines to link them, that path might just lead to more coal and natural-gas usage. That is the finding of a recent analysis conducted by the Rapid Energy Policy Evaluation and Analysis Toolkit, a project led by Prof. Jesse Jenkins of Princeton. The analysis found that if the U.S. builds out transmission lines at the pace of the past 10 years (a glacial 1% annually), it would result in more coal and natural-gas consumption in 2030 than if the green energy-focused Inflation Reduction Act hadn’t passed. [ read more … ]

Congress

Without Manchin deal, can U.S. develop enough clean energy?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-28 11:03:48

Transmission advocates are hopeful a deal can still be struck. Congress has been particularly productive on energy issues with passage of the Inflation Reduction Act this summer and the bipartisan infrastructure package last year, said Rob Gramlich, president of Grid Strategies LLC, a consulting firm that advocates for transmission lines. Those bills helped raise public awareness of the importance of new transmission capacity to integrate renewables, bolster reliability and promote affordable electricity supplies, he said. Yet the challenges facing new transmission projects remain.
“I appreciate all the attention, but the objective scorecard is we haven’t done anything yet,” Gramlich said. [ read more … ]

Manchin’s permitting overhaul: Not dead yet

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-28 11:04:05

Progressive lawmakers, environmentalists and Republicans cheered late Tuesday afternoon when Sen. Joe Manchin waved the white flag on his effort to attach permitting reform to the short-term government funding bill, but the effort still has signs of life. Lawmakers from both parties signaled they’d be willing to work to find common ground on a reform package in the aftermath of the West Virginia Democrats’ decision to punt on legislation that would ease environmental reviews on energy projects. [ read more … ]

Grid

‘There is no such thing as a hurricane-proof power grid’

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-28 11:03:21

Electric utilities in Florida were on high alert Tuesday as Hurricane Ian’s winds and massive storm surge began to threaten the state’s west coast, possibly leading to widespread blackouts that officials said could last for days. Ian was heading Tuesday for an area south of Tampa Bay, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is expected to make landfall in Florida as early as Wednesday afternoon. The hurricane center said Wednesday that Ian has become “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.” [ read more … ]

EVs

EV charge points in Britain are now nearly as expensive as gasoline, research shows

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-09-28 11:01:47

Electric car drivers in the U.K. have seen the cost of using a public, “rapid” charger on a pay-as-you-go tariff rise by 42% since May, according to data released Monday. Figures from RAC Charge Watch — which is part of the RAC, a motoring organization — show that it now costs EV drivers using the above infrastructure an average of 63.29 pence (72 cents) a kilowatt hour to charge their vehicle. Breaking the figures down, the RAC said this meant an 80% rapid charge of a “typical family-sized electric car” using a 64 kWh battery cost, on average, £32.41 (around $34.87). [ read more … ]

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