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September 29, 2022

Top Story

Tiny Oregon town hosts 1st wind-solar-battery ‘hybrid’ plant

By Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:45:39

A renewable energy plant in Oregon that combines solar power, wind power and massive batteries to store the energy generated there officially opened Wednesday as the first utility-scale plant of its kind in North America. The project, which can generate enough electricity to power a small city at maximum output, addresses a key challenge facing the utility industry as the U.S. transitions away from fossil fuels and increasingly turns to solar and wind farms for power. Wind and solar are clean sources of power, but utilities have been forced to fill in gaps when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining with fossil fuels like coal or natural gas. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Advocates want guarantee Dominion’s offshore wind project will live up to its promise

  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 11:07:28

Virginia clean energy advocates are elated about the prospect of Dominion Energy’s 2.6 gigawatt offshore wind farm coming online in 2026.  They just want assurance that the $9.8 billion project will deliver power as promised and not burden ratepayers with surprise bill increases. Those demands are now fueling a standoff over what would be the country’s largest offshore wind farm. After years of planning, Dominion says a consumer protection clause added last month by state regulators is “untenable” and will force it to shut down the project. [ read more … ]

FERC

With Manchin bill stalled, will FERC ever site power lines?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:44:44

“It really was exciting to have possible transmission reform on the table, and I hope it’s not off the table. Because even if it’s not a perfect bill, there’s a viable path to significant power sector emissions reductions if we build a lot of transmission,” he said. “It’s a lot easier when we know how to allocate costs and can get siting authority.” [ read more … ]

Permitting Bill

Manchin Seeks New Energy-Project Permitting Route After Senate Setback

By Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:43:43

For the past two years, Democrats needed Sen. Joe Manchin. Now, he needs them, plus some Republicans. Facing weak support, Mr. Manchin’s proposal to speed up federal environmental reviews of major energy projects was dropped Tuesday from a Senate bill needed to keep the government open. With the permitting measure out of the must-pass legislation, the West Virginia Democrat will have to engage in talks with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in hopes of reaching a deal by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Activists gird for round two in Manchin permitting fight

By Nick Sobczyk, Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:44:18

Progressives celebrated when Sen. Joe Manchin’s permitting bill failed this week, but now they’re bracing for the fight’s second round. Lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill are trying to breathe life into permitting talks after the West Virginia Democrat realized Tuesday his proposal would fall short of the 60 Senate votes needed to ride with a short-term government funding measure [ read more … ]

Climate

Methane Might Be a Bigger Climate Problem Than Thought, Study Finds

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:42:47

The researchers looked at operations in the Permian and Eagle Ford basins in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota, which together account for about 80 percent of the flaring in the United States. “The idea was if we can go do a nice representative sample in those domains, we’d get a good picture of what it looks like looks like across the U.S.,” Dr. Kort said. They sampled gas plumes from the flares by flying through them in a small plane. They found that flares that were burning destroyed only about 95 percent of methane, not 98 percent. And they found that in some basins as much as 5 percent of flares were unlit. That brought the overall efficiency down to about 91 percent. [ read more … ]

Markets

Los Angeles wholesale gasoline hits new high on refinery outages

By Erwin Seba, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:43:14

Wholesale October gasoline sold in the Los Angeles market at $2.50 a gallon over NYMEX November RBOB gasoline futures on Wednesday, a high previously unseen in the West Coast refined products markets on tight supply because of refinery outages, traders said. The price for wholesale CARBOB gasoline, which stands for the gasoline blend to mix with ethanol required by the California Air Resources Board, has been climbing for the past two weeks as planned and unplanned refinery outages tightened supply. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV Tax Credits to Spur More Vehicle Sales Are Entering a Critical Phase

By Amara Omeokwe, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-09-29 15:44:03

The government is pressing to complete new rules on tax breaks for electric-vehicle purchases by an end-of-year deadline as auto companies seek guidelines that help qualify as many vehicles as possible.  The Treasury Department is leading the effort after the August signing of a law that extended an existing $7,500 tax credit through 2032. The EV plan, included in Democrats’ climate, health and tax-policy package known as the Inflation Reduction Act, included new requirements for U.S. battery sourcing that auto makers have warned will make it difficult for models available today to be eligible. 
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