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October 3, 2022

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Like Manchin, Obama tried to fast-track transmission. Nope.

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-03 18:46:18

President Joe Biden needs to run transmission lines through deserts and over mountains to meet America’s climate goals. His old boss could tell him how hard that massive build-out will be. In 2011, the Obama administration formed the Rapid Response Team for Transmission. It had one objective: to expedite the permitting process for seven major transmission lines across the country. But more than a decade later, only two projects have been finished. The others are in various stages of incompletion. One was abandoned, another is partially done and the remaining three are only now nearing the first scoop of a shovel. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

This 100% solar community endured Hurricane Ian with no loss of power and minimal damage

By Rachel Ramirez, CNN  •    •  Posted 2022-10-03 18:44:33

The streets in this meticulously planned neighborhood were designed to flood so houses don’t. Native landscaping along roads helps control storm water. Power and internet lines are buried to avoid wind damage. This is all in addition to being built to Florida’s robust building codes. Some residents, like Grande, installed more solar panels on their roofs and added battery systems as an extra layer of protection from power outages. Many drive electric vehicles, taking full advantage of solar energy in the Sunshine State. Climate resiliency was built into the fabric of the town with stronger storms in mind. [ read more … ]

Grid

FPL says grid prep paid off in swift post-Ian power revival

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-03 18:45:57

Florida’s largest electric company has returned power to a majority of its customers after Hurricane Ian tore through the state last week, but it said the storm’s torrential rain and flooding have remained barriers for some of the hardest-hit areas. Florida Power & Light Co. CEO Eric Silagy said over the weekend that past efforts to bury power lines and replace wooden poles with concrete or steel ones paid off. The utility’s transmission structures stood firm, he said, and the underground power system fared better than the poles and wires that remained above ground. [ read more … ]

EVs

Manhattan’s EV-Charging Sites Now Outnumber Gas Stations 10 to 1

By Hadriana Lowenkron, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-03 18:45:23

Charging an electric car in Manhattan takes a little work — but it’s already much easier than finding a gas station. The borough has about 320 publicly accessible charging locations, according to data from the US Department of Energy, compared with just 29 remaining gas stations, according to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. In other words, Manhattan’s EV-charging sites now outnumber its gas stations more than 10 to one. Gas stations still dominate citywide — 697 across all five boroughs, versus about 520 charging sites — but there, too, the chargers are catching up.  [ read more … ]

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda talks about why he isn’t all-in on EVs — and what made him do a ‘happy dance’

By Michael Wayland, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-10-03 18:45:08

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, plans to invest $70 billion in electrified vehicles over the next nine years. Half of that will be for all-electric battery ones. While it’s a substantial investment in EVs, it’s smaller than some competitors’ plans, and not as much as some would like given Toyota’s global footprint. Despite criticism from some investors and environmental groups, Toyoda this past week doubled down on his strategy to continue investing in a range of electrified vehicles as opposed to competitors such as Volkswagen and General Motors, which have said they are going all-in on all-electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

 

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