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October 12, 2022

Top Story

Northeast embraces first-of-a-kind virtual power plant

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:13:36

New England became the first regional energy market to use a virtual power plant this summer, with thousands of home solar and battery storage projects exporting power to the grid. Solar giant Sunrun announced on Tuesday that it had succeeded in providing power to customers in June, July and August through a virtual power plant that combined an estimated 5,000 small-scale solar energy systems in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The systems, which included solar panels on homes, were paired with batteries to store excess solar power, which could then be shared with the grid when energy demand was high. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

FEMA plan sparks fears of renewables slowdown

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:14:12

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is proposing stricter requirements for renewable installations to withstand natural disasters, prompting warnings from industry groups that say the plan is a severe threat to clean energy and growth of solar power. The FEMA proposal is under consideration as part of the latest model building code being created by the International Code Council (ICC), which helps set policy in all 50 states and involves buildings’ durability and safety. It is part of broader ICC standards that are typically adopted statewide or enacted by individual cities and counties. [ read more … ]

Pollution

London’s deadly, polluted air turned the city into an EV pioneer

By Feargus O’Sullivan, Hayley Warren and Jeremy Cf Lin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:12:56

“The issue is personal to me,” says London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan. In 2014, not long after completing the London Marathon, he was diagnosed with adult-onset asthma that he blames on pollution. “I knew nothing about this hidden killer,” he says. “It’s not like the Great Smog in the 1950s, you can’t see things like particulate matter. But me running along the roads, I’d actually been breathing in poison.” [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Greens hope Biden doesn’t undermine climate lawsuits

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:14:30

Climate advocates are optimistic that the Biden administration will take their side after the Supreme Court on Oct. 3 invited the Justice Department to share its views in a long-simmering procedural fight that could sink nearly two dozen lawsuits asking oil and gas companies to pay up for the effects of a warming planet. After all, President Joe Biden pledged on the campaign trail to “strategically support” the climate liability lawsuits — a marked change from the Trump administration, which repeatedly backed industry’s effort to quash the cases by moving them to federal court, where companies believe they are more likely to prevail. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS probes Calif. pork fight’s ‘far-reaching consequences’

By Pamela King, Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:15:12

The Supreme Court considered claims by pork producers and farmers Tuesday that a California animal welfare law illegally disrupts interstate commerce — a fight that could potentially ripple through similar disputes over state climate and energy rules. During oral argument in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, the justices appeared prepared to let challengers pursue a dormant commerce clause claim against California’s spacing requirements for pork-producing sows after a lower court tossed out their argument. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Why agencies buy less clean power under Biden than Trump

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:15:02

President Joe Biden is implementing some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in history, but federal procurement of clean power at many agencies has fallen since he took office. Sustainability scorecards released last week by the White House show that renewable energy purchases at EPA and the departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development for 2021 were at or near their lowest levels since 2010. That contrasts sharply with the amount of clean energy that those agencies bought for their operations under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, particularly at EPA, the agency tasked with administering some of Biden’s flagship climate policies. [ read more … ]

EVs

NASA says its space tech could cut electric car charging times to 5 minutes or less

By Terry Collins, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:12:34

Experimental technology used to cool equipment in space might soon be able to cut the charging times of electric vehicles to five minutes or less, American space agency NASA said this week.
The federal space agency-funded technology, in partnership with Purdue University, says the research they’re planning for future space missions shows its tech could charge an electric car within minutes instead of hours [ read more … ]

Tesla Semi Looks Like a Bidenmobile Spurred by the Climate Bill

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-12 16:13:12

This much is clear: Tesla is going to start delivering Semi trucks on Dec. 1, a full five years after Elon Musk started taking orders for them. The first ones are going to PepsiCo, which will put them to work at a Frito-Lay facility in Modesto, California, and a beverages plant in Sacramento. From there, details are fuzzy for a product the world has known about since 2017. Specifications? “500 mile range & super fun to drive,” Musk tweeted last week. [ read more … ]

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