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October 17, 2022

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A New Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Will Soon Become the State’s Second Largest Emitter of Volatile Organic Chemicals

By Reid Frazier, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:10:43

The cracker will also be permitted to be a large polluter—the second biggest emitter of volatile organic chemicals in the state. Stricter air quality rules and an energy system that relies less on polluting coal have made the air in and around Pittsburgh healthier in recent years. Many now ask: will this plant reverse gains to air quality?  To help address what the project will mean for the region, we asked for readers’ questions about the plant, and solicited help from experts to answer them. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Governor McKee Announces RFP for 600 to 1,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind

By Office of Governor Dan McKee  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:09:11

This offshore wind procurement will have the potential to meet at least 30 percent of Rhode Island’s estimated 2030 electricity demand. The electricity from this project has the potential to power approximately 340,000 homes each year. When added to the 30-megawatt Block Island Offshore Wind Farm and the planned 400-megawatt Revolution Offshore Wind project, about half of the state’s project energy needs will be powered by offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Clean energy transition gains speed, despite global tumult

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:11:49

Investment in wind and solar is set to outpace oil and gas drilling for the first time this year, according to one analyst — a milestone in the worldwide transition to clean energy that comes in spite of a spiraling energy crisis and calls to increase fossil fuel production. The projection by Rystad Energy is in line with a separate prediction by DNV GL, another company that tracks energy markets. DNV thinks a short-term boost for coal in developing countries is no match in the long term for the march of falling renewable costs, electrification and increasing carbon prices. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture Projects Hit Record, But Would Mitigate Less Than 1% of Emissions

By James Fernyhough, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:10:28

The number of carbon capture and storage projects in development grew to record levels this year on the back of rising carbon prices and government incentives, but would still only mitigate less than 1% of annual emissions, a new report finds. There are now 153 CCS projects in the planning phase, 61 more than this time last year and more than at any time in history, the Melbourne-based Global CCS Institute found in its annual survey of the sector, released today. They would add to the 30 projects currently operating and a further 11 under construction.
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States

5 state-level races that could alter the energy transition

By Jason Plautz, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:10:00

While much of the nation’s attention is focused on how November midterm elections will change Congress, several state-level races could have wide-ranging effects on the energy sector for years.
From attorneys general to utility regulators, down-ballot races may influence the electricity mix in several battleground states and guide the future of natural gas development in energy-rich areas like Texas. [ read more … ]

Climate

Finance titans to skip COP 27. Does it matter?

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:09:36

Finance is central to this year’s climate talks. But many of the biggest names in the finance world are reportedly skipping this year’s annual summit in Egypt. Major banks and asset managers, including BlackRock Inc. and Citigroup Inc., are not planning to send their CEOs to the U.N. climate conference known as COP 27, Bloomberg reported last week. Instead, they’ll be sending senior delegations. But the absence of those chief executives may matter less at a time when action is more important than pledges, with the focus of this year’s conference on implementation. [ read more … ]

EVs

Will ERINs Make Teslas Cheaper?

By David Waterworth, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:07:31

Can electric vehicles benefit from the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) scheme? Reuters reports that it is highly likely that they can. It appears that the Biden administration has been working with Tesla’s representatives to include EVs and charging stations in the scheme. The RFS mandates that fuel sold in the US has to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels — since 2005, that has mainly been corn-based ethanol. It appears that consideration is now being given to EV makers to allow them to generate electric Renewable Identification Numbers — eRINs . [ read more … ]

Inside Pilot’s massive EV-charging initiative

By Brett Dworski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:07:50

Electric vehicle charging may seem like a budding trend to consumers, but it’s anything but new to convenience store operators. About 95% of U.S. fuel retailers surveyed said they’re currently offering or planning to offer EV charging stations, while 70% said they’re planning to expand their fuel network in the coming years, according to a 2022 study from Boston Consulting Group. [ read more … ]

The ‘bummer’ of the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit: Its full value may be hard to get

By Greg Iacurci, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:08:12

The historic climate legislation President Joe Biden signed in August offered a federal tax break — worth up to $7,500 — to households that buy new electric vehicles. But it may be tough for consumers to get the full value of the tax credit — at least initially. That’s largely due to the structure of the clean vehicle credit and certain requirements for consumers and car manufacturers. Those roadblocks, however, are poised to ease in the longer term, experts said. [ read more … ]

As the North Star State goes

By Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-10-17 15:08:50

In the EV charging proposal , part of the rate case Xcel Energy submitted to regulators in August, the utility warned that Minnesota is not on track to meet its goal of 20 percent electric vehicles by 2030, and argued that “we have not seen the market fill in key gaps regarding necessary public charging.” But gasoline retailers that are eager to add EV chargers say utilities’ strategy would give them an unfair advantage. Under their plan, the utilities would get a leg up on the competition by using ratepayer funds to cover the costs of building charging stations and can charge themselves lower rates for the electricity than they would charge a truck stop operator. [ read more … ]

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