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October 19, 2022

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Hurricanes Fiona and Ian gave solar power its time to shine

By GLORIA GONZALEZ, KELSEY TAMBORRINO and CATHERINE MOREHOUSE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:45:24

Solar power withstood the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico and Florida last month — a fact that could aid the technology’s supporters in lobbying battles around the country. Hurricanes Fiona and Ian caused catastrophic flooding, knocked out power lines and washed away roads and bridges. But people who could afford solar panels and batteries say those systems kept the lights on during the storms, and even allowed them to share electricity with neighbors left in the dark. [ read more … ]

Energy Storage

Climate law spurs ‘big jumps’ in U.S. battery investments

By Andres Picon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:47:17

A controversial provision in the Inflation Reduction Act appears to be having its intended effect. The climate and health law included a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles, but EV buyers can only receive the full amount if the car’s battery components are manufactured in North America. That’s not the case for most car models. The requirement was a wake-up call for the EV industry, which is largely reliant on supply chains originating in China. It was also a risky call to action. Manufacturers would need to dive head first into battery production in the U.S. to make the valuable tax credits viable. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

What a Republican Congress would mean for EPA

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:47:33

“The decision of West Virginia v. EPA has really opened a window for regulatory scrutiny at the agency,” Brazauskas said, referring to this past summer’s Supreme Court ruling, which curbed EPA’s authority to address climate change and may be used to target other regulations. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the likely House Energy and Commerce chair if Republicans win the House, said in an interview last month she is interested in exploring how agencies are operating in the wake of the high court’s decision. [ read more … ]

States

Wis. governor’s race may dictate fate of clean energy

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:46:07

One area where the election is likely to have an immediate impact: control of the state’s Public Service Commission, a three-member panel that regulates utilities. In some states, political control of utility commissions matters little. Not so in hyperpartisan Wisconsin, where key issues have been decided along party lines and Evers and the Republican Legislature have sparred over who serves on the PSC. “It’s so consequential to long term energy choices in the state,” said Gregory Nemet, a professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “And it’s all in the hands of two people [who make up] the majority of the commission.” [ read more … ]

Pollution

PFAS pollute 83% of U.S. waterways

By E.A. Crunden, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 08:11:49

The overwhelming majority of U.S. waterways are likely polluted with “forever chemicals,” according to a grim new analysis that comes as the country marks a half-century of its landmark water protection law. PFAS have cropped in detectable levels across 83 percent of waterways tested across the country, per findings from the nonprofit Waterkeeper Alliance, which represents U.S. watershed monitors. Those numbers reflect the presence of the chemicals in 114 waterways across 29 states and the District of Columbia. [ read more … ]

Markets

Biden to Sell More Oil From Strategic Reserve to Keep Gas Prices in Check

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:44:57

The Biden administration is planning to sell more oil from the country’s strategic reserves—and is considering authorizing new sales this winter—as it tries to head off the potential for more market shocks and high prices, according to senior administration officials. Central to his address will be an announcement that the Energy Department will go ahead and sell the last roughly 15 million of 180 million barrels from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve he had authorized for sale back in March, the officials said. [ read more … ]

Biden to release 15M barrels from oil reserve

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-19 15:45:50

President Joe Biden will release an additional 15 million barrels of oil from the United States’ emergency reserves, in an effort to lower gas prices ahead of next month’s midterm elections. Additional releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve are possible this winter, “if needed due to Russian or other actions disrupting global markets,” according to the White House.
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