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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 24, 2022

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not published Wednesday, October 26 through Friday, October 28. It resumes on Monday, October 31.

Top Story

Shift to Clean Energy Grid Presents Challenges for US Official

By Chuck McCutcheon, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2022-10-24 15:37:56

The Energy Department is starting programs to funnel billions into transmission lines, distribution grid networks, microgrids, and storage facilities as part of an attempt to spur more clean energy deployment, even as congressional efforts stall to overhaul infrastructure permitting. The agency’s Grid Deployment Office, created in August, is facing the difficult task of allocating dollars in a way that achieves the most bang for the buck and satisfies industry, states, and environmental groups, Maria Robinson, the office’s director, told Bloomberg Law. [ read more … ]

Climate

Biden ‘social cost of carbon’ climate risk measure upheld by U.S. appeals court

By Clark Mindock, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-10-24 15:37:34

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the “social cost of carbon” calculation used by President Joe Biden’s administration, which sharply boosts the price tag policy makers will put on the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from that used by former President Donald Trump. The St. Louis, Missouri-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the plaintiffs, attorneys general from 13 states, including Missouri, Alaska and Montana, cannot rely on “generalized grievances” to challenge the metric absent a specific action taken by a federal agency. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

4 questions answered about Biden’s oil strategy

By Mike Lee, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-24 15:38:18

President Joe Biden’s decision last week to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is sparking debate about whether the plan will work and how it will influence the midterm elections. Biden announced Wednesday that he’d continue drawing from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to stabilize gasoline and diesel prices (Energywire, Oct. 19). The plan also includes a commitment to buy oil when the price falls to a range of $67 to $72 a barrel. The second phase is supposed to replenish the reserve while also prodding the oil industry to ramp up domestic production. [ read more … ]

Biden struggles to sell climate win in final midterm stretch

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-24 15:38:34

Climate action is coming, and so are cheaper gasoline prices. President Joe Biden’s closing argument before the midterm elections presents contradictory promises of driving down carbon emissions while increasing the supply of fossil fuels. It’s aimed at appeasing different types of voters whose support is vital to Democrats in a convulsing campaign season that could end 15 days from now by disrobing the party of its power in Congress. The clashing messages are directed both at climate activists and a broader public that’s startled by the rate of inflation, which is felt acutely at the gas pump. [ read more … ]

EVs

E.V.s Start With a Bigger Carbon Footprint. But That Doesn’t Last.

By Eric A. Taub, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-10-24 15:38:49

As battery electric vehicles, or B.E.V.s — marketed as a more environmentally friendly vehicular option — replace internal combustion engines, some skeptics are pointing out that they actually have a larger carbon footprint than nonelectric vehicles. That’s due to the manufacturing and disposal of B.E.V.s — specifically their batteries — as well as a reliance on coal to create the electricity that powers them. To determine the environmental costs of the trade-off, trade organizations and universities have conducted life cycle analyses, or L.C.A.s: comparisons between the amount of greenhouse gases created from the production, use and disposal of a B.E.V. and the gases from a gasoline-powered vehicle of a similar size. [ read more … ]

 

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