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November 20, 2022

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U.N. Climate Talks End With a Deal to Pay Poor Nations for Damage

By Brad Plumer, Max Bearak, Lisa Friedman and Jenny Gross, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:52:12

Diplomats from nearly 200 countries concluded two weeks of climate talks on Sunday by agreeing to establish a fund that would help poor, vulnerable countries cope with climate disasters made worse by the greenhouse gases from wealthy nations. The decision on payments for loss and damage caused by global warming represented a breakthrough on one of the most contentious issues at United Nations climate negotiations. For more than three decades, developing nations have pressed rich, industrialized countries to provide compensation for the costs of destructive storms, heat waves and droughts linked to rising temperatures. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar industry, utilities, ratepayer advocates clash over California net energy metering proposal

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:56:47

Utilities, the solar industry, environmental groups and ratepayer advocates in California remain deeply divided over a proposal from the state’s Public Utilities Commission to reform its net energy metering framework, oral arguments before the commission Wednesday made clear. While the solar industry supports transitioning to a set of net energy metering export values that are far lower than current ones, “making that change too quickly will do too much damage,” Brad Heavner, policy director with the California Solar & Storage Association, said during the Wednesday meeting.  [ read more … ]

Grid

White House announces $13 billion in grid resilience funds

By BY ZACK BUDRYK, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:55:55

The Biden administration on Friday morning announced $13 billion in funds to modernize the U.S. power grid using allocations from the bipartisan infrastructure law. The funds will include $10.5 billion in competitive grants and another $2.5 billion through the Transmission Facilitation Program; they represent the biggest federal investment in transmission and distribution in U.S. history, White House senior adviser and infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu told reporters on a press call Thursday. [ read more … ]

Regional grids ‘rolling the dice’ on weather — watchdog

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:54:33

Texas, the Midwest and New England are at risk of having insufficient electric power supplies in a “worst-case” extreme winter storm, the nation’s grid monitor warned on Thursday. The North American Electric Reliability Corp., in its annual winter risk assessment, said the three regions face an unacceptable level of risk that an extended blizzard like Winter Storm Uri — which paralyzed Texas in February 2021— would lead to emergency power shortages.
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North American electric grid faces ‘unprecedented’ widespread risk this winter: NERC

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:55:33

A large portion of the North American electric grid could face energy shortfalls in extreme weather conditions this winter, according to a Thursday assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. The situation is “unprecedented,” John Moura, NERC’s director of reliability assessment and system performance analysis, said in a call with media to discuss the report. “The system hasn’t been stressed in this manner in the past, and probably more importantly, it hasn’t been as widespread.” [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC meeting: Grid rules, a boost for gas and Manchin

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:54:50

In response to recent grid disturbances at solar and wind farms nationwide, FERC directed the North American Electric Reliability Corp., or NERC, to propose new standards geared toward better predicting and understanding how those renewable resources behave. The changes could help keep the lights on and improve public confidence in the reliability of renewables, said FERC Chair Richard Glick. “It’s very important that we make sure we move forward from a reliability perspective, and that the industry does everything it can to ensure the reliability of the grid as we rapidly transition to a clean energy future,” Glick said. [ read more … ]

Pollution

EPA backs Trump-era plan for air pollution in Mountain Wes

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:53:23

To the chagrin of environmental groups, the Biden administration is endorsing a Trump-era decision regarding major Mountain West polluters, even as they continue to belch thousands of tons of pollution linked to clouded vistas at the Grand Canyon and other federal landmarks across three states. Under an EPA plan finalized in 2016 after years of wrangling, two coal-fired PacifiCorp plants, both located in central Utah, were ordered to slash haze-forming emissions. But then, that plan was short-circuited under former President Donald Trump. Now, Biden’s EPA is backing that controversial decision despite ongoing pollution concerns at the Hunter and Huntington facilities. [ read more … ]

Politics

How Pelosi shaped U.S. climate policy

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:56:28

On energy, environment and climate issues, Pelosi will always be known for pursuing the big stuff. In 2007, before the end of her first year as speaker, she oversaw passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which improved federal fuel efficiency standards and created the first renewable fuel standards. During her floor speech yesterday announcing her decision to step down from leadership, Pelosi referred to that bill when she recalled with pride the “historic investments in clean energy” she secured during the George W. Bush administration. [ read more … ]

How beating up Big Oil helped Dems hold the Senate

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:53:02

Republicans expected the high price of gas to hand them a midterm sweep. Instead, it might have helped Democrats win the race that delivered them the Senate. Nevada’s Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto spent months blasting GOP nominee Adam Laxalt over his ties to Big Oil. On the campaign trail and in million-dollar ads, Democrats accused oil companies of profiteering from high fuel prices — and funneling those profits to the campaign of Laxalt, who as attorney general opposed investigations into the oil sector’s climate disinformation campaigns. Cortez Masto, among the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents of the midterms, prevailed by about 9,000 votes, according to unofficial results, or less than 1 percentage point. [ read more … ]

Xcel Energy is recruiting Minnesota cities to thwart governor’s clean energy agenda

By Karlee Weinmann, Energy & Policy Institute  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:53:49

Xcel Energy is recruiting Minnesota cities to lobby against emissions reduction goals included in Governor Tim Walz’s climate agenda, but its campaign is off to a sputtering start after staff in several municipalities questioned the legitimacy of the effort and wondered whether it would undercut their own climate goals. Xcel began approaching cities to join its Carbon-Free Future MN Coalition and lobby state officials earlier this year. [ read more … ]

House Republicans prepare big energy package for 2023

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:55:06

House Republican leaders said Thursday the party is preparing an energy and environment package that could emerge in January as one of the first pieces of major legislation passed by the GOP-controlled chamber. Largely based on legislation already put forward by the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, and the Natural Resources Committee’s top Republican, Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, the package would seek to unleash domestic fossil fuel production along with critical mineral mining. [ read more … ]

EVs

VW and Mercedes’s Electric-Car Ambitions Run Into Trouble

By Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:52:42

VW plans to delay a key project by at least two years after software fumbles, according to a person familiar with the situation, calling into question its ambitious €52 billion ($54 billion) EV rollout touted as the industry’s biggest. Also this week, Mercedes cut prices on its flagship EQS EV in China by about $33,000 after misjudging the market. The shares fell as much as 7.2%. [ read more … ]

California Boosts Electric-Car Charging Investment by $1 Billion

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-20 10:54:04

California plans to spend an additional $1 billion to bolster its vehicle-charging network as it races to build the infrastructure needed to phase out gas-powered trucks and cars. The five-year program will allocate 70% of the funding for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle charging, with the balance for light-duty equipment at or near multi-unit dwellings, according to a California Public Utilities Commission statement last week. [ read more … ]

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