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November 29, 2022

Top Story

With Federal Aid on the Table, Utilities Shift to Embrace Climate Goals

By Eric Lipton, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:41:50

With the passage of the climate and economic policy bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act, DTE and other big utilities like American Electric Power, NextEra Energy and Southern Company stand to benefit from the largest package of subsidies ever granted to the industry. It is a 10-year, $220 billion hodgepodge of tax breaks and major changes in federal tax law and other climate-change-inspired inducements that amount to a kind of lobbyist wish list never before considered even remotely possible by the industry [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind energy is now South Dakota’s No. 1 producer of electricity, but not every day

By Joshua Haiar, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:41:30

South Dakota now produces twice as much electricity as it uses. It exports the rest to nearby states, according to the Public Utilities Commission. Commissioner Kristie Fiegen said newer wind projects were motivated by more transmission lines, available tax credits that developers feared were coming to an end, and technological advancements that make turbines a more feasible investment.
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Grid

Big Tech’s Growing Clean Energy Thirst Shaping Power Grid Policy

By Daniel Moore, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:42:12

Energy-guzzling tech titans such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Meta are pressing energy regulators and lawmakers for favorable power grid policies that speed procurement of clean power. The companies, which dominate a tech industry powered by global data center operations, have entered a debate once controlled by electric utilities and policy wonks well-versed in a century-old system of producing and delivering power. They have staffed up with energy experts and become a regular presence and sponsors of industry panels and meetings. [ read more … ]

Houston power outage triggers boil water notice for millions

By Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:44:25

The nation’s fourth-largest city — Houston — remains under a boil-water notice Monday after a power outage at the city’s water treatment plant triggered a drop in pressure that knocked out the delivery of safe drinking water for more than 2.2 million people. Officials there are casting the order as precautionary, noting that pressure was immediately restored at the East Water Purification Plant after two transformers failed to deliver power and were quickly brought back online. [ read more … ]

Congress

DOE girds for House Republican oversight

By Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:43:06

The Department of Energy, critical to deploying President Joe Biden’s clean energy and climate goals, will likely be facing a two-year onslaught of subpoenas, hourslong hearings and letters demanding information now that Republicans have won control of the House. For months, Republican committee leaders have been firing off requests for documents and other information. Those requests have largely been met with indifference. But the GOP committee leaders will gain powers to issue subpoenas and conduct lengthy hearings on those issues. The list of targets is long. [ read more … ]

Leaders to decide fate of spending, permitting bills

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:43:42

Lawmakers could decide the fate of a long-term spending bill in the coming days, along with plans for the must-pass defense authorization and permitting reform legislation. Preventing a government shutdown after Dec. 16 — when a continuing resolution passed in October expires — is the top priority for the remainder of the 117th Congress that formally ends Jan. 3. But Democrats and Republicans have yet to agree on a topline spending number, putting into question the viability of a fiscal 2023 omnibus package to give agencies — including EPA and the Energy and Interior departments — spending increases. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Biden admin proposes methane rules for public lands

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:44:43

The Biden administration Monday released highly anticipated draft rules to stem the release of methane from oil and gas drilling on public lands. The proposed rules from the Bureau of Land Management would mandate that operators maintain leak detection and repair plans for their operations on federal or Native American leases. BLM would also limit how much gas can be flared from a well site due to lack of pipeline to carry the gas to market — the primary reason companies cite for flaring on public lands. [ read more … ]

Markets

Products Made With Captured Greenhouse Gas Are Reaching Commercial Scale

By Dieter Holger, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:42:30

Straws, bottles and packaging made with captured greenhouse-gas are starting to reach commercial scale, offering a way for businesses making and using everyday products to reduce emissions contributing to global warming.  Locking up greenhouse gas in ingredients that go into products can be costly compared with petroleum-based options and presents hurdles to building out enough infrastructure to capture emissions. Even so, big companies are increasingly willing to pay a so-called green premium for products that help reduce their carbon footprints by seeking alternatives to plastic and other materials made with petroleum. [ read more … ]

Big Oil made big bucks. Will the windfall fund green energy?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:43:26

Few companies capture the contradictions of the oil industry like TotalEnergies. The French oil major is moving quickly into businesses outside of oil, snapping up large renewable companies in Brazil and the United States, even as it pushes to develop new oil fields in Africa and grow its liquefied natural gas division. So goes the energy transition in the oil sector, where a handful of European oil giants are seeking to balance the world’s short-term need for fossil fuels with its long-term goal of achieving net-zero emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Republicans who blasted EVs might be powerless to stop them

By ADRES PICON, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-29 15:42:47

Republicans have often resisted the transition to electric vehicles, with some blaming plug-in cars for grid capacity issues or for contributing to energy insecurity. Others pointed to aggressive targets for replacing gasoline cars with EVs as a sign that Democrats were using extreme policies to address climate change. Now those promises to roll back sweeping climate programs achieved by Democrats could fall victim to legislative paralysis, following failed efforts by Republicans to seize control of the Senate in the midterm elections earlier this month. [ read more … ]

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