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December 11, 2022

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Big Oil talks ‘transition’ but perpetuates petroleum, House documents say

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:37:07

Some of the world’s major oil companies remain internally skeptical about the “energy transition” to a low-carbon economy, even as they publicly portray their firms as partners in the cause, according to documents obtained by The Post that will be released by a House committee Friday. The documents, part of a trove expected to be released by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, reveal oil company executives dismissing the potential for renewable energy to quickly replace fossil fuels, while working to secure government tax credits for carbon capture projects that might relieve them of the need to drastically alter their business models.
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Grid

Attacks on grid infrastructure in 4 states raise alarm

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:38:23

Shootings at two electric substations in North Carolina last weekend are among the numerous threats posed to U.S. electric infrastructure since mid-October, raising questions about whether such incidents are on the rise. Concerns grew further after Duke Energy Corp. reported gunfire near its Wateree Hydro station in Ridgeway, S.C., on Wednesday — several days after gunshots severely damaged two substations the company operates in Moore County, N.C. [ read more … ]

States

Colo. aims for 100% EVs with no gasoline bans

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:39:11

Colorado debuted a plan Thursday that foresees internal-combustion vehicles almost totally phased off its roads by 2050. But unlike EV-leader California, it doesn’t intend to get there by banning them. The state is now the first in the country to make electric bicycles a plank of its electric vehicle strategy, upgrading the modest two-wheelers into state-level planning that usually revolves around cars and trucks.
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Climate

Manchin calls for Senate vote on permitting reform, warns of billions of dollars stranded without it

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:37:47

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants the Senate to advance his energy permitting reform proposal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, and said Thursday that the issue has “become personal.” Republicans won’t support the measure because they “are so mad at me because we passed the Inflation Reduction Act,” he said at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s policy forum. And progressives oppose Manchin’s Building American Energy Security Act of 2022 because it would advance the long-delayed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline, among other reasons. [ read more … ]

Insurance regulators attack Biden plan to assess climate risk

By Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:38:47

State insurance regulators are assailing the Biden administration’s plan for collecting detailed information from insurance companies to analyze how climate change is affecting the cost and availability of property coverage. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned that the Treasury Department’s analysis will probably yield “fallacious results in trying to identify climate risk.” The association, which represents state regulators, asked Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office to “reconsider its ill-advised approach.” [ read more … ]

Biden gas ban: A national model or ‘executive fiat’?

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:40:14

federal agencies. Outlined by administration officials in a press call yesterday, the plans include a first-ever building performance standard for federal agencies to be overseen by the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. Under the standard, federal agencies would decarbonize 30 percent of their buildings’ square footage by 2030 through electrification and reduction in energy use. [ read more … ]

Congress

What Sinema’s defection means for the Senate

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:36:42

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona stunned Washington on Friday with her decision to leave the Democratic Party, but what exactly that means for the Senate next year and her reelection prospects remains up in the air. She was blasted by progressive Democrats and environmental groups alike Friday for “abandoning” the party. The Sunrise Movement called her decision “bewildering.” She has at times stymied Democratic efforts, including the “Build Back Better Act” — the precursor to the Inflation Reduction Act, but has in the past received endorsements from green groups. [ read more … ]

Conservative climate groups to wield power in GOP House

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:39:29

Conservative clean energy groups have built considerable influence with Republican lawmakers over the last four years. Now they’re set to take a leading role as the GOP prepares to take over the House. ClearPath, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions and a coalition of similar organizations have spent millions on lobbying efforts and have consistently gotten an audience with lawmakers to make the case for the “energy innovation” agenda. They’ve become star witnesses for Republicans at hearings. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electrifying trucking would require a major chunk of the US power grid, transportation institute says

By Colin Campbell, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-11 10:37:24

Electrifying long-haul truck runs alone on today’s roadways would require about a tenth of the nation’s power generation, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.  Shifting all U.S. vehicles to battery electric would demand more than 40% of the country’s electricity production, ATRI said in a report Tuesday. Installing charging equipment at truck parking stops across the U.S. could cost upwards of $35 billion, based on a per-unit cost of $112,000. [ read more … ]

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