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December 15, 2022

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Transmission keys Dems’ last-gasp push on climate agenda

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-15 14:51:25

Wednesday’s report recommends a national strategy for transmission, as well as reforms that would allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take more power over permitting for major interstate power lines. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) included a provision to give FERC that authority in his draft permitting bill this year, but he dropped it in an effort to win support from Republicans as he tried to get it over the finish line. Manchin will get a vote on his bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. It appears likely to fail, but it could serve as a template of sorts for Democrats as they try to work with a Republican House on a permitting overhaul [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

New clean energy investments have topped $40B since the IRA passed, report says

By Diana DiGangi, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-15 14:51:45

Clean energy investments soared in a recent three-month period, totaling $40 billion and equaling the entire amount invested in 2021, according to an industry group. The report by American Clean Power, a trade group, covers a period of growth the clean energy sector saw between Aug. 16, the day the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, and Nov. 30, including the announcement of 20 new clean energy manufacturing facilities or facility expansions. Twelve are solar manufacturing facilities, representing more than a 300% increase in solar module manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and a potential new 22 GW. Overall, 13 GW of clean energy project capacity have been announced. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC climate reviews in limbo as Glick departs

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-15 14:51:00

Regardless of who is chair, any near-term attempts to implement more robust climate reviews could again face backlash from Manchin, who must sign off on FERC appointees, observers said. Although Manchin has not said specifically why he would not hold a hearing for Glick, the greenhouse gas policy and updated pipeline policy statement likely did not help Glick’s chances of winning support from the West Virginia senator. “We saw where Glick wanted to take the agency. He stepped back, and now he’s not going to get reconfirmed,” Van Nostrand said. “As long as Manchin is chair of that committee, you’re never going to get somebody like Rich Glick who takes their obligation seriously on greenhouse gas emissions.” [ read more … ]

EVs

US reaches 140k public EV charging ports as key federal official says $90B infrastructure investment needed

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-12-15 14:50:25

About 140,000 public electric vehicle charging ports operate in the United States and government officials said Wednesday that number is expected to grow rapidly as billions of dollars in federal funding are used to build out a national charging network. The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation is preparing to finalize rules and minimum standards for chargers installed using $7.5 billion in funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year. And the joint office will convene a “reliability summit” in January with equipment manufacturers to discuss issues around interoperability. [ read more … ]

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