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January 11, 2023

Top Story

Round-the-Clock Clean Power Doesn’t Cost a Fortune, Study Shows

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:05:52

A California power agency says it’s possible to provide round-the-clock renewable energy at cost-competitive rates. Matching customer electricity demand with clean sources 99% of the time on an hourly basis can be done at a similar expense as matching renewable power supply with demand annually, according to a model-based analysis released Tuesday by Peninsula Clean Energy. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Once-targeted Interior aide named offshore energy chief

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:07:14

The Biden administration will replace its top offshore energy chief with an Interior Department aide who the White House almost two years ago pulled from consideration for a top leadership position to appease senators worried about her stance on fossil fuels. Elizabeth Klein succeeds Amanda Lefton as director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, who will step down Jan. 19. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers to renew fight over offshore wind workers

By Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:07:52

A bipartisan duo of House lawmakers are vowing to take an offshore energy legislative brawl into the new year after getting snubbed in last year’s defense policy bill. The legislation from Louisiana Republican Garret Graves and California Democrat John Garamendi would close a loophole that allows energy developers — including offshore wind and oil and gas — to keep labor costs down by hiring cheaper non-U.S. workers to crew ships constructing turbines and oil rigs. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

N.Y. weighs East Coast’s first statewide building gas ban

By David Iaconangelo, E&E  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:07:35

New York’s Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul called yesterday for the nation’s most aggressive ban on fossil fuels in new buildings, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the gas industry and state lawmakers. In her State of the State speech, Hochul urged the state Legislature to phase out the sale of fossil fuel heating equipment in existing residential buildings beginning in 2030 and in 2035 in commercial ones. The governor also proposed requiring new residential and commercial buildings to be all-electric by 2025 and 2030, respectively. [ read more … ]

Gas stoves harm health. Will a federal watchdog ban them?

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:06:57

CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. has been vocal about his concerns surrounding gas stoves, telling reporters in December that his agency should consider regulating or even banning the appliances, which are used in approximately 40 percent of homes in the United States and emit air pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter at levels EPA has said are unsafe. [ read more … ]

Talk of gas stove rules angers Manchin, Republicans

By Nico Portuondo and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:06:17

A threat to ban gas stoves by a Consumer Product Safety Commission member has ignited a Capitol Hill blowup: Republicans and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin are roasting the Biden administration for what they say is government overreach. Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. sparked lawmakers’ anger by saying he’s considering new regulations on gas stoves. That inspired Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, to question the purpose of the independent regulatory agency. [ read more … ]

States

Gov. Greg Abbott supports proposal to overhaul Texas power grid

By Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:04:49

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signaled his support for a controversial proposal to overhaul how electricity is bought and sold in Texas that aims to address grid weaknesses exposed in the deadly 2021 winter storm. In a letter to the Public Utility Commission — the board of Abbott appointees that regulates Texas’ power grid — Abbott said he supports a grid redesign that improves the system’s reliability by encouraging the construction of natural gas power plants.
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Carbon Capture

There Are Fortunes to Be Made in the Carbon Capture Gold Rush

By Leslie Kaufman and Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:05:08

Past efforts to capture carbon dioxide so it doesn’t worsen climate change have been small-scale and littered with expensive failures. But supporters say the new tax incentives in the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are transformative enough that, combined with the lessons of the past 20 years, the technology is finally ready to take off. [ read more … ]

Markets

What’s the Legal Definition of Greenwashing?

By Tim Quinson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:05:25

“The battle to stamp out greenwashing continues to be foiled by the lack of a clear and common definition across jurisdictions,” said Maia Godemer, a London-based sustainable finance analyst at BloombergNEF. “The market can only continue to flourish if regulators build a common framework around what is considered environmentally or socially sustainable.” [ read more … ]

Emissions

U.S. emissions went up in 2022

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-11 15:06:37

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions grew by 1.3 percent in 2022, according to a report released Tuesday by the Rhodium Group. The rise was relatively modest compared to the 6.5 percent emissions spike in 2021, but it leaves the U.S. further adrift from its commitments under the Paris climate accord. U.S. emissions are now 15.5 percent below 2005 levels, the report said, leaving the nation on an uphill climb toward meeting its commitment to cut emissions 50 to 52 percent by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

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