IEA warns clean energy not advancing quickly enough

NOTE TO READERS: U.S. Energy News will be taking a break for Independence Day. We will return on Tuesday, July 7. CLIMATE: The International Energy Agency warns that clean energy development still needs to be accelerated to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (CNN)

ALSO:
• Rather than using natural gas as a “bridge,” many utilities are bypassing gas generation entirely and moving straight to renewables. (PV Magazine)
• Critics say Amazon is trying to distract from its growing emissions footprint by focusing on “carbon intensity.” (Grist)
• Baltimore urges the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an industry petition challenging its 2018 climate lawsuit against major oil companies.

Advocates praise ‘ambitious and comprehensive’ House climate plan

CLIMATE: Experts say a climate plan announced by House Democrats yesterday is the most ambitious in U.S. history, with Republicans who’d pushed for more support for oil and natural gas saying they were left out of the process. (Vox, E&E News)

ALSO:
• The House plan would give FERC more authority over energy markets and direct the agency to develop “a comprehensive, long-range electric infrastructure strategy.” (S&P Global)
• A broad coalition urges PJM to continue work on carbon pricing as the most effective means to reduce emissions in light of a federal regulator’s move to examine the policy. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Several environmental laws take effect in Virginia today, including one that launches a 21-member environmental justice council and one that authorizes the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Bloomberg)

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OVERSIGHT:
• The EPA says it will rescind a policy that had suspended enforcement of pollution limits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats to unveil climate plan today

CLIMATE: House Democrats are expected to release a plan today to achieve net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050, while prioritizing environmental justice communities. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Amid a broadening national conversation on racial equity in the climate movement, NAACP senior director Jacqui Patterson talks about the group’s longstanding work on climate and clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• The New Jersey Senate passes a bill that gives “overburdened communities” a say in the approval process of new facilities that add polluting sources. (NJ Spotlight)

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COAL:
• Eighty local, regional and national organizations roll out a National Economic Transition Platform to support struggling coal mining towns.

U.S. to join international ‘green recovery’ effort

CLIMATE: The U.S. will participate in an international summit on a “green recovery” to advance clean energy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (The Guardian)

ALSO: A push within the financial sector to take climate change more seriously could result in new federal legislation on risk disclosure. (E&E News)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• An Arizona utility proposes to get 70% of its electricity from wind and solar by 2035, with plans for 2.5 GW of new capacity. (PV Tech)
• Advocates of heat pumps criticize a Rhode Island report on decarbonizing the heating sector that discounts the technology and instead suggests further study of alternatives.

California takes ‘bold step’ toward zero-emission trucks

TRANSPORTATION: California regulators approve a new standard for zero-emission trucks, requiring 300,000 sold in the state by 2035, with Gov. Gavin Newsom noting the shift will benefit communities of color disproportionately impacted by vehicle pollution. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• A bill proposed by House Democrats includes a provision that would upgrade 75 percent of the U.S. Postal Service delivery fleet to zero-emission vehicles. (Vox)
• Vice President Mike Pence attends the unveiling of Lordstown Motors’ electric pickup truck in Ohio, saying it’s “another example of the great American comeback.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
• A recent study details state-by-state consumer cost savings by switching to electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• A tax bill introduced by House Democrats on Thursday includes incentives for renewable energy and electric vehicles.