U.S. Energy News

Biden seeking to rebuild U.S. credibility on climate

CLIMATE: Climate change has been a major focus in President-elect Joe Biden’s outreach with world leaders, with the topic coming up in 12 of 14 calls so far. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• Republicans now hold attorney general positions in 26 states, and are “developing strategies to push back” against the Biden administration on climate. (E&E News)
• The American Farm Bureau says it has “broken through historical barriers” in joining a coalition of environmental groups to cut emissions in the agricultural sector. (InsideClimate News)
• While U.S. carbon emissions will be lower overall in 2020, nearly a third of that has been canceled out by pollution from Western wildfires. (Washington Post)
• A media analysis explores the financial risks that climate change poses to utilities. (Utility Dive)
• Climate activists failed to flip North Carolina’s legislature, but some still see hope for clean energy policy next year — as long as Duke Energy is on board. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT:
• A Senate committee advances a bipartisan pair of nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, though it’s not clear if they’ll get a full Senate vote. (The Hill)
• President-elect Biden begins looking for someone to help rebuild the Bureau of Land Management after a massive staff exodus under the Trump administration. (The Hill)
• Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Sam Randazzo was not at Wednesday’s commission meeting following an FBI search of his home earlier this week. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES:
• Portland, Oregon’s utility accelerates its emissions target to an 80% reduction by 2030, with an “aspirational goal” of net-zero by 2040. (Portland Business Journal)
• Former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore and a former top ComEd lobbyist are charged with bribery as part of an alleged scheme to gain favorable contracts through Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Chicago Sun-Times)

WIND:
• New Jersey and PJM reach an agreement to allow that state’s regulators to open a competitive bidding process next year for a transmission backbone that could serve multiple offshore wind farms. (NJ Spotlight)
The Danish company developing several offshore wind farms along the East Coast announces an agreement with a building trade union to train a workforce for the industry. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Energy developer Invenergy launches construction of a five-phase, 1,310 MW solar complex spread across three Texas counties, and big-name commercial customers already are signing up. (Greentech Media, Chicago Business Journal)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court denies a request to stop work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, upholding an agency’s finding that the pipeline won’t significantly affect endangered and threatened species. (Roanoke Times)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Michigan environmental and public transit advocates are dismayed at their exclusion from a new state mobility task force whose members’ backgrounds heavily favor automobiles. (Energy News Network)
• A new study on a regional cap-and-trade emission pact for Northeast transportation says the impact on gasoline prices could be much higher than previously forecast. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A new study finds that while electric trucks are reaching cost parity, there are still numerous barriers preventing fleet operators from widespread adoption. (Greentech Media)

MEDIA: While the Washington Post pledges to keep climate misinformation off its opinion pages, the newspaper still accepted a reported $25,000 to run a full-page ad containing false scientific claims. (Heated)

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