Energy News for week ending July 2, 2021

Testing 1.2.3…Law facing tests | Take the climate test | Putting hydrogen to the test

Happy Friday folks.

We have a little bit of a themed recap for you this week:

Enjoy the articles below and have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Climate Change

Businesses face big hit from new climate disclosure rules, Washington Examiner

Watchdog: Public needs info on state’s climate goals, Hudson Valley 360

Renewables/TCI/RGGI

Green groups shift energy to reconciliation package, The Hill

Treasury, IRS extend safe harbor for renewable energy projects, KVOA

Exclusive: White House signals “clean” standard push in budget reconciliation, Axios

Net zero goals need revival of ‘forgotten giant’ hydropower, IEA says, Reuters

Wind

New Jersey approves 2.7 GW of offshore wind in largest combined award in US, Utility Dive

What happened after a wind farm was built near the lobster capital of Europe, Quartz

Trying to catch the wind: Research project aims to make offshore wind farms more efficient, powerful, Hub – Johns Hopkins University

Feds Advancing Review of Larger Vineyard Wind South, State House News Service

Offshore wind projects line up for federal review, Salem News

NJ set to award second massive offshore wind project, NJ Spotlight

Solar

Bill Gates-backed merger eyes solar breakthrough, E&E News

Solar-powered umbrella uses the sun to cool you down, In Habitat

‘Opportunity for the town’: Falmouth Town Meeting votes push Cape Cod Country Club solar farm project forward, Cape Cod Times

Efficiency/Storage

Mass. Efficiency Plan Budget Misses Mark on Electrification, RTO Insider

Are ‘Heat Pumps’ the Answer to Heat Waves? Some Cities Think So., New York Times

EVs

NYC removes EV exemption cap, blocking Revel ride-hailing service, Utility Dive

$7.2M federal grant to add 8 electric buses to Pioneer Valley Transit Authority fleet, MassLive

US: 14 States Considers Targets To End New ICE Car Sales, Inside EVs

Connecticut Increases Rebates for Electric Car Purchases, NBC CT

North Shore leaders call for better commuter rail system, Gloucester Times

Nuclear

De Blasio scorched on Twitter for asking New Yorkers to cut power usage in heat wave, Fox News

Is nuclear power the missing piece of our climate change puzzle?, CNET

Gas/Oil/Fossil/Pipelines

Climate activists protest, sit-in, occupying energy giant’s Waltham office, MetroWest Daily News

Supreme Court Rules New Jersey Can’t Block Natural-Gas Pipeline, Wall St. Journal

Biden Backs Maine Town Saying No to WWII-Era Oil Pipeline, Bloomberg Green

Proposed NatGas Plants ‘Appear’ Contrary to NY Law, Regulator Says, RTO Insider

As Pittsfield power plant seeks permit renewal, environmental groups call for clean-energy transition, Berkshire Eagle

Propane Prices Are Cooking, Signaling Higher Winter Heating Bills for Many, Wall St. Journal

Market/Grid/Policy/Prices, etc.

Massachusetts state rep, favored by renewables industry, emerges among the frontrunners to fill FERC seat. Utility Dive

State urged to take control of Brayton Point pier, CommonWealth Magazine

Watch: NREL releases five-year study on continent-wide integration of renewable energy resources, PV Magazine

Coronavirus Utility Bill Moratorium Ending On July 1 In City Of Cambridge, Patch.com

FERC just established an Office of Public Participation. Why did it take 40 years?, Utility Dive

Biden administration, House Dems talk up need for interconnection reform, Utility Dive

Bill seeks remedies for air pollution hotspots, WWLP

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think, New York Times

Lessons from inside the heat dome about the future of the electric grid, GreenBiz

Opinion

Why Massachusetts is in a bind on emissions goals, Boston Globe

How Massachusetts cities and towns are leading our transition to clean energy (guest viewpoint), MassLive

Opinion: Facing our climate’s ‘new normal’ with solutions for people and wildlife, Taunton Gazette

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