In the news today and from the weekend…
- Reuters reports that according to an analysis by a media company, the U.S. power industry would likely be unable to meet Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s mandate of carbon-free power by 2035 without some major developments in renewables and other technologies, such as battery storage, carbon capture and advanced nuclear power. In a survey of many of the country’s largest power producers, most reported that these technologies are either not yet commercially viable or are too costly to deploy.
- Mining.com reports an international team of researchers has discovered that carbon dioxide plays a crucial role in making metals used in green technologies accessible for mining.
- Axios reports the world’s transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles will require unprecedented amounts of copper from potentially new mining operations that may harm vulnerable species and ecosystems.
- E&E Energywire reports following the template of other fossil fuel-producing states, the Utah Legislature took steps last month that aim to help oil, gas and mining operations weather the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
- Associated Press reports Wyoming’s governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the fossil fuel in favor of wind and solar energy.
- Inside Climate News reports Exelon wants a subsidy to keep two nuclear plants running, reigniting a longstanding—and acrimonious—debate.
- Argus reports the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to have enough capacity to meet peak demand this autumn and winter.
- Argus reports US utility Dominion Energy South Carolina issued a solicitation for coal for deliveries beginning next year.
- The Wall Street Journal reports coal is becoming competitive with natural gas again due to higher natural gas prices.
- Reuters reports the California Independent System Operator (ISO) declared a “Stage 2” power emergency late on Saturday, warning that rotating power outages were possible amid a record heat wave.
- E&E Energywire reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission moved late Friday to block proposed market changes by New York’s grid operator aimed at better aligning with the state’s clean energy goals.
- E&E Energywire reports a federal judge last week told government attorneys to stay in “political reality” during arguments over whether conservation groups will be irreparably harmed once new implementing rules for a bedrock environmental statute go into effect.