In the news today…
- Reuters reports that large parts of the United States and some areas in Canada, home to around 165 million people, could face energy shortfalls during periods of extreme heat this summer, according to NERC, the group that sets reliability standards for North American electric grids.
- E&E Greenwire reports the Biden administration this week moved to defuse one of the last remaining legal challenges facing the contentious Thacker Pass lithium mine in Nevada, a project seen as a critical U.S. source of the mineral key to making electric vehicle batteries.
- Axios reports new Biden administration guidance clarifies how officials will treat a court ruling that has threatened to throw mining projects into legal danger.
- Washington Examiner reports EPA’s new Good Neighbor Plan could hurt reliability of the bulk power system as operators limit generation from coal and natural gas plants in order to comply with the rule’s tighter requirements, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation said in its 2023 Summer Reliability Assessment.
- E&E Daily reports Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Tom Carper is backing an accelerated two-year timeline for environmental reviews for projects solely related to climate mitigation and resilience as part of his vision for a permitting overhaul.