In the news today…
- Thanks to the Kokomo Tribune (Ind.) and Roanoke Times (Va.) for carrying my new op-ed where I argue that rather than race to dismantle more coal plants, the U.S. must recognize the essential utility of its remaining coal fleet as a reliability and affordability backstop.
- E&E Daily reports lobbying disclosure records show that utilities, automakers, mining companies, oil and natural gas producers, and environmentalists all worked to influence the landmark legislation.
- Autoblog reports a number of automakers have publicly questioned provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act regarding the sourcing of raw materials.
- E&E Energywire reports Asian and European automakers who make up a huge slice of America’s automotive economy see flaws in how the U.S. designed its subsidies for electric vehicles and say alliances could devolve into trade wars if they aren’t fixed.
- Bloomberg Law reports a copper and cobalt mine proposed for tribal land in Arctic Alaska hinges on a disputed 200-mile road that would require federal approval.
- Politico Pro reports Congressional Democrats are expected to press ahead with plans to update energy permitting rules before the end of the year, but Republicans may not be in the mood to strike a compromise if they take control of the House or Senate.
- Argus reports coal-fired generation in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) fell from year-earlier levels for the 12th consecutive month in October, despite relatively flat overall electricity dispatch in the grid.