July 2022: A Review

 

This month in energy saw headlines regarding developments in the electric vehicle industry including loans from the DOE and changes at domestic manufacturers. July also saw the continuation of difficulties for the Texas electrical grid and both setbacks and unexpected progress on climate legislation and regulation in the US. 

Read more below.



July's Energy Developments


Department of Energy Loans General Motors and LG $2.5 billion to Build Battery Manufacturing Plants.
The Department of Energy loan, part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program, will go toward production facilities in Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan. Production is slated to begin in 2023. Read more here and see below for related OurEnergyPolicy materials.
 
 

Publications on Electric Vehicles

Development of Guidance for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Deployment
Resource
January 21, 2022
Alliance for Transportation Electrification
The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions
Resource
May 7, 2021
International Energy Agency (IEA)
US Green Economy Report Series: California
Resource
April 29, 2021
UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
US Green Economy Report Series: Overview of State and Local Action
Resource
April 29, 2021
UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
Power Infrastructure Needs for Economywide Decarbonization
Resource
April 21, 2021
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
How Capital Markets Are Driving Clean Energy
Resource
March 24, 2021
Third Way
Industrial Policy, Trade, and Clean Energy Supply Chains
Resource
February 24, 2021
Center for Strategic & International Studies, BloombergNEF
2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan
Resource
February 22, 2021
Maryland Department of the Environment
Cold Weather Issues for Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Alaska
Resource
February 19, 2021
Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP)
Progress and Potential for Electric Vehicles to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Resource
December 8, 2020
Resources for the Future
Climate Insights 2020: Electric Vehicles
Resource
October 19, 2020
Resources for the Future
Impact Report 2019
Resource
June 9, 2020
Tesla
Electric Vehicle Charging for Retailers
Resource
May 16, 2020
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Texas Grid Falters Amid Record Demand and Extreme Heat

Extreme heat waves and record demand have resulted in calls for Texans to conserve energy as ERCOT deals with a shakey power grid. While some blame renewables, which have, so far, met state production forecasts for the year, others point out that thermal generation (fossil fuels and nuclear) have underperformed as aging power plants struggle to keep up. Read more here and see below for related OurEnergyPolicy materials. 
 
Discussion
September 17, 2021
 

Publications on Infrastructure

Hawkeye State Headwinds
Resource
July 1, 2022
ClearPath, LucidCatalyst
Realizing America’s Clean Energy Opportunity
Resource
June 30, 2022
Rocky Mountain Institute
The Climate Resilience-Economy Nexus: Advancing Common Goals
Resource
April 17, 2022
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Decarbonizing Mass Market Buildings
Resource
March 25, 2022
OurEnergyPolicy
FERC Plays Politics with Pipelines
Resource
March 2, 2022
Institute for Energy Research (IER)
Development of Guidance for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Deployment
Resource
January 21, 2022
Alliance for Transportation Electrification
Prioritizing Effective Infrastructure-Led Development
Resource
January 12, 2022
Urban Land Institute
Electricity-Water Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies: How States Can Enhance Resilience and Reduce Risks
Resource
December 23, 2021
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

 
Climate Regulations Continue to be an Uphill Battle
The June 30 ruling in West Virginia VS EPA has severely limited the EPA’s ability to regulate climate change-causing emissions. Despite this, the Biden administration is hopeful that it will be able to enact part of its climate plan after Senator Joe Manchin announced his support for the legislation on July 27 after previously saying he wouldn’t be able to vote for the bill. 
 
Recording
March 9, 2022
Recording
June 8, 2022
Recording
July 28, 2021
 

Publications on Climate Regulations

Climate Clubs: Key Design and WTO Compliance Issues
Resource
April 19, 2022
Climate Advisers
Are Economists Wrong About Carbon Pricing?
Resource
March 24, 2022
Niskanen Center
Convergence and Divergence: Multilateral Trade and Climate Agendas
Resource
March 15, 2022
Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
A Social Cost of Carbon Consistent with a Net-Zero Climate Goal
Resource
January 26, 2022
Roosevelt Institute
Updating the United States Government's Social Cost of Carbon
Resource
November 12, 2021
University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
U.S. Climate Change Policy
Resource
October 28, 2021
Congressional Research Service (CRS)
Addressing the Leakage and Competitiveness Risks of Climate Policy
Resource
October 5, 2021
Resources for the Future
Emissions Projections under Alternative Climate Policy Proposals
Resource
September 16, 2021
Resources for the Future