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Environmental Protection Agency Announces $400 Million in Clean School Bus Grants:
Sierra Club, April 24, 2023
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $400 million in grants for the Clean School Bus Program, which offers funding for school districts to replace dirty diesel buses and transition to cleaner school bus fleets. The Clean School Bus program is a part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in 2021. The program is funded for five years and will distribute over $5 billion to get cleaner school buses on roads.
U.S. Department of Energy Announces $13 Million to Support Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Solutions:
U.S. Department of Energy, April 25, 2023
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 11 communities across 10 states have been selected to design community geothermal heating and cooling systems. The projects feature urban, suburban, rural, and remote communities and a range of system sizes, technologies, and geographies – offering diverse case studies that will help other communities see how they can also implement community geothermal. These selections represent the first of two phases in a $13 million initiative to support the design and eventual deployment of community geothermal heating and cooling systems.
State and Local Policy Developments:
New Jersey Launches Second Offshore Transmission Solicitation as Regulators Initiate Process to Create Transmission Capacity for Additional Offshore Wind:
ReNews.Biz, April 27, 2023
New Jersey has officially launched its second State Agreement Approach (SAA) to bring power from offshore wind projects ashore. The decision will help inject an additional 3.5-GW of power needed to reach the state’s 11-GW offshore wind goal. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has formally requested PJM Interconnection to include the state’s current policy of 11 GW of offshore wind by 2040 into PJM’s Regional Transmission Expansion Planning using the SAA.
Colorado Adopts ‘Advanced Clean Trucks’ Rule to Speed Transition to Heavy-Duty EVs:
Colorado News, by Chase Woodruff, April 21, 2023
After a year-long delay, Colorado air quality regulators have unanimously approved a pair of rules aimed at reducing pollution from truck engines and speeding up adoption of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. The move makes Colorado the eighth state to follow California’s lead in adopting the Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which requires manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to sell an increasing percentage of zero-emission models in the coming years. The rule’s mandate for clean trucks, buses and vans is similar to the approach Colorado and many other states have already taken towards passenger cars with their Zero Emission Vehicles rules.
Driven by Solar, California’s Net Demand Hit Zero in Mid-April:
PV Magazine, by John Fitzgerald Weaver, April 20, 2023
California’s CAISO region’s spring solar record setting season is here, with solar peaking at greater than 95% of the state’s demand. On Sunday, April 16, CAISO reported that its electricity “net demand” bounced near zero for chunks of the afternoon. The power grid operator defines net load as total electricity demand minus wind and solar power. Starting at 12:20 PST, CAISO first reported net demand at negative 63-MW. At the moment, total grid demand was 13.8-GW. It was offset by 12.4-GW of utility managed solar, and 1.5-GW of wind.
Top Cities for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings in 2022 Are Announced:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 26, 2023
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its annual “Top Cities” list, spotlighting the cities with the greatest number of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and multifamily buildings in 2022. Coming in at first place for the fourth year in a row, Los Angeles leads with nearly 750 ENERGY STAR certified buildings. In second place is Washington, D.C. with 555 buildings, followed by Atlanta in third place with 376 buildings.
BNEF Forecasts U.S. to See ‘Staggering’ Growth in Clean Energy Development to 600-GW by 2030:
ReCharge News, by Tim Ferry, April 24, 2023
According to a new report by BloombergNEF, the U.S. will see a “staggering” 600-GW of solar, wind and storage capacity installed by 2030 on favorable economics and strong demand. Solar leads as tax incentives in recent climate legislation and strong policy support drive build out but transmission constraints could stifle progress. The report predicts 358-GW of new solar capacity is set to be deployed between 2023 and 2030, delivering almost three times the total solar capacity installed as of 2022. A further 137-GW of wind power capacity is expected by the end of the decade, which would nearly double total wind capacity compared to 2022 levels. Additionally, 111-GW of new battery storage capacity is expected to deployed by 2030, marking a nine-fold increase on current capacity.
Inflation Reduction Act ‘to Spur $3 Trillion Investment in Renewable Energy Tech’:
National News, April 24, 2023
According to Goldman Sachs, the IRA will spur about $3 trillion of investment in renewable energy technology and could stimulate $11 trillion of total infrastructure investments by 2050. It could double the amount of energy produced by the U.S. shale revolution more than a decade ago. The law’s “biggest” impact is likely to be in the transportation sector, mainly through modified tax credits for new electric and clean commercial vehicles.
Global Offshore Wind Pipeline Hits 1250-GW, Led by the U.S.:
ReNews.Biz, April 25, 2023
According to research from Renewables Consulting Group, more than 550-GW of offshore wind capacity was added to the global development pipeline in 2022, taking the cumulative total to 1250-GW. The U.S. leads with 121-GW followed by the UK with 67-GW, China 58-GW and Germany 46-GW. Installed capacity in the Americas regions is expected to ramp up toward 2030, as developments enabled by leasing and route-to-market allocation activity from 2021 enter construction. More than 35-GW of capacity is expected to be installed in the Americas by 2032. The report demonstrates that the countries which have proven seabed lease auctions and tender frameworks in place drive the market.
Market for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Anticipated to Surpass $82 Billion by 2035:
Guidehouse Insights, April 27, 2023
According to a new report, “Market Outlook for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)”, the global SAF market will grow significantly, with revenue surpassing $82 billion annually by 2035. Much of the revenue is expected during the latter half of the outlook period, driven by technology maturity and market mandates. Market drivers include government efforts and corporate environmental, social & governance initiatives. For example, the US SAF Grand Challenge aims for 3 billion gallons of SAF production per year by 2030.
Electric Vehicles:
Demand for Electric Cars Is Booming, with Global Sales Expected to Leap 35% This Year After a Record-Breaking 2022:
International Energy Agency, April 26, 2023
The new edition of the IEA’s annual “Global Electric Vehicle Outlook” shows that more than 10 million electric cars were sold worldwide in 2022 and that sales are expected to grow by another 35% this year to reach 14 million. This explosive growth means electric cars’ share of the overall car market has risen from around 4% in 2020 to 14% in 2022 and is set to increase further to 18% this year. While last year, the IEA projected that EVs would account for 21 percent of global sales in 2030, it now projects EVs will reach 35 percent of sales by that year.
U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales Up 66%:, by Zachary Shahan, April 27, 2023
The U.S. electric vehicle market has been growing strongly year after year. Sales in the 1st quarter of 2023 are more than double sales in the 1st quarter of 2021, and they are more than 5 times what they were three years ago. In total, pure electric vehicle sales rose to 7.1% of U.S. auto sales in the 1st quarter of 2023. That has come from strong growth in Tesla sales and even stronger growth in non-Tesla electric vehicle sales.
California Hits 1.5 Million Plug-In Vehicles – Two Years Ahead of Schedule:
Green Car Reports, by Bengt Halvorson, April 24, 2023
According to the California Energy Commission, the state has passed a cumulative 1.5 million cumulative plug-in vehicle sales. That’s two years ahead of a goal set by previous California Governor Jerry Brown, aiming to hit that number by 2025. So far this year, 21.2% of new vehicles sold in California were ZEVs (i.e., primarily EVs and plug-in hybrids combined). Looking only at battery electric sales, EVs add up to about 16% of the light-duty new-vehicle market.
Green Hydrogen Production Can Be Profitable in Much of the U.S.:
PV Magazine, by William Driscoll, April 24, 2023
According to a financial modeling analysis by the policy consultancy Energy Innovation, green hydrogen projects can be profitable in “wide swaths” of the U.S., supported by new federal tax credits for clean hydrogen. To identify locations where green hydrogen production can be profitable, the group modeled project economics and found that in areas with a “strong” wind resource and “decent” solar resource (i.e., the cost of power averages less than $25/MWh), these projects are “financially viable from the outset.”
Report Says the IRA Made Hydrogen Affordable, but More Policy Is Needed to Ensure Adequate Demand Exists:, by Emma Penrod, April 27, 2023
According to a report by the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, the Inflation Reduction Act has lowered the cost of producing green hydrogen, but more incentives will be needed to ensure U.S. manufacturers can afford to transition their processes and equipment. Access to green hydrogen will be limited as production scales up in response to the IRA and companies interested in green hydrogen will need to act quickly to secure access to available supplies. The report concludes that oil and chemical refiners and iron, steel and cement makers will have the greatest need for green hydrogen.
CenterPoint Energy Will Be Coal-Free in Indiana by 2027:
Sierra Club, April 26, 2023
Texas-headquartered CenterPoint Energy has announced its 20-year energy plan, which includes ending coal burning at its Culley 3 unit in Warrick County, Indiana. Culley 3 is the last of CenterPoint’s coal units to be announced for retirement. AB Brown retires this year and Culley 2 retires in 2025. CenterPoint also plans to end its cooperation agreement with Alcoa to burn coal at Unit 4 of its Warrick Super Polluter coal plant in 2024.

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