Supreme Court guts EPA’s power plant emissions oversight


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COURTS: The US Supreme Court rules 6-3 in favor of Republican attorneys general challenging the US EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions; dissenting justices say it’s “frightening” the court would appoint itself “the decision-maker on climate policy.” (Supreme Court opinion)

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration’s first onshore oil and gas lease sale sees a slim response, while environmental groups sue to invalidate the sale’s eventual results. (Reuters)
• The tangle of fights over the abandonment of an old Louisiana oil and gas wastewater well showcase the political and environmental challenges that could shape the fate of millions of similar abandoned wells across the US (DeSmog Blog)

NUCLEAR: High costs remain a key hurdle for deploying new nuclear energy, which some industry executives admit has “a tendency to overpromise and underdeliver.” (NPR)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The White House’s Justice40 initiative begins distributing a total of $3 million to environmental justice groups around the US, with recipients focused on home weatherization, solar career training, and other measures. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Rhode Island becomes the first state in the nation to set a 100% renewable electricity goal, targeting that milestone by 2032. (Providence Business News)

Hydrogen: An energy advisory company finds hydrogen is necessary to decarbonize heavy industry, but isn’t integrating into the global energy mix fast enough to meet climate targets. (Energy Monitor)

TRANSITION:
• The Biden administration seeks input on a $500 million program that aims to repurpose current and former mines for geothermal and other clean energy projects. (news release)
• Northwestern New Mexico’s cultural and economic ties to fossil fuel development hamper efforts to diversify the economy and provide a just energy transition. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Aerial inspections of solar projects using drones or aircraft are becoming more mainstream and an optimal way to detect defects or components that may be offline. (PV Magazine)
• The price of polysilicon imports from China has jumped 4.8% over the last eight months. (Bloomberg, subscription)
• A study finds broccoli is ideal for growing alongside solar panels, as the panels’ shade helps turn the vegetable a deeper shade of green. (Inside Climate News)

WIND:
• The world tripled offshore wind deployment in 2021 compared to 2022, but the US only represents a small piece of that growth. (Canary Media)
• Electric vehicle maker Rivian hosts a public hearing on its plan to install a 500-foot wind turbine that would give vehicles made at its Illinois manufacturing plant their first charge. (Heart of Illinois)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric vehicle charging analyst at General Motors discusses the company’s work to build out charging stations in multifamily homes, apartment buildings, and public places. (Utility Dive)

GEOTHERMAL: Massachusetts communities are increasingly considering geothermal energy, but the costs of drilling for systems and retrofitting homes stand in the way. (WBUR)

CARBON CAPTURE: California’s draft plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 relies heavily on capturing carbon from industrial facilities and direct air capture. (E&E News)

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