Tagged Legislation

A Very Uncivil Notion: Climate Activism and the Party of Trump

By Joel Stronberg It may sound strange to suggest the fate of President Biden’s climate agenda will parallel that of Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s at-large Republican congressional representative, but hear me out. Cheney was first elected in 2017 and is currently the House Republican Conference Chair. The Chair is considered the Number 3 position in the…

Ford opens E-Transit Registration site for commercial customers; new pricing

By mmillikin Ford is opening an E-Transit registration site today for commercial customers ahead of order banks opening by July. Along with the registration site, the E-Transit electric vans have updated pricing, with a targeted starting MSRP of $43,295 for the cutaway—lower than originally announced—to $52,690 for the high-roof extended-wheelbase cargo van. To date, more…

Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says; Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane

By Mark Silverstone An upcoming UN report will finally declare the urgent need to reduce methane emissions. It “…is expected to be published next month by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the United Nations Environment Programme.” “It follows new data that showed that both carbon dioxide and methane levels in the atmosphere reached…

Direct lithium extraction company EnergyX secures $20M in funding commitments

By mmillikin Direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology company Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. (EnergyX) has secured commitments of $20 million in financing. The company said that the funding makes it the highest-valued direct lithium extraction technology company on the market. In 2020, EnergyX announced a pilot partnership with Orocobre Limited (earlier post) to deliver high-quality and…

West Virginia legalizes solar power purchase agreements

By Kelsey Misbrener The West Virginia legislature has passed a bill to make it easier for West Virginians to benefit from solar energy. House Bill 3310 enables power purchase agreements (PPAs). PPAs are a widely available method to finance distributed energy generation projects such as rooftop solar panels. PPAs are now allowed in 29 states….

Michigan lawmakers introduce bipartisan community solar legislation

By Kelsey Misbrener Michigan residents and communities would be able to participate in Michigan’s growing solar economy under bipartisan legislation introduced today by state representatives Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) and Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids). House Bills 4715-16 would remove existing policy restrictions in Michigan to allow for the development of small-scale community solar projects that would…

Universal Hydrogen announces $20.5M in Series A funding to build and test full-scale hardware for hydrogen commercial aircraft

By mmillikin Universal Hydrogen announced $20.5-million Series A financing round led by prominent Silicon Valley venture fund, Playground Global, with the investor syndicate comprising Fortescue Future Industries, Coatue, Global Founders Capital, Plug Power, Airbus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, Sojitz Corporation, and Future Shape. Founded in 2020 by aviation industry veterans Paul Eremenko,…

The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions

By Bentham Paulos By Bentham Paulos, Dev Millstein, Joseph Rand, and Ryan Wiser, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system. So far 17 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have adopted laws or executive orders setting goals for reaching 100% clean electricity…

Saint-Gobain Ceramics and Addionics to collaborate on high-power, high-capacity solid-state batteries for long-range, fast-charging EVs

By mmillikin Saint-Gobain, the global technical material expert, will partner with the Israeli battery technology start-up Addionics to develop next generation solid-state lithium-ion batteries with novel electrode components under the Israel – US BIRD Energy program. The partnership aims to offer major improvements in EV battery performance, such as longer driving range, fast charging, enhanced…

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