EV guide, gas well buffer zones, Renewables vs fossil

By Published On: June 22, 2021

SDG&E released a new guide June 22 that provides details about electric medium- and heavy duty-vehicles in the pipeline—from the Ford F-150 Lightening to electric buses. The 110-page guide includes the weight, charging range, amount of battery storage and other details that are available for emerging electric large vehicles.

The state agency with oversight over oil and gas development missed another deadline for developing draft regulations that set buffer zones between fossil fuel wells and homes, schools and workplaces, environmental justice organizations warned. In a June 21 letter to Gov. Gavin, they called for a moratorium on new oil and gas wells until the California Geologic Energy Management Division puts new rules in place.  “While the CalGEM rulemaking process continues to drag on, you have the opportunity to stand up for environmental justice and follow the science today—by issuing a moratorium on all new oil or gas permits within 2,500 feet of homes, schools and other sensitive sites until your agency is able to deliver equal or stronger protections for new and existing permits.”

Renewable energy cost less than fossil fuel resources last year, according to new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency released June 22. It said that 162 gigawatts or 62% of total renewable generation added in 2020 was less costly than the cheapest new fossil fuel option. “Renewables present countries tied to coal with an economically attractive phase-out agenda that ensures they meet growing energy demand, while saving costs, adding jobs, boosting growth and meeting climate ambition,” IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera, said.

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