Fed vehicle rule, FERC reconsideration of LNG, FERC vacancy

By Published On: August 5, 2021

Draft clean car and light truck standards by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would make half of new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions. It also would raise the average fuel economy of new fleets to about 52 mpg-equivalent by 2026, up from the 44 mpg required by the current rule. “We look forward to continuing our decades-long collaboration with federal partners to build on California’s clean car leadership and deliver the investments needed to support the nationwide build-out of clean vehicle infrastructure,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Aug. 5. “The Automotive Technology Leadership Group added that the proposed standards will create jobs, improve American automaker and supplier competitiveness, and reduce greenhouse gases.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Aug. 3 sent back to federal energy regulators’ drawing board their late 2019 approval of two liquefied natural gas projects in Texas for failing to consider the climate impacts. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Rich Glick, who objected to the projects before he was chair, said the “decision clearly demonstrates that the Commission has the authority and obligation to meaningfully analyze and consider the impacts from GHG emissions and impacts to Environmental Justice communities.” Being remanded are decisions on the Rio Grande LNG and Texas LNG projects.

With the recent departure of FERC member Neil Chatterjee, President Joe Biden is facing growing pressure to appoint a commissioner replacement. Clean energy activists are calling for consideration of Daniel Blackman, a clean energy advocate seeking a seat on the Georgian Public Service Commission, Marquita Bradshaw, who is running for a US Senate seat in Tennessee, and Nidhi Thakar, National Co-Char of Biden for Clean Energy.

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