Cleantech Roundup 2022 Summer Edition — Climate Policy | Climate Immigration | Solar Climate

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Climate Change Migration

Crain’s Chicago published an interesting article about people who had moved (mostly from coastal areas experiencing weather disasters) to (primarily rural) parts of the Midwest. As extreme weather and climate related disasters become more common, this is a trend that can be expected to continue.

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Inflation Reduction Act / We Got A Climate Bill

Good thing I took a two month hiatus on writing the roundup, as it avoided me being wrong like, 7 or 8 times on the reconciliation bill status. I’ll still probably be wrong a couple times this month, but things are looking way, way up after the climate and energy provisions agreed to by Senators Manchin and Schumer passed the Senate (after some tweaks on the revenue side of the ledger from Senator Sinema). Long term comprehensive zero carbon tax credits, incentives for reducing emissions of industrial facilities, incentives for electric vehicles, credits for carbon capture, support for disadvantaged communities, incentives for building electrification (heat pumps), and a fee on methane leaks? Plenty to be happy about!

Solar Supply Chain Getting Un-Jammed

Progress has been made in un-jamming the solar supply chain. The Biden administration’s 24 month waiver on solar tariffs should help enable the industry to get back to normal after it was thrown into crisis by the actions of one small company (we covered this back in April).

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Regulating Carbon Emissions

Circling back to inside the beltway topics, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to regulating pollution, stripping away authority Congress gave to the EPA. This will hamstring future regulatory efforts, although the ruling was somewhat narrow (it didn’t reject the idea that the EPA couldn’t regulate carbon emissions at all, it just limited that regulation to inside the fence line of power plants as opposed to an economy-wide approach).

Other News

The Biden Administration is using the Defense Production Act to help increase the supply of heat pumps for the United States (heat pumps make economic sense and can significantly cut emissions from heating and cooling buildings, but they are not a popular solution in many parts of the United States, so there is limited scale manufacturing of these products today). Link

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Ian Adams

Ian Adams

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I work at Evergreen Climate Innovations in Chicago. I’m passionate about clean energy, innovation, and market driven solutions.