News Roundup

Massachusetts Signs Comprehensive Climate Bill into Law

On 11 August, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind. The wide-ranging legislation includes a ban on sales of new internal combustion engine cars that starts in 2035, removes cost caps on offshore wind projects, removes constraints on net metering for small-scale solar, allows 10 municipalities to pilot bans on gas in new construction, and other provisions (for a more complete accounting see the 26 July U.S. Energy Transition Report). Governor Baker’s signature of the bill is notable given his party affiliation (Republican). At the federal level Republicans have uniformly voted against strong incentives for clean energy and decarbonization mandates, with all 50 Republican senators voting against the Inflation Reduction Act. However, as Massachusetts is a state that leans heavily towards the Democratic Party many of Baker’s policy positions are much more nuanced and moderate than those of Republicans in other states.

News coverage: Mass. enacts sweeping climate and energy law (E&E News)

Magnis Energy Begins Production at New York Battery Factory

Magnis Energy has announced the beginning of operation at its 22,000 square meter factory in Endicott, New York. According to pv magazine the company expects to reach 1 gigawatt-hour of annual battery cell production in 2023, on its way to ramping to 1.8 GWh on an undefined timeline. This is a much smaller scale than the battery factories by Panasonic, SK Innovation, and LG that are coming online to serve EV makers. Magnis’ batteries are based on a bio-mineralized lithium manganese phosphate cathode technology, which does not contain nickel or cobalt.

Source: Magnis Energy begins production at US battery gigafactory

California Adopts Offshore Wind Planning Goal

The California Energy Commission has adopted preliminary planning goals for the state to deploy 2 – 5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, and 25 gigawatts by 2045. This is an increase from previous goals to deploy 10 – 15 gigawatts by 2045. The move was made in response to 2021 legislation to directed the commission to develop planning goals for offshore wind and a strategic plan to develop the resource in waters off its coast. In 2021, Governor Newsom opened the state’s coastline to offshore wind development, but the West Coast’s offshore wind industry remains years behind the East Coast’s.

Source: CEC Adopts Historic California Offshore Wind Goals, Enough to Power Upwards of 25 Million Homes (California Energy Commission)