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Clean energy news: February 2022

As Arizona-built electric cars win praise, Lucid ramps up hiring and seeks workforce help from state

Buoyed by the successful launch of its high-end electric cars and emboldened by industry awards, Lucid Motors’ Arizona employee count is growing and the company is seeking more help from the state in workforce training and other areas. Hiring is proceeding as planned, and the company said it is pleased with the quality of workers here. “More than 2,000 people are now employed by Lucid in Arizona,” Mike Boike, Lucid’s senior director of manufacturing, told The Arizona Republic. Read more >>

Build Back Better Plan gives Arizona 55,000 new clean tech jobs 

Arizona residents can expect a significant economic gain if the Biden Administration is able to pass its “Build Back Better Act”, with more than 55,000 new sustainable, clean tech, and electric car jobs coming to the state to support the historic infrastructure bill. That’s according to a new NRDC analysis published this week, the findings of which were revealed in a press release that we’ve republished in its entirety, below. Read more >>

More game day cheers, less emissions: Anheuser-Busch delivers new era of beer with innovative zero-emission fleet

Ahead of the Super Bowl, Anheuser-Busch teamed up with its innovative fleet partners, Nikola Corporation and BYD Motors, to deliver Bud Light NEXT, the brand’s first-ever zero carb beer that breaks the barriers of a traditional lager, with zero-emissions. The special ‘zero-emission delivery’ leveraged the technology of both partners to sustainably deliver beer from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Van Nuys, CA to bars and retailers in Los Angeles using only zero-emission vehicles. Read more >>

East Valley mayors ask Sinema for support in expanding electric vehicle sector, infrastructure

The Phoenix metro is a growing leader in the electric vehicle industry, with numerous startups getting off the ground in the region. East Valley leaders have called on U.S. Sen. Krysten Sinema’s support in expanding that sector. That industry along with the need for more federal investment in electric vehicle charging stations and public transit were among the topics of discussion at a Feb. 11 roundtable attended by Sinema and East Valley leaders at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Read more >>

Electric jolt: Arizona to get millions to develop EV-charging network

Arizona stands to get up to $76.5 million over the next five years to develop electric vehicle charging stations along interstate corridors, in hopes of increasing EV ownership by reducing range anxiety for drivers. The grant is the state’s share of a five-year, $5 billion program unveiled Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation that aims to expand the number of charging stations from the current 47,055 to more than 500,000. Read more >>

Arizona’s future depends on climate action

Arizona is at a crossroads. The state’s population is rapidly expanding, but its long-term livability is increasingly at risk from climate threats, including drought, wildfire, and extreme heat. Fortunately, Arizona has the resources to adapt to and mitigate climate change, with some of the highest renewable energy potential in the nation, a burgeoning electric vehicle industry, and a strong innovation ecosystem that can make the state a magnet for low-carbon business growth. But to capitalize on those assets, and avoid climate risks, Arizona needs to make proactive investments now. Read more >>

Groundwater, electric school buses are among environmental issues at the Legislature

A new bill that would allow private utilities to extract water from a rural area west of Phoenix is stirring controversy in the Arizona Legislature this session, with legislators from both parties unsure of how to vote. It’s one of several environment-related measures on the table, including one proposal that would give kids the opportunity to ride electric school buses and another that would transfer coal ash regulation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state environmental regulators. Read more >>

How governors races may change energy, from EVs to renewables

From rooftop solar incentives to pipelines, the outcome of several gubernatorial elections this November could shift state energy policies for years to come. At least half a dozen races for governor in 2022 are considered tossups, according to early polls and analyses. They include races in battleground states like Nevada and Michigan, where incumbent governors seeking to reduce carbon emissions from the power and transportation sectors are facing tough reelection campaigns. Read more >>

Hydrogen fuel supplier proposes Casa Grande facility

Update: The Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission voted to the conditional use permit for the proposed Air Products and Chemicals Inc. facility at its meeting on Feb. 3. Original story: Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a Pennsylvania-based gases and chemicals manufacturer, is seeking to build a facility in Casa Grande, where it could produce low carbon intensity liquid hydrogen and other gases for the clean fuel transportation industry. Read more >>

Kore Power signs multi-year supply agreement to provide batteries for fleet electrification solutions

KORE Power, Inc. and Zero Electric Vehicles, Inc. have signed a supply agreement that ensures the availability of KORE’s certified e-mobility battery modules through 2030 to be used in ZEV’s electric powertrain kits. Under the agreement, KORE will provide more than 100,000 certified VDA modules to ZEV in 2022. That supply is expected to grow to as many as 1 million units by 2025. Read more >>

4 ways to create a carbon-neutral Arizona

As climate risks from ongoing drought and rising urban heat continue to grow, Arizona will need to find innovative ways to significantly reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Many of the state’s electric utilities, industries and cities are planning actions to nearly eliminate their own emissions by 2050. But reaching carbon neutrality for all of Arizona’s economy will require greater effort.  Read more >>

Atlis Motor Vehicles opens new $10 million crowdfunding campaign

Atlis Motor Vehicles, an electric vehicle and mobility startup based in Mesa, kicked off a new round of fundraising this week, again turning to the public to crowd fund the new venture. Atlis specifically launched a Regulation A+ offering on Wednesday with the goal of raising $10 million. The offering is open to the public and investors must purchase at least 16 shares at $15.88 for a minimum investment of $254.08. Read more >>

In surprise vote, Arizona Corporation Commission rejects clean energy rules

The Arizona Corporation Commission rejected adopting a package of new, statewide clean energy rules following a 3-2 party-line vote from the commissioners on Wednesday. The ACC, which regulates most of the electricity providers in the state, had been considering this rule package for years, workshopping and compromising on details since 2018. Read more >>


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