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With the help of Oriana Pawlyk and Tanya Snyder

— New tax, health and climate law could start a clean energy competition between the United States and China after years of relative inaction.

— DOT considers additional regulations that would further expand the rights of airline passengers.

— Today is the deadline for comments on federal funds which aim to build a national electric vehicle recharging network.

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FIGHT IS COMING? A clean energy arms race between the US and China has been the dream of climate advocates for decades, report Karl Mathiesen and Zack Colman, and the passage of the reconciliation bill that includes billions in energy spending clean could generate more competition.

MORE THAN EVER WAS: The new law will invest $369 billion in clean energy and help build a domestic cleantech manufacturing sector designed to displace China as the key supplier of critical equipment for solar, wind and electric vehicle batteries. The clean energy money is more than four times the size of the next largest green investment in the US, the $90 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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“What this does is show the Chinese that the US is really going to be real in this game and not just talk about it, and I think that’s a win-win,” said Jake Schmidt, senior strategic director. of international relations. with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental research and advocacy group. “The planet will benefit from that healthy competition.”

CHANGE OF INCENTIVES: One of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (DW.Va) priorities during negotiations with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was to stimulate domestic production of batteries for electric vehicles at the expense of China. It remains to be seen whether automakers will be able to meet the law’s requirements for sourcing mineral and battery components, which are currently met by zero-electric vehicles on sale in the US right now.

A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE MORE OF THAT: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a letter to airlines about underperformance this summer, said DOT could take additional steps to protect air travelers as it looks for ways to ease the myriad of disruptions to passenger travel. in recent months, reports Oriana.

DOT “is also contemplating rulemaking options that would further expand the rights of airline passengers experiencing disruptions” beyond a series of rule proposals it is currently pursuing to better protect consumers from airlines, according to a letter Buttigieg sent to airlines on Aug. 18. top of a series of rules proposed by the DOT in recent months that aim to better protect airline consumers.

Cue up the board: It’s not the arrivals or departures board, but the DOT is about to debut a dashboard where customers can see and compare what services and amenities different airlines offer in the event an airline cancels or delays their flight; Buttigieg said it is expected to debut over Labor Day weekend and urged airlines to review their customer service plans before the upcoming holiday travel weekend.

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A NOTE ABOUT VE CHARGING: Today ends the comment period on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure formula program, which will provide $1 billion per year for the next five years to build a national charging network. FHWA has already received over a hundred commentsand highlight some of the implementation issues that DOT will grapple with in the coming months.

HOW MANY CHARGERS? The Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming Departments of Transportation he had a number of concerns, from the number of chargers required at each station to Buy America’s rules to what constitutes a “reasonable return on investment.” ford motor company and the Dairyland Energy Cooperative he also argued that the requirements for the number of chargers per station should be relaxed. The Zero Emission Transport Association said that four chargers per station is reasonable, but not all should have to be fast chargers. And the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asked DOT to extend Buy America’s current exemption for EV infrastructure.

YOU CAN NOT DO THAT: The autonomous and electric truck company Einride wants to make sure truckloaders aren’t required to be available to the general public. TravelCenters of America supported most elements of the proposed rule, but wanted to ensure transparency in third-party offers and pricing.

NOT ONLY CARS: bike people He called for shared bikes and scooters to be placed near the chargers so people can move around while they wait for their vehicles to charge. Transportation for America wants to ensure EV chargers are located in multi-family housing units and has also requested federal guidance for EV chargers for bicycles and scooters.

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