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US DOE – Energy Storage RFI

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) on the Draft.  This program was first announced last January by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette.  The Request for Information was in the Federal Register on July 16.  Comments are due August 21.  The ESGC seeks to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage. The Draft Roadmap outlines a Department-wide strategy to accelerate innovation across a range of storage technologies based on three concepts: Innovate Here, Make Here, Deploy Everywhere. (See additional comments in “Environmentalists for Trump”.)

CARB – TRUs Webinar

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will host a public webinar to discuss enforcement strategies for CARB’s updated concept for the new Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) Regulation. At a teleconference in March, stakeholders raised questions related to enforcement and compliance mechanisms and requested that an enforcement work group be convened to consider strategies. CARB staff will outline potential enforcement strategies as well as solicit stakeholder feedback.  Register here.  Date: July 29, 2020.  Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (PDT).  CARB adopted the existing Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for In-Use Diesel‑Fueled TRUs, TRU Generator Sets, and Facilities where TRUs Operate to reduce diesel particulate matter emissions from TRUs and TRU generator sets.

Update: Cranes

Last week’s RR mentioned a Department of Commerce Section 232 National Security Investigation into related trade issues pertaining to mobile cranes.  DOC announced the investigation last May, but that announcement did not include who filed the petition seeking this formal agency review.  In fact, the petition was filed last December by the Manitowoc Company, Inc.  After review, DOC announced in May that it would act on Manitowoc’s petition.  Manitowoc alleges that increased imports of low-priced mobile cranes, particularly from Germany, Austria, and Japan, and intellectual property (IP) infringement by foreign competition, “have harmed the domestic mobile crane manufacturing industry,” DOC writes in a press release,  The Department of Homeland Security has identified mobile cranes as a critical industry because of their extensive use in national defense applications, as well as in critical infrastructure sectors.  Stay tuned.

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