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New Administration Policy (Part 2)

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Visionary and innovator in the utility industry and grid modernization Burns & McDonnell

I have a broad background in utilities and energy. I worked for Capgemini in the Energy Practice for more than 15 years. During that time I rose to the position of CTO of the 12,000 person...

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Of the executive orders that President Biden has issued this is the longest at 15 pages (most are under 4).

It calls for a lot of the same people to be on many fast-moving committees. It will be interesting to see if they meet their timelines with meaningful reports. The Secretary of Energy has 7 new activities, and the Secretary of Defense has 6.

It sets out a policy on zero-emission vehicles, that includes the Post Office. The Post Office is just finishing a multi-year test of prototype vehicles, and this may mean back to the drawing board, since there was only one electric vehicle in the final three competitors. It will be interesting to see how they deal with this and how fast we see new vehicles on the road. Workhorse, the electric vehicle manufacturer, has no factory yet.

There is a whole paragraph on creating union jobs in the automobile industry by moving to electric. Problem is that right now is many union jobs are tied to building engines, transmissions and the balance of the powertrain. The largest part of GM’s UAW workforce – 76,000 of them are in Power Train. The estimate is that with electric vehicles, 75% of those jobs will be lost forever. Unionize Tesla? Rivian?

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