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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 1, 2020

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Left-Behind Industries Clamor for Billions in Next Stimulus Bill

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Ari Natter and Naomi Nix, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:42:06

A Trump administration plan to spend $3 billion buying as much as 77 million barrels of crude oil for the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve was cut from last week’s legislation, after Democrats made clear they would demand clean energy investments in exchange. That same trade could arise in another round, and lobbyists for electric vehicles, power storage companies and renewable electricity developers are already preparing. Wind and solar developers are asking for more time to get projects in service and still collect the full value of renewable energy tax credits that are set to begin phasing down next year. [ read more … ]

Trump calls for $2 trillion infrastructure bill to help economy during coronavirus crisis

By Lisa Lambert and Tim Ahmann, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:42:23

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. Congress should pass a $2 trillion spending plan to update the country’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure, calling for it to be included in the next bill lawmakers are currently drafting to respond to the coronavirus crisis, which they refer to as “Phase 4.”
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Coronovirsus

The coronavirus is deadly enough. But some experts suspect bad air makes it worse.

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:41:44

“Given what we know now, it is very likely that people who are exposed to more air pollution and who are smoking tobacco products are going to fare worse if infected with covid than those who are breathing cleaner air, and who don’t smoke,” said Aaron Bernstein, the interim director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump administration moves forward with looser air rules as respiratory disease grips U.S.

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:42:58

The Trump administration is moving forward with easing restrictions on air pollution even as the novel coronavirus — and the deadly respiratory disease it causes — grips the country. 
Many of the moves were a long time coming. But the timing has incensed President Trump critics, who accuse the administration of taking steps that will reduce air quality at a time when scientists are beginning to consider whether pollution increases the risk of coronavirus infection and intensifies the symptoms of covid-19. 
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Trump admin finalizes clean cars rollback

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:43:24

“The path of costly, prolonged litigation was entirely avoidable, but in the midst of an economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, that is the path this administration has chosen,” Carper said. “The path of costly, prolonged litigation was entirely avoidable, but in the midst of an economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, that is the path this administration has chosen,” Carper said. [ read more … ]

Trump administration to finalize weaker mileage standards, dealing a blow to Obama-era climate policy

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:43:54

The Trump administration is set as soon as Tuesday to undercut President Barack Obama’s most significant effort to combat climate change, finalizing a rule that would weaken the federal government’s gas mileage standards for the nation’s cars and pickup trucks, according to two federal officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the rule was not yet public. The rule will require U.S. cars, pickup trucks and SUVs to improve average fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent per year between model years 2021 and 2026, compared to a nearly 5 percent annual increase put in place under the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

California’s Wind Market Has All But Died Out. Could Grid Services Revenue Help?

By Justin Gerdes, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:45:37

Utility-scale wind farms can do a lot more than just feed electricity into the grid. Could unlocking their ability to provide ancillary grid services help to stimulate California’s moribund wind market? In tests conducted at the Tule wind farm in San Diego County last year, California’s grid operator determined that the project could provide essential services to the grid. The ability to provide those ancillary services could make it easier to add variable renewable energy sources to the grid, according to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which published a report on the research project this month. [ read more … ]

When will the US get 1 GW of offshore wind on the grid?

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:45:55

Offshore wind in the U.S. will exceed 1 GW of capacity by 2027, according to a report released last week by Navigant Research, based on expectations of which projects will come online in which year. The report calculated over 17 GW of offshore state and federal leases for wind production. However, the owners of those leases have only announced first phase plans for 1,870 MW of capacity, leaving much of the projects in early stages with significant room to grow, according to senior research analyst Jesse Broehl. [ read more … ]

PJM/RTOs

New Jersey looks to exit PJM, worried the MOPR will impede its 100% carbon-free goals

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:45:10

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) wants to consider alternatives to participation in PJM Interconnection’s capacity market, and on March 27 launched an investigation into how the state can achieve its clean energy objectives that include reaching 100% carbon-free energy by 2050. The investigation is a response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) December 2019 decision to expand the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) in the regional capacity market, effectively raising the floor prices for state-subsidized resources. Clean energy advocates believe the rule could prevent new renewable resources from competing in the wholesale market. [ read more … ]

Fracking

Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be a Drag.

By Peter Eavis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:44:16

The last time the global economy was in free fall, an economic savior showed up in southwestern Pennsylvania. Energy companies, which had discovered a way to get at the state’s vast natural-gas reserves, invested billions of dollars in the region, cushioning the blow of the Great Recession. “There were just so many jobs,” Debbie Gideon, a retired community banker, recalls. “It was crazy.” But 12 years later, as the region braces for the coronavirus recession, natural-gas companies are much more likely to weigh on the local economy than to rescue it. [ read more … ]

EVs

Buffett-Backed BYD to Supply Electric-Car Parts to Rivals

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-03-31 15:44:35

BYD Co., the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, will start offering a full suite of EV components to rivals and aspiring auto manufacturers to diversify its revenue sources amid sputtering car demand. Among the parts that the Shenzhen-based company makes and now sells are electric-car batteries, powertrains and lights, founder Wang Chuanfu said in an online press conference on Sunday. BYD, China’s biggest maker of vehicles powered by alternative energy for the past six years, will use the brand name FinDreams for the parts business. [ read more … ]

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