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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 2, 2020

Top Story

Drivers Take Advantage of Low Gas Prices as States Reopen

By Amrith Ramkumar, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:12:50

Americans are starting to capitalize on low prices at the gas pump as states loosen travel restrictions, a boon for the battered energy industry and a hopeful signal for the U.S. economic recovery. With more states easing lockdown measures enacted to fight the spread of the coronavirus, people are gradually hitting the road and causing modest car traffic in cities from Miami to San Francisco. The slight increase in congestion comes with beaches and summer destinations opening and many people avoiding public transportation and airplanes. [ read more … ]

FERC

Deadlines loom for states mulling exit from FERC grid order

By Jeffrey Tomich and Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:13:24

States such as Illinois, New Jersey and Maryland inch nearer each day to being locked into new federal rules that threaten to drive up costs and make it harder for them to achieve climate goals. PJM’s capacity market is meant to ensure there’s enough generation available to meet demand during the peak hour of the year. The market is run through an auction, typically held three years in advance. [ read more … ]

Wond Energy

Oil-Bust Refugees Are Being Courted By Clean Energy in Texas

By Brian Eckhouse. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 14:49:39

Jeff Bishop’s LinkedIn post gets right to the point: “Houston Oil & Gas Folks — we’re hiring in Texas” for jobs in clean tech. His company, battery developer Key Capture Energy, is making the pitch even as tens of thousands of renewable-energy jobs have dried up amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s because Bishop and a handful of other clean-power executives see an opportunity to recruit talent from the oil and gas industries, which have been even harder hit. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biggest Solar Panel Maker Doubles Capacity With New Plant

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:11:41

JinkoSolar Holding Co., the world’s biggest solar panel maker, started operations at the first phase of a massive 11 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) factory in China’s eastern Zhejiang province that will eventually double its manufacturing capacity. When finished, the entire plant is designed to produce 16 gigawatts of panels a year in Yiwu city, a division of the local government said on its WeChat account on Saturday. That’s equivalent to the total panel capacity JinkoSolar had at the end of last yea [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Blue states: ‘We’ll go to the mat’ over car rules rollback

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:13:55

Twenty states, two cities and three local air quality regulators last week moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) over the new Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The looser greenhouse gas emissions standards that CEI seeks, the states argue, threaten the regulatory role of EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — the entities responsible for rolling out the SAFE Vehicles Rule. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Economic Giants Are Restarting. Here’s What It Means for Climate Change.

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:12:19

As countries begin rolling out plans to restart their economies after the brutal shock inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest producers of planet-warming gases — the European Union, the United States and China — are writing scripts that push humanity in very different directions. Europe this week laid out a vision of a green future, with a proposed recovery package worth more than $800 billion that would transition away from fossil fuels and put people to work making old buildings energy-efficient. [ read more … ]

Global CO2 has risen for a century. That appears to be over

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:14:28

Climate researchers increasingly believe 2019 may represent the world’s peak output of carbon dioxide, with a combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a rapid expansion of renewable energy putting a cap on emissions years earlier than expected. The milestone would signal a significant shift for the planet, ending decades of runaway emissions growth and signaling the beginning of a new chapter where CO2 levels start to fall. [ read more … ]

EVs

Startup Presses Ahead With Pilot Projects to Electrify Roads

By Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:11:19

Electreon Wireless Ltd. is pressing ahead with projects to test its technology that allows electric cars to be charged while driving, potentially demonstrating a way to overcome a key barrier to the mass adoption of the vehicles. The startup plans to install 600 meters of coils under a 2 kilometer (1.2 mile) stretch of road in Tel Aviv in mid-August, Chief Executive Officer Oren Ezer said in an interview Tuesday at Electreon’s offices in Beit Yanai, Israel. [ read more … ]

Chargers Are the Final Roadblock to America’s Electric Car Future

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-01 16:10:39

Electric car-range anxiety revolves around a brutal equation: Remaining miles of battery life (as estimated by the car) minus miles to destination equals hope (or despair). Making matters worse, the answer varies from one minute to the next, depending on terrain and speed. Desperate battery-powered travelers can be easy to spot: They are often sweaty (no air conditioning), driving slowly and—when going uphill—instinctively leaning forward in their seats.  [ read more … ]

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