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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 17, 2020

Top Story

Net-metering battle on hold for now

By Josh Siegle, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:51:47

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted unanimously Thursday to reject a petition that would have essentially upended state net-metering rules that credit customers that generate their own electricity for the energy they add to the grid. The rejection is a victory especially for the rooftop solar industry, which relies on supportive net-metering policies to encourage more people to install solar panels on their homes and businesses. T [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Political push could save 1st West Coast offshore wind farms

By David Iaconangelo and Heather Richards, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:50:16

A scuffle between a recent Trump appointee to the Navy and a member of Congress has boiled over into the national defense authorization process and could keep negotiations alive over the first offshore wind turbines in the Pacific. The controversy stems from a push by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) to promote wind projects off the shores of his district in spite of the Department of Defense’s conflicting claims to nearby waters. If built, the projects would be the first turbines off the U.S. West Coast and likely the country’s first to use floating turbines at scale. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Warren Buffett Sees Natural Gas Sticking Around for a Long Time

By Katherine Chiglinsky, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:48:32

Warren Buffett’s $9.7 billion bet on natural gas looks even more contrarian today. As Democrat Joe Biden unveils a staggering $2 trillion clean-energy plan—the most ambitious climate package ever offered by a presumptive presidential nominee—Buffett’s recent deal to buy Dominion Energy Inc.’s natural gas assets is a stark sign he’s expecting that the market’s shift away from fossil fuels won’t happen overnight. [ read more … ]

‘Peaker’ Gas Plants May Have Peaked After All

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:48:57

California’s three investor-owned utilities have released the results of a study called for by the California Public Utilities Commission to assess the “effective load carrying capability” of various energy technologies—in other words, how much of a wind or solar plant’s total theoretical capacity can be counted on when the grid needs it most. The findings are striking and significant for California’s future electricity mix, and really for the future of any grid aiming for, say, 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035. The study determined that wind energy will have a 19% effective load carrying capability in 2022, a wonky way of understanding how much wind power can get from plant to the grid in moments when the grid needs it most. A 100-megawatt wind power plant, in other words, would be capable of supplying 19 megawatts of energy. [ read more … ]

NEPA

‘Blow up in their face.’ Trump NEPA rule faces scrutiny

By Niina H. Farah and Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:49:31

President Trump promised that a newly finalized rulemaking undercutting a bedrock environmental statute would bring an end to “mountains and mountains of bureaucratic red tape” for American infrastructure. But environmental lawyers say Trump’s revisions to the implementing standards for the National Environmental Policy Act may have the opposite effect, creating fresh legal and regulatory risk for federally funded projects like electricity transmission and water infrastructure, as well as federal management of oil and gas leases and mining authorizations. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Infrastructure Approval Overhaul Seen Helping Polluters

By Justin Sink, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:49:51

President Donald Trump said his administration is overhauling environmental reviews of infrastructure projects to clear the way for construction to be completed faster, a step environmentalists said will benefit polluters. “We’re reclaiming America’s proud heritage as a nation of builders and a nation that can get things done,” Trump said Wednesday at a United Parcel Service Inc. hub at Atlanta’s airport. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Work-From-Home Culture Will Cut Billions of Miles of Driving

By Keith Naughton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:47:37

Working from home and online shopping have become the new normal and that will reduce driving in the U.S. by up to 270 billion miles a year, according to new study. The research conducted by consultant KPMG International finds the cocoon culture Covid-19 has created is not going away — even if a vaccine is made widely available — and that will have potentially dire consequences for the auto industry. For starters, the decline in commuting will remove 14 million cars from U.S. roads, the KPMG study forecasts. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden Touts Union Jobs in $2 Trillion Plan to Build Clean Energy

By Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:48:01

Joe Biden unveiled plans Tuesday to spend $2 trillion creating a clean energy economy, with ambitions to spur millions of union jobs building the wind turbines, sustainable homes and electric vehicles needed to rapidly throttle U.S. greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. “These investments are a win, win, win for our country — creating jobs, cutting energy costs, protecting our climate,” the Democratic presidential nominee said as he outlined a blueprint to spur economic growth through investments in clean energy and infrastructure, building on proposals he released earlier in his campaign. [ read more … ]

The oil lobby is already finding fault with Biden’s new climate plan

By Dino Grandoni with Paulina Firozi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:51:22

The oil and gas sector is not thrilled with several parts of Joe Biden’s new climate plan. Petroleum industry representatives are arguing the former vice president’s plan to mandate a transition from gas-fired power to renewables will hasten the ongoing decline of union jobs and add to the strife the industry is already feeling due to the coronavirus pandemic. [ read more … ]

Hopeful Dems chart path for bold 2021 climate overhaul

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:51:03

Democrats are working on climate plans now in hopes that they’ll be ready if voters deliver them the Senate and White House. But winning it all won’t mean a Democratic cakewalk in the Senate where controversial bills require 60 votes. [ read more … ]

EVs

Europe’s shift to EVs picks up despite recession

By David McHugh, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-07-16 15:50:43

The coronavirus has canceled business plans all over the world, but Europe’s push into electric cars isn’t one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. The 27-country European Union is moving ahead with a major shift in transportation as part of the bloc’s efforts against climate change. Under regulatory pressure, carmakers are rolling out a slew of new electric models so they can meet tougher limits on greenhouse gases that come into full force next year. [ read more … ]

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