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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 10, 2020

Top Story

Solar vs. wind: Federal study finds a winner

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:10:47

Wind power is still the dominant renewable energy source nationwide. New wind turbine plants added 9,000 megawatts of generation capacity in the United States last year to bring the total to 106,000 MW, versus 6,000 MW in new utility-scale solar plants, making that total 29,000 MW, the report said. But “solar has rocketed to the top” on lists of proposed solar and wind projects seeking advance approval to tie into U.S. grid networks, said Mark Bolinger, an author of the study, a 14th annual LBNL update on wind and solar energy. As recently as 2016, proposed utility scale solar energy projects trailed both wind and natural gas in number.
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Wind Energy

Wind-Turbine Blades Once Doomed for Landfill Can Now Be Recycled

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:10:30

Veolia Environnement SA agreed to recycle General Electric Co. wind-turbine blades into a raw material that can be used to make cement. The multiyear agreement involves most of the massive blades GE’s renewable-energy unit removes when replacing its onshore turbines in the U.S., according to a statement Tuesday. Terms weren’t disclosed. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Mary Nichols on EPA, Republicans and her climate ideas

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:09:17

Mary Nichols plans to make fighting climate change a top priority of EPA if given the chance to run the agency. Nichols, 75, is seen as a front-runner for the administrator’s post under President-elect Joe Biden. Either way, she’s poised to leave her current job overseeing the California Air Resources Board later this month, after running the climate-focused office for 13 years. In an interview with E&E News yesterday, Nichols spoke confidently about her strategies for helping Biden set the nation on a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Trump EPA Makes It Harder to Toughen Air Pollution Standards

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:12:05

The Trump administration is changing the way the Environmental Protection Agency weighs the costs and benefits of regulations meant to fight air pollution, something that will make it harder to justify tougher standards in the future. The move being announced by the EPA on Wednesday could at least temporarily tie the hands of President-elect Joe Biden’s environmental regulators as they seek to strengthen pollution curbs relaxed under President Donald Trump. In particular, the more narrow cost-benefit analysis dictated by the EPA rule could limit the agency’s ability to cap emissions from power plants and methane leaks at oil wells. [ read more … ]

EVs

Elon Musk moves to Texas, slams ‘complacent’ California

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:10:11

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., said yesterday that he has moved to Texas, in part to oversee his bustling operations there and partly because he is disaffected with California. Musk,disclosed the move yesterday in a video interview with Matt Murray, the editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal. California holds the headquarters for his two biggest companies: Tesla, the leading maker of electric vehicles, and SpaceX, which is moving aggressively into space travel with reusable rockets. But Musk said it is becoming a hard place to innovate, noting that his enterprises are now the sole automaker and aerospace manufacturer in the state, as others have moved elsewhere. [ read more … ]

Coal

With mega-emitters closed, coal’s ‘cleaner fleet’ persists

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-09 16:11:29

At first glance, 2020 looks to be another big year for coal retirements. The 9.4 gigawatts of coal capacity shut down this year is the fourth-highest annual total since 2009, federal figures show.
But dig a little deeper, and it becomes apparent that the 36 retirees this year were relatively small emitters. The 385 million tons of carbon dioxide generated between 2010 and 2019 by units retiring this year is the smallest such figure since 2017, according to an E&E News review of federal data. [ read more … ]

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