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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 14, 2020

Top Story

Vineyard Wind Is Said to Face Lengthy Delay After Pulling Permit

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:04:34

Vineyard Wind LLC’s decision to push back a permitting review of the $2.8 billion offshore wind farm it plans to build near Massachusetts could delay the project by more than a year, under a ruling by the U.S. Interior Department. The department notified the developer Friday that it now considers the project’s application to be formally withdrawn and that any future effort to restart permitting would be treated as a new application, according to a Trump administration official, who asked not to be named detailing private correspondence. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind CEO on Biden and why Trump critics are wrong

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:05:04

Jeff Grybowski used to lead the company that built the nation’s first offshore wind pilot project, and after a year on the sidelines, he wants back into the industry. Now, the former CEO of Deepwater Wind LLC says he isn’t sure whether Joe Biden will give the jump-start to offshore wind that many are expecting, despite the president-elect’s goal of decarbonizing the country’s power supplies by 2035. “I don’t know what to expect,” he said in an interview, adding that he hoped Biden would address staffing and permitting bottlenecks in the Interior Department. At the same time, the Trump administration hasn’t been fully negative for offshore wind, he said, despite criticism from some offshore wind advocates. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

100% clean electricity: Can Iowa’s capital make history?

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:06:15

Nine states, more than 150 cities and hundreds of companies of all sizes have adopted 100% clean energy goals, with the most ambitious striving to meet those targets by the end of the decade. Then there’s Des Moines, Iowa. The city of 216,000 isn’t yet part of the 100% club, but the City Council is weighing adoption of a resolution that would see it run on carbon-free energy around the clock by 2030. [ read more … ]

Renewable portfolio standards are propelling the US to a clean-energy future. But data practices are lagging

By Ingrid Behrsin, Francesca Disano, and Hannah Safford, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:07:38

Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) are the most influential state-level policies for encouraging renewable energy development in the United States. Approximately half of the nation’s renewable energy growth can be attributed to these policies. Thirty states have adopted a binding RPS to date, though specifics vary greatly from state to state. While a Biden administration will undoubtedly advance a renewable energy agenda, it may also be hamstrung by a divided Congress, leaving the momentum to combat climate change in states’ hands. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Trump team hurries to finish environmental rollbacks before Biden takes over

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:07:06

The Trump administration’s effort to lock in dozens of environmental rule changes before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden is picking up speed ahead of the Christmas holiday.  Environmental activists, meanwhile, who have spent much of the past four years arguing these moves to ease regulatory burdens on business endanger public health and exacerbate climate change, are urging the incoming Biden team to quickly reverse the rollbacks [ read more … ]

Why Mary Nichols could lose climate clout at EPA

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:06:46

Mary Nichols wields momentous powers for slashing greenhouse gas emissions as the leader of California’s top climate agency. She’ll find that clout curbed if she’s named EPA administrator. Nichols, a contender for the EPA job under President-elect Joe Biden, spent decades building a track record that looks tailor-made for helping Biden pursue his aggressive goal of zeroing out carbon pollution by 2050. [ read more … ]

Markets

The New Green Energy Giants Challenging Exxon and BP

By Katherine Blunt and Sarah McFarlane, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:05:30

A decade ago, NextEra, Iberdrola and Enel were sleepy regional utilities with little name recognition. Now they are fast-growing giants with market values rivaling the likes of oil majors Exxon Mobil Corp.and BP, thanks to their early all-in bets on wind and solar farms. And still, many people have never heard of them. [ read more … ]

Is Exxon a Survivor?’ The Oil Giant Is at a Crossroads.

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:07:51

Over the last 135 years, Exxon Mobil has survived hostile governments, ill-fated investments and the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill. Through it all, the oil company made bundles of money.
But suddenly Exxon is slipping badly, its long latent vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and technological shifts that promise to transform the energy world because of growing concerns about climate change. [ read more … ]

Jeff Bezos’ clean energy fund accused of ‘greenwashing’

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:08:06

A $10 billion clean energy and climate fund launched by Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos is causing friction among environmentalists, with a coalition of groups blasting what they call the fund’s “big green” grantees and accusing Bezos of “greenwashing.” The accusations came in a statement yesterday from the Climate Justice Alliance , an umbrella group whose 70-plus member organizations are often led by people of color and advocate on behalf of low-income urban and rural areas. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Car I’m Most Excited to Drive in 2021 Could Change Everything

By Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-13 16:05:46

Even the pandemic didn’t stop automakers from unveiling cars in 2020. From the achingly beautiful Ferrari Roma to the electric Polestar 2, and from the Mercedes-Maybach GLS to three track-worthy wagons, the new products provided some optimism about the future of driving while many other diversions (concerts, shopping, travel) stalled. But that’s old news. What I’m really looking forward to driving in 2021 is not a car at all. It’s a truck: the Rivian R1T.
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