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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 23, 2020

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  It resumes on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top Story

Trump Demands Changes to Coronavirus Relief Bill, Calling It a ‘Disgrace’

By Luke Broadwater and Alan Rappeport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-12-23 04:15:20

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, who had been pressing for similarly sized checks, welcomed Mr. Trump’s intervention. “Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks. At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!” she wrote on Twitter. House Democrats planned to bring up the $2,000 payments for a vote by unanimous consent on Thursday, said an aide who was familiar with the proposal. [ read more … ]

A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

By Nicholas Fandos, Luke Broadwater and Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:58:20

A week before Thanksgiving, a small group of moderate senators gathered in the spacious living room of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s home on Capitol Hill to embark on what they considered an urgent assignment. They were there — eating Tuscan takeout as they sat socially distanced, with the windows open to let the cold air circulate as a coronavirus precaution — to talk about how to get the Senate, polarized and paralyzed on nearly every issue, working again. [ read more … ]

Relief Bill

Federal stimulus includes wind, solar tax credit extensions, adds first US offshore wind tax credit

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:55:18

The package includes extensions on the solar and wind production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC), energy efficiency incentives, research and development “enhancements” for clean energy technologies and more, according to a joint statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Senators press Biden to scrap Trump solar tariffs

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:57:28

A dozen senators are asking President-elect Joe Biden to fully repeal the Trump administration tariffs on solar panel imports, saying they’ve harmed the domestic solar industry. In the letter initiated by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the senators argue that in three years the tariffs have “dealt a significant setback to the solar power sector.”
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The States

Major power producer backs shutdown of all Md. coal plants

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:56:47

One of the nation’s largest independent power producers has announced it is closing a coal plant in Maryland and is throwing its weight behind a bid to phase out coal-fired generation in the state entirely. GenOn Holdings Inc., a Houston-based firm, said it plans to retire its Morgantown Generating Station in southern Maryland by 2027, marking the firm’s third closure announcement this year. [ read more … ]

3 states, D.C. agree to cap automobile emissions

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:58:46

Three states and the District of Columbia yesterday reached a historic agreement to cap planet-warming emissions from cars. The memorandum of understanding among Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Washington marks a milestone in the yearslong process of launching the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program, a proposed cap-and-invest system for cars in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden is eyeing renewable energy. So are hackers

By Christian Vasquez, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:56:13

President-elect Joe Biden’s rush to renewable energy may open up a host of cybersecurity dangers if more isn’t done to secure the technology from hackers. Fast-evolving solar and wind technologies pose new risks to power grid security, especially as smaller renewable energy companies often lack resources to fight against hackers, experts warn. And a recently discovered hacking campaign targeting federal agencies and potentially hundreds of energy companies only underscores the scale of the challenge [ read more … ]

Biden’s Cabinet picks could fuel EPA, FERC pipeline wars

By Hannah Northey, Arianna Skibell and Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:55:53

President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet and climate czar picks are likely to make a dramatic U-turn from the Trump administration’s policies on global warming. That in turn could have ripple effects for the nation’s pipeline sector, which depends on regulations and permitting from multiple federal agencies. “This administration is very focused on climate change,” said Mark Ryan, a former Clean Water Act attorney for EPA Region 10, which covers the Pacific Northwest. “It’s not likely they’re going to go to bat to help the pipeline industry.” [ read more … ]


Exclusive: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology – sources

By Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:59:11

Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch. At one point, Apple drew back the effort to focus on software and reassessed its goals. Doug Field, an Apple veteran who had worked at Tesla Inc, returned to oversee the project in 2018 and laid off 190 people from the team in 2019. [ read more … ]

Tesla slides on first day of trading on S&P 500 index

By Esha Dey, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-12-22 15:57:54

Tesla Inc. was among the biggest drags on the S&P 500 in its first day of trading on the benchmark. The electric-vehicle maker, which now represents 1.6% of the index and is among its heaviest-weighted stocks, fell as much as 6.3% as it retraced gains from Friday when tens of millions of shares were purchased by index-fund managers. The S&P 500 fell as much as 2% amid fears of a new coronavirus strain in the U.K. [ read more … ]


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