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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 15, 2021

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  It resumes on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Top Story

Solving climate crisis will be at center of Biden’s job agenda -Dees

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:09:57

Solving the climate crisis by boosting investments in new technologies will be at the center of the Biden administration’s job creation agenda, the incoming top economic White House adviser said on Wednesday. “I think what you are going to see across the president-elect’s rescue-and-recovery strategy is an approach that puts solving the climate crisis at the center of creating jobs,” Brian Deese, President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming director of the National Economic Council, told the Reuters Next conference.
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Wind Energy

N.Y. announces ‘game-changer’ for renewables

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:10:30

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced the largest-ever award of offshore wind contracts by a U.S. state yesterday as part of a broader plan to scale up renewable power over the next decade. The announcement came in the third installment of a multiday series of State of the State speeches from Cuomo, who called the energy transition a “prime economic opportunity and a pressing moral imperative.” The state has a mandate of procuring 70% of its power from renewables by 2030 and 100% from carbon-free sources by 2040. [ read more … ]

Warren Buffett’s Iowa Wind Power Expansion Derailed By The Bridges Of Madison County

By Robert Bryce, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:09:17

Back in 2014, Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway famously said “We get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them.” Since then, MidAmerican Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, has aggressively built lots of wind farms and now expects to collect $10 billion in federal tax credits on the $12.9 billion it has spent erecting wind turbines. But Buffett’s company’s push to add even more turbines in Iowa is being derailed by the bridges of Madison County.  [ read more … ]

Emissions

17 states sue EPA for declining to tighten air pollution standards

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:13:07

“Study after study shows the negative health impacts of particulate matter pollution to our most vulnerable communities,” Becerra, whom President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate as Health and Human Services secretary, said in the release. “History books will record unkindly the Trump Administration’s callous disregard for their lives and the willful denial of science and the law.” The EPA in December finalized a decision to retain the standards set by the Obama administration in 2012 for both fine and coarse forms of particulate matter, commonly known as soot.  [ read more … ]

Scoot yourself

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:09:33

A coalition of 17 states and New York City, led by California, is suing EPA for not strengthening the national air quality standard for particulate matter, or soot. They argue that EPA’s review of the health science on particulate matter was “flawed and unlawfully biased,” according to the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. [ read more … ]

The Transition

Biden adds 6 policy experts to his climate team

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:10:56

President-elect Joe Biden is rounding out his White House climate team with policy hands who’ve spent the Trump era defending climate regulations, engineering new policy and campaigning on the issue. The new hires continue the trend of the Democratic establishment and the party’s progressive wing converging on a common climate agenda, even as the left clashes with Biden over other portfolios. Thomas was one of the major forces behind the climate-policy arms race among the 2020 Democratic candidates for president, first as deputy climate director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign and then as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s climate policy adviser. [ read more … ]

Experts assess feasibility of Biden 100% clean energy plan

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:11:20

The upcoming presidential inauguration of Joe Biden has opened the floodgates this week on proposals for achieving the clean energy future he has promised. Tuesday produced a virtual handshake between leaders of two influential nonprofit groups, the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute, agreeing that solar and wind power will dominate electric sector expansion through midcentury.
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EVs

Companies launch coalition to promote EVs

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:11:39

A new coalition of transportation and automotive companies has formed to advocate for policies to aid the spread of electric vehicles. The Electrification Coalition Business Council (ECBC) includes traditional automakers General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp., all of which have EVs coming to market.
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5 transportation trends to watch in 2021

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:12:28

When it comes to curbing the climate effects of transportation, 2021 is shaping up to be an eventful year at the federal, state and local levels. Climate hawks are increasingly focused on slashing planet-warming emissions from the transportation sector, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the United States. Top of mind for many is President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to scrap President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards and set ambitious new tailpipe rules. [ read more … ]

California Blackouts

Report Explains Why California Power Grid Couldn’t Take the Heat in 2020

By NATHAN SOLIS, Courthouse News  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:13:27

California began some of the first rotating power outages in nearly two decades last August as hundreds of thousands sat in the dark during the scorching heat. A report released Wednesday drives home the fact that climate change has impacted the very way California draws its energy. The extreme heat wave gripped the entire western United States and did not let go for weeks. [ read more … ]

Calif. issues review of ‘extraordinary’ August blackouts

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-14 15:12:07

Following rolling blackouts last summer, California needs long-term planning to ensure the lights stay on as climate change brings record high temperatures and electricity demand surges, a state report said yesterday. A “modernized, integrated approach” is needed for forecasting demand and planning for enough energy resources and standby power past 2025, said the report from the California Energy Commission; California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC); and California Independent System Operator, which manages the bulk of the Golden State’s grid.
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