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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 22, 2021

Top Story

Biden names Democrat Glick to chair energy regulatory panel

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:44:22

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday named Richard Glick, a Democrat, to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he could eventually lead the panel to consider lowering barriers for emerging clean energy technologies. Glick was appointed by former President Donald Trump to the commission in August, 2017. Before that he was general counsel for Democrats on the Senate energy committee, and a policy adviser on electricity and renewable energy. His term does not require Senate confirmation and goes through June, 2022. [ read more … ]

Biden hands FERC gavel to Richard Glick

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:44:44

President Biden appointed Democrat Richard Glick today to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Glick, who’s been on the commission since 2017, is now leading a five-member panel that will tilt 2-3 for Republicans until at least June. “I am honored that President Biden has shown the confidence in me to lead the agency at this critical moment in time,” Glick said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing working with my fellow commissioners and the exemplary FERC staff to pursue the Commission’s important statutory missions.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Permitting for big U.S. offshore wind farm will resume ‘very, very soon’: Avangrid CEO

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:45:57

The developer of the first major U.S. offshore wind farm said on Wednesday it will soon apply for a federal permit from President Joe Biden’s administration, after former President Donald Trump’s government abruptly canceled its initial application last month. Vineyard Wind will resubmit its construction plan to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management “very very soon,” Avangrid Inc CEO Dennis Arriola said in an interview, without specifying an exact date. “We believe that the pause button is going to come off and we’re going to continue right where we were,” he said. [ read more … ]

The White House

Biden’s first 100 days: What’s coming on energy

By E&E News staff  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:46:40

President Biden took swift action to deliver on his promise to embrace green energy hours after he was sworn into office yesterday, mandating a review of regulatory rollbacks that were part of the Trump administration’s efforts to boost the fossil fuel industry. Among the pledges outlined in executive orders: a plan to overturn Trump-era loosening of energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances and place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic. [ read more … ]

Meet the climate veteran in Biden’s West Wing

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:47:12

President Biden’s climate team consists of veterans from past battles and fresh faces in the environmental movement. David Hayes, special assistant to the president for climate policy, brings decades of political experience to the White House, having fought polluting industries and Trump administration policies. [ read more … ]

Acting heads for DOE, Interior, EPA named

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:46:56

President Biden yesterday named a slate of officials to be acting heads of federal agencies while his nominees await Senate confirmation. The officials are mostly senior career employees. They are meant to keep agencies running and carrying out their missions, and are unlikely to implement major policy changes before Cabinet officials take charge. [ read more … ]

Policy Poll

Voters Back Range of Potential Biden Environment Policies by Comfortable Margins

By Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:47:50

As a candidate, Joe Biden made climate action a central part of his campaign, and it is consequently no surprise that the swaths of Democrats who voted him into the White House supported such action. But does the partisan backing for his campaign pitches translate into broader support for the policy options confronting a President Biden upon his inauguration?  A new Morning Consult poll finds that indeed it does. Faced with a list of nine policy options that a Biden administration could take on the environment, at least half of registered voters were in support of all of them.  [ read more … ]


New EV battery could cut costs, end ‘range anxiety’ — study

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:45:13

A battery that regulates its own temperature could hold the key to the development of fast-charging electric vehicles that cost less than most new gas-guzzling cars. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University say they have developed an EV battery that achieves that cost milestone, potentially opening up the door for more widespread EV use across the country. The battery also solves another issue reported in some EVs: Even in subfreezing temperatures, the researchers’ “thermally modulated” lithium-ion battery can charge within 10 minutes without compromising the battery life, according to the study published this week in Nature Energy. [ read more … ]

Mercedes joins Tesla, VW in race to sell small EVs

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-01-21 15:45:34

Mercedes-Benz is taking on one of the most complex industry challenges with the rollout of its battery-powered EQA: selling small electric cars without a big profit squeeze. The brand’s first fully electric compact model will hit European showrooms this spring, flanking the midsize EQC sport-utility vehicle and the EQV van, the Daimler AG unit said yesterday. Prices in Germany start at €47,541 ($57,734) and the vehicle offers 302 miles of range. [ read more … ]

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