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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 11, 2021

Top Story

Joe Biden wants 100% clean energy. Will California show that it’s possible?

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:16:55

Policymakers across the country are looking to California to show that it’s possible to phase out fossil fuels. State law mandates 100% clean energy by 2045, and until recently, things seemed to be going well. Nearly two-thirds of California’s electricity came from climate-friendly sources in 2019, against the backdrop of a growing pre-pandemic economy. Two evenings of rolling blackouts in August 2020 offered a warning of more challenging times ahead. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Vestas Ups Stakes in Race for World’s Biggest Wind Turbine

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:15:53

Vestas Wind Systems A/S will start selling the world’s biggest offshore wind turbine, standing taller than the highest point of the Golden Gate Bridge. The giant machine, that’ll come into use by 2024, will compete with the skyscraper-sized turbines already on sale by its competitors. The industry is racing to produce increasingly larger machines that generate wind power more efficiently and at a lower cost. [ read more … ]

Amazon to buy half of the energy produced by huge offshore wind farm in the Netherlands

By Sam Shead, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:17:36

Amazon announced Monday it plans to buy half of the energy produced by a huge new wind farm in the Netherlands.  Shell and Eneco secured the right to build the 759 megawatt wind farm in the North Sea last July, and Amazon said it would now purchase more than 380 MW of its output to power its operations in Europe.   [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Mills wants probe of extra costs charged for solar projects

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:17:58

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Monday asked state utility regulators to investigate why Central Maine Power has alerted solar operators that they’re going to have to pay extra to connect to the grid. CMP sent emails to the developers of solar power projects warning of additional costs because of unanticipated problems in connecting to the grid.
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Biden Administration

Biden won’t revive Obama’s Clean Power Plan. So now what?

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:17:13

“The reality is that [the lack of an existing standard] presents a significant opportunity for the Environmental Protection Agency to take a clean slate and look at how do we best move forward,” Regan told the committee. “There are lots and lots of, I would say, examples of success and failure that we’ve seen in past tries.” The agency owes its clean slate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and its decision last month to strike down President Trump’s carbon dioxide rule for today’s power plants, which was finalized in 2019. [ read more … ]

Panel gives Michael Regan bipartisan approval for EPA post

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:16:26

Michael Regan is a step closer to being confirmed as the next EPA administrator. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Regan’s nomination on a 14-6 vote. All Democrats on the committee voted in support of the nominee, as did four Republicans — Sens. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Regan, who is secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, is the right person to lead EPA at this time. [ read more … ]

Biden Climate Change Strategy Draws Farm Belt Support, Concern

By Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-10 16:18:18

Some farmers have said they worried that Mr. Biden would tighten environmental regulations in ways that would restrict their operations, undoing the Trump administration’s easing of rules governing water quality, meatpacking-plant operations and greenhouse-gas emissions. Farmers said they want the Biden administration to maintain federal support for ethanol, the corn-based fuel additive. “Ethanol should still be part of the mix,” said Larry Hasheider, a grain and livestock farmer from Okawville, Ill. A higher proportion of biological-based additives in fuels could offer further opportunities to farmers, he said. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.