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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 16, 2021

Top Story

Interior Secretary Nominee on Collision Course With Oil Industry

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:41:44

Deb Haaland is poised to make history on two fronts, as both the first Native American cabinet secretary and as the architect of what could be a landmark change in the U.S. government’s relationship with oil. First, she will need to be confirmed by the Senate as President Biden’s nominee for interior secretary—and Republicans are girding for a fight. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state’s electric grid operator says

By Brandon Mulder, Austin American-Statesman  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 14:23:31

Nearly half of Texas’ installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators.  Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend’s freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt. [ read more … ]

Wind energy had a ‘banner year’ in 2020. Here’s what that means for Joe Biden’s climate plan.

By Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:42:09

The wind energy sector in the U.S. blew away records in 2020.  A study from the American Clean Power Association released this month reports that 2020 was a record year for the industry, with developers adding enough megawatts of capacity to provide power for millions of homes and inching the U.S. closer to the Biden administration’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.
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Biden wants to create millions of clean-energy jobs. China and Europe are way ahead of him.

  •    •  Posted 2021-02-13 04:46:11

As the Biden administration promises to jump-start the clean-energy economy, it faces an uphill climb: The United States has fallen behind Asia and Europe in the race to produce the central technology — the high-tech batteries that power electric cars and store solar and wind energy. China dominates battery production today, with 93 “gigafactories” that manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, vs. only four in the United States, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a prominent data provider. If current trends continue, China is projected to have 140 gigafactories by 2030, while Europe will have 17 and the United States, just 10. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

California pledged to achieve 100% clean energy. That was the easy part

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:44:47

When I started, state law mandated 33% renewable energy by 2020; utility companies hit that goal two years early and have since been tasked with reaching 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% carbon-free by midcentury. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently ordered an end to the sale of gasoline-fueled cars by 2035. Dozens of cities are trying to phase out gas heating and cooking in new buildings. Like them or hate them, those are major steps to slash emissions. But just as important are all the steps California has yet to take. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

EPA to jettison major Obama climate rule, as Biden eyes a bigger push

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:42:59

The Biden administration indicated on Friday it will not try to resurrect the Clean Power Plan, a controversial Obama-era policy that set climate pollution targets for every state’s electricity sector and gave officials flexibility on how they would make those reductions by the end of the decade. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a federal judicial filing, the Biden administration is seeking a court’s blessing to propose a new rule aimed at limiting greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s power plants, which represent the second-largest source of emissions. [ read more … ]

Biden wants to create millions of clean-energy jobs. China and Europe are way ahead of him.

By Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:43:48

As the Biden administration promises to jump-start the clean-energy economy, it faces an uphill climb: The United States has fallen behind Asia and Europe in the race to produce the central technology — the high-tech batteries that power electric cars and store solar and wind energy. China dominates battery production today, with 93 “gigafactories” that manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, vs. only four in the United States, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a prominent data provider. If current trends continue, China is projected to have 140 gigafactories by 2030, while Europe will have 17 and the United States, just 10. [ read more … ]

EVs

E.V.s Force Carmakers to Reinvent the Wheel, and Brakes, and Mirrors …

By Stephen Williams, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:42:31

Taking a cue from its Swedish colleagues at Volvo and the pragmatic views of automotive product planners worldwide, General Motors roiled the international automobile industry last week by proclaiming that all its cars will go pure electric by 2035. The pronouncement is likely to apply more pressure on more automakers, both in the United States and abroad, to beef up their electric efforts, and on the fossil fuel industry to find alternatives to its oil and gasoline products. [ read more … ]

The New Electric Vehicles Now Hitting the Road

By Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:43:22

For car companies with big electric ambitions, 2021 is going to be a make or break year. More than a dozen new electric-vehicle models are set to arrive in U.S. showrooms this year as Silicon Valley-inspired startups and established auto makers like General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG VOW -1.04% show drivers the results of billions in spending on the technology. For consumers, that’s going to mean more plug-in options on the new car lot than ever before. But whether car makers can persuade buyers to ditch fossil fuels for good is still uncertain. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Pruitt: Trump asked, ‘Should we shut down the agency?’

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-15 10:45:12

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt delved into his legacy at his official portrait unveiling last month and recalled discouraging Donald Trump, then the president-elect, from shutting down the agency. He remembered meeting with Trump as the incoming administration was being put together, including who would lead EPA, a position Pruitt was later nominated for.
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