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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 25, 2021

Top Story

Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation

By Tom McGinty and Scott Patterson, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:12:04

Texas’s deregulated electricity market, which was supposed to provide reliable power at a lower price, left millions in the dark last week. For two decades, its customers have paid more for electricity than state residents who are served by traditional utilities, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found.
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Transmission

Missouri lawmakers again trying to pull plug on wind energy line

By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:12:43

Just days after a major winter storm wreaked havoc on a Texas-size chunk of the nation’s electrical grid, Missouri lawmakers approved a plan designed to block a company from building a high-voltage electric transmission line across the northern part of the state. The GOP-controlled House endorsed legislation requiring Chicago-based Invenergy to get approval from each of the eight county commissions where its lines will be located in order to start the so-called Grain Belt Express project. The Missouri Supreme Court earlier ruled that Grain Belt be granted public utility status because the $2.3 billion project is in the public interest. The move is the latest in a string of attempts to stop the private company from using eminent domain to take land for the project, which aims to bring Kansas wind energy to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. [ read more … ]

Grid CEO on EVs, what’s ‘doable’ with 100% clean power

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:14:12

Arshad Mansoor, CEO of the Electric Power Research Institute, has a direct view of how fast his industry is moving — and wants to move — toward a low-carbon future. EPRI’s half-dozen laboratories and offices in the United States research clean energy advances, electrification of transportation and heating, cyberdefense, and smart-grid technologies.
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Climate Litigation

Annapolis sues 26 oil and gas companies for their role in contributing to climate change

By Brooks DuBose, Capital Gazette  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:16:06

The City of Annapolis is suing 26 oil and gas companies for what it calls the costs and consequences of climate change. The city filed the lawsuit Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. It names some of the biggest fossil fuel companies, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell. Similar lawsuits have begun to pop up across the country. Annapolis is the 25th state or local government to file such a lawsuit, the city said. [ read more … ]

Blackouts

Texas freeze casts renewable energy as next battle line in US culture wars

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:13:24

The expansion of wind and solar, a key policy goal of Joe Biden, is now developing into yet another cultural battle line, despite strong public support for renewables. Jesse Keenan, an expert in climate adaptation at Tulane University, said the use of “targeted disinformation” and conspiracy theories is obscuring the more pressing issue of how states like Texas cope with the challenges of extreme weather linked to the climate crisis. [ read more … ]

4 takeaways from Texas blackout crisis

By Edward Klump and Mike Lee, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:13:02

Widespread furor over last week’s Texas power crisis showed no sign of subsiding yesterday as five grid directors announced plans to resign, financial troubles mounted and President Biden scheduled a Houston visit to mark the disaster. Even with power back for most Texans, many are struggling to find available workers who have the supplies to fix broken pipes and repair water damage in the wake of subfreezing temperatures and lost electricity. [ read more … ]

As Texas went dark, power flowed in America’s coldest place

By Daniel Cusick and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:14:31

Greg Schulzetenberg arrived for work last week during the coldest air temperature ever felt in Minnesota’s Iron Range. It was minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chills pushing minus 60. News from the Texas winter storm and grid collapse was top of mind at Lake Country Power in Cohasset, Minn., where Schulzetenberg is marketing manager for the electric cooperative in one of the coldest places in the United States. [ read more … ]

Republicans look to cool tensions after attacking renewables

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:14:51

House Republicans are looking to cool partisan bickering on energy policy following the Texas blackouts and the GOP’s efforts to blame renewables. In a letter to President Biden yesterday, a group of 35 Republicans urged the White House to engage in a more constructive dialogue about the country’s energy strategy, including a call for paying more attention to baseload power resources. [ read more … ]

EVs

Postal Service sidetracks Biden EV plan

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:13:46

The U.S. Postal Service yesterday made a $482 million decision to replace its aging truck fleet with a mix of fossil-fuel and electric vehicles, falling short of President Biden’s goal of electrifying the federal vehicle fleet. The contract, six years in the making, went to Oshkosh Defense LLC, a Wisconsin firm that primarily makes military vehicles. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers float bills on highway emissions, EVs

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:15:17

Lawmakers yesterday announced bills to promote electric vehicles and slash greenhouse gas emissions from highways, as Congress and the Biden administration begin talks on an infrastructure bill. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) reintroduced legislation — the “Electric Credit Access Ready at Sale Act” — that would nix the manufacturer cap for the EV tax credit and extend the incentive by 10 years. Under current law, a credit up to $7,500 is available on 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer, and companies like Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co. have already hit that cap. [ read more … ]

Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-24 15:15:39

A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, $169 million contract to lease 326 buses, part of a plan that could result in the county replacing its entire 1,422-bus fleet over the next two decades. [ read more … ]

 

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