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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 10, 2021

Top Story

Big Tobacco had to pay $206B. Is Big Oil next?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-10 09:38:25

“The tobacco companies were deliberately lying about the harmful effects of cigarettes, and they had to pay for those false statements,” said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), who filed a climate liability lawsuit last year against Exxon Mobil Corp., the American Petroleum Institute and three Koch entities. “With Exxon Mobil, Koch and API, we will show that they, too, were deliberately misleading and lying to the public about how their products caused climate change so they could keep making billions of dollars,” Ellison said in a phone interview with E&E News. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Vineyard Wind opens door to more offshore projects

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-10 09:38:55

When the Interior Department released an environmental study for Vineyard Wind this week, it established a template for permitting additional offshore wind facilities in the United States.
Now it will be put to the test. Vineyard Wind is one of 12 projects proposed along the Eastern Seaboard. Together, they have the potential to reshape Eastern power markets and bolster U.S. climate efforts. [ read more … ]

China leads world’s biggest increase in wind power capacity

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-03-11 14:30:11

China built more new windfarm capacity in 2020 than the whole world combined in the year before, leading to an annual record for windfarm installations despite the Covid-19 pandemic. A study has revealed that China led the world’s biggest ever increase in wind power capacity as developers built almost 100GW worth of windfarms last year – enough to power almost three times the number of homes in the UK and a rise of nearly 60% on the previous year. [ read more … ]

Energy Storage

Bipartisan bill would allow credit for energy storage

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-10 09:39:18

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation yesterday that would extend the investment tax credit to energy storage technologies. Long hailed as the “holy grail” of energy, storage technologies — like grid-scale batteries and pumped hydropower — have the potential to unleash more renewable energy onto the grid. “The deployment of energy storage needs to be at the center of our ongoing effort to move toward a cleaner and more reliable electrical grid,” Heinrich said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Local renewable fights threaten 100% clean power — analysts

By Miranda Willson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-10 09:40:29

More than 100 cities, counties and states around the country have enacted ordinances restricting renewable energy projects, according to a new report. The trend — documented in an analysis from Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law — could impede ambitions to reach 100% clean power, analysts say. [ read more … ]

Texas Blackouts

Texas blackouts highlight threats to Southeast grid

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-10 09:39:55

The bitterly cold temperatures that lasted for days in late January 2014 shed light on the impact climate change and extreme weather can have on the power sector. Most electric companies across the Southeast used the event to beef up their winter emergency plans, shore up their grids and make other adjustments to be prepared for next time. After severe winter weather triggered last month’s Texas grid disaster, state regulators and lawmakers across the Southeast are now asking utility executives: Can it happen here? [ read more … ]

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