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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 14, 2021

Top Story

How the oil industry is shifting to offshore wind

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-14 15:20:42

So far, most of the world’s offshore wind has been installed in Europe. But the U.S. industry could get a boost from the Biden administration, which has said it wants to decarbonize the U.S. electric grid by 2035 as a way to combat climate change. And major oil companies, including BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, have promised to invest heavily in wind and other forms of renewable power as a way to reduce their climate-warming emissions. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Pressure builds ahead of Biden recovery push

By Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2021-03-14 15:19:49

After a year of seeing top priorities sidelined in the multiple phases of COVID-19 relief, interest groups are already stepping up pressure to steer the upcoming infrastructure package toward clean energy and climate goals. Despite applauding yesterday’s enactment of the $1.9 trillion relief bill, progressive groups made clear they’ll go after Democrats who try to stymie the size and scale of the next package. [ read more … ]

Biden Is Betting His Whole Climate Agenda on Infrastructure

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-14 15:20:19

Candidate Joe Biden rode into the White House promising to build back the economy after the devastation of Covid-19 with cleaner energy and a lower carbon footprint. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed into law, however, does little in the way of fulfilling that pledge. The White House and Democratic leadership in Congress have said that low-carbon energy policy is still very much on the agenda, but that they’re aiming to load much of that into an infrastructure bill the Biden administration will put forward next. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Witnesses outline challenges to farm climate plan

By Marc Heller, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-14 15:21:28

Lawmakers trying to entice farmers to save carbon in their soil will have to address a challenge if their market-based approach is going to work, witnesses told the Senate Agriculture Committee: how to recognize farmers who’ve been doing so for years. Giving early adopters of climate-smart farming a piece of the profits from climate change programs emerged as a key issue at an Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on climate policy yesterday — and no one has quite figured out how to do that. [ read more … ]

States

Coal-rich Wyoming eyes net-zero emissions. Is that possible?

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-14 15:19:04

The governor of the largest coal state in the country isn’t shy about his disdain for the Biden administration’s potential pullback on fossil fuel development. But Gov. Mark Gordon recently announced that, like the president, he too wants to get to net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. In fact, the Republican rancher said his state should go beyond that goal. [ read more … ]

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