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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 18, 2021

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Offshore Wind for America

By Hannah Read, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Bryn Huxley-Reicher, Frontier Group.  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:34:05

America’s offshore wind resources are big enough to produce more electricity than the nation currently consumes. To make use of these resources, policy-makers should remove the barriers slowing down the growth of the offshore wind industry, and support and hasten that growth to provide clean energy where it’s needed most. Offshore wind has the technical capacity to power the country with clean energy. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

2020 U.S. Power Report Card: Solar & Wind Getting High Scores

By Christian Tae, GreenTech Media  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:38:26

It’s official: renewable resources surpassed coal in 2020 to become the third-largest source of electricity nationwide according to new government data. Continuing their promising trends from 2019, solar and wind energy again made strong gains across multiple states, accompanied by a steep reduction in total power sector pollution. But we still have work to do — fossil (aka “natural”) gas generation also increased last year and continues to be the nation’s primary source of electricity generation. [ read more … ]

‘They aren’t used to losing’: wealthy New York enclave battles over offshore windfarm

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:34:24

Should Joe Biden’s plans for a huge expansion of renewable energy across the US survive the gamut of congressional bickering, a very different obstacle threatens progress – wealthy homeowners who enjoy sweeping scenic views. Wainscott, a hamlet in the wealthy New York enclave of the Hamptons, is the unlikely setting for a rancorous battle over what would be the state’s first offshore wind farm. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

BLM rebukes Trump, advances large-scale Calif. solar project

By Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:33:40

The Biden administration will study what could be the first solar power project inside a California renewable energy zone, just a week after nixing a Trump-era proposal that critics say would have undermined the intent of the zone to balance development and wildlife protection. The proposed Oberon solar project would cover about 4,700 acres of federal land inside the boundaries of the massive Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) in Southern California. [ read more … ]

Huge solar farm planned for decommissioned Duane Arnold nuclear plant site

By John Steppe, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:33:22

For more than four decades, the name of former Cedar Rapids utility executive Duane Arnold has been synonymous with nuclear power in Iowa. Now it could have a new connotation: a massive solar energy project planned for 2023 near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center. Owner NextEra Energy of Florida this week laid out plans in a virtual meeting with nearby landowners to build a solar farm that could bring in a $700 million capital investment and about 300 construction jobs. [ read more … ]

Markets

Gasoline Demand Has Peaked, Global Forecaster Says

By David Hodari and William Boston, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:37:57

The world’s thirst for gasoline isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels, the International Energy Agency forecast, calling a peak for the fuel that has powered personal transportation for more than a century. The Paris-based energy watchdog, in its closely followed five-year forecast, said an accelerating global shift toward electric vehicles, along with increasing fuel efficiency among gasoline-powered fleets, will more than outweigh demand growth from developing countries. [ read more … ]

Why The West Is Worried About China’s Renewable Energy Dominance

By Robert Rapier, OPIS  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:37:08

Over the past decade, no major energy source has grown faster than solar power. According to the 2020 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity has grown at an average annual rate of over 42% over the past 10 years, translating into a doubling of global capacity every 1.7 years on average. Although that blistering pace could start slowing down as installed capacity grows, solar will likely remain the fastest-growing energy source for the foreseeable future. Much as with other energy sources, however, solar’s growth is giving rise to a number of thorny questions regarding geopolitics, supply chains, and national security. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Looking for Climate Solutions? Protect More Ocean, Researchers Find.

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:35:59

For the first time, scientists have calculated how much planet-warming carbon dioxide is released into the ocean by bottom trawling, the practice of dragging enormous nets along the ocean floor to catch shrimp, whiting, cod and other fish. The answer: As much as global aviation releases into the air. While preliminary, that was one of the most surprising findings of a groundbreaking new study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The study offers what is essentially a peer-reviewed, interactive road map for how nations can confront the interconnected crises of climate change and wildlife collapse at sea. [ read more … ]

EVs

German automaker BMW ramps up electric vehicle offerings

By DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:34:55

German automaker BMW said Wednesday it intends to speed the rollout of new electric cars, vowing to bring battery-powered models to 50% of global sales by 2030. The company underlined the point by unveiling a new all-electric model three months ahead of plan. BMW declined, however, to follow General Motors and other automakers who have said their goal is to phase out internal combustion passenger vehicles by a specific date. Instead, the Munich-based carmaker said it would adjust production among battery, hybrid and efficient internal combustion engines as different parts of the world adopt electric driving at different rates. [ read more … ]

Chuck Schumer wants to replace every gas car in America with an electric vehicle

By Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:36:41

With the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill signed into law, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is ready to tackle the next major challenge: President Joe Biden’s call for a massive infrastructure bill. As part of that package, Schumer said he plans to include his ambitious proposal to get every American to swap their gas-guzzling car for an electric one. “It’s a bold new plan designed to accelerate America’s transition to all electric vehicles on the road, to developing a charging infrastructure, and to grow American jobs through clean manufacturing,” Schumer told The Verge in a brief interview this week. [ read more … ]

House Democrats weigh big investments in EVs, climate

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E Reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-18 15:36:18

“This committee intends to take bold steps again this Congress to support significant emissions reductions in the transportation sector.” DeFazio and other Democrats called for investments in emerging transportation technologies, EVs and cleaner use of existing roads, citing the massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure package, H.R. 2, they passed through the House last year as a model. [ read more … ]

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