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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 24, 2021

Top Story

Biden’s Recovery Plan Bets Big on Clean Energy

By Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:33:20

Aides are set to brief Mr. Biden this week on plans to invest between $3 trillion and $4 trillion in spending and tax credits on a wide range of efforts meant to bolster the economy. The money is currently planned to be split between two packages, starting with an infrastructure bill that is rooted in the effort to halt the emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide. Administration officials stress that the details remain in flux. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Kan. property owner compares wind farms to strip clubs, landfills

By TIM CARPENTER, Kansas Reflector  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:33:57

Anderson County resident Mike Burns ripped pages of his prepared speech in half Monday to speak from the heart about why Kansas had to pass a law regulating placement of wind farms to protect property rights and bring peace of mind to folks in rural areas attractive to developers. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. senators push solar lobby to detail firms’ links to forced labor in China

By Michael Martina and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:32:34

Two U.S. senators have asked the leading solar energy lobbying group to clarify U.S. dependence on solar products linked to forced labor in China’s Xinjiang, part of push in Congress to address what Western countries say are rights abuses by Beijing. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Jeff Merkley sent a letter on Tuesday asking the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to detail measures it or member companies have taken to ensure that solar products sourced from Xinjiang, including polysilicon, are not made using forced labor. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

E.P.A. to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:33:37

The Biden administration is taking the unusual step of making a public accounting of the Trump administration’s political interference in science, drawing up a list of dozens of regulatory decisions that may have been warped by political interference in objective research. The effort could buttress efforts to unwind pro-business regulations of the past four years, while uplifting science staff battered by four years of disregard. [ read more … ]

Markets

Unusual Leap in Gas Prices Puts $3 a Gallon in Sight

By Joe.Wallace, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:34:36

The prospect of summer drivers crowding U.S. highways is powering steep gains in the price of gasoline, a sign of economic recovery and a boon for the pandemic-ravaged energy industry.
Lifted by oil’s recovery and growing consumer demand, gasoline prices at pumps in the U.S. hit an average of $2.88 a gallon over the past week, according to the AAA. That marks a 30% increase over this time last year, when the pandemic’s lockdowns slammed fuel usage. [ read more … ]

Fuel demand will remain almost flat over next 10 years

By Paul Takahashi, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:34:20

Demand for gasoline and diesel will remain nearly steady in North America over the next 10 years, according to a new report. Fuel demand is expected to increase by 3 percent in North America, while in Europe and Asia, demand could drop by 5 percent over this decade, according to GlobalData, a market research firm. The disparity is blamed on North America’s relatively sparse charging network, which has slowed adoption of electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

U.S. Oil Companies Lag Far Behind Greener Europe Rivals

By Tim Quinson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:34:54

Europe’s largest oil and gas companies are leaving U.S. rivals further and further behind in the race to cut their reliance on fossil-fuel sales. Total SE, Galp Energia SGPS SA, Equinor ASA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA are leading the pack, while Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. are among the laggards, according to newly released climate-transition scores from BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Intelligence.
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EVs

Biden’s EV Pledge Bumps Against Realities of Bureaucracy, Market

By Courtney Rozen, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:32:55

President Joe Biden’s call for the federal government to stock up on electric vehicles is running headlong into two harsh realities: the marketplace and the bureaucracy. The president, in an executive order aimed at combating climate change, requesteda plan by the end of April to add zero-emission vehicles to the government’s inventory. Yet from Inauguration Day until mid-March, the General Services Administration—the agency that does most of the government’s vehicle buying—spent $439.7 million on passenger vehicles, with only 13% going for products that use at least some electric power, according to Bloomberg Government’s federal contracts database. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Carbon-Free Power Requires a Green Connected Grid

By Editorial Board, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-24 14:35:14

The Biden administration has called for a zero-carbon grid by 2035. It’s a stiff challenge, one that would require years of sustained effort uninterrupted by changes of political control in Washington — and the cost would run into trillions. But the goal is right, and settling for the status quo really isn’t an option. The question is how to make progress toward carbon-free power as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. And part of the answer is renewed attention to networks. [ read more … ]

 

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