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March 30, 2021

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Biden Administration Announces a Major Offshore Wind Plan

By Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:31:10

The Biden administration on Monday announced a plan to vastly expand the use of offshore wind power along the East Coast, aiming to tap a potentially huge new source of renewable energy that has so far struggled to gain acceptance in the United States. The plan sets a goal of deploying 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind turbines in coastal waters nationwide by 2030, enough to power 10 million homes. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:33:00

As part of Monday’s announcement, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it will start preparing an environmental-impact statement for Ocean Wind, a New Jersey project that has 1,100 megawatts of capacity. Although Ocean Wind has the potential to power 300,000 homes, it has generated controversy among some Ocean City, N.J., residents, who complain that a chain of turbines could spoil views and hamper tourism. The project would be built about 15 miles off the coast of southern New Jersey. [ read more … ]

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Jumpstarts Offshore Wind Energy Projects to Create Jobs

By The White House  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:31:34

Today, the White House convened leaders from across the Administration to announce a set of bold actions that will catalyze offshore wind energy, strengthen the domestic supply chain, and create good-paying, union jobs. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden’s Lesson From Past Green Stimulus Failures: Go Even Bigger

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:31:58

In September 2009, then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. traveled to a defunct General Motors plant near his hometown, Wilmington, Del., to announce a $528.7 million government loan for Fisker Automotive to make hybrid and electric vehicles. Fisker went bankrupt in 2013 before the Wilmington factory produced a single car. Now, 12 years later, President Biden is preparing the details of a new, vastly larger, economic stimulus plan that again would use government spending to unite the goals of fighting climate change and restoring the economy. While clean energy spending was just a fraction of the Obama stimulus, Mr. Biden wants to make it the centerpiece of his proposal for trillions of dollars, not billions, on government grants, loans, and tax incentives to spark renewable power, energy efficiency and electric car production. [ read more … ]

States

Nebraska utility could slash emissions at little or no added cost, studies show

By Karen Uhlenhuth,Energy, News Network  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:30:29

Nebraska’s largest electric utility could dramatically reduce carbon emissions over the next three decades at little or no cost to ratepayers, according to a pair of recent reports prepared for the utility’s board of directors. The path — and cost — of completely eliminating emissions by midcentury, though, becomes far less certain. [ read more … ]

Storage

‘Big Storage’ Is the Next Big Technology in the Climate Fight

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:32:31

If the last 10 years of happy developments in solar power, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles have taught us anything, it’s to plan for carbon-free technologies that are unavailable today. They could come tomorrow. Such is the case with a coterie of hopefuls that travel under the name long-duration energy storage. We can call it Big Storage—the ability to bank lots of power for when it’s needed most. [ read more … ]

EVs

VW accidentally leaks new name for its U.S. operations: Voltswagen

By Michael Wayland, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:33:50

Volkswagen accidentally posted a press release on its website a month early on Monday announcing a new name for its U.S. operations, Voltswagen of America, emphasizing the German automaker’s electric vehicle efforts. A spokesman for the company declined to comment on the release, which was dated April 29 and has since been taken down. [ read more … ]

Auto industry urges Biden to back ‘comprehensive’ EV plan

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-03-30 15:33:31

Major automakers, parts companies and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union urged U.S. President Joe Biden to support a “comprehensive plan” on electric vehicles and called for hefty government tax credits and numerous other financial incentives. The requests, made in a six-page letter dated March 29, come as Biden is set to unveil on Wednesday a $3 trillion or more infrastructure proposal that could include significant support for manufacturing and charging electric vehicles (EVs). [ read more … ]

 

 

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