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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 4, 2021

Top Story

Gridlocked: These policies might put Biden’s transmission infrastructure plans on hold

By Ysabelle Kempe, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:25:57

There’s just one hitch to this ambitious plan to expand the country’s grid: It is difficult to build electric transmission projects as quickly as necessary under current U.S. policies. A new report by the nonprofit Americans for a Clean Energy Grid identifies 22 high-voltage transmission projects that are “shovel-ready,” meaning they are mostly or completely sited and permitted. The transmission lines would create an estimated 600,000 jobs and interconnect 60,000 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, boosting the country’s wind and solar generation by nearly 50 percent.  [ read more … ]

Wind Eneergy

Clean megaprojects divide surprise group: environmentalists

By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:27:00

Sprawling wind farms located off the coast. Hydropower transmission lines that cut through some of America’s most beloved forests and rivers. Solar megaprojects of unprecedented size. As President Joe Biden’s administration plans to fight climate change by weaning the nation off fossil fuels, these large-scale renewable energy projects are the source of conflict within a seemingly unlikely group: environmentalists. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. approves massive solar project in California desert

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:24:04

The Biden administration on Monday said it has approved a major solar energy project in the California desert that will be capable of powering nearly 90,000 homes. The $550 million Crimson Solar Project will be sited on 2,000 acres of federal land west of Blythe, California, the Interior Department said in a statement. It is being developed by Canadian Solar unit Recurrent Energy and will deliver power to California utility Southern California Edison.
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The Biden Administration

Biden’s Road to Clean Energy Runs Through West Virginia Coal Country

By Kellie Lunney, Bloomberg Business  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:24:48

West Virginia lawmakers occupy key perches on Capitol Hill as President Joe Biden introduces a sweeping infrastructure and climate package—the $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan—and pledges to revitalize coal country. Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat, is a crucial swing vote in the 50-50 Senate and chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Shelley Capito is the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee and an architect of the GOP’s own infrastructure proposal, a $568 billion counteroffer to Biden’s. In the House, West Virginia members sit on the infrastructure-adjacent Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees. [ read more … ]

Elecrtical Blackouts

A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:26:28

The growing risk of overlapping heat waves and power failures poses a severe threat that major American cities are not prepared for, new research suggests. Power failures have increased by more than 60 percent since 2015, even as climate change has made heat waves worse, according to the new research published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Using computer models to study three large U.S. cities, the authors estimated that a combined blackout and heat wave would expose at least two-thirds of residents in those cities to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. [ read more … ]

Texas House advances plan to subsidize power plant weatherization

By Erin Douglas, The Texas Tribune  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:23:47

A plan to help finance what will likely become mandatory power plant upgrades to withstand more extreme weather in the wake of the February power crisis received preliminary approval in the Texas House on Monday. The failure of power plants to produce power during very cold temperatures was a major cause of the February power outages in Texas that left more than 4.8 million customers without electricity for days and caused more than 100 deaths. Natural gas plants shutting down or reducing electricity production due to cold weather was the most significant source of outages, according to an analysis by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the grid that covers much of the state. [ read more … ]


SPAC Crackdown Threatens Gauzy Forecasts That Power EV Startups

By Crystal Kim, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-04 16:24:28

The marriage between SPACs and clean-tech vehicle startups is on the rocks as regulators push for detail on the one thing most of them lack: a solid business. Stocks of electric-mobility firms like Nikola Corp., Lordstown Motors Corp. and Romeo Power Inc. that went public by merging with special-purpose acquisition companies are down at least 69% from dizzying peaks, as investors question whether their visions for a greener future are divorced from reality. [ read more … ]




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