Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 23, 2021

Top Story

It’s Crunch Time and Biden’s Climate Gambit Faces Steep Hurdles

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:08:52

The linchpin of President Biden’s climate plan faces a perilous path through the Congress, as scientists say nations must move now to aggressively reduce the pollution that is heating the planet and the United States is trying to reassert a leadership role in that global effort. The central tool of Mr. Biden’s plan, known as a clean electricity standard, would require power companies to gradually ratchet up the amount of electricity they generate from wind, solar and other sources until they’re no longer emitting carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Inside Clean Energy: Solar Industry Wins Big in Kentucky Ruling

By Dan Gearino, Inside Clean Energy  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:09:32

The people in Kentucky’s small rooftop solar industry are used to fighting for their livelihoods against utilities, but they aren’t used to winning. So a ruling last week from the Kentucky Public Service Commission was a surprise and a relief. The commission rejected a proposal from the utility Kentucky Power that would have gutted net metering, the policy that says rooftop solar owners can sell their excess electricity back to the grid. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Get Ready for Financial Shocks From Climate Change, Biden Tells Officials

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:10:45

President Biden has ordered government agencies to prepare for climate-related shocks across the economy, as escalating disasters threaten home prices, the value of retirement funds and even the stability of the global financial system. The executive order signed Thursday is the latest indication of how climate change, once dismissed as a distant threat, is already complicating life for Americans. It follows a report last week from the Environmental Protection Agency, which showed that global warming is now being felt in the United States in the form of more heat waves, wildfires, floods and other disasters. [ read more … ]

The lucrative climate proposal that’s going nowhere in Washington

By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, MARIE J. FRENCH, DEBRA KAHN and LORRAINE WOELLERT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:10:27

 Support for putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution is steadily spreading — from environmental advocates who have long promoted it and the states already reaping billions of dollars from the idea to the business groups and free-market economists who see it as one of the most cost-effective ways to confront climate change.
Everywhere except Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

McCarthy: Nuclear energy isn’t going anywhere

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:11:12

The White House sees nuclear energy as a key part of the pathway to decarbonize the grid by 2035. Nuclear energy provides baseload power that will be needed for the foreseeable future, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said yesterday at a live event for The Washington Post. The White House is now putting together a clean electricity standard, or CES, that will mandate the decarbonization of the grid by 2035. [ read more … ]

Transmission

NextEra Is Blocking a Major New Clean Power Transmission Project

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:11:36

A major new transmission line intended to pipe carbon-free hydropower from Canada into the U.S. Northeast has met a powerful opponent: the world’s largest provider of renewable energy. The 145-mile (233-kilometer), nearly $1 billion transmission line, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, broke ground in February after nearly three years of review by regulators. If completed, it would be able to import 1.2 gigawatts of electricity from the Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec. That’s enough to reduce carbon emissions in the region by 3.6 million metric tons a year, according to the project’s developer, Avangrid Inc., or about 12% compared to 2019 levels.
[ read more … ]

Markets

Green-Fuel Push Stirs Food Inflation Fears in Rebound From Virus

By Kim Chipman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:12:22

The push to fight climate change with greener fuels is colliding with another challenge facing the world as it struggles to emerge from the pandemic: skyrocketing food prices. Soaring demand for crops has once again raised the question of whether nations should really depend on ethanol and renewable diesel to save the planet from global warming. Corn, soybeans, palm oil and sugar, which are increasingly processed into biofuels worldwide, are part of a staggering commodities rally that’s making everything from animal feed and noodles to taco shells and chocolate more expensive, putting central bankers worldwide in a tough spot between fighting inflation and seeking to stimulate battered economies. [ read more … ]

EVs

All Those Electric Vehicles Pose a Problem for Building Roads

By Aarian Marshall, Wired  •    •  Posted 2021-05-23 16:08:36

Last week, Washington governor Jay Inslee—the guy who, while running for president two years ago, proposed a nationwide ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2030—vetoed a statewide ban on gas-powered car sales by 2030. The reason for the puzzling move, Inslee said in a statement, was a provision tucked into the legislation. The language said the 2030 target would take effect only if lawmakers created a program to charge drivers based on how far they drive each year. [ read more … ]

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