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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 13, 2021

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The green energy revolution is coming — with or without help from Washington

By Gregory Krieg, Laura Dolan and Jason Carroll, CNN  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:15:09

The uncertainly can be frustrating for some on the front lines, but there is still hope — and a recognition that even talk of action on Capitol Hill has been a boon to clean energy businesses, with potential partners and customers all eager to get a piece of the new federal investment. Plans to harness and transport solar and wind energy are multiplying in the Midwest despite a regulatory backup, including one new, high-profile project seeking to connect a line from Mason City, Iowa, to the Chicago area. And in West Virginia, an electric vehicle company has been inundated with inquiries from both ordinary US commuters seeking cheaper alternatives and foreign governments looking to grow fleets of lean, clean motor bikes. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:15:28

The Biden administration on Friday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to develop offshore wind farms in shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its push to transition the nation to renewable energy. The proposed sale, the first of the Biden administration, includes eight lease areas in the New York Bight, a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape May in New Jersey and Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island. Administration officials estimated wind turbines there could generate more than seven gigawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 2.6 million homes. [ read more … ]

Biden administration proposes offshore wind energy sale near NY, NJ

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:13:21

The Biden administration on Friday said it was seeking buyers for offshore wind energy leases in the shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its effort to ramp up the share of offshore wind generation over the next decade. In a statement, the U.S. Department of the Interior said the proposed sale for offshore wind development on the Outer Continental shelf in the New York Bight has “the potential to unlock over 7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, powering more than 2.6 million homes and supporting thousands of new jobs.”
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Biden Administration

E.P.A. to Review Rules on Soot Linked to Deaths, Which Trump Declined to Tighten

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:14:57

The Biden administration will reconsider federal limits on fine industrial soot, one of the most common and deadliest forms of air pollution, with an eye toward imposing tough new rules on emissions from power plants, factories and other industrial facilities. The announcement, made Thursday by Michael S. Regan, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, comes after the Trump administration declined last year to tighten pollution limits, despite warnings from federal scientists and others that doing so could save more than 10,000 lives a year, particularly in urban areas. [ read more … ]

Climate

Our Response to Climate Change Is Missing Something Big, Scientists Say

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:13:43

Some environmental solutions are win-win, helping to rein in global warming and protecting biodiversity, too. But others address one crisis at the expense of the other. Growing trees on grasslands, for example, can destroy the plant and animal life of a rich ecosystem, even if the new trees ultimately suck up carbon. What to do? [ read more … ]

Markets

How green bottlenecks threaten the clean energy business

By The Economist  •    •  Posted 2021-06-12 15:14:50

The figures for the coming decade are mind-concentrating. To stay on track for net zero, by 2030 annual production of electric vehicles needs to be ten times higher than it was last year and the number of roadside charging stations 31 times bigger. The installed base of renewable-power generation needs to rise three-fold. Global mining firms may have to raise the annual production of critical minerals by 500%. Perhaps 2% of America’s land will have to be blanketed in turbines and solar panels. [ read more … ]

Romney, Senators Float First Change to Gas Tax Since 1993

By Erik Wasson and Laura Litvan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-13 15:14:05

Republican and Democratic senators said Thursday they’re open to considering the first change in the national gasoline tax since 1993 to help fund a bipartisan infrastructure spending package they plan to propose to President Joe Biden. Indexing the gasoline tax — currently 18.4 cents-per-gallon — to a measure of inflation has been discussed by a bipartisan group of senators working on a compromise plan, according to Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who’s taken a leading role in those talks. But the White House has rejected indexing as a tax increase on the poor and middle class, according to a person familiar. [ read more … ]

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