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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 28, 2021

Top Story

California just committed itself to “an unprecedented amount” of clean energy

By Nathanael Johnson, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:07:31

Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan that requires utilities to buy 11.5 gigawatts of zero-carbon electricity by 2026. That’s a lot: Between a third and a fifth of the electricity California is using at any given moment.  “This is a landmark decision, I don’t think it is hyperbole to describe it as such,” said Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen. The directive calls for “an unprecedented amount of clean energy,” he said. It’s an especially significant decision because it’s not primarily intended to boost clean energy, but to ensure that California doesn’t have blackouts.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. Ban to Have Only Limited Impact on China’s Solar Industry

By Krystal Chia, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:08:57

A U.S. ban on some solar materials made in the Xinjiang region is unlikely to have a major impact on Chinese polysilicon manufacturers, analysts said, although that could change if other countries follow Washington. The Biden administration imposed a “withhold release order” on Thursday for products made by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co. and ports were instructed to detain shipments of its silica-based products. Another four Chinese entities were also added to Washington’s export blacklist on concerns over allegations of human-rights abuses against the ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Green groups shift energy to reconciliation package

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:08:01

Environmental advocates are shifting their focus to a multi-trillion, Democrat-led spending package after seeing that a smaller bipartisan infrastructure deal is unlikely to include many of their priorities. The bipartisan agreement is expected to include some scaled-down versions of President Biden’s climate proposals, but activists are optimistic that they can achieve many of their goals through a Democrat-only measure that is poised to advance alongside the smaller $1.2 trillion package. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure deal would boost investments in transportation, with infusions for rail and transit

By Ian Duncan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:07:46

The agreement includes $312 billion dedicated to transportation, a proposal that would represent a significant boost in federal spending on the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Layered on top of current federal spending, it would provide billions more than lawmakers have included in transportation funding bills moving through Congress, even though it’s scaled back by about one-third from the White House’s initial American Jobs Plan. Despite the lower overall spending, the administration said it would achieve many of the same transportation objectives. [ read more … ]

An Expert Watches Biden’s Clean-Energy Dream Walk a Tightrope

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:07:14

President Biden managed to come together last week with a group of 21 Senators to wrangle a bipartisan $579 billion infrastructure package that included funding towards old-fashioned projects such as bridges and highways. There’s some money, too, for mass transit, research and development for clean energy technologies of the future. It should have been a victory lap. Instead all hell broke loose. [ read more … ]

Markets

Old, small and CO2-intense: why Canada’s highest-carbon oil sands sites keep pumping

By Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and David Ljunggren, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:08:17

In the shadow of Canada’s mega oil sands projects, smaller, technologically outdated facilities produce up to three times more emissions per barrel than the already high sector average- and rising oil prices have given them a new lease of life. These projects present another challenge to Canada’s goal to cut emissions by 40-45% by 2030. With oil prices near 2-1/2-year highs and dim prospects for building new projects in a world heading toward net zero emissions, operators are aiming to pump as much as they can from existing facilities – including from the most carbon-intense sites.
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Texas

Texas power grid overcomes problems to meet record June demand

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-28 16:08:42

Peak electricity demand in Texas broke June’s record on Thursday and was expected to do so again on Friday, the power grid operator said, but there was no repeat of last week’s problems when a significant amount of generation was out of action. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid in most of the state, last week urged consumers to conserve energy to reduce stress and avoid outages as homes and businesses cranked up air conditioners during a heatwave blanketing the U.S. Southwest. [ read more … ]

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