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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 15, 2021

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Democrats Roll Out $3.5 Trillion Budget to Fulfill Biden’s Broad Agenda

By Jonathan Weisman, Emily Cochrane and Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:24:33

Huge investments would go to renewable energy and a transformed electrical system to move the U.S. economy away from oil, natural gas and coal to wind, solar and other renewable sources. The budget blueprint is to include a clean energy standard, which would mandate the production of electricity driven by renewable sources and bolster tax incentives for the purchase of electric cars and trucks. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Without offshore wind, NJ faces billions in shoreline damage, officials argue

By Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:24:14

More than 100 New Jersey elected officials released a letter Tuesday supporting offshore wind projects along the coast, adding that doing nothing to address climate change would result in billions of dollars in losses to communities across the state. Elected Officials to Protect America — a network of former and current elected officials focused on environmental issues — organized the effort, saying offshore wind development will invigorate the state’s economy, provide thousands of jobs and reduce future impacts from climate change such as flooding and hurricanes.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

The lurking threat to solar power’s growth

By James Temple, MIT Technology Review  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:26:04

A few lonely academics have been warning for years that solar power faces a fundamental challenge that could halt the industry’s breakneck growth. Simply put: the more solar you add to the grid, the less valuable it becomes. The problem is that solar panels generate lots of electricity in the middle of sunny days, frequently more than what’s required, driving down prices—sometimes even into negative territory. [ read more … ]


Europe Rolls Out Plan to Shift From Fossil Fuels, an Effort That Could Impact Trade

By Steven Erlanger and Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:23:48

In what may be a seminal moment in the global effort to fight climate change, Europe on Wednesday challenged the rest of the world by laying out an ambitious blueprint to pivot away from fossil fuels over the next nine years, a plan that has the potential to set off global trade disputes. The most radical, and possibly contentious, proposal would impose tariffs on certain imports from countries with less stringent climate-protection rules. The proposals also include eliminating the sales of new gas- and diesel-powered cars in just 14 years, and raising the price of using fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Surging Electricity Demand to Boost Emissions as Coal Use Climbs

By Samuel Etienne, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:24:48

Global electricity consumption will surge this year as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, with fossil fuels supplying almost half the increase in a shift that threatens ambitious net-zero carbon emission targets. Power demand will climb almost 5% in 2021 after sliding 1% last year, according to a report Thursday from the International Energy Agency. Most of the growth will come from Asia where strong demand for coal is keeping the dirtiest fossil fuel the world’s biggest source of electricity. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Seeks to Cut Energy Storage Costs by 90% Within Decade

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:25:12

The Biden administration announced Wednesday an ambitious goal of cutting the cost of energy storage by 90% within a decade, an effort officials say is necessary to achieve the president’s climate goals. Spearheaded by the Energy Department, the plan seeks breakthroughs that will be critical for the use of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. [ read more … ]

Clean electricity standard lands spot in $3.5 trillion Democratic-backed infrastructure deal

By Scott Voorhis, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:26:33

A clean electricity standard, which would require utilities across the country to slash emissions, will be part of a broad $3.5 trillion infrastructure deal Democrats hope to pass by budget reconciliation, according Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn. The Biden administration wants Congress to pass a clean electricity standard, but is also prepared to pursue efforts to push utilities to ratchet down their emissions through the federal regulatory process should a national standard fail to make the final bill, according to Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser. [ read more … ]


Senators clash over policy to increase FERC transmission siting authority

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-07-15 15:25:52

An attempt to derail Senate efforts to give federal regulators more authority over transmission siting prompted a debate over power line expansion on Wednesday. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee hearing considering a bill that would invest in energy and outdoor infrastructure, proposed an amendment that would cut a section in the legislation that would increase the permitting authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He argued the policy could override state-level concerns, while Democratic senators protested that broader federal authority is necessary in order to build out the transmission needed to bring more renewable energy onto the grid quickly. [ read more … ]


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