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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 23, 2021

Top Story

Will Waxman-Markey’s lessons guide greens in climate fight?

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-23 15:44:08

The next few weeks could be among the most consequential in the history of the environmental movement, and green groups are in the midst of a lobbying and advocacy blitz to make sure it doesn’t pass them by. Environmental groups are organizing to support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which could end up being the most ambitious climate legislation ever passed by Congress, and to get Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and other moderates on board with their priorities. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind-Turbine Makers Struggle to Profit From Renewable-Energy Boom

By Jennifer Hiller at jennifer.hiller@wsj.com and Katherine Blunt  •    •  Posted 2021-08-23 15:44:39

The world’s appetite for green energy is greater than ever, but that isn’t translating into big profits for some of the companies behind the boom.

Top wind-turbine makers are struggling with lower earnings as rising raw- material costs, problems shipping the hulking machines, and uncertainty over the future of U.S. subsidies pressure their businesses. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar Power Booms in Georgia, Where It Isn’t Mandated

By Elena Shao, Photographs by Audra Melton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-23 15:44:23

Much of the initial build-out of solar and wind power in the U.S. over the past three decades was driven by mandates in states such as Iowa, California, Colorado and New York that required utilities to source a certain amount of renewables. But wind and solar are now gaining market share even in states with no such requirements, as Georgia’s experience shows. Republican regulators have pushed the state’s major utility, Southern Co. SO -0.97% subsidiary Georgia Power, to invest in solar, saying that economic factors make it an attractive energy source beyond its carbon-free characteristics. [ read more … ]

Grid

Wanted: ‘Superhuman’ AI to master a greener grid

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-23 15:45:08

As power grids fill up with renewable energy, electric vehicle charging stations and customer-owned generation, they will become too complex and fast-moving for their human operators to keep up with, a group of international researchers warns. The humans will need help from smart machines — high-performance computers running decisionmaking software systems built with artificial intelligence — according to researchers at France’s grid operator RTE, the U.S. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and other partners.
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Off Topic

How a Billion-Dollar Farm-Tech Startup Stumbled, Then Revamped

By Jacob Bunge, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-23 15:45:31

When a Boston-based tech startup showed John Creighton one of the best prices for his corn he’d seen in years, the farmer signed up to sell 75,000 bushels through its network. What followed were months of headaches. The company’s paperwork, which farmers rely on to track grain quality and deliveries, was a mess, Mr. Creighton said. Trucks sometimes arrived at the farm to make pickups in the middle of the night, and several loads of his grain went missing. Months passed without full payment on the grain, versus the 72-hour turnaround with local elevators. He was paid, he said, after threatening to complain to regulators. [ read more … ]

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