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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 31, 2021

Top Story

Climate Change to Be Treated as Public-Health Issue

By Stephanie Armour, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:23:00

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched an office that will treat climate change as a public-health issue, designed to address what the White House says are health risks, including those that disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. “Its mission is to protect the health of people experiencing a disproportionate share of climate impacts and health inequities from wildfires to drought, to hurricanes to floods,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said at a news briefing Monday. The new office is likely to spur initiatives touching on many aspects of healthcare, HHS officials announced Monday. It is expected to offer protections for populations most at risk—including the elderly, minorities, rural communities and children, and the office could eventually compel hospitals and other care facilities to reduce carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Biden administration aims to cut costs for solar, wind projects on public land

By Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:23:16

The Biden administration plans to make federal lands cheaper to access for solar and wind power developers after the clean power industry argued in a lobbying push this year that lease rates and fees are too high to draw investment and could torpedo the president’s climate change agenda. Washington’s decision to review the federal land policy for renewable power projects is part of a broader effort by President Joe Biden’s government to fight global warming by boosting clean energy development and discouraging drilling and coal mining. [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rule

EPA’s Regan Pledges ‘Aggressive Approach’ For Power Sector GHG Rules

By Dawn Reeves, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:24:50

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says his agency is taking a “fresh look” at options for regulating greenhouse gases from both new and existing power plants, arguing that a forthcoming proposal would include lessons learned from defunct rules issued by the past two administrations while aiming for a “very aggressive approach.” Regan offered new details on the highly anticipated power sector rules during Aug. 30 remarks as part of a wide-ranging event hosted by think tank Resources for the Future (RFF), though he did not include a timeline for when to expect a proposal. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Entergy Says 2,000 Miles of High-Voltage Lines Knocked Out by Hurricane Ida

By Katherine Blunt and Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:24:03

Entergy Corp.’s ETR 0.36% challenge in restoring power after Hurricane Idaextends well beyond New Orleans as it repairs widespread wind damage to much of its transmission system. Rod West, Entergy’s group president of utility operations, said Monday that 207 transmission lines traversing more than 2,000 miles are out of service in Louisiana and Mississippi. About 900,000 customers are without power, and the company expects the number to increase as the storm moves through Mississippi.
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EVs

China’s Electric-Vehicle Ambitions Are No Pipe Dream

By Jacky Wong, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:23:44

Chinese electric-vehicle sales are shifting back into high gear after a period of stagnant growth. Its homegrown EV makers are also turning into more formidable competitors: After struggling for decades to match foreign expertise in the internal combustion engine, China has a real chance to put foreign brands on the back foot in the electric era. Warren Buffett-backed EV maker BYD on Friday reported a 54% increase in revenue for the first six months of this year, but its net profit recorded a 29% decline. Rising raw material prices and a chip shortage raised costs, but it probably also booked less profits from selling medical masks, compared with the same period last year. BYD built mask production lines in February 2020 and made millions of masks daily at one stage [ read more … ]

Commentary

Worrying About Your Carbon Footprint Is Exactly What Big Oil Wants You to Do

By Auden Schendler, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-31 14:24:24

Everybody’s going carbon neutral these days, from the big boys — Amazon, Microsoft, Unilever, Starbucks, JetBlue — to your favorite outdoor brand, even ski resorts. Probably your neighborhood coffee roaster, too. What’s not to like? Becoming carbon neutral means cutting greenhouse gas emissions as much as you can, then offsetting what you can’t avoid with measures like tree planting. Seems admirable. [ read more … ]

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