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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 20, 2021

Top Story

This Powerful Democrat Linked to Fossil Fuels Will Craft the U.S. Climate Plan

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:28:50

Tthe most powerful climate mechanism in the budget bill — and the one that Mr. Manchin intends to reshape — is a $150 billion program designed to replace most of the nation’s coal- and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear power over the next decade. Known as the Clean Electricity Performance Program, it would pay utilities to ratchet up the amount of power they produce from zero-emissions sources, and fine those that don’t. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

New design for offshore wind farm has lots of fans

By Joann Muller, Axios  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:27:01

Wind Catching Systems scrapped the traditional Dutch windmill design — a pole and three giant blades — in favor of a 1,000-foot-high, grid-like network of smaller turbines that spin faster, generating more energy. One of its floating Wind Catchers can produce enough electricity to power 80,000 European homes, the company says.
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Reconciliation Bill

5 issues to watch as reconciliation talks intensify

By George Cahlink, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:28:11

Negotiations over President Biden’s energy and environment agenda will center on the Senate this week after the House finished drafting its version of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan. House panels held marathon markups on sections of the package in recent weeks, and the Budget Committee could weave it all together in the coming days. The Senate is unlikely to hold any markups and is instead putting together its work behind closed doors. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

The pipes are calling

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:27:50

Even as Democrats edge forward on the most aggressive climate legislation in U.S. history, they’re getting some grief from advocates who are usually solidly in their corner: anti-pipeline advocates. At issue is $2 billion in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to help develop new pipeline networks to carry carbon dioxide from industrial emitters to underground storage sites. Jane Kleeb, chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party who spearheaded efforts against the now-canceled Keystone XL pipeline, said Nebraska farmers have received calls from pipeline companies interested in look at their land for siting of a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline system. “There is such little education on this out there, even among climate champions, that people feel like they’re getting sold, just like they got sold with fracking early on,” Kleeb said. “That money for pipelines shouldn’t be in there, I’m sorry. If these measures are necessary, let oil companies handle them, not taxpayers.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Rivian is coming. Here’s why it matters

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:27:22

Americans always have had exactly one choice when it comes to all-electric carmakers: Tesla. Starting this month, they will have another. Rivian Automotive Inc. rolled its first pickup truck destined for regular customers off its assembly line in Normal, Ill., last week, and first deliveries are coming soon. The vehicle is a milestone toward electric vehicles’ being, well, normal. But it’s not the only reason that Rivian matters. One reason is historic. If Rivian thrives, it will be only the third American automaker in a century to not to die by bankruptcy. The others are Chrysler, founded in 1925, and Tesla, in 2003. [ read more … ]

The Chevy Bolt recall is burning up what’s left of GM’s EV good will

By Sean O’Kane, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2021-09-20 15:28:29

General Motors plans to launch 30 new electric vehicles around the world by 2025, and aspires to sell only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. But over the last few years, the United States’ biggest automaker has once again squandered the advantages it held in the still-burgeoning field of electric vehicles through bad politics, bad investments, and now most notably, a massive recall of the Bolt — currently its only all-electric vehicle — thanks to around a dozen reported fires. [ read more … ]

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