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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 23, 2021

Top Story

John Kerry’s Sales Pitch to Save the Planet

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:23:33

The lanky figure lugging a green Orvis carry-on was instantly recognizable as he paused on the jetway after his overnight flight from the United States. “Mr. Kerry,” waved a fellow passenger. “Are you here to save the climate?” John Kerry, the former United States senator and secretary of state, is now a kind of pedigreed traveling salesman for the environment, shuttling from country to country, with an urgent pitch to save the planet. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.K. Wind Power Generation Hits Highest Level in Over a Month

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:25:36

U.K. wind power generation climbed to the highest level in more than a month on Wednesday, easing the country’s reliance on expensive natural gas. Britain has been suffering from calm conditions with wind speeds in the North Sea among the slowest in 20 years, idling turbines just as the cost of natural gas generation has surged amid a supply crunch.  [ read more … ]

Soolar Energy

Solar companies warn tariffs on imported panels would be devastating

By Celine Castronuovo, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:23:19

A group of nearly 200 U.S. solar companies are calling on the Department of Commerce to reject recent petitions for tariffs on imported panels from some Asian countries, arguing that the measures would harm U.S. investment in renewable energy and efforts to combat climate change.  The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) wrote in a letter sent to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, which more than 190 companies signed onto, that there was an “immediate and serious threat posed to the U.S. solar industry from the anonymous circumvention petitions recently filed against solar cell and panel imports from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.” 
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Reconciliation Bill

Path on infrastructure, climate elusive after Biden meetings

By Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:24:58

House Democratic leaders are struggling to get their massive reconciliation package ready for a vote on Monday. And it’s not clear a vote will even happen. It’s a huge task with steep odds, but Democrats’ hopes of salvaging months of hard work and political maneuvering — and delivering on the most ambitious climate agenda in a generation — could depend on it.
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Reconciliation timing slips as Democrats continue to feud

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:25:18

Reconciliation talks are likely to slip into October amid ongoing policy disputes and a brewing fight in the House between moderates and progressives. That leaves President Biden’s agenda in an uncertain position, with less than a week to go before a scheduled House vote Sept. 27 on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. [ read more … ]

States

Ohio Lawmakers Revisiting Ways to Encourage Renewable Energy Development

By Andy Chow, Ohio Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:23:52

Ohio lawmakers say they want to figure out ways to bring more renewable energy projects to the state after the old renewable energy credits were rolled back in the sweeping and tainted energy bill that also bailed out nuclear plants. Now policymakers are looking for a new approach to green energy development. Ohio’s energy companies were once required to have renewable energy and alternative energy make up 25% of the grid by 2025. [ read more … ]

Europe

Europe’s gas crisis is also a renewables crisis, but there are ready solutions

By Angela Dewan, CNN  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:24:41

European natural gas prices have soared so highthat hundreds of millions of people could be facing cold homes or inflated energy bills over winter. There’s also fears of a knock-on impact as carbon dioxide used in food production — a byproduct of fertilizer made with natural gas — also gets more expensive. Politicians are blaming the surge in prices on an increase in natural gas demand as the world wakes up from the pandemic, supply disruption caused by maintenance, and a less-windy-than-usual summer that saw a drop in wind-generated power. [ read more … ]

EVs

What Will It Take for Electric Vehicles to Create Jobs, Not Cut Them?

By Noam Scheiber, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-23 15:23:03

The report, released Wednesday by the Economic Policy Institute, concluded that it would take government subsidies focused on developing a domestic supply chain and increasing demand for U.S.-made vehicles to avoid job losses. It found that without additional government investment, the industry could lose about 75,000 jobs by 2030, the year by which Mr. Biden wants half the new vehicles sold in the country to be electric. By contrast, the report said, if government subsidies were targeted to increase the portion of electric vehicle components that are manufactured domestically, and to increase the market share of U.S.-made vehicles, the industry could add about 150,000 jobs by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

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