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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 26, 2021

Top Story

What Can N.H. Learn From A Little Island In The Atlantic With A Lot Of Renewable Energy?

By Amanda Gokee, New Hampshire Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 11:58:55

About 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire, there’s a little island that could be a snapshot of what our future on the mainland might look like when it comes to renewable energy. Appledore Island is home to the Shoals Marine Laboratory, run jointly by the University of New Hampshire and Cornell University. But it’s also a laboratory of sorts for engineering a grid that runs on a high percentage of renewable energy – a place where the challenges and opportunities of using lots of solar and wind are already playing out, years ahead of the mainland. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Plan

Dems’ clean electricity plan spurs renewable fight

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 11:59:09

House Democrats’ $150 billion clean electricity plan is raising concerns over who gets to build renewable energy projects. The Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) under consideration in Congress would dole out monetary awards to electric companies that meet annual clean electricity targets and ding them financially if they don’t. The landmark federal proposal is designed to boost renewables across the electric sector, but critics argue that its terse language may leave key players out. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

House Democrats say they plan action this week on the infrastructure bill and their social safety net plan.

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 12:01:16

House Democratic leaders on Friday said they would take up both a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a far-reaching, multitrillion-dollar social safety net plan this week, as they worked feverishly to bridge deep divisions within their ranks that are holding up President Biden’s top two domestic priorities. To placate moderates who were resisting voting for the $3.5 trillion budget plan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California committed last month to hold a vote by Monday on the infrastructure package, which passed the Senate over the summer. [ read more … ]

Ida

Lights Out

Story by Arelis R. Hernández, Photos by Sarah L. Voisin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 11:59:44

Hurricane Ida lashed the 1300 block of Yorktowne Drive, leaving some without homes and all without power and water. The next three weeks were a struggle to survive. There was no air conditioning for 100-degree heat. There was no drinking or bathing with clean, running water. Without electricity, cooking had to be done on a grill, if at all. This is a story of a community in crisis — but also of a community that had each other’s backs. [ read more … ]

States

N.Y. hydrogen, CCS proposals could set national precedent

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 12:00:15

New York is weighing a new program to build out emerging technologies like hydrogen and carbon capture, a development that puts the state at the forefront of a national debate over the gas industry’s role in plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. In California, Louisiana and Michigan, for example, state officials are putting together net-zero road maps that are likely to flesh out exactly what carbon capture’s role should be for the power sector.
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Climate

Northeast U.S. coast warming faster than rest of continent

By Valerie Yurk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 12:01:01

Summers on the northeast coast of the United States have heated up by 2 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years — making it the fastest-warming region in North America — and new research points to two likely explanations. Climatologists suspect it has something to do with the slowdown of a powerful system in Atlantic Ocean as well as changing air circulation patterns, according to a findings published yesterday in Nature Climate Change. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC’s Glick Links Texas Blackouts Report To Climate Resilience Effort

By Rick Weber, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 12:01:36

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff are calling for new reliability standards in a preliminary report on February’s widespread blackouts in Texas and throughout central portions of the country caused by severe storms, with FERC Chairman Richard Glick saying the issue is “directly related” to the commission’s climate resilience work. “We need to reassess how we consider what reliability really is in the face of the changing climate,” Glick told reporters following FERC’s Sept. 23 public meeting where the report was released. [ read more … ]

EVs

Summer saw record EV sales

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-26 12:01:53

Electric vehicles in the United States accounted for nearly 5 percent of all light-duty vehicle sales and more than 20 percent of all passenger vehicle sales this past July, according to new EV sales data. Atlas EV Hub, a product of Atlas Public Policy, found that consumers purchased 59,606 EVs in July, nearly double the previous July high and second only to June 2021, where EV sales topped the charts. [ read more … ]

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