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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 29, 2021

Top Story

Biden Struggles to Unite His Own Party Behind His Economic Agenda

By Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:56:27

President Biden and his aides mounted an all-out effort on Wednesday to salvage Mr. Biden’s economic agenda in Congress, attempting to forge even the beginnings of a compromise between moderates and progressives on a pair of bills that would spend trillions to rebuild infrastructure, expand access to education, fight climate change and more. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden renewables plan may hit floating tech troubles

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:52:32

Legislators in three states have enacted laws that could lead to 12.6 gigawatts or more of floating wind power in 2030 — a sizable chunk of the Biden administration’s 30 GW goal for that date. Two of the state laws, in Oregon and California, came in the last four months. The newest measure, signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday, requires state energy officials to make a road map for an offshore wind industry, with a specific gigawatt target for 2030 and 2045. Every gigawatt would need to come from floating turbines, since California’s coastal waters grow too deep, too quickly for the traditional, fixed-bottom type of turbine bolted into the seafloo [ read more … ]

The winds blow off Jersey

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:51:11

The Interior Department also announced it is beginning an environmental review of two wind projects proposed off the New Jersey coast. Both of the projects are from Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC, a partnership of EDF Renewables and Shell New Energies. In June, the state Board of Public Utilities gave the company permission to build a 1,509 MW project, nearly 11 miles offshore . [ read more … ]

FERC

3 takeaways from yesterday’s FERC hearing

By Miranda Willson, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:51:54

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Richard Glick defended the need for tighter scrutiny of natural gas projects yesterday during his first appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee since taking the helm at the agency in January. Lawmakers questioned all four sitting FERC members — two Democrats and two Republicans — in an oversight hearing that touched on issues including environmental reviews and House Democrats’ sweeping clean electricity plan. It also showcased political divisions at FERC, which oversees the bulk power system and large natural gas pipelines, among other energy projects. [ read more … ]

Is climate plan feasible? The question splits FERC members

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:53:26

The centerpiece of Democrats’ climate plans in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package is an ambitious effort to decarbonize the electric grid, but members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission disagreed yesterday on whether it was realistic. The four FERC commissioners split along party lines during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the plan, known as the Clean Electricity Performance Program, or CEPP, which would offer both incentives and penalties to power providers to move to clean energy production. The commissioners offered competing visions on the pace and federal role in pushing along the energy transition. [ read more … ]

States

N.C. Republicans target tree canopy plans

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:52:52

City and county officials in North Carolina would be barred from passing local tree ordinances without first getting the approval of state lawmakers under a provision added by Republicans to the state’s pending budget bill. The proposal has sparked opposition from municipalities and environmentalists, who said the GOP measure would result in lost tree canopy. They warned that a loss of tree shade would prove problematic in a fast-growing state where rising average temperatures and extreme heat events are stressing both urban and rural communities.
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EVs

Volkswagen, Ford, Other Big Auto Makers Push to Make Solid-State Batteries the Next Big Thing for EVs

By William Boston, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-09-29 15:52:10

The configuration has the potential to deliver faster charging times and make the packs safer by eliminating the flammable electrolyte solution used in lithium-ion batteries, auto executives and analysts say. Still, the technology remains costly and relatively unproven in real-world applications, a hurdle that is expected to take years to solve for the mass market. [ read more … ]

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