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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 5, 2021

Top Story

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Study of Humanity’s Role in Changing Climate

By Cade Metz, Marc Santora and Cora Engelbrecht, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:30:45

Three scientists received the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that “laid the foundation of our knowledge of the Earth’s climate and how humanity influences it.” All three scientists have been working to understand the complex natural systems that have been driving climate change for decades, and their discoveries have provided the scaffolding on which predictions about climate are built. The importance of their work has only gained urgency as the forecast models reveal an increasingly dire outlook if the rise in global temperature is not arrested. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

N.J. advances grid plan seen as national model for renewables

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:31:04

New Jersey is weighing a novel approach to developing electric transmission projects that observers say could soon be explored by other states and help drive renewables. New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities announced Sept. 24 that it had closed a request for proposals from companies seeking to build transmission infrastructure to connect planned new offshore wind farms to the regional power grid. In a unique arrangement with the grid operator for the mid-Atlantic region, the Garden State has agreed to pay for a new transmission network without help from other states and use the power lines to link up a slew of wind projects expected to be built off the Jersey Shore. [ read more … ]

How Not to Do an Energy Transition

By Rochelle Toplensky, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:33:06

Utilities are generally a local business given differences in regulation, but the U.K. experience provides two broad lessons for other countries. First, the energy transition requires a new set of rules; tinkering with the old ones likely won’t work. Second, flexibility is the key to creating a resilient low-carbon system. Twentieth-century power networks used a few big fossil-fuel plants to produce electricity on demand. Most low-carbon ones will likely rely on lots of widely dispersed and intermittent renewable energy sources managed by a smart grid to balance supply, demand and two-way power flows.
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Reconciliation Bill

Moderates love Dems’ climate agenda. What changed from 2009?

By Timothy Cama, Nick Sobczyk, E&E  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:31:47

Moderate Democrats are standing with their colleagues as they call for aggressive climate change policies, a marked contrast from over a decade ago when a deeply divided party failed to deliver on a cap-and-trade proposal. It’s a night-and-day situation compared with 2009-10, when squabbling sank what was known as the Waxman-Markey bill. Then, dozens of House Democrats defected from the bill over economic and jobs concerns, with lawmakers from fossil fuel states leading the way. [ read more … ]

Markets

Energy Prices Spike as Producers Worry Over Pandemic and Climate

By Clifford Krauss and Peter Eavis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:32:42

Americans are spending a dollar more for a gallon of gasoline than they were a year ago. Natural gas prices have shot up more than 150 percent over the same time, threatening to raise prices of food, chemicals, plastic goods and heat this winter. The energy system is suddenly in crisis around the world as the cost of oil, natural gas and coal has climbed rapidly in recent months. In China, Britain and elsewhere, fuel shortages and panic buying have led to blackouts and long lines at filling stations. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

White House promotes faraway promise of green hydrogen

  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 11:17:02

Long-haul trucks. Cargo ships. Steel mills and cement plants. The White House believes it can use green hydrogen to cut emissions in all of them. Much of the attention around climate policy has focused on reducing carbon dioxide from vehicles, power plants and airplanes. But the Biden administration is also promoting the elusive promise of using water and renewable energy to make a clean version of hydrogen for powering U.S. industry. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?

By Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker  •    •  Posted 2021-10-05 18:32:12

Let’s say that you’ve devoted your entire adult life to developing a carbon-free way to power a household for a year on the fuel of a single glass of water, and that you’ve had moments, even years, when you were pretty sure you would succeed. Let’s say also that you’re not crazy. This is a reasonable description of many of the physicists working in the field of nuclear fusion. [ read more … ]

 

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