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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 12, 2021

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At least 85 percent of the world’s population has been affected by human-induced climate change, new study shows

By Annabelle Timsit and Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:25:03

These combined findings — which focused on events such as crop failures, floods and heat waves — allowed scientists to make a solid link between escalating extremes and human activities. They concluded that global warming has affected 80 percent of the world’s land area. “We have a huge evidence base now that documents how climate change is affecting our societies and our ecosystems,” said lead author Max Callaghan, a researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Germany. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar-powered steel mill blazes trail for green energy transition

By Derek Brower, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:24:22

Later this week, a huge new solar array on Colorado’s southern High Plains will officially launch — and proponents of a global energy transition will have a new beacon for their cause. The $285m Bighorn Solar array, developed by Lightsource BP just outside Pueblo, the city that made much of the rail track that snakes across America’s west, will be one of the largest solar facilities east of the Rockies. [ read more … ]

China’s New Renewable Project Rivals All Wind and Solar in India

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:27:18

China has started building a massive renewable energy project that’s bigger than all of the wind and solar power in India. Construction on the first phase, comprising 100 gigawatts of wind and solar, in the desert has started smoothly, President Xi Jinping said via video link Tuesday at a United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Kunming. That’s more than the entire wind and solar capacity installed in India, according to BloombergNEF, and it would be able to generate four times as much power as the Three Gorges Dam.
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Transmission

Transmission for renewables? Here’s a FERC road map

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:25:21

The process for planning U.S. transmission lines is holding back renewable energy and increasing electricity costs, so Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorities should overhaul their policies to ensure that more low-carbon power comes online affordably, according to a new report. The report provides a detailed look at barriers to developing cost-effective, high-voltage power lines that are needed to bring more renewables and low-carbon power on the grid. It also outlines examples of when grid operators and transmission developers used proactive strategies to plan and pay for transmission projects and suggests how they could be replicated. “We need transmission super-highways but we are building single-lane, local roads.” [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. roads vulnerable to flooding — report

By Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:26:28

Nearly a quarter of the nation’s road miles are at risk of becoming impassable during a flood, according to a groundbreaking new study that documents the surprising vulnerability of key U.S. facilities such as roads, hospitals and power plants. The analysis by the nonprofit First Street Foundation aims to fill a gap left by flood models that have focused on residential risk. That includes First Street’s own analysis last year that showed far more homes are in danger of being flooded than the federal government projects. [ read more … ]

Bill to exempt motor sports from EPA rules gains momentum

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:26:45

A Democratic congressman from California has received hundreds of constituent letters on an unlikely topic: race cars that compete in lonely hollows and scorched plains. The central coast residents were voicing support for legislation that would allow garage racers to remove emissions controls from street vehicles if the cars are used solely on the tracks. The measure, known as the “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act,” has long aligned with the GOP mantra of restricting EPA’s authority. But Democrats have increasingly gotten on board as enthusiasm for sports racing has grown, fueled by social media and Netflix. [ read more … ]

Climate

Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome

By James Ross Gardner, New Yorker  •    •  Posted 2021-10-12 15:24:45

The hottest temperatures ever recorded in Oregon were imminent. The heat dome appeared on weather models as a bloody thumbprint pressed into the Pacific Northwest, and would likely produce what one meteorologist characterized as “obscene temperatures.” A hundred and three degrees, a hundred and four, maybe even a hundred and seven were forecast. “This is not just uncomfortable heat,” Jennifer Vines, the lead health officer for three counties, including Multnomah, advised Voss and the others. “This is life-threatening heat.” [ read more … ]

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