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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 14, 2021

Top Story

Energy crisis tests Biden’s clean electricity agenda

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:22:31

The Biden administration called for continued use of natural gas, illustrating the challenging political spot facing the White House as it navigates between a global energy crisis, protesters on the left and a push for a major clean energy package on Capitol Hill. Rising energy demand spurred by the pandemic recovery has sent natural gas and oil prices skyrocketing, raising fears about inflation and energy availability this winter. It’s also proving at least a temporary boom to fossil fuels, including coal, and is fueling Republican attacks as Biden’s efforts to tackle climate change remain at an impasse in Congress. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:21:16

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines. Speaking at a wind power industry conference in Boston, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that her agency will begin to identify, demarcate and hope to eventually lease federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Maine and off the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic States, North Carolina and South Carolina, California and Oregon, to wind power developers by 2025. [ read more … ]

Interior to auction 7 new offshore wind leases

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:22:50

Federal regulators will auction off as many as seven new offshore wind leases by 2025 in an attempt to broaden the industry’s geographic footprint and meet President Biden’s climate goals, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced on Wednesday. The plan is potentially significant. Biden has set a goal of installing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, but experts say the U.S. will have a hard time meeting that goal without opening new swaths of ocean to development. Haaland’s announcement, made at an industry conference in Boston, marks an attempt to do just that. [ read more … ]

As turbines rise, small-scale fishermen have the most to lose

By Benjamin Storrow, Miriam Wasser, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:23:06

Offshore wind is a critical component of President Biden’s climate strategy, but it has met fierce resistance from fishermen like Aripotch. They fear installing thousands of massive turbines in the ocean could displace them from their fishing grounds and sink their industry. The conflict is a vivid illustration of the trade-offs involved in confronting climate change [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Automakers Press NHTSA To Not Go Beyond EPA Vehicle GHG Plan

By Doug Obey, InsideEPA  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:20:19

Automakers are pressing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ensure its updated light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards do not require improvements beyond EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas limits, even as environmental groups are urging both agencies to impose rules stricter than their preliminary plans. The stances surfaced at an Oct. 13 public hearing on NHTSA’s fuel economy plan, offering a preview of upcoming formal comments to the agency. [ read more … ]

FERC

Over Two Dozen Organizations Call on FERC to Support Large-Scale Transmission

By Blake McCarren, American Council on Renewable Energy  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:20:56

“We encourage moving towards rules that improve the structures and regulations under the Commission’s jurisdiction that enable large-scale regional and interregional transmission expansion to ensure that we have a resilient, clean, reliable, and affordable power system,” the signatories wrote, citing “the fast-growing and widespread recognition of the importance of large-scale transmission to ensure that the nation’s transmission system is capable of supporting future needs.” [ read more … ]

Oil majors chime in on transmission

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:20:39

 Shell and BP weighed in on FERC’s efforts to improve U.S. electric transmission policy, joining hundreds of commentators who filed with the commission on Tuesday. The oil giants called on FERC to ensure transmission policy doesn’t hinder the development of their offshore wind plans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as they continue to diversify their power portfolios. [ read more … ]

FERC deadlock may shift renewables’ future in South

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:22:02

A new grid plan for the southeastern U.S. from several electric utilities went into effect yesterday, a development that could shift the trajectory of clean energy in the region and is fueling threats of legal action. The Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM), an electricity trading platform among major regional utilities, became operational after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission split 2-2 on whether to approve it. [ read more … ]

EVs

Plug-in cars are the future. The grid isn’t ready.

By Will Englund, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-14 16:21:43

There, at an installation opened earlier this year by a car-sharing company called Revel, on the site of the old Pfizer pharmaceutical headquarters, this carbon-free power can help juice up a whole fleet of sleek vehicles that aim to leave the internal combustion engine behind. But that’s on a good day. Even now — before this state and the country’s grand ambitions for an electric future are fully in motion — there are too many bad ones. [ read more … ]

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