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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 19, 2021

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Democrats search for plan B as climate program falters

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:31:43

Democrats are preparing for the possibility that the Clean Electricity Performance Program goes down amid hardening opposition from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin.
But the potential demise of the CEPP could bring its own set of political challenges, as negotiations on the reconciliation package kick into high gear ahead of United Nations climate talks at the end of the month. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

World’s Largest Floating Offshore Wind Farm Fully Operational

By Adnan Durakovic, Offshore Wind  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:30:19

”With eighty percent of the world’s offshore wind resources in deep water areas, floating technologies like the WindFloat® open several new geographies to harness the boundless supply of clean energy contained therein. The UK has led the way in realising the potential of floating wind and is now recognised globally as a key market for floating wind developments. Kincardine demonstrates the readiness of floating wind to support the government’s net zero ambitions ahead of the forthcoming lease awards in ScotWind, floating wind leasing rounds managed by Crown Estate Scotland.” [ read more … ]

NextEra, Renewables Giants Among 15 Kicked Off Clean Energy Index

By Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:32:22

Three heavyweights in renewable technology have been removed from a key S&P Dow Jones clean energy index, as the ratings agency tightened membership requirements. NextEra Energy Inc, Drax Group and Enel SpA were among 15 companiesremoved from the Global Clean Energy Index on Monday. The index predominantly includes utility companies with low exposure to weapons, thermal coal, oil, shale and gas exploration. The clean-out followed a consultation “to enhance index diversification, improve transparency, further reduce the index’s carbon footprint, and align the index methodology with market trends and sustainable investing norms,” according to a spokesperson. They declined to comment on specific companies.  [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Weaker climate bill could undermine Biden regulatory push

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:31:17

President Biden was scrambling to keep his climate agenda alive in Congress when the administration started to hear warnings. This time, they were about the White House. One of Biden’s biggest climate regulations risked falling short, administration allies said. In a late-September letter about car pollution standards, twenty-one state attorneys general argued EPA possessed the legal and technological justification to go beyond its preferred requirements. [ read more … ]


On a Pacific Island, Russia Tests Its Battle Plan on Climate Change

By Anton Troianovski and Photographs by Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:33:08

Last week, President Vladimir V. Putin said Russia would stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2060. It was a remarkable reversal since Mr. Putin has long dismissed climate science and many in his country see international efforts to combat global warming as part of a Western plot to weaken Russia. His announcement comes two weeks before world leaders are set to converge in Glasgow for a pivotal U.N. climate summit [ read more … ]

Can a Carbon-Emitting Iron Ore Tycoon Save the Planet?

By Damien Cave, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:32:51

Standing at the foot of a diesel truck as large as a dinosaur, Andrew Forrest juggled the microphone and then delivered the message that he knew the miners might see as a threat to their jobs and identities. It was time to go green. As the sun set over the hills of the first mine that set him on a path to enormous wealth, he explained that Fortescue, the Australian company he founded, would no longer just extract and ship 180 million tons of iron ore, the raw material for steel. It would zero out its own carbon emissions and become a renewable energy powerhouse. [ read more … ]


What Willie Phillips’ past says about how he would change FERC

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:31:01

Willie Phillips, President Biden’s nominee to serve as the next member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has been an established figure in Washington for more than a decade. But it wasn’t always that way. Growing up outside Mobile, Ala., Phillips — who is currently chair of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia — was painfully familiar with an issue that has been at the forefront of utility regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic: utility shut-offs. [ read more … ]


Company announces first-of-a-kind $3B renewable hydrogen project

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-19 15:30:40

A new partnership led by a veteran fossil fuel executive announced plans today to build what could be the country’s biggest hub for renewable hydrogen, even as billions in potential public funds for the technology face an uncertain fate in Congress. The Mississippi Clean Hydrogen Hub, as it’s known, would use newly constructed arrays of solar panels to generate electricity, which in turn would power electrolyzers that split hydrogen from water molecules. The zero-carbon hydrogen would be stored in underground salt caverns — also to be newly built — then piped or trucked away to serve as fuel for fuel-cell vehicles or be blended into natural gas systems. [ read more … ]


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