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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 20, 2021

Top Story

Democrats, Scaling Back Budget Bill, Press for Compromise by Week’s End

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-20 17:00:18

Senate Democrats said on Tuesday that they hoped to reach a compromise on President Biden’s sprawling domestic policy plan by the end of the week, toiling to show progress after weeks of public bickering and private negotiations with centrist holdouts. The renewed urgency came as Mr. Biden privately conceded that key elements of his social safety net and climate proposal were likely to be dropped or substantially pared back to fit in a measure that would be much smaller than the initial $3.5 trillion plan that Democrats had sketched out over the summer. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

‘Bloody expensive.’ Major U.S. offshore wind plan hits obstacles

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-20 17:00:53

Dominion’s proposed commercial wind farm not only would be the nation’s largest project, but also dwarfs the competition. In comparison, Vineyard Wind off Massachusetts, the first offshore wind farm approved in the United States, plans to raise 62 turbines. The second approved farm, off Long Island, N.Y., South Fork Wind, will have just 12. The Virginia project is also one of the farthest from shore, 28 miles at its closest point. The distance has dampened fights from beach lovers who don’t want to view turbines on the horizon. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Dems seek to salvage climate goals with taxes, regs

By Benjamin Storrow, Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-20 17:01:09

A grim truth hit Democrats yesterday: They have limited options for meeting President Biden’s climate goals. The centerpiece of the president’s climate agenda — a $150 billion plan to pay utilities to add clean electricity — is all but dead thanks to staunch opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin. The conservative West Virginia Democrat also quickly dispensed with talk of turning to a carbon tax as a replacement, telling reporters yesterday it was “not on the board at all.” And so by the time a group of progressive lawmakers emerged from a meeting at the White House yesterday afternoon — an outline of a scaled-down reconciliation package in hand — it looked increasingly likely that Democratic policymakers would settle for the only two climate policies the country has ever known: tax credits and regulations. [ read more … ]

‘Pace has picked up’: Dems eye deal by week’s end

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-20 17:01:24

Top Democrats are looking to strike a broad agreement on a reconciliation bill in the coming days, but they’re no closer to consensus on climate policy. After weeks of opposition from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Democrats are increasingly acknowledging they may have to drop the proposed clean electricity performance program, or CEPP — currently the centerpiece of President Biden’s climate agenda — from their multi-trillion dollar package. But one of their proposed replacements, a price on carbon, isn’t fairing much better. [ read more … ]

FERC

Glick fleshes out plans for new FERC grid rules

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-20 17:00:36

New rules affecting the electric power system issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should apply everywhere, including in parts of the country that lack organized power markets, FERC Chair Richard Glick said yesterday. Speaking virtually during a meeting held by the Western Interstate Energy Board and the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation, Glick said that FERC’s focus on organized power markets when initiating certain reforms and regulations should be reconsidered. [ read more … ]

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