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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 28, 2021

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Biden unveils revised spending plan, exhorts Democrats to back it

By Tony Romm, Sean Sullivan and Tyler Pager, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:03:18

President Biden on Thursday unveiled a new $1.75 trillion package to overhaul the country’s health-care, education, climate and tax laws, muscling through a slew of policy disagreements and internecine political feuds that had stalled his economic agenda for months. The announcement marked a critical moment in Biden’s tenure, prompting the president to pay a visit to Capitol Hill and call on Democrats to adopt the spending along with a second, roughly $1.2 trillion package to improve the country’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

By Ivan Penn, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:06:41

Much of the equipment on the electric grid was built decades ago and needs to be upgraded. It was designed for a world in which electricity flowed in one direction — from the grid to people. Now, homes and businesses are increasingly supplying energy to the grid from their rooftop solar panels. [ read more … ]

What a $2B Texas project says about U.S. quest for CO2-free grid

By Edward Klump, Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:06:12

After a dozen years, multiple energy crises, regulatory delays and political turnover, construction of a novel 400-mile power line connecting Texas to the Southeast is finally within sight. The progress is welcome news for clean energy advocates who believe Southern Cross Transmission and similar long-haul projects are critical to a future in which Texas and the U.S. grid move immense amounts of wind and solar energy to decarbonize the nation’s electric infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

The end of large gas plants? N.Y. ruling creates furor

By Ester Wells, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:07:51

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation denied permits to build two new power plants yesterday, invoking the state’s climate law in a move that some say means the end of new large gas plants in the state. The agency denied air permits for NRG Energy’s Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC and the Danskammer Energy Center after determining that the new gas plants would be “inconsistent with or would interfere” with achieving the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The Astoria plant was planned for Queens, while Danskammer Energy’s proposal would have been built in Newburgh. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Missteps or strategy? Biden officials mix climate signals

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:06:58

The global climate conference beginning Sunday is the “last, best hope” for the planet, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said last week. It’s also “just a beginning.” It’s “not essential” to pass legislation to achieve U.S. emissions targets, Kerry said this month. But one day earlier, he said it would be tantamount to withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement if Congress failed to pass the same bill. [ read more … ]

Dems jostle to make progress on climate ahead of Biden trip

By Nick Sobczyk, Geof Koss, George Cahlink, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-28 15:07:16

Congressional Democrats are looking to show legislative progress on curbing emissions as President Biden heads to Scotland for international climate talks with his agenda hanging by a thread. The president himself is expected to travel to Capitol Hill this morning to make a last-minute plea and then deliver remarks from the White House. Even as Democrats continue to negotiate key aspects of the budget reconciliation package — including the overall cost and how to pay for it — Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced yesterday she is planning to kick-start the process for bringing the measure to the floor, despite the fact that it’s still being written. [ read more … ]

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