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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 7, 2021

Top Story

House Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Putting Social Policy Bill on Hold; The Infrastructure Bill at a Glance

By Jonathan Weisman, Emily Cochrane and Catie Edmondson, New Yo  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:09:54

The House passed a $1 trillion bill on Friday night to rebuild the country’s aging public works system, fund new climate resilience initiatives and expand access to high-speed internet service, giving final approval to a central plank of President Biden’s economic agenda after a daylong drama that pitted moderate Democrats against progressives. But an even larger social safety net and climate change bill was back on hold, with a half-dozen moderate-to-conservative Democrats withholding their votes until a nonpartisan analysis could tally its price tag [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. calls on nations to set bold targets for offshore wind

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:12:30

A top U.S. official on Thursday challenged nations to join the United States in setting aggressive goals to expand electricity production from offshore wind. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued the call during an appearance at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The administration of President Joe Biden has moved swiftly this year to support a nascent offshore wind industry in the United States, a key part of its plan to decarbonize the power sector by 2035 and address global warming. [ read more … ]

Floating Wind Farms Are About to Transform the Oceans

By Judith Lewis Mernit, The Atlantic  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:11:07

Alla Weinstein did not invent the floating wind turbine. This is something she wanted to make clear early in our Zoom call, as if she were worried I’d give her too much credit. “I don’t need to invent. There are plenty of inventions,” she said. “But a lot of inventions die on the grapevine if they aren’t carried through.” What Weinstein does is carry them through. [ read more … ]

Wind Manufacturers Blown Off Course

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:12:14

Wind turbine makers continue to struggle due to supply-chain woes and uncertainty over the future of federal tax credits, so much so that analysts are projecting slowing growth for U.S. wind power next year. Despite strong demand amid a shift toward renewable power, many companies are having a hard time delivering turbines on budget and on schedule due to shipping delays, rising steel costs and other problems. [ read more … ]

Climate

Energy Transfer CEO on net-zero targets: ‘It is insanity’

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:10:21

The head of Energy Transfer LP, the pipeline company that built the Dakota Access line, sees a long future for oil and natural gas despite the transition to cleaner-burning fuels and the coronavirus pandemic’s economic turmoil that slashed oil demand. Kelcy Warren, the executive board chairman of Dallas-based Energy Transfer, rejected the idea that companies’ and governments’ adopting net-zero goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions would eliminate petroleum use. [ read more … ]

Nation’s 3rd-largest utility to shut down half of coal fleet

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:12:56

Southern Co. announced yesterday that it will shutter roughly 55 percent of its coal fleet by the end of the decade as the company shifts to a net-zero electricity mix. The closures include units at the nation’s two largest coal-fired power plants, as well as the previously announced Plant Daniel, one of the last coal generators in Mississippi. The move will reduce the amount of coal on Southern’s system by 80 percent since 2007, company CEO Tom Fanning told Wall Street analysts yesterday. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Why John Hickenlooper didn’t join ‘Manchinema’

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-07 14:13:15

The Exxon sting, he said, renewed old questions about whether the fossil fuel industry is following the playbook of tobacco companies. So when Hickenlooper watched the lobbyist describe how Exxon fights climate policy, he said he wasn’t “surprised at all.” “I am fully aware of how many millions, how many billions of dollars the [fossil fuel] industry as a whole has spent vilifying and falsely accusing climate science, saying it’s not real, it’s a hoax — y’know, go down the list,” Hickenlooper said. Observers say that Hickenlooper’s skepticism represents a subtle shift for the former Colorado governor, who has long prided himself on his ability to strike compromises with Republicans and with industry. [ read more … ]

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