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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 8, 2021

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How the infrastructure bill happened and what it will do

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:54:48

The bill includes $65 billion for energy and electric grid, incorporating much of Manchin’s “Energy Infrastructure Act of 2021,” S. 2377. There’s $5 billion for grid reliability and resiliency grants, $3 billion for smart grid grants, funding for technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and money for two advanced nuclear demonstration projects first authorized in the Energy Act of 2020. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Cost of largest U.S. offshore wind farm spikes by $2B

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:55:14

Dominion Energy Inc. disclosed Friday that its plan to raise 180 turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach will cost ratepayers $2 billion more than previously thought. When the company first announced its preliminary plan for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in 2019, it estimated a cost to Dominion customers of $8 billion. The utility now expects that will be closer to $10 billion, said Bob Blue, president and CEO of Dominion Energy in a call with investors Friday. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Democrats cheer reconciliation vote, but big fights remain

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:55:42

White House chief of staff Ron Klain hammered the point home: “We are going to lead the world in tackling climate change,” he said on on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” adding, “We’re going to pass this bill and have the tools to do it.” But simmering beneath this optimism are real uncertainties as to how lingering disagreements over the cost and content of the reconciliation bill, known as the “Build Back Better Act,” will get resolved and fulfill the many promises on climate action Democrats intend to tout in Glasgow over the next several days. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Oklahoma Proposes Letting Gas Utility Charge A $1,400 ‘Exit Fee’ To Go Electric

By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:57:11

Oklahoma’s biggest natural gas utility could soon charge customers who switch to electric stoves and heating systems an “exit fee” of nearly $1,400 to disconnect service, HuffPost has learned, setting a precedent that could help the industry lock millions of Americans into fossil fuel use for decades. The proposal is part of a larger bid by Oklahoma Natural Gas to sell off debt it incurred when fuel prices skyrocketed during a historic cold snap last February. It is currently being negotiated before a judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The provision, which would apply only to customers who terminate service specifically to go electric, could be approved as early as December and come into force no later than June. [ read more … ]

Nuclear

Nuclear Advocates Say More Reactors Will Aid Renewables

By Dieter Holger, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:56:55

The head of the United Nations’ atomic energy watchdog touted nuclear power’s virtues as a complement to wind and solar—energy sources that are getting more airtime at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the recent energy price spike in Europe, the result of short gas supplies and low wind energy output, bolsters the case for nuclear. [ read more … ]

Climate

Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds

By Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin, Desmond Butler, John Muyskens, Anu Narayanswamy and Naema Ahmed, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:56:07

Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere. The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year of underreported emissions — big enough to move the needle on how much the Earth will warm. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Has a Dirty Secret

By Anjani Trivedi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-08 14:54:20

As the world focuses on the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, the dawn of the electric vehicle era is sure to be touted as a major solution to a severe emissions problem. What few policy makers and business leaders seem to acknowledge, though, is just how dirty a process making these cars has become. The transport sector is responsible for almost a quarter of direct carbon-dioxide emissions from burning fuel. Of that, passenger cars account for 45%. The challenge goes beyond what comes out of the tailpipe: Every step of making a vehicle’s 20,000 to 30,000 parts, which involves several thousands tons of aluminum, steel and other materials, produces emissions. [ read more … ]

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