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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 29, 2021

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What to watch as Senate takes up reconciliation bill

By Geof Koss, Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Manuel Quiñones, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:10:41

Schumer’s timeline is ambitious. Lawmakers next month also have to address coming fiscal deadlines. The government’s spending authority runs out Friday. The debt ceiling is also a looming concern. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said on ABC’s “This Week” she was confident budget reconciliation would be done by Christmas. “I am,” she said. “Sen. Manchin is still at the negotiating table, talking to us every day, talking to us about voting rights, getting that bill done, restoring the Senate. He’s talking to us about this bill.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

‘Urban myth’: Can Congress replace coal with renewables?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:11:30

As coal mines and power plants close across the U.S., many climate hawks envision a new generation of renewable energy facilities rising from the ashes of America’s coal fields. Reality is more complex. The United States is once again on pace to smash its yearly record for wind and solar installations. But few of those facilitates are located in the communities that were once home to coal mines and power plants. The result is an evolving energy landscape, with investment and job opportunities draining out of coal towns and into places with renewables. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biden’s solar choice

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:10:16

Biden will have to decide whether to extend tariffs on Chinese-imported solar panels — a move that backers say would help out struggling U.S. solar manufacturers but that opponents say would drive up the costs to reach the administration’s clean energy deployment goals. The International Trade Commission recommended extending the tariffs Wednesday, giving Biden and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai the chance to accept or reject them. [ read more … ]

EPA

Can New York Really Get to 100% Clean Energy by 2040?

By Anne Barnard and Grace Ashford, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:09:34

New York effectively has two separate electrical grids: upstate, where most of the state’s growing clean-power supply is generated, and in and around New York City, the area that consumes the most energy and relies most heavily on power from fossil fuels. The power lines that connect the two, already clogged with a traffic jam of electrons, cannot carry more. Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced two massive transmission-line projects to help bridge that divide, a step that environmental advocates hope is a sign that she is accelerating the state’s efforts to address climate change and environmental inequities. [ read more … ]

States

Can New York Really Get to 100% Clean Energy by 2040?

By Anne Barnard and Grace Ashford, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:09:34

New York effectively has two separate electrical grids: upstate, where most of the state’s growing clean-power supply is generated, and in and around New York City, the area that consumes the most energy and relies most heavily on power from fossil fuels. The power lines that connect the two, already clogged with a traffic jam of electrons, cannot carry more. Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced two massive transmission-line projects to help bridge that divide, a step that environmental advocates hope is a sign that she is accelerating the state’s efforts to address climate change and environmental inequities. [ read more … ]

Markets

300 companies chart path for CO2-free energy technology

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:12:08

More than a decade ago, a host of U.S. companies helped drive down wind and solar energy costs through voluntary energy purchases, a trend that’s reshaped the nation’s power sector. Now, a coalition of nearly 300 major corporations and institutions is urging those same companies to give similar treatment to much-needed next-generation clean energy technologies like long-term batteries, hydropower and geothermal energy. [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. will miss electric-vehicle targets without big investments in semiconductor manufacturing, commerce secretary warns

By Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-11-29 15:09:11

The United States won’t meet the Biden administration’s goal of widespread electric-vehicle adoption without urgent investment in domestic semiconductor manufacturing, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. Demand for computer chips is already far outstripping supply, a problem that will intensify with widespread adoption of electric cars, which require more chips per vehicle, Raimondo told journalists before a planned speech on the semiconductor shortage Monday in Detroit. [ read more … ]

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