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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 21, 2021

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  It resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top Story

Can innovation save Biden’s push for 100% clean grid?

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:37:44

At a groundbreaking in October for what will become the largest solar farm in the nation, sprawling over 13,000 acres of farmland outside of South Bend, Ind., the rousing cheering section was led by Gov. Eric Holcomb and other Republican officeholders. The solar panels alone will cover a space equal to three New York City Central Parks, creating a monument to clean energy in a county that chose Donald Trump over Joe Biden by 3 to 1 in the 2020 election. The cheers were for money and jobs. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

‘World’s biggest offshore wind farm’ produces first power, passing key milestone

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:34:47

The Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm has produced its first power, Danish energy firm Orsted has said, with the announcement representing a significant milestone in the facility’s development.
Situated in waters around 89 kilometers off the U.K.’s east coast, the scale of Hornsea 2 is considerable. Spread across an area of 462 km², it will use 165 turbines from Siemens Gamesa and boast a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts. The company says it will power “well over” 1.3 million homes when finished. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Documents show FPL wrote bill to slow rooftop solar’s growth by hampering net metering

By Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:35:15

Rooftop solar power generation in Florida is still a nascent industry, but Florida Power & Light, the nation’s largest power company, is pushing to hamstring it — by writing and delivering legislation the company asked state lawmakers to introduce, according to records obtained by the Miami Herald and Floodlight. FPL, whose work with dark-money political committees helped to secure Republican control of the state Senate in the 2020 elections, asked state Sen. Jennifer Bradley to sponsor its top-priority bill: legislation that would hobble rooftop solar by preventing homeowners and businesses from offsetting their costs by selling excess power back to the company, an arrangement known as net metering. [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Battery Storage Soars on U.S. Electric Grid

By Jennifer Hiller and Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:36:50

Companies are poised to install record amounts of batteries on America’s electric grid this year, as government mandates and a steep decline in costs fuel rapid growth in power storage. The U.S., which had less than a gigawatt of large battery installations in 2020—roughly enough to power 350,000 homes for a handful of hours—is on pace to add six gigawatts this year and another nine gigawatts in 2022, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Factbox: U.S. climate-change fight threatened as Manchin rejects Biden’s bill

By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:35:40

Biden wanted his sweeping Build Back Better bill to put the United States on track to at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions this decade from 2005 levels and decarbonize the power grid by 2035. These goals will be harder to reach if Biden’s fellow Democrat Manchin helps Senate Republicans kill the bill. Here are five top climate measures in the bill, and a discussion of their prospects if the wider legislation dies. [ read more … ]

Hill climate hawks plot next steps after bill’s collapse

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:38:06

Democrats are already talking about revamping the bill to fit Manchin’s needs, which could lead to more drawn-out negotiations. Another possibility would be decoupling the $555 billion in climate spending from the broader social safety net package and passing it as a stand-alone bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has also vowed to bring the existing bill to the Senate floor after Congress returns from the holiday recess, potentially forcing Manchin to formally reject a bill he has been negotiating on for months.
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Vehicle Emission Rule

EPA tightens car emission standards, tosses Trump-era rules

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-21 15:38:41

EPA Administrator Michael Regan unveiled car emissions rules that are more stringent than originally proposed, pushing forward the Biden administration’s twin goals of combating climate change and promoting electric vehicles. “This day is truly historic,” a bundled-up Regan said outside EPA headquarters, flanked by air advocates and electric vehicles made by some of the country’s biggest automakers. “Today we are setting robust and rigorous standards that will protect people’s health.”
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