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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 3, 2022

Top Story

Biden Aims to Cut Approval Times for New Power Lines

By Katherine Blunt and Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:23:20

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package enacted last month includes about $5 billion for transmission support and gives the federal government more power to intervene in state-level disputes. Democrats’ separate, roughly $2 trillion social-policy and climate bill would provide billions of dollars more in loans, grants and a stand-alone tax credit for such projects. But unified Republican opposition and resistance from a handful of key Democrats in the narrowly divided Congress have made the legislation’s fate uncertain. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

FEATURE: Burgeoning US offshore wind industry will hit important milestones in 2022

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:23:06

With more than 30 GW of offshore wind power capacity under development along the US East Coast, power market participants are paying close attention to when these projects will begin delivering power into the regional markets, with several milestones expected in 2022. Some large state-level offshore wind solicitation winners were announced in December, and those projects will be watched in 2022. [ read more … ]

Build Back Better

What’s ahead for ‘Build Back Better’: 4 scenarios

By Jeremy Dillon, Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:23:57

Congress returns this week with President Biden’s social spending and climate package hanging by a thread after Sen. Joe Manchin threw the effort into chaos last month. How the Senate responds to the West Virginia Democrat’s blockade will be the question of the year as more than $1.7 trillion — including a record $555 billion for climate-inspired initiatives — hangs in the balance. [ read more … ]

Courts

Courts may overhaul energy law in 2022. Here’s how

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:24:13

After a year of high-profile energy project cancellations, federal courts in 2022 are expected to speak on the role of climate in oil, gas and power rules. In February, the nation’s highest bench will consider the scope of EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. In the lower courts, judges will consider whether the Interior Department can suspend new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and how the federal government can incorporate emissions cost estimates into regulatory decisionmaking. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

DOE unveils $1B loan for hydrogen plant. But is it ‘clean’?

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:23:35

The Energy Department’s loan office rolled out its first new award in years in the waning days of 2021, jump-starting a program seen as pivotal to President Biden’s climate agenda as legislation remains stalled in Congress. On Dec. 23, the office announced it would guarantee up to $1.04 billion in loans for Monolith Nebraska LLC to scale up production of “clean” hydrogen, provided the company meets unspecified conditions. [ read more … ]

EVs

As U.S. pushes a shift toward electric cars, where should the chargers go?

By Michael Laris, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-03 16:22:52

Frustrated by the whims of gasoline suppliers and sensitive to his daughter Teresa’s environmentalism, Doley dug up his tanks and converted his Takoma Park, Md., station into an electric-vehicle charging pioneer two years ago, prompting a wave of headlines and inquiries from station owners from Seattle to New Orleans. At lunch hour on a warm day this month, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pulled up in a government-issued black Mustang Mach-E with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, then plugged in. It’s the latest in a stream of made-for-media moments that last year included a visit to Doley’s station by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who arrived to highlight state funding for the project. [ read more … ]

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