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January 20, 2022

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MidAmerican proposes adding enough wind, solar generation to meet all of Iowa customers’ power needs

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:45:17

MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday that it’s seeking to invest $3.9 billion to develop more wind and solar energy, and explore new technologies that will push the company closer to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The Des Moines-based utility generated nearly 88% of the power used by its Iowa customers from renewable sources in 2021. In a filing with the Iowa Utilities Board, it proposes building 2,042 megawatts of wind and 50 megawatts of solar generation.  The filing said the projects would push MidAmerican’s wind generation to 9,300 megawatts and solar capacity to nearly 200 megawatts. In a statement, it said the wind initiative alone would enable it to provide renewable energy equal to its Iowa customers’ annual usage. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Predictions Favored Solar Over Wind Power. What Happened?

By Lois Parshley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:45:57

Nearly 50 years later, wind and solar farms have sprouted across the country — but solar power accounted for less than 3 percent of American electricity last year, while wind made up around 8 percent. President Biden is aiming to run the U.S. energy grid entirely on clean energy within 15 years, and he has set a goal of cutting the cost of solar energy by 60 percent over the next decade. To hit these targets, policymakers might do well to explore why Seamans’ predictions were essentially upside down. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:46:20

A small but growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition. Faced with the possibility that Democrats could lose control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, the party is now looking to salvage what it can from the $2.2 trillion Build Back Better Act. The sweeping climate-change and social-policy bill passed the House but came to a halt last month when Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Democrat and swing vote in the Senate, said he opposed it. [ read more … ]

Biden supports removing climate provisions from stalled BBB

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:46:50

President Biden said yesterday that he’s willing to split up his “Build Back Better” bill to give the stalled measure a chance of passage. And he signaled there was strong support on Capitol Hill for its climate-related provisions. “We’re going to have to probably break it up,” Biden said during a White House press conference. “I’ve been talking to my colleagues on the Hill; it’s clear that we would be able to get support for the 500-plus billion dollars for energy and the environment.”
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Biden resets BBB: ‘I think we can break the package up’

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:47:08

President Biden said yesterday he would support breaking up or paring down the “Build Back Better Act,” pointing specifically to the $555 billion in climate spending as a key area of agreement.
“I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now and come back and fight for the rest later,” Biden said yesterday during a news conference marking nearly one year in office. [ read more … ]

States

New Va. AG pulls out of Supreme Court climate case

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-20 15:46:35

Virginia has dropped out of a coalition of states urging the Supreme Court to find that EPA has broad authority to regulate power plant emissions. Attorney General Jason Miyares (R), who took office over the weekend after Republicans swept the state in November, tweeted last night that he was “proud to announce Virginia is no longer participating in West Virginia v EPA.” The tweet signaled Miyares’ rejection of his predecessor’s challenge to a lawsuit launched by coal companies and Republican-led states asking the high court to curb EPA’s authority. The Supreme Court last fall made the extraordinary move to take up the case, which focuses on a regulation that does not currently exist.
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