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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 24, 2022

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A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:17:34

California has led the nation in setting ambitious climate change goals and policies. But the state’s progress is threatened by a nasty fight between rival camps in the energy industry that both consider themselves proponents of renewable energy. The dispute is about who will get to build the green energy economy — utilities or smaller companies that install solar panels and batteries at homes — and reap billions of dollars in profits from those investments. At stake is whether the state can reach its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Energy — Rich With Opportunity, For Oil Giants And Utilities Alike

By Ken Silverstein, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:16:11

Offshore wind energy is an untapped resource in the United States. But it is now being uplifted — the product of favorable policies by the Biden Administration and the desire by some producers to start building projects. To that end, the U.S. Department of Interior has Okayed New York’s first offshore wind farm — a project by Ørsted Offshore North America and Eversource Energy. 
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Renewable Energy

2022 Outlook: US solar and wind boom continues despite supply chain woes, Build Back Better uncertainty

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:18:18

Like 2020, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for deployment in the renewable energy sector, and experts say the next year will follow that trend. With the low cost of solar and onshore wind, analysts and advocates alike see 2022 as a record-year in the making, although supply chain difficulties persist. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced planned deployments for 21.5 GW of solar and 7.6 GW of wind in the U.S. in 2022, based on surveys of developers through October 2021. For utility-scale solar, that would surpass the estimated 15.5 GW of solar additions in 2021. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Clean-Power Developers Warn Billions at Risk in Plea to Congress

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:16:40

Almost 300 renewable power developers and manufacturers are appealing to congressional leaders to advance the climate provisions in President Joe Biden’s tax-and-spending plan, warning that major clean-energy projects hang in the balance.  “Each month of delay means an estimated $2 billion in lost economic activity,” the more than 260 companies said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The clean energy initiatives represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Congress to take big, bold action to deliver the clean energy future Americans want and deserve.” [ read more … ]

Clean energy companies press for BBB

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:17:13

More than 260 companies that employ workers in the clean energy industry are making the economic case for passage of the stalled Build Back Better Act. In a letter to Democratic leaders today, the companies argued that each month of delay on the bill is an estimated $2 billion in lost economic activity. “That means missed economic opportunities in energy transition communities. That means fewer jobs in domestic mills producing steel for solar and wind projects,” the letter said. “And it means a delay in building the American manufacturing base and workforce into a global clean energy powerhouse.” [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC’s EJ drive

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:17:53

FERC’s Democratic majority is upping its rhetoric around the importance of environmental justice considerations when approving new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. But the path forward remains unclear, with resistance from the right over potential impacts on market certainty and skepticism from environmentalists on the administration’s progress executing its EJ goals. [ read more … ]

EVs

Convenience stores want to bring EV charging to rural America

By Bengt Halvorson, Green Car Reports  •    •  Posted 2022-01-24 14:18:44

Although a hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture earlier this month included plenty of testimony about rural America not being ready for EVs—cast into what many will hear as “fear, uncertainty, and doubt” category—one sector presented a more optimistic-sounding vision for getting more charging out to the places where the distances are vast: gas stations and convenience stores.  [ read more … ]

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