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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 30, 2022

Top Story

Court Revokes Oil and Gas Leases, Citing Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:50:50

A federal judge on Thursday canceled oil and gas leases of more than 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico, ruling that the Biden administration did not sufficiently take climate change into account when it auctioned the leases late last year. The decision by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is a major victory for environmental groups that criticized the Biden administration for holding the sale after promising to move the country away from fossil fuels. It had been the largest lease sale in United States history. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind power supply chain disruption not a short-term affair-Siemens Gamesa CEO

By Isla Binnie, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:49:50

Siemens Gamesa, the world’s largest maker of offshore wind turbines, expects current supply chain problems that have hit the global wind power sector to persist for a while, its chief executive said on Friday. “We are battling with raw material price increases, we see a severe crisis at the moment with big disruption in our supply chain,” Andreas Nauen told an event organised by ESADE business school in Spain. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Exclusive: White House mulls extension of Trump-era solar tariffs, with tweaks

By Jarrett Renshaw and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:48:29

The White House is considering extending Trump-era tariffs on solar power imports, but with a handful of tweaks to make it easier for domestic installers to access supplies, according to two sources familiar with the administration’s thinking. The plan represents an attempt by U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to find common ground between two important political constituencies: union labor, which supports import restrictions to protect domestic jobs, and clean energy developers keen to access overseas supplies that are cheaper than U.S.-made goods.
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States

Green energy firms face new push in Kansas to restrict them

By John Hanna, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:51:59

Green energy companies and environmentalists are fighting a revived push in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature for stricter limits on wind turbines and solar farms in a state where renewable resources account for nearly half the capacity for generating electricity. Two Senate committees held hearings Thursday on bills backed by a key conservative lawmaker and landowners upset with wind turbines going up near their homes. Wind energy officials said the proposed rules would be so strict that no new wind or solar farms could be built in Kansas. [ read more … ]

Cloud of Potent Greenhouse Gas Spotted Near Pipelines in Iowa

By Allison Nicole Smith, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:52:28

A potent cloud of the planet-warming greenhouse gas methane was spotted by satellite earlier this month near natural gas pipelines in Iowa.  State and federal regulators said they couldn’t identify the source of the methane, which is the main component of natural gas and has 80 times the global-warming power of carbon dioxide for the first two decades after it’s released into the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

How Stephen Breyer changed FERC and clean energy

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:51:12

Breyer, who came to the court with expertise in natural gas regulation, has been a part of key federal court rulings that have defined how the federal and state energy regulators balance authority over wholesale markets. The rulings, while not directly related to the transition to a greener energy grid, nonetheless have helped the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and states to proceed with clean energy initiatives and climate targets, experts said. [ read more … ]

Next justice unlikely to make a difference in climate law

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:51:34

President Biden could nominate someone with the greenest of credentials to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, but it’s unlikely to sway the current court’s conservative bent on climate issues. With Biden promising yesterday that he’ll nominate the first Black woman to the court, environmental groups say they’re hoping that the judge will build on Breyer’s general inclination to support environmental regulation. [ read more … ]

Meet Biden’s potential Supreme Court picks

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-30 15:52:48

Biden is expected to tap a justice who would the first Black woman on the Supreme Court — and who would follow in Breyer’s footsteps as a reliable vote for environmentalist interests. “I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone of extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity,” Biden said in remarks today. “And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court.” Biden said he would announce his selection by the end of February. [ read more … ]

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