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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 31, 2022

Top Story

Biden begins crackdown on power plant pollution

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:04:35

Biden officials are kicking off a crackdown on power plant pollution, aiming to shift the nation’s electricity supply to cleaner energy in the face of congressional resistance and a Supreme Court that could limit the federal government’s ability to tighten public health standards. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency will affirm its authority to curb mercury from smokestacks, reversing a 2020 Trump administration policy. The move signals a broader effort by the administration to cut greenhouse gases and other pollutants from U.S. power plants, which rank as the nation’s second-biggest contributor to global warming. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

PJM offshore wind offshore wind transmission proposal could serve as regional blueprint

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:06:12

PJM Interconnection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ novel offshore wind development plan could serve as a regional blueprint for building offshore wind transmission, including a potential backbone design, executives said Jan. 28. PJM filed a first-of-its-kind joint agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (ER22-902) Jan. 27 that details how the grid operator will evaluate electric transmission projects proposed in response to New Jersey’s offshore wind target of building 7,500 MW of offshore wind generation capacity by 2035. [ read more … ]

Transmission

FERC should loosen incumbent transmission owners’ grip on planning, R Street panelists say

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:05:04

Transmission planning needs major reforms, including loosening the grip incumbent transmission owners have on the process, a panel of experts said Thursday during a roundtable hosted by the R Street Institute, a think tank. Transmission reform — perhaps the top priority at FERC — may be the most important national energy policy issue, according to Devin Hartman, R Street director of energy and environmental policy. [ read more … ]

States

Calif. weighs help for oil workers in green future

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:06:50

California officials are brainstorming how to help oil industry workers as the state moves to phase out fossil fuels and replace gasoline-powered vehicles with electric cars. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office and legislators are talking to unions representing industry workers, and a new state Assembly document outlines potential solutions. But it’s a complex quandary, raising questions about whether to guarantee workers their current salaries and benefits as their jobs disappear. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Democrats Put Build Back Better in Joe Manchin’s Court

By Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:05:38

Democrats are increasingly willing to accept whatever child-care, healthcare and climate package that Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) would support as they return to Washington this week, hoping to salvage elements of the party’s economic agenda after months of failed negotiations. Party lawmakers have started to change their attitude toward the package as they grapple with the possibility of failing to convert their narrow control of Congress into progress on major party goals. Some have moved away from insisting that the package include particular priorities, instead advocating for the party to notch a result with Mr. Manchin ahead of the midterm elections. [ read more … ]

4 issues to watch as Congress returns

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, George Cahlink, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:07:10

The Senate and House will return from recess this week to a growing workload. House progressives are clamoring for Senate Democrats to put aside deep political differences and pass a massive climate and social spending package before President Biden delivers his State of the Union address in March. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric cars on show in Washington as Biden pushes for green revolution

By Patrice Worthy, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-01-31 15:05:52

The Washington DC Auto Show has been showcasing alternative fuel vehicles for 15 years, but this is the first year an entire pavilion was dedicated to electric vehicles, or EVs. In part, you can thank the current occupant of the nearby White House for that. If Joe Biden has his way with his ambitious $2.2tn Build Back Better plan there will be 50% zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. The Biden administration also has plans to convert an estimated 600,000 of its fleet to alternative fuels as part of a renewed commitment to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

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