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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 3, 2022

Top Story

Despite Reforms, the Texas Electricity Grid Is Still Vulnerable to Cold

By J. David Goodman and David Montgomery, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:28:02

The depth of the catastrophe, which left 4.5 million customers without power and caused as much as $130 billion in economic damages, caught elected officials off guard and rattled the confidence of Texans, who questioned how the electricity grid could fail to meet the demands of consumers in the nation’s energy capital. But 10 months later, the state’s energy grid remains vulnerable, and the ability to keep the lights on is a central political issue in the state. It is a particular weak spot for Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking re-election to a third term next year. His most prominent challenger, Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman and Democratic presidential candidate, has repeatedly attacked Mr. Abbott over his handling of the crisis. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Shipping troubles threaten U.S. offshore wind — report

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:26:18

The U.S. offshore wind industry has a looming problem: Turbines are growing to huge sizes, but only a few ships in the world are big enough to mount them in the sea. That global scarcity of large turbine installation vessels could hamper the construction boom of offshore wind arrays anticipated in the United States and Europe in the coming years, said a report released yesterday by research firm Rystad Energy. [ read more … ]

States

As Virginia GOP targets clean energy, advocates hope Senate wall holds

By Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:23:05

Virginia Republicans, emboldened by a new conservative governor and state House majority, are hungry to dismantle the state’s recent clean energy progress. But advocates who prodded those green leaps forward doubt the staid but still- Democratic-majority Senate — or the public — has the appetite to deconstruct the Virginia Clean Economy Act, Clean Cars and participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [ read more … ]

FERC

Wind, solar resources should be removed from PJM capacity market: P3 trade group

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:26:44

A PJM Interconnection power generators trade group said it is concerned about the viability of PJM’s capacity markets because wind and solar resources have been acquiring capacity obligations greater than what they can deliver, but other stakeholders say all resources need capacity reevaluation. Recent actions by PJM and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “have served to materially destabilize the market,” the PJM Power Providers Group, or P3, said in a letter to PJM’s board of managers that the grid operator shared with stakeholders Feb. 2. P3 lists a dozen members on its website, including Calpine, Vistra, Tenaska, NRG, LS Power and others. It is a market-focused group that owns 67 GW of generation [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Should Kavanaugh bow out of blockbuster SCOTUS climate case?

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:27:03

As arguments approach in the most significant Supreme Court climate battle of the decade, there’s a question on the minds of some legal observers. Should Justice Brett Kavanaugh recuse himself from the case? In one of his final years as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Kavanaugh participated in marathon oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan, the predecessor to the rule that will be the subject of the Supreme Court’s Feb. 28 hearing in West Virginia v. EPA. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Post Office Is Buying Gas-Powered Trucks, Despite Biden Climate Order

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:27:19

A senior House Democrat called on Wednesday for the resignation of Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, saying he flouted President Biden’s plan to electrify the federal fleet by placing a multibillion-dollar order for mostly gasoline-powered vehicles. Representative Gerald Connolly, the Virginia Democrat who leads the House subcommittee overseeing the United States Postal Service, called the move to invest in more gas-powered trucks “antediluvian” and a threat to the government’s ability to tackle climate change. [ read more … ]

Biden’s push for American-made EV ports hits supply snag

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-03 13:27:42

President Biden’s plan to swiftly deploy a half-million U.S.-made electric-vehicle charging stations across the country could face a major roadblock: supply. Increasingly, states tasked with carrying out the president’s vision are concerned that the made-in-America requirement for EV chargers could stall or derail the effort. The problem, states say, is an economic one. The number of known manufacturers whose supply of EV chargers comply with the president’s “Buy America” requirement is few, and the demand for these ports is about to skyrocket. [ read more … ]

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