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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 10, 2022

Top Story

A Renewable Energy Bubble Is Hit By the Perfect Storm

By Chris Bryant, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:34:09

Manufacturers like Vestas Wind Systems A/S have been blown off course by a perfect storm of transport snarl-ups and surging freight and raw material costs. Instead of raking in profits on soaring demand for clean energy, the Danish firm is struggling just to break even. Last week, loss-making European rival Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A ousted its chief executive officer — its second change at the top in less than two years. General Electric Co.’s renewables arm is also losing money. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Norway to launch 1.5 gigawatt offshore wind tender

By Nora Buli, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:33:34

Norway will launch later this year its first tender for bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines in the southern North Sea, planning to develop 1.5 gigawatt of electricity that will supply the Norwegian mainland, the country’s government said on Wednesday. Offshore wind is seen as a key new industry offering a potential transition for Norway’s dominant oil and gas sector to a renewable energy future, while building on the existing industry’s technical know-how. [ read more … ]

Nuclear

A giant donut-shaped machine just proved a near-limitless clean power source is possible

By Danya Gainor and Angela Dewan, CNN  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:36:20

There’s no silver bullet to the climate crisis, but nuclear fusion may be the closest thing to it. In the quest for a near-limitless, zero-carbon source of reliable power, scientists have generated fusion energy before, but they have struggled for decades to sustain it for very long. On Wednesday, however, scientists working in the United Kingdom announced that they more than doubled the previous record for generating and sustaining nuclear fusion, which is the same process that allows the sun and stars to shine so brightly. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure

Republicans urge states to ignore infrastructure guidance

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:35:33

Top Republican lawmakers are pushing back against the Biden administration’s efforts to encourage states to prioritize climate resilience, public transit and bike paths over highway expansion projects when allocating new infrastructure funding. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday sent a letter to the nation’s governors urging them to disregard federal guidance on how states should use funding for road and bridge projects. [ read more … ]

DOE overhauls infrastructure leadership

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:35:59

The new undersecretary for infrastructure will need Senate confirmation. Tasks will include oversight of the Loan Programs Office; the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs; the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations; the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER); and the Federal Energy Management Program. The undersecretary will also be responsible for $3.5 billion set aside for the department’s weatherization assistance program, originally housed within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [ read more … ]

“BBB Bill”

Utilities vow to work with Biden on ‘Build Back Better’

By Scott Waldman, Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:35:16

Though his climate ambitions now appear elusive, Biden said the willingness of utilities to sign off on more aggressive climate plans marks a notable change from the last time he was in the White House, when he served as vice president to former President Obama. Biden said utilities would play an essential role in ramping up the use of renewable energy resources, which can spur a more robust U.S. market and manufacturing sector. That also could loosen China’s firm grip on clean energy technology, he said. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden admin details first contours of EV charging network

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-10 14:34:42

Federal transportation and energy officials yesterday detailed where the first millions of the government’s $7.5 billion funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure will go, laying the foundation of a system that could establish where Americans fuel for decades to come. The first tranche, $615 million, will arrive to states by late September after they submit plans and federal officials vet them. After that, charging stations could take months or years to build. [ read more … ]

 

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