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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 17, 2022

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on President’s Day. It resumes on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Top Story

Democrats’ climate plan languishes, putting hundreds of billions in private investment on hold

By Jeff Stein and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-17 16:38:59

The chief executive of a Portland area-based battery company believes his products could play a critical role in fighting climate change, storing the energy produced by wind and solar for hours instead of having it dumped whenever consumer demand dips. But Eric Dresselhuys has put on hold ESS’s plans to expand production by as much as eightfold, fearing the projects will pay off for developers and his company only if Democratic lawmakers enact the clean energy tax credits they proposed as part of the Build Back Better bill. The legislation’s uncertain future has frozen hundreds of billions of dollars in private capital, according to analyses by industry groups and nonpartisan analysts, and complicated America’s much-touted clean energy revolution. [ read more … ]

Climate

How the Supreme Court Could Decide Biden’s Climate Future

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Greg Stohr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-17 16:40:24

With his climate agenda facing an uncertain future in Congress, President Joe Biden’s vow to slash greenhouse gas emissions depends on environmental regulations that the Supreme Court may gut even before they’re written. The nation’s top court hears arguments Feb. 28 from coal plants and Republican-led states trying to curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. The case could jeopardize the ability of the U.S. to meet Biden’s pledge to halve greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

Are oil majors greenwashing? What 12 years of data show

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-17 16:40:44

There is a “mismatch” between the public statements of four of the world’s largest oil and gas companies and their actions and investments on clean energy, according to new research that analyzed 12 years of data. The study, published yesterday in the journal PLOS One, focused on Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC and Shell PLC. Those companies are responsible for more than 10 percent of global carbon emissions since 1965, the study noted. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

3 states with shuttered nuclear plants see emissions rise

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-17 16:39:26

New York passed a law in 2019 requiring the state to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2040. But over the last two years, the exact opposite has happened: CO2 from power plants has climbed nearly 15 percent, according to EPA data. New York’s experience is hardly unique. In neighboring New England, where six states are united by a single electricity market, power emissions are up 12 percent over the last two years. And in Pennsylvania, emissions from electricity generation have grown 3 percent. [ read more … ]

“BBB” Bill

Dems look to reframe ‘Build Back Better’ on pocketbook issues

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-17 16:40:07

Democrats are hoping to jump-start the Senate’s consideration of the “Build Back Better Act” by focusing on climate measures in the bill they say will help consumers with pocketbook issues. In a briefing held by Congress’ electrification caucus yesterday, Democrats argued that provisions in the bill to offset the cost for consumers to electrify their home appliances and vehicles could cushion energy price spikes. [ read more … ]

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