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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 21, 2022

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A year after Texas cold spell, study shows renewable energy could avoid blackouts

By Kasha Patel, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-21 09:03:33

Around this time last year, millions of Texans were shivering without power during one of the coldest spells to hit the central United States. For five days, blackouts prevented people from heating their homes, cooking or even sleeping. More than 200 people died in what is considered the nation’s costliest winter storm on record, amounting to $24 billion in damages. Twelve months later, the state’s electrical grid, while improved, is still vulnerableto weather-induced power outages. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Inside Clean Energy: Texas Is the Country’s Clean Energy Leader, Almost in Spite of Itself

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-21 09:04:09

Texas had 7,352 megawatts of new wind, solar and energy storage projects come online during the year, according to a report issued this week by the American Clean Power Association, a trade group. The runner-up, California, brought 2,697 megawatts online. But what got my attention wasn’t Texas’ dominance in 2021. It was that Texas also is the leader when ranking the states on how much wind, solar and storage they have under construction or in advanced development; Texas has 19,918 megawatts, followed in the distance by California, with 13,663 megawatts. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Why the White House never released its 2030 climate strategy

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-21 09:04:40

The United States still owes the world details about how it plans to meet President Biden’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of this decade. The White House promised last year that those would come in the form of a comprehensive “U.S. National Climate Strategy.” That term was used more than 20 times by the American government in a report submitted to the U.N. climate body last year on how the United States would zero out emissions by 2050. [ read more … ]

Dems say ‘Build Back Better’ on White House back burner

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-21 09:05:00

The $1.7 trillion climate and social spending package once the centerpiece of the Democrats’ domestic agenda barely registered as a blip on the radar during a meeting yesterday with Senate Democrats and White House chief of staff Ron Klain, according to lawmakers in attendance. That the legislation is now taking a back seat to other issues President Biden is poised to discuss in his March 1 State of the Union address is another warning sign that party leaders have no plans to revive the “Build Back Better Act,” with its $550 billion investment in programs to help the environment, anytime soon. [ read more … ]

Democrats hit the road to promote green projects

By George Cahlink, Nick Sobczyk. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-21 09:05:18

President Biden recalled yesterday that Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur handed him a note just after his first joint address to Congress last year, touting the virtues of the Great Lakes that are an economic driver in her district. “The Great Lakes undergird life, work and recreation for millions of people, and we need to invest in them if we want a bright and more prosperous future for the region,” the note read. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.