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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 23, 2022

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The absurd Supreme Court case that could gut the EPA

By Ian Millhiser, Vox  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:27:52

The issues at stake in West Virginia can be summarized fairly concisely. It is a case about a regulation that does not exist, that never took effect, and that would have imposed obligations on the energy industry that it would have met anyway. It also involves two legal doctrines that are mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, and that have no basis in any federal statute. And yet, West Virginia could wind up permanently hobbling the government’s ability to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. offshore wind auction attracts record-setting bids

By Nichola Groom in Los Angeles and Christine Kiernan in New Jersey, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:28:21

The largest ever U.S. sale of offshore wind development rights – for areas off the coasts of New York and New Jersey – attracted record-setting bids on Wednesday from companies seeking to be a part of President Joe Biden’s plan to create a booming new domestic industry. It is the first offshore wind lease sale under Biden, who has made expansion of offshore wind a cornerstone of his strategy to address global warming and decarbonize the U.S. electricity grid by 2035, all while creating thousands of jobs. [ read more … ]

What to watch in Biden’s first offshore wind auction

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:29:07

The Biden administration will held a long-awaited offshore wind auction yesteradyday, with both established players in the developing industry and new competitors expected to vie for a chance to raise turbines in the shallow-water region sandwiched between New Jersey and New York. Industry has long pushed for a new auction in the New York Bight, where developers haven’t seen a lease sale since 2016, and expectations are high that it could result in a blockbuster sale. [ read more … ]

Some in Iowa community oppose proposed wind farm

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:28:44

A plan by MidAmerican Energy to build a large wind farm in southwestern Iowa is drawing opposition from some community residents. MidAmerican is seeking to build a 400 megawatt capacity wind farm capable of providing power to about 144,000 Iowa homes, Iowa Public Radio reported. The project, dubbed the Silver Creek Wind Farm, would see between 90 to 140 wind turbines erected in northern Mills and southern Pottawattamie counties and is hoped to be operational by 2024. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate denial still flourishes on Facebook — report

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:29:48

Facebook is still allowing climate denial to flourish on its platform despite pledging months ago to crack down. About half the content from major publishers of climate denial receives warning labels and very little is fact-checked, a new report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate has found. [ read more … ]

Markets

How the Russia crisis hits energy, from CO2 to pipelines

By Mike Lee, Miranda Willson, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-23 14:29:30

The degree that the Russian crisis may ripple across the U.S. energy sector and stress Biden’s climate agenda are unclear, despite a push by U.S. industry to increase natural gas exports. In Europe, some analysts say the pause of Nord Stream 2 could double natural gas prices at a time when consumers are already struggling. The crisis in the Ukraine escalated on Monday when Putin recognized the independence of two breakaway regions of the Eastern European country and said he would send troops there as “peacekeepers” [ read more … ]

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