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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 24, 2022

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E.U. will unveil a strategy to break free from Russian gas, after decades of dependence

By Michael Birnbaum and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:08:19

The strategy to split from Russian energy, expected to be announced by the European Commission next week, would give Europe a freer political hand against Russia than it has had in the past. It would take years and come with a hefty bill for European taxpayers. But it comes with the crucial backing of Germany, a nation so entangled with Russia that one of its former chancellors, Gerhard Schröder, is the chairman of Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil company. [ read more … ]

wind Energy

Largest US offshore wind lease auction attracts $1.5B in bids and counting

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utiity Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:06:38

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) largest leasing auction for rights to offshore wind development attracted nearly $1.54 billion in bids on Wednesday for six areas with an estimated potential for 5,600 to 7,000 MW of development, depending on the efficiency of the turbines. BOEM said 14 bidders participated in the first day of the auction, from a total of 25 eligible bidders. BOEM did not identify the bidders, but eligible bidders include Avangrid Renewables, PSEG Renewable Generation, Equinor Wind US, and subsidiaries of EDF Renewables, BP and Shell. Provisional winners will be announced following the end of the auction. [ read more … ]

Back to bight another day

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:07:02

 The federal auction for offshore wind areas off the coast of New York and New Jersey will continue for at least another day, with 13 developers vying to secure one of six leases up for grabs. The last round for the day came in at a total of $1.5 billion, which is a record-breaker for a single offshore wind auction by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. There’s 488,201 acres on the auction block in a prime location where the water is shallow enough to anchor turbines to the ocean floor. Per acre prices for the most hotly contested areas are also eye-popping, far outstripping the previous 2018 record for leases off the Massachusetts coast. [ read more … ]

Grid

4 transmission technologies to watch

By Gordon Feller, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 11:05:24

As Congress, the Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission move to spur new transmission, efforts are underway to improve existing transmission assets and expand where they can go. For example, transmission developers are increasingly looking to “shared usage of right of way,” negotiating directly with rail lines and governmental stakeholders of highways to use those corridors to bury transmission lines, according to Kevin Ludwig, associate vice president and grid solutions leader at Black & Veatch. There has also been a focus to use inland waterways with submarine cables which are paired with a high-voltage, direct current transmission system to move large amounts of power, Ludwig added.  [ read more … ]

Three men plead guilty in plan to attack power grids to advance white supremacist ideology

BY CHLOE FOLMAR, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:08:46

Three men pleaded guilty Wednesday to being part of a plan to attack power grids in an effort to spark race conflict that would advance white supremacy. Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, of Columbus, Ohio; Jonathan Allen Frost, 24, of West Lafayette, Ind., and Katy, Texas; and Jackson Matthew Sawall, 22, of Oshkosh, Wis., all pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Cook and Frost met in 2019 through an online chat group, where Frost shared his plan to attack a power grid as a way to achieve white supremacist goals. [ read more … ]

Markets

White House again contemplates SPR release as oil prices stay above $90/b

By Meghan Gordon, S&S Global  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:07:54

The Biden administration signaled Feb. 22 that it is building a case for a globally coordinated crude stockpile release as the Russia-Ukraine tensions keep oil prices above $90/b. The International Energy Agency said Feb. 22 that member countries “stand ready to act collectively to ensure that global oil markets are adequately supplied.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla: We’ll open our charging network for federal

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:07:38

Tesla Inc. is known not just for its electric cars, but the system it has built to fuel them: a coast-to-coast network of fast-charging plazas that only Tesla drivers can use. Now, as the federal government prepares to spend billions of dollars to build out a public charging network, Tesla has proposed a way to get its hands on some of that money — by partially opening its Supercharger network for use by other electric cars. [ read more … ]

USPS shuns Biden EV push, locks in plan for gas trucks

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-24 15:07:20

The U.S. Postal Service has finalized a plan to replace its aging mail trucks with mostly gasoline-powered models, defying calls for more electric vehicles from the Biden administration, Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists. In a record of decision released yesterday, the USPS stuck with its proposal for a 10-year contract with Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense LLC to supply up to 165,000 new mail trucks, with only 10 percent required to be battery electric and the remaining 90 percent allowed to be gas-powered vehicles. The decision is the last step of the federal environmental review process and allows USPS to move forward with its first $482 million order. [ read more … ]

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