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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 27, 2022

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15 years of Supreme Court climate fights come to a head today

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:36:44

Fifteen years after it issued its landmark ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court is about to get another chance to define the contours of federal climate regulation. On Monday, the justices will hear arguments in West Virginia v. EPA, a novel case that asks whether the government can — in theory, since no such rule currently exists — broadly regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:36:58

The United States government netted a record $4.37 billion on Friday from the sale of six offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, a major step in the Biden administration’s goal of ushering in a future powered by renewable energy. The auction, of more than 488,000 acres in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape May, N.J., and Montauk Point, N.Y., was the Biden administration’s first offshore lease sale. When turbines are built and start working, the auctioned acres are expected to generate up to 7,000 megawatts, enough to power nearly 2 million homes. [ read more … ]

U.S. Offshore Wind Power Auction Nets Record $4.37 Billion

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:37:48

Bidding this week by 14 companies lasted three days and went 64 rounds, according to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which handles offshore energy projects. The auction of just one parcel surpassed $1 billion and by itself easily eclipsed the previous record of $405 million in winning bids, set in the 2018 lease sale of coastal waters off Massachusetts. The government said it was the highest-grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history. “If there was ever any doubt about the appetite for offshore wind in the U.S., the results of this should put that to rest,” said analyst Adam Wilson of S&P Global Market Intelligence. [ read more … ]

US Plans to Auction 3 GW Offshore Oregon, Pinpoints Three Areas

By Adrijana Buljan, Offshore Wind  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:37:21

The floating wind technology developer withdrew the request in 2016 and, in September 2018, BOEM determined that the Principle Power Offshore Wind Pilot project no longer retains its non-competitive interest status and was no longer processing the Principle Power lease request. The US Government opened the Pacific Coast for first commercial scale offshore wind projects last year with the decision to advance areas northwest of Morro Bay and off Humboldt County in California for offshore wind development. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Supreme Court case could snarl Biden climate agenda

By Lesley Clark, Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:38:26

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning in a case that could significantly undermine President Biden’s climate agenda. Biden has pledged to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030 — a considerable amount of which would have to come from power plants — but a coalition of red states and coal industry interests has convinced the justices to consider limiting EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from the power sector. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

Feds walk back plans for nuclear reactors to run 80 years

By Kristi E. Swartz, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:39:44

Federal nuclear regulators have reversed course on letting three of the nation’s nuclear power plants run for an unprecedented 80 years, arguing an updated environmental study is needed beforehand. The surprising decision is a blow to the nuclear industry, which has been pushing to keep existing reactors running for as long as possible while simultaneously touting next-generation technology that could be ready in the coming decade. [ read more … ]

Markets

Could Russian sanctions hobble U.S. clean energy push?

By Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:38:51

Some observers are arguing that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscores a national security rationale for weaning off of fossil fuels, perhaps particularly for European countries that look east for a large share of their natural gas. But experts caution that a shift away from fossil fuels carries its own strategic implications, given Russia’s standing as a major metal miner, which could complicate broad sanctions as the country continues its assault on a U.S. ally. [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. Bets on Faster-Charging Battery in Race to Catch Energy Rivals

By Scott Patterson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-27 09:39:21

The U.S. is far behind its global rivals in the race for energy supremacy in a low-carbon world. To catch up, it is pinning its hopes on companies such as Ion Storage Systems, a next-generation battery company started in a University of Maryland chemistry lab with a $574,275 federal grant. At a new factory outside of Washington, D.C., Ion Storage will be among the first companies in the U.S. to produce a new kind of faster-charging, longer-lasting battery. The company’s batteries also don’t catch fire; combustibility is a problem that has bedeviled the industry’s batteries for years. [ read more … ]

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