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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 1, 2022

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What the Russia crisis means for U.S. electricity mix

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:51:15

“Even with Russian and Ukrainian factions meeting at the border to discuss a military ceasefire, the fragile situation in Ukraine and financial and energy sanctions against Russia will keep the energy crisis stoked and oil well above $100 per barrel in the near-term and even higher if the conflict escalates further,” Louise Dickson, senior oil market analyst at Rystad Energy, said in a research note yesterday. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

By Markus Wacket, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:51:44

Germany aims to fulfil all its electricity needs with supplies from renewable sources by 2035, compared to its previous target to abandon fossil fuels “well before 2040,” according to a government draft paper obtained by Reuters. Europe’s top economy has been under pressure from other Western nations to become less dependent on Russian gas, but its plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 and to shut its nuclear power plants by end-2022 have left it with few options. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Rival Fuel-Makers Unite In Opposing Biden’s Electric-Car Push

By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:53:03

The gasoline industry and alternative fuel makers, frequent foes, put aside their differences for court challenges to a Biden administration rule imposing limits on automobile greenhouse-gas emissions. Renewable fuel advocates and at least one oil refiner joined together Monday saying they’d asked a federal appeals court in Washington to review the Environmental Protection Agency standards, which promise to boost the sale of electric vehicles and could shrink the market for liquid fuels, whether made of petroleum or plants. [ read more … ]

Markets

U.S., Other Major Oil Consumers Consider Tapping Reserves as Prices Surge

By Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:54:09

The U.S. and other major oil-consuming nations are considering releasing 70 million barrels of oil from their emergency stockpiles as crude prices surge, European and Persian Gulf officials briefed on the plan say, amid growing concerns over supply after Russia invaded Ukraine. Members of the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based body which represents mostly industrialized nations, could agree as early as Monday or Tuesday to tap their national strategic oil reserves, according to the officials. It would include 40 million barrels from the U.S. of mostly light grades, they said. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Supreme Court seems ready to limit EPA power plant oversight

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:52:07

Supreme Court justices yesterday grappled with whether they would limit EPA’s carbon rule to technical improvements to individual power plants — even if those changes trigger soaring costs for industry. The high court heard oral argument yesterday in West Virginia v. EPA, a landmark case in which red states and coal companies are calling for a narrow interpretation of the agency’s authority to slash carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

EPA

EPA tosses Trump-era review process for science advisers

By Kelsey Brugger, Sean Reilly  •    •  Posted 2022-03-01 15:52:27

EPA today announced it is overhauling the process for interactions with its premier group of outside science advisers, replacing contentious changes put in place in 2020 by the Trump administration. The agency said in a press release that the new process for the Science Advisory Board would boost peer review, strengthen the independence of the group and uphold scientific integrity — a Biden administration priority. SAB, a high-profile panel that can scrutinize the science underlying proposed regulations, has long generated tensions between environmentalists and business groups [ read more … ]

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