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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 15, 2022

Top Story

Huge setback’: Biden’s climate plan for finance takes a hit

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:25:39

Joe Manchin has done it again. The senator from West Virginia threw a wrench yesterday into another key element of President Biden’s climate agenda. This time, it’s the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the Federal Reserve’s top banking regulator, a role that entails monitoring emerging risks to the U.S. financial system — climate change among them. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Why do people dislike wind power? What a DOE lab found

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:24:40

The reported levels of annoyance weren’t strongly linked with whether the person was subject to the highest amount of shadow flicker, which was defined as greater than 30 hours per year. The same was true with the lowest levels of flicker, below 8 hours a year. Still, the findings do not mean wind companies and local officials should ignore ways to address shadow flicker, said Hoen. Particularly when the whirling shadows appear within a home, it can be annoying — a little like trying to drive with the sun’s glare in a side mirror, he said. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Rooftop solar companies enter fray over North Carolina net metering proposal

BY Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:23:27

Simmering discontent among North Carolina rooftop solar companies reached a boil last week, with more than a dozen calling on the state’s governor and utility regulators to put the brakes on a Duke Energy proposal they believe will cut the value of home solar panels by more than a third.  Similar fights over how rooftop solar owners get credit for the electrons they create are raging across the country, with for-profit utilities squaring off against rooftop installers and climate activists. The Florida legislature, for instance, just passed a utility-backed measure that clean energy advocates say will throttle or even kill the customer-owned solar market.  [ read more … ]

Static Electricity Helps This Solar Panel Clean Itself and Boost Power Output and Lifespan

By Miriam Fauzia, Daily Beast  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:23:48

The numbers don’t lie: Solar power is on the rise. According to a 2021 report by the International Energy Agency, power generated from renewable solar power systems grew worldwide by 23 percent from 2019 to 2020. In the U.S., 3 percent of all electricity generated in 2020 came from solar power. That number is expected to jump to a whopping 20 percent by 2050. But there’s a problem threatening how renewable solar energy is: dust. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Fact-checking 5 claims in Russia energy debate

By Nick Sobczyk, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:26:00

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has ignited an energy battle in Congress: Lawmakers are fiercely arguing over the correct policy path amid high oil prices and a ban on Russian energy imports.
Republicans have relentlessly attacked President Biden, arguing that his cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and climate executive orders are hurting domestic oil and gas production. Democrats, on the other hand, counter that the best way to secure the nation’s energy supply is to transition to clean energy and reduce reliance on what some are terming “petro fascists.” In addition, the White House says the oil and gas industry has plenty of room to expand domestic production, with some 9,000 existing permits on federal land. [ read more … ]

Markets

Drilling permits spiked then plunged under Biden

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:26:25

Although the Biden administration last year approved more permits to drill oil and gas wells on public lands than the Trump administration in its first year, Interior Department data shows approvals have been more modest for months. In fact, the Bureau of Land Management in January approved just 95 permits for oil and natural gas wells across federal lands in the United States, an 85 percent drop from a zenith of 643 issued last April, according to a review of permitting data by E&E News. [ read more … ]

EVs

How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia

By David Gelles, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:24:07

The project has gotten tangled in the kind of partisan politics that is pulsing through many aspects of American life. Opponents have been holding rallies, organizing online, dabbling in conspiracy theories and even threatening local officials. And beyond the political disputes, the debate over the factory is emblematic of broader tensions bedeviling the environmental movement, with the need to build new emissions-free infrastructure colliding with the age-old impulse to preserve unspoiled lands.
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Democrats Want Investigation Into Postal Service’s Gas Guzzlers Contract

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:24:22

A group of House Democrats called Monday for an investigation into a decision by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to purchase up to 165,000 gasoline-powered mail trucks over the Biden administration’s objections that the multibillion-dollar contract would undermine the nation’s climate goals. The contract, worth up to $6 billion over 10 years, would be the Postal Service’s first large-scale vehicle purchase in three decades. In a letter to United States Postal Service Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb, lawmakers questioned whether the Postal Service had complied with a law requiring environmental reviews of major federal actions. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

How Andrew Wheeler’s Va. nomination came undone

By Timothy Cama, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-15 15:25:12

The Trump-era EPA administrator’s quest for a Cabinet post under Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has come to an end. The state’s lawmakers closed their legislative session this weekend without reviving Andrew Wheeler’s nomination for secretary of natural and historic resources. State Senate Democrats last month blocked former President Trump’s EPA administrator from confirmation. A resolution with Youngkin’s Cabinet nominees, sans Wheeler, was approved instead. [ read more … ]

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