Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 10, 2022

Top Story

Carbon Removal’s Hard Problems Require Hard Tech Fixes

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:36:24

Capturing carbon dioxide molecules at massive scale, and storing them stably for centuries or longer, is a hard problem to solve. The companies doing carbon removal are what their investors often call “hard tech” —  their work is complex and requires time-consuming hardware and infrastructure (not software and services).  Success will not be quick, and in fact may not come until after the 2030 interval of the IPCC’s report.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind energy on Central Coast closer after environmental assessment of site surveys

By Mackenzie Shuman, The Tribune  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:35:30

Another step forward was taken in the long process before offshore wind turbines may be seen floating in the Pacific Ocean off the Central Coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the federal agency overseeing the offshore wind activities in the Morro Bay wind energy area, released on Wednesday a draft environmental assessment analyzing the potential impacts site surveys may have. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Special Report: U.S. solar expansion stalled by rural land-use protests

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:35:08

The Solar Star project in California is among the largest solar energy facilities in the world, boasting 1.7 million panels spread over 3,000 acres north of Los Angeles. Its gargantuan scale points to an uncomfortable fact for the industry: a natural gas power plant 100 miles south produces the same amount of energy on just 122 acres. The dynamic encapsulates the industry’s biggest obstacle to growth: Solar farms require huge amounts of land, and there’s a fast-growing movement, fueled by politicized social-media campaigns, to prevent solar developers from permitting new sites in rural America. [ read more … ]

States

Massachusetts Senate unveils sweeping climate proposal

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:34:17

The bill sets out a range of strategies, from lending support to emerging energy technologies like nuclear fusion, networked geothermal, and deep geothermal energy, to allowing agricultural and horticultural land to be used to locate solar panels, as long as the panels don’t impede the continued use of the land for agricultural or horticultural use. The bill would also increase by $1,000 — to $3,500 — the rebate for qualifying purchases and leases of zero-emission passenger cars and light-duty trucks costing $50,000 or less, while offering another $1,000 for buyers who are trading in an internal combustion vehicle. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Thomas’ Monsanto years offer window into justice’s enviro roots

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:36:46

As debate roils over Justice Clarence Thomas’ involvement in election-related cases, one environmental lawyer is exploring another time the Supreme Court justice has faced recusal calls. In a new Harvard Environmental Law Review article, lawyer Scott Stern delves into Thomas’ history as a Monsanto Co. attorney in the late 1970s during the dawn of the modern environmental movement — and his resistance over the years to bow out of cases involving the agrochemical giant. [ read more … ]

EVs

Federal study suggests Calif. EVs are bending gasoline curve

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:35:53

If this trend holds and expands to other states, it could have national implications for oil consumption and for the carbon emissions that worsen climate change. Consumer interest in EVs has skyrocketed this year, along with the sticker shock of high gasoline prices caused by the war in Europe. However, because automakers’ production of these vehicles is still in its early stages, the availability of EVs remains low. But California provides a window into what might happen as more EVs hit the market. [ read more … ]

As Gas Prices Went Up, So Did the Hunt for Electric Vehicles

By Maggie Astor, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:34:35

With gas prices painfully high and a series of climate reports underscoring the urgency of moving away from burning fossil fuels, more Americans are expressing interest in electric vehicles. Google searches related to electric cars have skyrocketed, reaching a record number last month. On the automotive classifieds website Cars.com, searches for electric vehicles increased 43 percent from January to February and a further 57 percent from February to March. And automakers are ready with encouragement: Almost all of the car commercials during the Super Bowl in February featured electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

How Ford’s Electric F-150 Pickup Truck Will Cut Carbon Pollution

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:33:47

As the top-selling model line in the U.S. for 40 years, Ford Motor Co.’s F-Series pickups hold special weight in the auto ecosystem. The lineup, led by the F-150, generates more than $40 billion in annual revenue. Only one other U.S. product—Apple Inc.’s iPhone—tops F-Series sales. Given this, Ford’s decision to electrify the F-150 stands as one of the boldest strategic decisions in 21st century business. An electric F-150, more than any other vehicle, will persuade rural America to go green, leading the way for almost every automaker that finds itself challenged by the electric transition. [ read more … ]

Los Angeles to Electrify City’s Entire 10,000-Vehicle Fleet

By Sarah McGregor, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-10 09:34:49

Los Angeles plans to electrify its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles as part of an effort to become one of the first U.S. cities to rely on carbon-free energy by 2035. The Electric Vehicle Master Plan was unanimously approved by the LA city council on Wednesday. The switch to electric vehicles will start at the city’s largest departments of sanitation, recreation and transportation. [ read more … ]

 

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.