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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 12, 2022

Top Story

The Clean-Power Mega project Held Hostage by a Ranch and a Bird

By Josh Saul, Naureen Malik and Dave Merrill, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:47:25

The Cross Mountain Ranch is one of the last pieces of a historic American West that’s since been eaten up by subdivisions and strip malls. It’s also been a burr under the saddle of one of the richest men in the world. Philip Anschutz, 82, the billionaire who made his fortune drilling for oil and who owns the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and sold his third of the Lakers last year, has been trying for the past decade to build a potentially lucrative $3 billion power line called the TransWest Express that would connect his massive new wind farm in Wyoming to the southwestern U.S. It would supply renewable energy to about 2 million customers. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NC has great potential for offshore wind development, experts say, and a gust of direct benefits could follow

By Celeste Gracia, North Carolina Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:34:24

“How do we make sure that we get this economic development? It is going to take a dedicated effort from the state,” said Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a nonprofit that advocates for renewable wind energy. “North Carolina is a little bit behind, but it’s not too late to catch up.” State officials disagree, saying North Carolina is actually right on time. [ read more … ]

Company proposes largest offshore wind farm on West Coast

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:34:48

A company is proposing to build what could be the West Coast’s biggest floating offshore wind farm, suggesting the expansion of a technology that has yet to find footing in the U.S. Known as Olympic Wind, the project’s outlines were presented by Washington-based Trident Winds in an unsolicited request for a federal lease in late March. The proposal could include up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for about 800,000 homes, produced from turbines mounted on platforms and moored to the deep ocean floor about 43 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor County, Wash. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

As utility-scale renewables expand, some Midwest farmers are pushing back

By Diana Kruzman, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 08:50:30

In mid-March, about 80 people gathered in the auditorium of a local high school in Licking County, Ohio, a rural area about 40 minutes outside the state capital. The public hearing, set up to discuss a proposed 350-megawatt solar project, lasted more than four hours.  Supporters of the project said it would bring in much-needed tax revenue for local schools and promote energy independence in a state reliant on coal and natural gas. Opponents raised concerns about the loss of 1,880 acres of prime farmland, the impact on property values, and the potential environmental effects of the development.  [ read more … ]

Climate

Scientists risk arrest to demand climate action

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:35:41

In Los Angeles, four scientists were arrested after handcuffing themselves to the entrance of a Chase bank. In Germany, scientists demonstrated outside the Ministry for Economy and Climate Protection. In England, they protested outside Shell PLC headquarters. They pasted documents to government buildings in Mexico, occupied an oil and gas company’s headquarters in Italy, and threw fake blood onto the facade of the National Congress in Spain. Scientist Rebellion estimates that a total of around 1,000 scientists in 25 countries participated in last week’s demonstrations, often wearing lab coats to identify themselves. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Climeworks Raises $650 Million in Largest Round for Carbon Removal Startup

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:33:44

The world has to reach peak greenhouse-gas emissions before 2025 to avoid catastrophic climate change, according to a major United Nations report published Monday. But most scenarios that keep warming within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will also require removing some of the CO₂ that’s already been dumped into the atmosphere. Climeworks is among a handful of startups offering the technology to do that. It currently operates the world’s largest direct-air capture plant in Iceland, where trapped CO₂ is injected deep underground and stored permanently. So far the plant can capture only about 4,000 tons each year, roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 600 people living in Europe. The startup needs to grow quickly if it is to contribute meaningfully to the billions of tons of negative emissions that will be needed by 2050 to meet global climate goals. [ read more … ]

Markets

What the 1970s teaches about today’s energy crisis

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-12 14:35:14

Political actions following the Arab oil embargo in 1973 and 1974 and the Iranian Revolution in 1978 and 1979 shaped the energy landscape for decades. They helped bring about the 55 mph speed limit, the Department of Energy and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Moreover, the 1970s’ energy upheaval wasn’t brief. Issues that dominated the decade like higher energy costs hammered three consecutive presidential administrations, and their struggles to respond would shape their political careers. Fifty years on, Biden is juggling his own energy crisis, following his embargo on Russian crude oil as retaliation for President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine. [ read more … ]

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