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 17, 2022

Top Story

The Battery That Flies

By Ben Ryder Howe and photographs by Tristan Spinski, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:34:43

“You’re looking at history,” Mr. Caputo said recently, speaking from the cockpit of a plane trailing the Alia at close distance. It had an exotic, almost whimsical shape, like an Alexander Calder sculpture, and it banked and climbed in near silence. It is, essentially, a flying battery. And it represented a long-held aviation goal: an aircraft with no need for jet fuel and therefore no carbon emissions, a plane that could take off and land without a runway and quietly hop from recharging station to recharging station, like a large drone. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Passed Coal, Nuclear Power in U.S. for First Time on Record

By Josh Saul, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:40:57

Wind turbines in the U.S. produced more electricity than coal or nuclear plants on March 29 for the first time on record, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday. That made wind the second-biggest source of electricity that day, behind only natural gas and narrowly ahead of nuclear.  [ read more … ]

Block Island wind farm hasn’t harmed fish populations, industry-funded study shows

By Brian Amaral, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:39:39

An industry-funded study released last month found no significantly negative effect on fish populations during the construction and operation of the Block Island offshore wind farm. The study crunched seven years of data from monthly trips out to the site in a commercial trawler, which caught ground fish and invertebrates like butterfish, little skate, scup, winter skate and longfin squid. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

China Is Planning Record Wind and Solar Power Additions This Year

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:42:32

China is set to install a record amount of wind and solar power capacity this year as the country strives to meet climate goals while reducing its reliance on the rest of the world for energy. China will add 140 gigawatts of capacity from the clean energy sources, said Tao Ye, a researcher with the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planning agency. That’s more than the rest of the world combined in 2020, according to BloombergNEF data.Note: 2022 is NDRC projection [ read more … ]

Grid

Utilities Plan Huge Electric Grid Upgrades, Adding to Power Bills

By Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:37:38

The plans propose tens of billions of dollars in spending in the coming years to reduce carbon emissions, partly in response to state and federal mandates, and to replace aging infrastructure that has become more prone to failure. Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group, expects that utilities will invest roughly $140 billion each year in 2022 and 2023, substantially more than any year since 2000, when the group began tracking spending. [ read more … ]

States

California Ran on Nearly 100% Clean Energy This Month

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:38:31

California, which aims to have a carbon-free power grid within 25 years, got a short glimpse of that possibility earlier this month.  The state’s main grid ran on more than 97% renewable energy at 3:39 p.m. on Sunday April 3, breaking a previous record of 96.4% that was set just a week earlier. “While these all-time highs are for a brief time, they solidly demonstrate the advances being made to reliably achieve California’s clean energy goals,” said California ISO CEO Elliot Mainzer said in the statement. [ read more … ]

Louisiana plans Supreme Court plea over social cost of carbon

By Pamela King , E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:41:29

Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry said today that he plans to ask the Supreme Court to stop the Biden administration from using a key metric in climate regulation. In a short order earlier today, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from Louisiana and other states that had asked for a full-court rehearing of a ruling that allowed the administration to resume use of interim social cost of greenhouse gas estimates [ read more … ]

Storage

Pumped storage is having a moment. Will it shift renewables?

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:43:06

A massive clean energy project that doesn’t rely on wind or solar could help solve some of California’s electricity challenges — if it can get built. Nine years after first proposing the San Vicente Energy Storage Facility, the city of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority announced in January that they were in talks with a private developer to advance the hydroelectric pumped storage project, which would be constructed northeast of the city. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Gina McCarthy shushes departure rumors

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:38:47

National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy told friends upon entering the Biden administration that she only planned to stay a year — and the rumor mill started heating up Thursday that the time is nigh. Reuters reported it’s a done deal and that McCarthy will leave next month. E&E News reported that time frame could stretch a few months down the line. But McCarthy shut those arumors down, tweeting late Thursday night that chatter about her departure was “simply inaccurate. We’ve made great progress these past 14 months, but we have much more work to do — and I remain excited about the opportunities ahead.” [ read more … ]

Biden’s shift from climate to oil rattles greens

By JOSH SIEGEL, KELSEY TAMBORRINO and ZACK COLMAN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:39:20

A year ago, environmentalists were ecstatic when Biden touted climate change as one of the top four issues for his administration, along with battling the pandemic, rebuilding the economy and fighting racism. Now, the White House is preoccupied with taming inflation and keeping the pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his war in Ukraine — a conflict that helped drive U.S. retail gasoline prices to record levels above $4.30 a gallon last month. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

EPA: Breathing formaldehyde causes cancer

By E.A. Crunden, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:39:57

Defying pressure from industry members and Republican lawmakers, EPA has released a long-delayed and highly contentious draft assessment finding formaldehyde is carcinogenic to humans when inhaled. Issued through EPA’s gold-standard Integrated Risk Information System, the draft upholds what public health experts have long argued: That formaldehyde inhalation can result in a range of health effects, including nasal cancers and myeloid leukemia. The draft ties formaldehyde to EPA’s strongest cancer classification, with the agency finding the chemical can lead to head and neck tumors, among other severe health risks. [ read more … ]

EVs

Mercedes EV Breaks 600 Mile-Range Barrier to Outdo Tesla

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:42:07

A Mercedes-Benz AG electric car drove more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from Germany to the French Riviera on a single charge, taking the fight to seize the technology limelight from Tesla Inc. to the next level. The EQXX prototype rode from Sindelfingen near Stuttgart via Switzerland and Italy to the Mediterranean coastal town of Cassis, the automaker said Thursday. The sedan’s lightweight chassis and aerodynamic profile allowed it to complete the trip with a battery half the size of Mercedes’s EQS flagship electric vehicle. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

Pruitt launches Okla. Senate bid

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-17 14:37:59

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is running for Senate in Oklahoma. Pruitt filed with the Oklahoma State Election Board last week  to make a bid for the seat being vacated at the end of this year by longtime Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe. “I’m not his biggest fan,” Inhofe told reporters. [ read more … ]

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