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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 20, 2022

Top Story

Russia’s War in Ukraine Puts Global Energy Transition at Crossroad

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:48:13

This much is clear: Without Russian energy, countries around the globe are being forced to make hard choices on how to fuel their economies, putting the energy transition at a crossroad. “The concern is that the knee-jerk reaction is to just focus on fossil fuels,” said Ethan Zindler, an analyst at BloombergNEF, the energy data and analysis unit of Bloomberg. “But longer term, it bodes well for energy transition.” [ read more … ]

Commentary

Enough About Climate Change. Air Pollution Is Killing Us Now.

By Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:48:51

The low quality of the air that we breathe should be regarded as a crisis. It also presents an opportunity. The existential threat of climate change has come to dominate debates about environmental regulation. Proposals to curb emissions, once presented as public health measures, are now billed as efforts to limit global warming. The solution to both threats is the same: We need to stop burning fossil fuels, preferably yesterday. But there is cause to wonder whether a greater focus on the immediate dangers posed by air pollution, rather than the more distant specter of global warming, might help to muster the necessary support for changes that are going to be expensive and disruptive. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar May Generate Half of World’s Power by 2050, Trina CEO Says

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:49:53

Solar could generate half of the world’s electricity by 2050 and become the cheapest source of energy, Gao Jifan, the chief executive officer of Trina Solar Co., said at the Boao Forum for Asia. 
Global solar power capacity has the potential to grow to 14,000 gigawatts by the middle of the century from 800 gigawatts at the end of last year, Gao said in a panel discussion at the annual forum in Hainan. Chinese company Trina is the world’s third-biggest supplier of solar panels. [ read more … ]

States

Gov. Mills’ electric utility accountability bill stalls in Maine House

BY RANDY BILLINGSSTAFF, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:44:22

Gov. Janet Mills’ proposal to hold the state’s electricity utilities more accountable for poor performance won the support of the Maine Senate on Tuesday but fell short in the House. The bill would establish key performance measures for electricity providers in areas ranging from reliability to customer relations and impose financial penalties for failing to meet those goals. It also would add whistleblower protections for employees and contractors who report problems with operations. And it would change the way utility companies plan grid upgrades. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

Biden tosses $6B lifeline to save struggling nuclear plants

By Peter Behr, Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:49:35

The Energy Department yesterday launched a program to provide up to $6 billion in grants to operators of financially hard-hit U.S. nuclear plants to help them keep operating, but the immediate impact of the new lifeline was not clear. “U.S. nuclear power plants contribute more than half of our carbon-free electricity, and President Biden is committed to keeping these plants active to reach our clean energy goals,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. The program was created in last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

The legislation formerly known as BBB

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:47:52

 Granholm reiterated Tuesday that the stalled bill’s proposed clean energy tax credits are still part of the mix when lawmakers return from recess next week — this time under the moniker of Build a Better America. Granholm said she was “really hopeful actually that the climate portions will be addressed very soon.” [ read more … ]

Biden officials talk solar loans, Congress and Gina McCarthy

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-20 14:49:05

Biden administration officials said yesterday that the president’s climate agenda still has a chance to gain traction in Congress and downplayed concerns from the solar industry about new tariffs.
Ali Zaidi, White House deputy national climate adviser, and Kelly Cummins, who heads the Energy Department’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, sought to inject optimism about clean energy’s future in the United States at a time of significant headwinds. Congress has so far refused to act on key pieces of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda, and the clean energy sector faces threats ranging from supply chain interruptions to forced-labor allegations in China. [ read more … ]

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