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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 21, 2022

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The US has more clean energy projects planned than the grid can handle

By Jeff St. John, Canary Media  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:03:04

The proposed wind, solar and battery projects seeking interconnection to U.S. transmission grids today are enough to bring the country to 80 percent carbon-free electricity by 2030. But based on historical trends, less than a quarter of those planned projects are likely to be built. This mixed forecast comes from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s latest report on U.S. interconnection queues. The annual survey of the country’s seven transmission grid operators and 35 major utilities covers 85 percent of U.S. electricity load, making it one of the most comprehensive overviews of utility-scale clean energy development out there.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Tesla’s Solar Deployments Plummet 48% Amid ‘Import Delays’

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:02:47

The solar industry has faced a bevy of logistics constraints and trade obstacles in the past year. A key reason is that most panels installed in the U.S. are imported from Southeast Asia. The solar woes add to other supply-chain challenges elsewhere in Tesla’s business. “This reduction was caused by import delays beyond our control on certain solar components,” Tesla said in its earnings statement. It didn’t specify which components were affected. [ read more … ]

Solar trending down

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:01:44

Two trade groups opposed to the Commerce probe outlined widespread delays and cancellations to projects and module deliveries in recent weeks following the announcement of the investigation. S&P said Wednesday U.S. solar installations are expected to fall by 7 percent in 2022. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

The ‘State of the Air’ in America Is Unhealthy and Getting Worse, Especially for People of Color

By Kristoffer Tigue, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:03:36

On Thursday, the American Lung Association released its latest annual “State of the Air” report, which evaluates county-level air quality data across the nation over three-year periods. This year’s report—which looked at 2018, 2019 and 2020—found that 137 million Americans were exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution. That’s 2.1 million more people than recorded in the association’s report last year, and nearly 9 million more when looking specifically at exposure to fine soot pollution, or PM2.5. Those increases were driven largely by a surge in wildfires across the West, the study’s authors said. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

BLM on pace to exceed 25K-megawatt renewable energy goal

By Scott Streater, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:02:27

The Biden administration says it’s set to approve dozens of commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal power projects capable of producing enough electricity to power millions of homes by the end of 2025. The Interior Department, in a report submitted to Congress that was dated last month but released today, forecasts that it’s on track to approve 48 wind, solar and geothermal energy projects with the capacity to produce an estimated 31,827 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 9.5 million homes — by the end of the fiscal 2025 budget cycle. [ read more … ]

Maerkets

The West Is Still Buying Russian Oil, but It’s Now Harder to Track

By Anna Hirtenstein, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-04-21 16:01:15

Russia ramped up oil shipments to key customers in recent weeks, defying its pariah status in world energy markets. One increasingly popular method for delivery: tankers marked “destination unknown.” Oil exports from Russian ports bound for European Union member states, which historically have been the biggest buyers of Russian crude, have risen to an average of 1.6 million barrels a day so far in April. [ read more … ]

 

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