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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 2, 2022

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Everyone Wants to Build Green Energy Projects. What’s the Holdup?

By Eric Niiler, Wired  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:48:42

For green energy experts, it seems like there’s too much of a good thing right now. While it’s great that there are enough wind, solar, and battery storage projects planned to meet the United States’ climate goals, a growing bottleneck in the nation’s electric grid is keeping most of these projects grounded. The problem stems from a combination of factors: aging infrastructure, a discombobulated electrical grid that makes it difficult to get renewable energy from where it is produced to where it is needed, and the overwhelmed regulators responsible for approving the project [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

US Offshore Wind Says The Quiet Part Out Loud: Fossil Fuel Is Toast

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:47:58

The US offshore wind industry has plenty of room to grow. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management laid the groundwork for a growth spurt several years ago by developing the nation’s first ever streamlined process for leasing federal areasfor offshore wind development. BOEM put the finishing touches on that process during the Trump administration, which is somewhat ironic considering the former President’s notorious aversion to wind turbines, especially those located offshore. [ read more … ]

States

Calif. governor opens door to keeping nuclear plant running

By Anne C. Mulkern, Hannah Northey, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:49:07

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is open to the idea of keeping the state’s last nuclear power plant running beyond its planned 2025 closure, renewing a debate about how best to achieve the state’s long-term goal of carbon-free electricity. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County is set to shutter permanently as part of an agreement between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and a number of environmental groups, anti-nuclear activists and others. [ read more … ]

Congress

Lawmakers seek deal on energy-climate package, Ukraine aid

By George Cahlink, Jeremy Dillon, Manuel Quiñones, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:47:37

Negotiations over high-profile technology legislation, continuing talks over a long-shot climate and energy deal, and a push for more Ukraine aid will dominate the conversation on Capitol Hill this week. The bipartisan crew of lawmakers exploring a potential consensus energy and climate deal separate from a Democrats-only budget reconciliation package will meet twice this week as they race for an accord against a shrinking legislative calendar. [ read more … ]

Markets

Why Americans Became More Vulnerable to Oil Price Spikes

By Hiroko Tabuchi and Maggie Astor, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:48:22

A surge in oil and gas production at home, as well as a flood of cheap crude overseas, ushered in an era of lower energy prices. Ramping up supply, rather than reining in demand, came to define America’s push for energy independence. Awash in fuel, Americans bought larger cars and homes that required more oil and gas to power them. Cities built more highways, public transportation use declined, and suburbs sprawled. Yet the nation’s expansion of drilling over the past decade — which made the United States the world’s largest oil and gas producer — has ultimately made households vulnerable to volatile price swings. [ read more … ]

Booming offset industry could cut CO2 — or just line pockets

By Mike Lee, Corbin Hia, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-02 14:49:27

The Xpansiv Digital Fuels Program provides detailed environmental data about each cubic foot of natural gas and barrel of crude, enabling the more efficient drillers to market their products as “responsibly sourced gas” or “carbon-neutral oil.” Producers of oil and gas with leak rates below a threshold set by S&P Global Inc. can also sell carbon offsets for their so-called avoided methane emissions. [ read more … ]

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