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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 26, 2022

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Monday, May 30. It resumes on Tuesday, May 31.

Top Story

California, Long Leery of Nuclear Power, Joins Bid to Save It

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:44:55

While the facility’s fate remains uncertain, the fact that solar- and wind-loving California is even talking about extending its life marks a turning point in the global debate over nuclear power. It comes as the state has moved aggressively to shutter natural-gas facilities, leaving it in danger of blackouts during heat waves. The U-turn on Diablo Canyon reflects the realization that the threat of outages and the urgency to fight global warming is overshadowing concerns about a potential radioactive disaster. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Mass. advances two major offshore wind projects

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:42:06

Massachusetts utilities advanced two large offshore wind projects yesterday, fleshing out the growing network of planned turbines along the East Coast that could slash the region’s carbon emissions. Electric utilities filed long-term plans with the state Department of Public Utilities to procure power from the two projects, which collectively represent the state’s largest offshore wind venture, officials said yesterday. The facilities — Commonwealth Wind and Mayflower Wind — would together add 1,600 megawatts of carbon-free power to New England’s power grid, enough to offset about 2.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, said Beth Card, secretary of energy and environmental affairs for the state.
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Record Wind in Scotland Means Grid Tells Some Turbines to Stop

By Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:43:50

Wind farms across the UK are producing more electricity than the grid is able to cope with, forcing the network operator to ask some turbines in Scotland to shut down. National Grid Plc asked some wind farms connected to the local network in the west of Scotland to reduce output by 25 megawatts. While that’s a tiny fraction of the record amount of wind supplies being produced by blustery weather spinning turbines across the country, it highlights the difficulties of a network still unable to store large amounts of electricity. [ read more … ]

Air Pollition

Block-by-block data shows pollution’s stark toll on people of color

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:44:11

Finding the most polluted places in the San Francisco Bay area is simple, a new air quality analysis shows: Locate places where mostly Black, Latino, Asian and low-income residents live, and pay them a visit. The data released Tuesday by Aclima — a California-based tech company that measured the region’s air quality block-by-block for the first time — found that communities of color are exposed to 55 percent more nitrogen dioxide, which contributes to smog, than mostly White communities. [ read more … ]

How pausing the social cost of carbon affected regulation

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:45:32

Officials with EPA were forced to be creative when a federal district court told the Biden administration last February to stop using a key metric to account for the economic toll of climate change in its rulemakings. The legal injunction on the social cost of greenhouse gases, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, was in place for only 33 days before an appeals court removed it. But that was long enough to change the DNA of a draft EPA rule for ozone pollution released in March.
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Biden’s Pick for the EPA’s Top Air Pollution Job Finds Himself Caught in the Crossfire

By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:41:38

The Biden administration’s choice to head up the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of air and radiation faced sharp questioning during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday from coal state Republicans and a Democrat considered one of the Senate’s most ardent climate-action advocates. Joseph Goffman, known for consensus building during three decades at the EPA and on Capitol Hill, nonetheless found himself at the center of the conflict between President Joe Biden’s historic goals to tackle climate change and the harsh political realities keeping them from being realized.  [ read more … ]

Clock ticking as bipartisan energy gang huddles again

By Nick Sobczyk, Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-26 14:42:25

Sen. Joe Manchin’s climate and energy gang met for the fifth time yesterday, but after a month of talks, they emerged no closer to putting pen to paper on a bipartisan bill. The group led by the West Virginia Democrat again discussed a hodgepodge of pro-fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies with little hard agreement on what, exactly, an eventual bill would look like, according to senators in the room.
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