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May 30, 2022

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America’s next wind powerhouse: The Gulf of Mexico?

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:18:22

The Gulf of Mexico has spent eight decades as one of the nation’s prime petroleum hubs, home to thousands of rigs, platforms and other structures that drill, store and ship fossil fuels. Now the Biden administration is reviewing 30 million acres of Gulf waters near Texas and Louisiana for potential wind turbines — a development that could dovetail with proposals to generate other clean energy sources, such as hydrogen. Climate change isn’t the only reason to bring wind power to the Gulf, saidformer Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who unsuccessfully tried to launch the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the area nearly two decades ago — even prematurely proclaiming in 2006 that “the wind rush is on.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Plugging Into Offshore Wind Will Power Up California’s Renewable Energy

By Laura Carter, NREL  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:19:17

On a breezy, sunny day in May 2022, the state of California broke a record—cleanly. For just a few minutes, the state exceeded its massive consumer electricity needs, using only the power of renewable energy. And yet, as the state set this remarkable record, natural gas power plants still hummed in the background, a reminder that, despite the massive progress the state has made investing in renewable energy, more work must be done. [ read more … ]

Interior moves toward first wind lease sales off Calif. coast

By Michael Doyle, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:18:59

The Interior Department today advanced the first-ever potential offshore wind lease sales in two regions adjoining the California coast. The “proposed sale notice” identifies three lease areas in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area off central California and two proposed lease areas in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area off Northern California. If they proceed following a 60-day public comment period and further review, the California wind lease sales would be the first in the Pacific Ocean region. Together, the areas span 373,268 acres and have the potential to generate more than 4.5 gigawatts of energy, according to Interior.
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Grid

Interior approves big power line for renewables in U.S. West

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:21:29

The Interior Department yesterday announced the final approval to construct a 416-mile transmission line intended to move renewable energy across three Western states. The Energy Gateway South transmission line from PacifiCorp will support the utility’s renewable expansion and will carry wind energy from Wyoming to solar-rich areas of Utah, as well as power from traditional plants. The line is set to originate near Medicine Bow in southeastern Wyoming, travel through northwest Colorado and end outside of Mona, Utah. The project will help integrate up to 2,000 megawatts of new renewable resources, according to Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. That’s enough to potentially power 600,000 average homes. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Supreme Court Allows Greenhouse Gas Cost Estimates

By Adam Liptak, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:20:45

The Supreme Court said on Thursday that it would allow the Biden administration to continue to take account of the costs of greenhouse gas emissions in regulatory actions, rejecting an emergency application from Louisiana and other Republican-led states to block the use of a formula that assigns a monetary value to changes in emissions. The court’s brief order gave no reasons, which is typical when the court acts on emergency applications. There were no noted dissents. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court rules Biden admin can use climate metric

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:21:55

In a reprieve to the Biden administration, the Supreme Court today allowed federal agencies to continue using a climate metric important to rulemaking. The justices issued an emergency order denying an application from a coalition of states led by Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry to block use of the interim social cost of greenhouse gases, which puts a dollar value on avoiding harmful emissions. The high court did not offer any explanation for its order, which came through its emergency docket, sometimes referred to as the “shadow docket.”
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Climate

Are high energy prices displacing climate action in Congress?

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:21:11

Progressives and environmental advocates made huge gains in the 2020 campaign by pushing climate change to the forefront, but they are increasingly concerned that high energy prices and calls for greater fossil fuel production could destroy those hard-fought wins. And there’s good reason for that concern, they say. “If you’re paying attention, you should be worried,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said in an interview. “All of that progress is at stake, and the question is, how do we respond to this moment?” He added, “If we start doing a bunch of long-term investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, it’s game over.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Gas prices are rising. So where are the electric cars?

By ALEX DAUGHERTY, JOSH SIEGEL and BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-05-30 14:19:37

Soaring gasoline prices may help Democrats get the electric future they’re pining for — but not before it wipes them out at the polls. This year’s stream of record-breaking fuel prices is pushing growing numbers of consumers to consider swapping their gas guzzler for a battery-powered car or truck, the kind of mindset shift that could go a long way toward meeting President Joe Biden’s climate goals. But in the short term, the overheating U.S. economy offers little solace for either motorists or Biden’s party. [ read more … ]

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