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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 6, 2022

Top Story

Biden Has ‘Only Bad Options’ for Bringing Down Oil Prices

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:28:58

When President Biden meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, he will be following in the footsteps of presidents like Jimmy Carter, who flew to Tehran in 1977 to exchange toasts with the shah of Iran on New Year’s Eve. Like the prince, the shah was an unelected monarch with a tarnished human rights record. But Mr. Carter was obliged to celebrate with him for a cause that was of great concern to people back home: cheaper gasoline and secure oil supplies. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Biden Plans Solar Manufacturing Push to End Project Slowdown

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:30:18

President Joe Biden will take executive action to boost the US solar sector, seeking to revive clean energy projects stalled by a trade dispute and bolster domestic manufacturing so the nation’s climate efforts are less reliant on foreign suppliers.  Biden plans to invoke the Defense Production Act to provide support for US-made solar panels, said people familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity to discuss private details before a public announcement expected as soon as Monday.  [ read more … ]

White House Set to Pause New Tariffs on Solar Imports for Two Years

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:30:48

The White House is preparing to announce on Monday that it won’t impose any new tariffs on solar imports for two years, in a move that is aimed at getting stalled solar-power projects on track, according to people familiar with the decision. The decision would come in the wake of the Commerce Department’s decision to investigate whether Chinese solar producers are illegally circumventing solar tariffs by routing operations through four countries in Southeast Asia—Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
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States

Calif. dilemma: Fight climate change and keep on the lights

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:31:08

California sees itself as a global leader in the fight against climate change. But keeping on the lights over the next five summers is likely to increase the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy experts said. The nation’s most populous state faces an electricity supply crunch, with projections showing that peak demand could exceed available supplies by as much as 3,500 megawatts. That would leave as many as 3.5 million homes without power. To address the problem, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend $5.2 billion to boost reliability. Initial plans include keeping open natural gas plants that were due to retire. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

How the White House lost Joe Manchin, and its plan to transform America

By Jeff Stein and Tyler Pager, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:29:24

A breakthrough seemed close. It was mid-December, and President Biden had been negotiating for months with Sen. Joseph Manchin III over Biden’s sweeping plan to reconfigure the American economy. House Democrats had already approved $2 trillion for Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, and pressure was mounting to push the measure through the more narrowly divided Senate. But first Biden had to overcome resistance from Manchin (D-W.Va.), the Senate’s most conservative Democrat. And then, incredibly, it all fell apart. [ read more … ]

Congress

Slimmed down reconciliation bill eyed as bipartisan talks fade

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:29:54

Democrats will continue their attempts to revive their sweeping climate and social spending bill as the new congressional work period begins this week, with Sen. Joe Manchin’s bipartisan energy talks appearing to fall by the wayside. Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has been meeting in recent weeks with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to try to come to terms on a slimmed down reconciliation bill. [ read more … ]

Markets

China’s Renewable Energy Fleet Is Growing Too Fast for Its Grid

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:31:36

China is wasting more and more clean energy as it adds wind turbines and solar panels faster than its grid is able to digest them. Nearly 12% of power generated by wind turbines in Inner Mongolia this year has been wasted because the grid couldn’t take it, along with 10% of solar power in Qinghai, Economic Information Daily reported, citing government data. In sunny and windswept but sparsely populated Gansu province, the utilization rate of wind and solar power could drop below 90% this year from nearly 97% in 2021. [ read more … ]

EVs

How Korea underpins America’s EV dreams

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:28:30

In a few years, when Americans find themselves at the wheel of electric Fords or Cadillacs, Volkswagens or Jeeps, there’s one thing they can count on: The vehicles won’t go anywhere without the Koreans. South Korean engineers will have co-designed the battery cells — the heaviest and most valuable part of the vehicle — and the factories that built them. Korean conglomerates that Americans barely know, with names like LG Chem and SK Innovation, are poised to become crucial suppliers to the U.S. auto industry, as well as major American employers. [ read more … ]

 

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