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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 12, 2022

Top Story

Facebook, Google oppose Buffett-backed wind farm project

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:30:59

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Corp. — three of the world’s biggest corporate buyers of clean power — are sounding the alarm that a nearly $4-billion, Warren Buffett-backed renewable-energy project proposed in Iowa isn’t necessarily in the best interest of customers, including them. If approved, it would be the largest complex of wind farms in the entire country when it comes online by the end of 2024, producing enough electricityfor more than 700,000 homes. MidAmerican Energy, a utility owned by Buffett conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has asked state regulators to approve terms including a guaranteed 11.25% rate of return before starting construction on a project it says will help in its efforts to trim carbon emissions by 75% compared to 2005 levels. [ read more … ]

States

Utah cities backed 100% renewables. Then it fell apart

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:36:16

According to data from the World Resources Institute, 155 cities in the U.S. executed 290 renewable energy deals in 2021, a 55 percent increase from the previous year. The 4,370 megawatts of renewable energy announced last year by U.S. cities was the largest on record, enough to power more than 940,000 homes annually. CREP showed that such pledges could even work in a conservative, coal-heavy state like Utah. But there’s a difference between making a commitment and executing it, especially when politics and the costs of implementation come into play, said Nick Kasza, manager of the National League of Cities’ sustainability program. [ read more … ]

Climate

Biden talks emissions with Brazil’s climate-denying president

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:27:42

One of the summit’s primary goals is to unify Brazil and the rest of the region around a stronger climate policy, Biden said. Among the announcements yesterday was that Brazil agreed to join the Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean (RELAC) initiative, becoming one of 20 nations that agree to reach 70 percent installed capacity for clean energy generation. Under Bolsonaro, Brazil has been steadily moving away from that goal, however. Since his election in 2018, Brazil has fallen from a leader in clean energy to a nation with rising emissions and rapid deforestation. [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Major questions

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:28:12

The Supreme Court is slated to rule on EPA’s authority to regulate power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions this month, and the outcome could have significant impact on how the federal bureaucracy functions. The case goes into a right-wing challenge on the ability of agencies to regulate on “major” actions impacting swaths of the country and economy without the express intent of Congress. A narrow reading of agency powers could hamstring EPA’s efforts to revamp Obama-era pollution rules — one of the Biden administration’s most direct moves to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

RECs

New research points to bad math behind corporate renewable energy claims

By Justine Calma, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:35:25

Even though more companies than ever are proclaiming that they’re powered by renewable energy, those claims are usually exaggerated, new research shows. That disconnect between a company’s claims and reality could jeopardize global efforts to stop climate change. The problem stems from companies’ reliance on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to back up their green claims. [ read more … ]

Renewable credits may undercut climate targets — study

By Camille Bond, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:35:55

The practice of incorporating REC use into emissions reporting “casts serious doubt on the veracity of reported corporate emission trajectories and their apparent alignment with the most ambitious Paris Agreement temperature goal,” the authors wrote. Renewable energy projects generate one REC per megawatt-hour of electricity that they contribute to the grid. Companies can then buy the credits and use them in their emissions accounting. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

‘Those things did not occur’: Pruitt denies EPA wrongdoing

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-12 10:26:41

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would treat being in the U.S. Senate similarly to how he acted as head of EPA. He also denied a recent agency report that accused him of prodding security agents to drive recklessly and turn on emergency lights and sirens. In a debate yesterday, the first GOP debate in the Oklahoma special election to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R), Pruitt used his tumultuous EPA tenure as a key qualification for the position. [ read more … ]

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