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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 26, 2022

Top Story

Governor’s race portends energy future in fossil-heavy Pa.

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:07:06

Pennsylvanians will elect a new governor this November for the first time in eight years — and their choice could shake up the state’s fossil-fuel-heavy energy sector and influence how quickly it shifts toward clean power. The closely watched election will affect more than just Pennsylvania, which holds an outsized role in fossil fuel production and electric power. The state is the second-largest producer of natural gas and the third-largest producer of coal, and it exported more electricity beyond its borders than any other state last year. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore wind lobby warns of bill’s ‘existential threat’

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:05:05

The bill’s provision would establish nationality requirements for crew members who work on offshore energy projects in the United States. Crew members would have to be American citizens or permanent residents or citizens of the same country where their vessel is flagged. Supporters of the provision — included in the House bill as an amendment from Louisiana Republican Garret Graves and California Democrat John Garamendi — say it would close a loophole that allows energy developers, from offshore wind to oil and gas, to keep down labor costs by hiring cheaper, non-U.S. workers.
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Wind executives raise alarm on House provision

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:07:26

The provision in question would require crews on specialized offshore international construction vessels match the flag of the vessel or be American mariners as a condition of working on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The language from Republican Garret Graves and Democrat John Garamendi was intended to ensure that U.S. workers are employed in the construction of offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

‘It keeps on going’: driving the world’s first production-ready solar car

By Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:05:54

The car continued to barrel down the open stretch of road, its speed dipping only slightly. “It keeps on going,” said Grooten, the lead engineer for the Dutch car company Lightyear, as we whizzed through the lunar-like landscape. “What you feel is nothing holding you back. You feel the aerodynamics, you feel the low-rolling resistance of the tyres, of the bearings and the motor.” It is this streamlined design that the company credits for allowing it to muscle its way into a space long overlooked by most car manufacturers. As early as November, the company will start delivery of what it describes as the “world’s first production-ready solar car” – the Lightyear 0, a €250,000 (£215,000) sedan draped in 5 sq metres of curved solar panels that top up the electric battery while the car is driving or parked outdoors. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

DOE touts oil industry dialogue without deal on energy prices

By Carlos Anchondo, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:06:21

No clear solutions emerged from a closely watched meeting between Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and top oil and gas executives, who gathered to discuss high gasoline prices and domestic refining capacity. Although several companies and the Department of Energy described the meeting as productive, DOE’s readout from the meeting offered few details beyond expressing a desire for “ongoing dialogue” and the pursuit of solutions to “alleviate the current supply and price challenges.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Sorry Elon Musk. Hyundai Is Quietly Dominating the EV Rac

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-26 14:06:05

Pipe down for a second Elon, the hottest things in the auto industry — the most electric electrics — now come from Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp. Earlier this year, the South Korean carmakers rolled out two new battery-powered cars — the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its sibling, the Kia EV6 — which promptly tore up the sales charts, passing the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and every other electric vehicle on the market not made by Tesla. In the US this year through May, Hyundai and Kia sold 21,467 of these two machines, besting even the white-hot Ford Mustang Mach-E, which was snapped up by 15,718 drivers. [ read more … ]

 

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