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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 1, 2022

Top Story

California Approves a Wave of Aggressive New Climate Measures

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:21:36

California took some of its most aggressive steps yet to fight global warming as lawmakers passed a flurry of new climate bills late Wednesday, including a record $54 billion in climate spending, a measure to prevent the state’s last nuclear power plant from closing, sharp new restrictions on oil and gas drilling and a mandate that California stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2045. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The world’s biggest offshore wind farm is now fully operational

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:22:13

A facility described by Danish energy firm Orsted as the “world’s biggest offshore wind farm” is now fully operational, with its 165 turbines set to help power in excess of 1.4 million U.K. homes.
Situated roughly 89 kilometers (approximately 55 miles) off the coast of Yorkshire, England, the scale of Hornsea 2 is considerable. It has a capacity of more than 1.3 gigawatts and stretches across an area of 462 square kilometers — more than half the size of New York City. Hornsea 2, it added, uses Siemens Gamesa turbines with blades measuring 81 meters, or more than 265 feet. [ read more … ]

Politics increasingly play a role in solar, wind energy pushback

By Erin Jordan, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:21:56

“The advocates will say the land is a drop in the bucket in the state,” said Sara Alden, a Center Point mom who started the website Iowa for Responsible Solar. While most Americans continue to support expanding solar (84 percent) and wind farms (77 percent), Republicans and Democrats have become more divided, the Pew Research Center reported in June 2021. Nearly 60 percent of Iowa’s electricity comes from wind — the largest share in the nation. [ read more … ]

Governor of wind-rich Oklahoma says clean energy tax credits not needed

By Justin Jacobs in Houston, The Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:21:19

Kevin Stitt was one of a group of 22 Republican governors who slammed the Inflation Reduction Act, a climate and spending law passed by Democrats last month that included hundreds of billions of dollars of tax credits for renewable energy. Much of that investment will go to Republican-led areas. American Clean Power, a trade group, has said that three of the top five states for new wind and solar capacity development last year were run by Republicans — Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. Oklahoma ranks third in electricity generation from wind in the US, with as much installed capacity as Italy. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Gov. Jay Inslee Is Taking a Well-Earned Climate Victory Lap

By David Wallace-Wells, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:22:29

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington wasn’t just a novelty candidate in the 2020 primaries, but he did become something of an instrumental one: bringing debates again and again back to climate issues and pushing the green growth opportunities of decarbonization closer to the center of the Democratic policy vibe space. I spoke to Inslee in mid-August, just after the bill was signed, about both how far the country had moved and crucially what lies ahead: implementation challenges and obstacles, fights of all kinds at the state and local levels and perhaps a reckoning with a Republican Party still recklessly indifferent, in the governor’s eyes, to the fate of the climate. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Green Banks Get $27 Billion Windfall to Lend Where Others Don’t

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:22:54

When nearly 2,000 solar panels are installed on top of the Henderson-Hopkins elementary school in east Baltimore next year, they will generate enough carbon-free power for 175 area residents. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bring the economic benefits of renewable energy to a disadvantaged neighborhood.  Yet traditional finance steers clear of ventures like this one, with lenders often wary of the high credit risks, potentially long payoff periods and uncertainty of investing in low-to-moderate-income communities.   [ read more … ]

Climate

Costs of climate change far surpass government estimates, study says

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:20:50

A sobering paper in the journal Nature on the damage caused by climate change brings into relief the threat that higher temperatures pose on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at home and overseas. The research team’s key finding: Each additional ton of carbon dioxide that cars, power plants and other sources add to the atmosphere costs society $185 — more than triple the federal government’s current figure. [ read more … ]

States

Why California wants to give residents $1,000 not to have a car

By Shannon Osaka, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:21:05

Amid a bonanza of measures passed to cut the state’s carbon emissions as fast as possible, the California legislature approved a $1,000 refundable tax credit to poorer Californians who don’t own vehicles. It will head to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is expected to sign it. The bill offers the tax credit to single-filers earning up to $40,000 and joint-filers making up to $60,000 who live without personal cars. And, because the tax credit is refundable, Golden State residents can claim the full amount even if they don’t have $1,000 in tax liability. [ read more … ]

EVs

Californians Told Not to Charge Electric Cars Days After Gas Car Sales Ban

By Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek  •    •  Posted 2022-09-01 15:23:13

Californians may need to take measures to conserve energy, including by avoiding charging electric vehicles, to prevent strain to the state’s power grid over the Labor Day weekend, officials said—a week after state regulators voted on a plan to ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars. The new policy, approved by the California Air Resources Board, will require all new cars sold in California to be free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 as part of an effort to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

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