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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 31, 2022

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‘It’s got nasty’: the battle to build the US’s biggest solar power farm

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-10-31 16:14:28

When proposals for the largest solar plant ever conceived for US soil started to gather pace – a plan that involves spearing several million solar panels into the flat farmland of northern Indiana – something in Connie Ehrlich seems to have snapped.
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3 governor’s races set to remake clean energy

By David Iaconangelo, Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-31 16:15:01

Three East Coast states with some of the nation’s most aggressive clean energy targets could see a political shakeup following next week’s elections, with broad ramifications for their reliance on fossil fuels and planned offshore wind projects. Maryland, Massachusetts and Maine are among several states where the party in control of the governor’s mansion could flip in November. In recent years, all three states have set targets to phase out greenhouse gas emissions economywide by 2050 or sooner, as well as interim commitments to expand renewable energy deployment by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]


Utility studies coal-to-nuclear conversion for climate fix

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-31 16:13:19

A Bill Gates-backed developer and one of the largest utilities in the Western United States announced Thursday they were launching a study to determine if up to five coal plants could be equipped with advanced nuclear reactors. The move further cemented the relationship between TerraPower, a nuclear developer, and PacifiCorp, a six-state utility headquartered in Portland, Ore. The pair agreed last year to build a 345-megawatt Natrium nuclear reactor at the site of a retiring coal plant in western Wyoming.
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$30B of profits renews Big Oil’s clash with White House

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-31 16:14:52

The two biggest U.S. oil and gas companies reported over $30 billion in combined earnings Friday, touching off another round of debate about the actions of domestic energy producers. President Joe Biden and the head of Exxon Mobil Corp. engaged in a long-distance verbal spat over the third-quarter results while a Democrat in Congress announced a new plan to block exports of U.S. gasoline during periods with high domestic prices. [ read more … ]


In California’s Wine Country, Some Towns Ban New Gasoline Stations

By Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-10-31 16:13:36

More communities in California wine country are telling gasoline stations to set up shop somewhere else. Eight cities and towns in Napa and Sonoma counties have banned the construction of new gas stations. The city council in Novato, Calif., located in Marin County, passed a ban in an initial vote last week and is expected to give it final approval in November. [ read more … ]

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