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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 14, 2022

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U.S. and China Restart Climate Talks

By Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:07:46

President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China agreed on Monday to restart talks between their countries as part of international climate negotiations, a breakthrough in the effort to avert catastrophic global warming. Talks between China and the United States over climate had been frozen for months, amid rising tensions between the two countries over trade, Taiwan and a host of security issues. China suspended all cooperation with the United States, including around climate change, in August as retaliation for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

The ‘world’s largest floating wind farm’ produces its first power

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:08:09

In a statement Monday, Norwegian energy firm Equinor — better known for its work in the oil and gas industry — said power production from Hywind Tampen’s first wind turbine took place on Sunday afternoon. While wind is a renewable energy source, Hywind Tampen will be used to help power operations at oil and gas fields in the North Sea. Equinor said Hywind Tampen’s first power was sent to the Gullfaks oil and gas field. [ read more … ]

Grid

4 questions answered: Hurricanes and the grid

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:09:24

Utilities are learning how to get lights back on faster — and how to keep them from going off — in a world challenged by climate change. After Ian struck as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, over 44,000 workers from 33 states restored electricity to more than 2 million homes and businesses in less than a week. Still, experts and executives say more work will be needed year after year. “This is a march,” Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light Co., told reporters recently. “It’s not a sprint.” [ read more … ]

The U.S. Electric System Is Leaning on Customers to Avoid Blackouts

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:08:30

Asking customers to voluntarily trim electricity use when the system is stressed and shift to using power at times when supplies are plentiful is called demand response. Varying electricity prices is another way to encourage power use at certain times, but grid operators and utilities also have programs that offer customers other financial incentives for voluntarily altering behavior. [ read more … ]

Congress

What to expect in the lame-duck session

By Jeremy Dillon, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:09:43

Congress returns Monday to kick off the lame-duck portion of the legislative session with a long to-do list. It’s unclear how ambitious Democrats will be or how willing Republicans will be to collaborate. There are some bills that must get passed before the year’s end, including a government funding measure and legislation to reauthorize Department of Defense programs.
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EVs

Electric vehicle sales rise as registrations jump 57% through September

By Dan Zukowski, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-11-14 16:09:03

Through the first nine months of this year, registrations for electric vehicles rose 57% compared to the same period last year, according to data from Experian Automotive cited by Automotive News. More than 530,000 new battery-electric vehicles were registered in the U.S. through September. Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona were some of the fastest-growing areas outside California for new electric vehicle registrations through the first half of 2022, according to Experian Automotive data. Chicago and Houston also saw a notable increase in registrations during that period.  [ read more … ]

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