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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 16, 2022

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G-20 to climate negotiators: No backsliding on 1.5

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:56:17

Leaders of the world’s largest economies reaffirmed their support for aggressive action to halt rising temperatures in a move that could spur more ambition among negotiators here as global climate talks enter their final days. In a statement issued Wednesday, G-20 leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia, reiterated the need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by phasing down coal-fired power and strengthening climate targets. They also called for more progress on just transitions and expanding financial mechanisms to increase access to energy in places that lack it.
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Wind Energy

Commonwealth Wind moves forward with Mass. offshore wind agreement

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:54:57

Commonwealth Wind said late Monday it will move forward with a submitted but not yet approved power purchase agreement with Massachusetts electric companies and its 1,232-megawatt offshore wind project. Commonwealth made its announcement after the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) denied in early November Commonwealth’s motion to suspend its agreement. That motion raised questions about the future of Commonwealth’s offshore wind project. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

The U.S.’s Struggle to Wean Itself From Chinese Solar Power

By Phred Dvorak, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:55:08

At the moment, the U.S. has little or no manufacturing for almost any component needed to produce solar energy. China, which can produce solar components less expensively, controls more than 80% of the supply chain, dominating the manufacture of solar panels and other vital equipment. In recent years, China has spent almost 10 times as much on solar manufacturing as the U.S. and Europe combined. In a bid to boost U.S. solar production, President Biden in August signed into law the bill dubbed the Inflation Reduction Act, which provides bonus tax credits to renewable-power projects that use American-made equipment, as well as incentives for manufacturing solar panels, wind turbine blades and other components in the U.S. The Energy Department forecasts solar will need to grow to at least 37% of the U.S. power mix by 2035 to hit the Biden administration’s clean-energy targets. [ read more … ]

Congress

Some Republicans show appetite for a Manchin deal on permitting reform

BY RACHEL FRAZIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:50:55

A handful of Republican lawmakers appear open to working with Sen. Joe Manchin on his push for permitting reform despite tensions between the West Virginia Democrat and the GOP caucus.  Manchin has been pushing for policies that speed up the approval process for energy projects in order to build out more energy infrastructure. His last attempt ran into opposition from both Republicans — who said it didn’t go far enough — and progressives, who said it could harm communities who live near the projects. [ read more … ]

Politics

Trump launches presidential run with climate fallacies

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:55:43

in announcing his third run for president Tuesday, Trump returned to his familiar rhetoric on climate. Namely: ridiculing efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas production, which scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
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EVs

Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town

By Tom Randall, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:56:35

According to a sweeping new study of highway charging requirements conducted by utility company National Grid Plc. Researchers found that by 2030, electrifying a typical highway gas station will require as much power as a professional sports stadium—and that’s mostly just for electrified passenger vehicles. As more electric trucks hit the road, the projected power needs for a big truck stop by 2035 will equal that of a small town. [ read more … ]

Electric vehicles are less reliable because of newer technologies, Consumer Reports finds

By Michael Wayland and Lora Kolodny, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:55:58

Electric vehicles are among the least reliable cars and trucks in the automotive industry today, according to Consumer Reports rankings released Tuesday. When compared with hybrid and gas-powered cars and trucks, electric vehicles powered entirely by batteries were the worst-performing segment, aside from traditional full-size pickup trucks, according to Consumer Reports. Topping this year’s reliability list for brands were Toyota, Lexus, BMW, Mazda and Honda — all ranking above average reliability
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Tesla EVs ranked among the worst in annual reliability survey by Consumer Reports

By Aishwarya Nair, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-16 13:55:26

Electric vehicles from Tesla Inc and other brands were among the least reliable vehicles in the United States, Consumer Reports magazine’s annual reliability survey showed on Tuesday. Although EVs and full-size pick up trucks enjoy the hottest demand in the market, they are the “most problematic”, the nonprofit organization that evaluates products and services said. [ read more … ]

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