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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 22, 2022

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Thanksgiving holiday. It resumes on Monday, November 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

Top Story

High Costs, Low Reliability Imperil US Grid, Regulator Warns

By Naureen S. Malik and Daniel Moore, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 11:17:49

The sweeping push to replace fossil fuel plants with clean energy is forcing US power grids to the brink of a twin crisis, making electricity unaffordable while raising the specter of more frequent blackouts, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said. Nuclear, natural gas and coal generators are shutting down “at an unsafe pace” to keep up with the transition to wind and solar, said Mark Christie, one of two Republicans on the five-member commission. As soon as this winter, New England could see the highest increases in utility bills and the potential for electricity shortfalls, he said.  [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Europe’s Wind Industry Is Stumbling When It’s Needed Most

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 11:18:04

This month, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, a Madrid-based company that is the premier maker of offshore wind turbines, reported an annual loss of 940 million euros ($965 million). The company has announced a cost-cutting program that is likely to lead to 2,900 job losses, or nearly 11 percent of its work force. Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest maker of turbines, recently reported a loss of 147 million euros (about $151 million) for the third quarter.

General Electric, a large maker of wind turbines in the United States and Europe, has also struggled in its clean energy businesses. The company said last month that its renewable energy unit was likely to record $2 billion in losses this year. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Enel to Build Massive Solar Panel Factory in U.S.

By Phred Dvorak, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 11:17:18

Italian energy giant Enel ENEL 0.43%increase; green up pointing triangle SpA is readying a massive solar-manufacturing push in the U.S., including plans for a factory that will make solar cells, a key part of the supply chain that currently doesn’t exist here. Enel said it is planning a factory that can initially produce 3 gigawatts—and ultimately as much as 6 gigawatts—of solar panels. That is a scale that would make Enel’s factory one of the largest such ventures in the U.S., at a cost that could approach or top a billion dollars, according to Journal estimates. [ read more … ]

Grid

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: ROBERT ZULLO, Nebraska Examiner  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 11:18:50

In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned electric companies, expected to only grow going forward. But much of that spending is happening on local projects in states with widely differing regulatory regimes. And there’s been growing concern at the state and federal level that too much of it is occurring without enough transparency and oversight to ensure transmission owners are appropriately planning for new technology, considering more cost-effective regional approaches or alternate solutions and not ripping off their ratepayers. [ read more … ]

Western states ponder regional grid as renewables grow

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 11:19:03

As temperatures on the West Coast soared into the triple digits in early September, power demand threatened to reach record levels — and utilities braced for grid problems. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) warned of potential blackouts. Idaho Power Co., already hobbled by a pair of generator outages, prepared to cut power to some customers in Boise. Utilities in the desert Southwest expected surging demand to strain their grids. But no major blackouts occurred during the multiday heat wave. The Pacific Northwest sent much-needed power to California, which in turn was able to send electricity to Boise. And desert states didn’t see dire conditions, allowing them to send power to California.
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Pollution

Coal emissions on pace for record-setting 2022

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-22 08:32:18

Global emissions associated with coal burning are on track to hit a new record in 2022, underscoring the challenge of phasing out the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel. Coal generation needs to fall precipitously for the planet to have a chance at reaching net-zero emissions. But 2022 has seen rising coal generation in Europe and India, as both regions struggled with the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Global coal generation likely would be even higher if not for an economic lull in China, the world’s largest coal market. The United States is the sole major economy to continue to see sharp declines in coal use. [ read more … ]

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