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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 5, 2022

Top Story

The U.S. wants to slash carbon emissions from power plants. Natural gas is in the way

By Michael Copley, NPR  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:45:45

Under President Joe Biden, the United States aims to cut all carbon pollution by 2035 from the power plants that run American homes and businesses. It’s a first step toward the broader goal of zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions across the entire economy by midcentury to rein in climate change. But the ambitions of the Biden administration are set to collide with the country’s power industry, which looks like it will continue burning fossil fuels for the foreseeable future. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

How offshore wind won over (most of) the Hamptons

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:48:23

Bill Fielder usually has the beach to himself in December. He arrives in the mornings, letting his dogs burst from the car onto the empty sand. He takes a seat on a wooden bench and puffs a cigar as he watches them romp. Sometimes another dog walker will pass by. Maybe a truck, fishing pole strapped to the roof, rumbles onto the beach. But that’s usually it. Except this year. A 177-foot liftboat recently anchored a short distance offshore, its three towering legs looming over the dunes, as well as the neatly lined hedgerows and sun-blanched mansions of the Hamptons. [ read more … ]

Why wind energy isn’t living up to its pollution-preventing potential

By Justine Calma, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:46:20

Wind power isn’t cleaning up as much pollution as it could, especially in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, new research shows. The US’s wind energy boom has already led to billions of dollars of health benefits. But the majority of that hasn’t trickled into communities that have historically been burdened with the most air pollution, finds a study published today in the journal Science Advances. Fortunately, that could change if new wind energy projects are deployed more strategically. [ read more … ]

Grid

Gunfire on N.C. substations causes widespread power outages

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:47:30

Tens of thousands of residents in rural North Carolina could be without electricity for days after gunfire seriously damaged two power substations. The Saturday attack on the substations — located in Moore County, about 90 miles east of Charlotte — “wasn’t random,” said Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields. Someone drove up and “opened fire on the substation, the same thing with the other one,” Fields told reporters. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Europe Is Looking for Ways to Counter the New US Climate Law

By Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:47:12

The European Union should improve its state aid rules and consider more green-transition funding to offset possible distortions from the new US climate and tax law, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Her remarks came a day before the US-EU Trade and Technology Council ministerial meeting to be held at the University of Maryland, where the law is likely to be a hot topic.  [ read more … ]

Congress

Top Dems weigh adding permitting reform to defense bill

By Kelsey Brugger, Nick Sobczyk, Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:48:51

Democratic leaders are trying to slip controversial permitting provisions developed by Sen. Joe Manchin into the latest version of the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill, according to three people familiar with the matter. The sources, who were granted anonymity to speak candidly about the matter, said lawmakers were maneuvering over the weekend to get the provisions included in the final version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. It would be a last-second win for Manchin, who was promised a vote on his permitting overhaul in exchange for his support for the Inflation Reduction Act in August. [ read more … ]

EVs

‘Buy America’ timeline threatens to delay EV charger network

By Andres Picon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-05 13:47:50

Construction of a national web of electric vehicle charging stations could be delayed if the Biden administration enforces a January deadline to manufacture the chargers domestically, according to industry officials who are racing to build the network. State transportation agencies, along with manufacturers and operators of electric vehicle chargers, say “Buy America” rules mandating that the EV chargers be made and assembled with U.S. parts and labor could derail their planning processes if they are implemented too quickly.
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