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December 22, 2022

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  It resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top Story

Senate approves $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to fund government

By Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:15:36

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) walks through the Capitol on Tuesday, one of his last days as a lawmaker. Leahy, who is retiring at the end of this session of Congress, was one of the lead negotiators on the $1.7 trillion bill to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2023, known as the omnibus. The Senate on Thursday adopted a sprawling, roughly $1.7 trillion bill that would fund the government through most of 2023, as Democrats and Republicans resolved a last-minute standoff over immigration and voted to avert a shutdown in the final days of the year. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Massachusetts governor outlines plans to beef up ports to develop offshore wind farms

By Dana Gerber, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:19:00

The Baker administration on Tuesday announced $180 million in infrastructure funding for projects designed to support the state’s burgeoning offshore wind industry. In a press conference held at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, Governor Charlie Baker and top climate aides also provided updates on the state’s clean energy industry, which has been a priority for Baker during his tenure on Beacon Hill. [ read more … ]

The UK Produced a Record Amount of Wind Power in 2022, Easing Gas Crisis

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:19:18

Britain’s wind farms generated a record amount of electricity this year as gusty weather and a growing fleet of turbines softened the impact of soaring natural gas prices.  Wind power will be a critical factor in how well Europe manages an energy crisis that’s already cost more than $1 trillion. Higher wind speeds will ease the need to burn gas that’s been in scarce supply since Russia cut flows to Europe following its invasion of Ukraine. Building more wind farms will allow the UK to cut gas use and reach its climate goals.
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The 19th-century engineer who was ahead of his time on wind power

By Jeremy Plester, Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:18:41

It was 135 years ago that a Scottish engineer, James Blyth, invented the first wind-powered electrical generator. In July 1887 he built a windmill attached to a dynamo to light his holiday cottage in the village of Marykirk in Scotland, and even stored the power in a battery invented by the French engineer Camille Alphonse Faure. “When a good breeze was blowing, I stored as much in half a day as gave me light for four evenings,” Blyth wrote. He proposed installing electric lighting in the main street of the village, but local people thought the electric light to be “the work of the devil” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Climate law boost for renewables hits barrier on tribal lands

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:17:00

The climate law enacted this year lifted a long-standing financial barrier for Native American tribes seeking to build and own their own clean energy projects. But the boost for energy development in Indian Country has an infrastructure problem: It could be many years before tribes can connect solar and wind projects to the power grid. The Inflation Reduction Act allows tribes and other tax-exempt entities like electric cooperatives for the first time to receive direct payment tax credits for wind, solar and other clean energy technologies. That means they can essentially reap the same federal tax credits for large energy projects afforded to for-profit utilities and private developers for over a decade. [ read more … ]

Climate

Germany Returns to Coal as Energy Security Trumps Climate Goals

By Todd Gillespie, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:16:27

Germany plans to phase out coal use by 2038, but the ruling coalition is pushing for an even earlier target of 2030. To weather the current crisis, the country has temporarily brought back some coal plants that were offline. In most countries, a limited amount of coal power capacity is returning to service. “Only in Germany, with 10 gigawatts, is the reversal at a significant scale,” the IEA said in a report. [ read more … ]

Congress Offers $1 Billion for Climate Aid, Falling Short of Biden’s Pledge

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:18:13

Congress has proposed $1 billion to help poor countries cope with climate change, a figure that falls significantly short of President Biden’s promise that the United States will spend $11.4 billion annually by 2024 to ensure developing nations can transition to clean energy and adapt to a warming planet. The money is part of a sprawling $1.7 trillion government spending package that lawmakers made public early Tuesday and are expected to vote on this week.
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Congress

Inhofe’s legacy: A vast alumni network on climate, energy

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:17:56

The Oklahoma Republican established an international image for his denial of climate change, calling it a “hoax,” despite the overwhelming scientific consensus. That denial led him to fiercely oppose many sweeping climate and environmental policies and major legislation in areas like infrastructure and chemical safety. The former Environment and Public Works Committee chair churned out a steady team of dedicated, ambitious staffers who are now in powerful positions in energy and aren’t afraid to argue passionately for their conservative, pro-business positions. They stand to continue dominating right-wing environmental spaces for years. [ read more … ]

‘Carbon neutral’ scores another victory in omnibus

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:17:24

A perennial battle in Congress over the environmental effects of burning wood for energy has tipped again toward the biomass industry. The $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill declares forest bioenergy carbon neutral and instructs federal agencies to adopt policies supporting that assumption, discarding efforts in both the House and Senate to avoid the terminology.
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EVs

Electric Cars Are Taking Off, but When Will Battery Recycling Follow?

By Niraj Chokshi and Kellen Browning, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-12-22 15:16:07

Benjamin Reynaga used power tools to hack his way into a beat-up hybrid Honda Fit at an auto dismantling plant at the edge of the Mojave Desert until he reached the most important part of the car: its lithium-ion battery. The vehicle itself was set to be crushed, but the battery would be treated with care. It would be disassembled nearby and then sent to Nevada, where another company, Redwood Materials, would recover some of the valuable metals inside. [ read more … ]

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