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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 5, 2023

Top Story

Despite speaker chaos, GOP has high hopes for energy agenda

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:28:33

Despite that pessimism, some Republicans believe that energy legislation could be a way to bring the party together. After all, nearly all House Republicans want to roll back regulations and increase energy production on federal lands. Westerman said that an energy package will likely be one of the first things out of his committee. And would-be House leaders have made energy issues a top priority. [ read more … ]

Grid

2 charged with conspiracy to damage energy facilities in Washington substation attacks

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:26:13

Two men have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to damage energy facilities in the Christmas Day attacks on four Washington substations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Matthew Greenwood, 32, and Jeremy Crahan, 40, were also each charged with possession of an unregistered firearm. According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the pair had been “planning to disrupt power to commit a burglary.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Massachusetts, Maine to partner on large inland wind farm

By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:25:45

Massachusetts intends to finance up to 40% of a wind power project in far northern Maine, potentially giving the state the partner it needs to make the project a reality. The partnership comes as states in the Northeast are struggling with surging energy costs. The region is heavily dependent on natural gas and feeling a crunch from tightening global energy supplies.
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Congress

3 climate takeaways from the GOP speaker meltdown

By Adam Aton, Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:27:32

The Republican brawl over whom to elect House speaker hasn’t changed anything about climate policy — yet. But the chaos this week has underscored concerns that the new Congress is ill-equipped to address global warming. And though the short-term impact on policy might be limited, observers expect the drawn-out fight for House speaker to exacerbate tensions between business-aligned Republicans — who are tiptoeing toward climate action — and GOP hardliners who deny climate science. [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats look for staffers to probe fossil fuels

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:27:50

The Senate Budget Committee is looking to hire staffers with experience investigating fossil fuel influence campaigns, a sign of how incoming Chair Sheldon Whitehouse could use the gavel to go after the industry. The committee is seeking several new aides, including a climate policy expert and an oversight director, according to job bulletins posted on the Senate website. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House releases latest regulatory plans

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:27:14

The White House on Wednesday afternoon released its latest plans for rulemaking on energy, the environment and beyond. The fall Unified Agenda emerged roughly two months behind schedule at a time when President Joe Biden faces intense pressure from his base to deliver on critical climate and environmental regulations. [ read more … ]

Markets

3 trends set to shape oil and gas this year

By Mike Lee, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:26:58

After posting record profits in 2022, oil and gas companies say they’re preparing to ramp up investments in clean energy and new technology this year. Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it will spend about $3.4 billion annually on alternative energy over the next five years, about 15 percent more than its plans last year. Chevron Corp. — the nation’s second-largest oil company — said it will more than double its clean energy spending from last year to $2 billion in 2023. [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla, EV rivals absorb costs after China pulls plug on subsidy

By Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2023-01-05 14:26:31

China’s decision to end a more than decade-long subsidy for electric vehicle purchases has forced automakers, including Tesla, to deepen discounts to maintain sales as demand eases in the world’s largest market. The government originally planned to phase out the support scheme for EV makers and battery suppliers by the end of 2020, but extended it until the end of December in response to the pandemic. [ read more … ]

 

 

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