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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 9, 2023

Top Story

New England grapples with sky-high electricity rates as Ukraine war squeezes gas supply

BY SHARON UDASIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:29:41

New Englanders are contending with some of the highest electricity rates in the country this winter as they weather the transatlantic ripple effects of a global gas crunch. Residents of New England’s six states have thus far enjoyed a relatively mild winter without rolling blackouts. But skyrocketing rates — fueled by natural gas price surges and the war in Ukraine — are taking a toll on a region accustomed to cranking up the heat.
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Wind Energy

A colossal 18 MW wind turbine is about to debut in China

By Michelle Lewis, Electrek  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:31:12

GE Renewable Energy announced in December that its Haliade-X, the first wind turbine capable of more than 12 megawatts (MW), received a full type certificate for operations up to 14.7 MW from DNV, the world’s largest independent certification body. That officially made it the world’s most powerful wind turbine – but the Haliade-X won’t get to wear that crown for long. [ read more … ]

States

With stroke of his pen, Gov. Mike DeWine defines natural gas as green energy 

By Jake Zuckerman, jzuckerman@cleveland.com  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:30:01

“Characterizing natural gas as green energy is regressive and a fallacy,” said Cinnamon Carlarne, the Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law at the Ohio State University. “Natural gas is not green energy. The labelling is a little bit Orwellian.” DeWine said in a statement the legislation doesn’t “fundamentally change the criteria and processes” established in 2011. Additionally, he said his administration wouldn’t allow for any new surface use access in state parks. However, this could leave the door open to accessing minerals underneath state lands via surfaces of adjacent properties. [ read more … ]

Markets

Using Up America’s Oil Reserve Was Easy. Refilling It Won’t Be.

By Jinjoo Lee, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:31:33

It took less than a year to draw 180 million barrels of oil out of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Replacing those barrels will likely take a lot longer, if it happens at all.  After President Biden authorized a historic emergency release last year, there were roughly 372.4 million barrels left in the SPR as of Dec. 30, the lowest level in 39 years. [ read more … ]

Congress

Republican chaos threatens congressional to-do list

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:30:54

The first week of Republican House control has raised concerns about how Congress will deal with key matters, including raising the debt ceiling and passing government spending bills. But lawmakers have a longer list of policy items on its to-do list that could be just as thorny. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) secured enough Republican support to earn the gavel, but reaching that long-sought goal required a series of concessions to some of the most extreme members of his caucus. Lawmakers may look to attach provisions related to the regulation and oversight of pipelines set to move carbon dioxide. Projects to move CO2 from energy generation, biofuel refining and oil and gas operations have generated attention as the world looks to trap greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

Climate

How sending climate aid abroad helps the U.S.

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:31:58

Experts say that climate investments in developing countries offer some of the cheapest and best opportunities to avoid runaway warming and preserve geopolitical stability. And they warn that the United States sells itself short when it under-funds international climate efforts, as Congress did last month with the latest federal spending bil. The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community are well aware of the link between climate and security, issuing threat assessments that looked not only at the effect of warming on U.S. military operations but also its role in exacerbating risks such as armed insurrection and state failure. [ read more … ]

EVs

Why you might want a heat pump in your electric car

By Shannon Osaka, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:30:19

Recurrent’s data compares cars like the Tesla Model Y — which comes standard with a heat pump — to cars like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, where no models offer a heat pump. According to the study, the Mustang loses almost 30 percent of its range at 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Model Y loses only about 15 percent. “A car with a heat pump does much better when it drops down to freezing than one without,” Case said.
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New York City Wants More EVs but Needs to Find Space for Chargers

By Jennifer Hiller, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2023-01-09 16:30:38

The Big Apple wants to go green. First it needs to figure out where to put thousands of chargers needed for electric vehicles as the state phases out the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks by 2035. Drivers in New York largely rely on street parking and lack homes with driveways or garages where they could install private chargers. As a result, it will need thousands of additional public charging locations to spur wider EV adoption. So far, fewer than 1% of vehicles registered in the city are electric, according to state data. [ read more … ]

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