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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 21, 2019

To:                  State Representatives


From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda,Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, January 24, 2019


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, January 24 20 at 10:00 a.m. CT (9:00 MT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET).  The conference call number is 800-747-5150and access code is 3951076#. The proposed agenda for our call follows:


California Residential Solar RequirementMazi Shirakh, Senior Engineer, Zero Emissions and Energy Buildings (ZEEB) Lead and Advisor for Building Energy Efficiency Standards, California Energy Commission


“The new requirement, to take effect in two years, brings solar power into the mainstream in a way it has never been until now. It will add thousands of dollars to the cost of home when a shortage of affordable housing is one of California’s most pressing issues.

“That made the relative ease of its approval — in a unanimous vote by the five-member California Energy Commission before a standing-room crowd, with little debate — all the more remarkable.” — New York Times

The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards ZNE Strategy

How California’s residential solar mandate could misfire, Axios

California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes, New York Times


Green New Deal and House Energy-Related Legislation — Laura Hayes, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (invited)

“Democrats are united in decarbonizing our economy and addressing climate change in stark contrast to Republicans. But House leaders have to be strategic in how they approach climate change,” said Paul Bledsoe, an energy fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute who worked on climate change in the Clinton White House. “Impossible-to-reach targets will only disappoint.”


What exactly is the ‘Green New Deal’?, E&E

Can the ‘Green New Deal’ deliver 100% renewables? E&E

‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old idea, E&E


State Renewable Energy Announcements — Larry Pearce

Hawaii Governor Ige — 100% renewables by 2045

California Governor Newsom — 100 % renewables by 2045

Colorado Governor Polis —100% renewables by 2040

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf — 21% carbon emission reductions by 2025

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper — reduce energy consumption by 40%

New Mexico Governor Grisham — 50% renewables by 2030


Coalition Activities— Larry Pearce

Welcome governors-elect letters (6) to: Gavin Newsomin California, Jared Polis in Colorado, Laura Kellyin Kansas, Kristi Noemin South Dakota, J.B. Pritzker in Illinois, and Tim Walzin Minnesota

Governor-elect letter (Polis)


Invitation and congratulation letters (8) to:Mike DeWinein Ohio, Gretchen Whitmerin Michigan, Tony Eversin Wisconsin, Janet Millsin Maine, Steve Sisolakin Nevada, Michelle Lujan Grisham*in New Mexico, Kevin Stittin Oklahoma, and Mark Gordonin Wyoming

      Governor-elect Invitation (Evers)


Update: Governors’States’ Offshore Wind Development Initiative—David Terry and Larry Pearce

            Draft Memorandum of Understanding


Next Call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, February 28, 2019  


Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.