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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 12, 2017

Colleagues,

Here’s a brief update of our recent activities that we’ll talk about in more detail during this month’s conference call on Thursday, April 27.

White House Meeting

            We met with Mike Catanzaro, President Trump’s Special Assistant for Energy and Environmental Policy, late last month.

Carol Grant, Governor Raimondo’s representative; Jon Hummell, Governor Brownback’s representative; and David Terry, the Coalition’s Washington Representative, participate in the meeting. This is the first of many contracts we’ll have with key administration officials.

We talked about a range of issues, including the need for a presidential message that honors the nation’s governors who are leaders in renewable energy development and that acknowledges the thousands of jobs created by billions in renewable energy investments. The White House energy messages have been missing any reference to renewable energy.

Infrastructure legislation, transmission and grid development, offshore wind development legislation, and regulatory barriers were all part of our discussion.

We suggested two specific activities that the White House could support: convening a governors’ task force on transmission development and convening a governors’ task force on offshore wind development.

The Coalition’s follow up memo to Mike Catanzaro is available here. We’ll talk more about our meeting and follow up work during our conference call.

Letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committees

            The Coalition’s leadership is reviewing a draft letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees that highlights the importance of appropriate funding for Department Energy wind and solar programs as well as the state energy program. The President’s budget message had no or significantly lower funding for these important programs. The Coalition’s letter is timely since Congress will take up the FY’18 budget when it returns from its Easter recess on April 24.

            Your suggestions for conference call topics are always welcomed. We’re looking forward to talking you on Thursday, April 27.

 

 

Larry

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