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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 25, 2017


To:                 State Representatives


From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda, Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, September 28, 2017


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. CT (9:00 MT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET). The conference call number is 800-747-5150 and your access code is 3951076. The proposed agenda for our call follows:


Next Steps after International Trade Commission’s Solar Import Decision — Christopher Mansour, Solar Energy Industries Association

“The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that increased imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported article.” — U.S. International Trade Commission, September 22, 2017


U.S. International Trade Commission Statement, September 22, 2017

Creating Test for Trump, Panel Says Imported Solar Gear Hurts U.S. Firms, New York Times

Solar industry roiled by trade ruling that some fear could lead to tariffs, Washington Post

China used ‘chaos’ and lots of cash to dominate renewable energy competitors, E&E

Trump says ‘bring me some tariffs’ as solar decision looms, E&E


The Role of Energy Storage in the States’ Energy Future — Kelly Speakes-Backman, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association

“We’re going to have 10 times as much energy storage on the grid by the end of this decade and that is going to impact every facet of the energy industry,” said a representative of the Energy Storage Association.

Storage gets boost as 100% renewables, grid expansion fail in California, E&E

Batteries for Homes, Businesses Surged in U.S. in Second Quarter, NYT

Minn.: A Midwest leader for energy storage, E&E

Energy storage is taking on a greater role in the power grid. But how big can it get? Los Angeles Times

Tesla document reveals surging energy storage market, E&E


‘Happening’ A Clean Energy Revolution. A film by Jamie Redford — Larry Pearce

“ ‘Happening’ is personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Lehi, UT to Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while my discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a story of technology and innovation, ‘Happening’ explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.” — Jamie Redford

World Premiere Saturday, October 7 San Rafael, California and HBO soon


DOE’s Grid Study, Infrastructure — Rob Gramlich, Grid Strategies

            Energy trade groups letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee

Solar industry mum as trade groups praise grid study, E&E


Washington Update — David Terry, Larry Pearce


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — Larry Pearce

            Coalition’s letter to FERC Commissioners, September 2017


Update: Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act (S.1672) Larry Pearce

Draft GWSC Offshore Incentive Letter (8-11-17)

Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act 2017 Summary Updated



Next call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, October 26, 2017



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