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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 23, 2017

Representatives —

Alison’s excellent slide deck on power plant retirement arrived too late to add to yesterday’s agenda.   It’s available here.




To:                 State Representatives


From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda, Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, October 26, 2017


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, October 26 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:


  • Update: Secretary Perry’s FERC directive, congressional and former commissioner reactions and senators put holds on FERC nominees Larry Pearce

Perry’s warning aside, FERC staff sees no winter grid threat, E&E

FERC picks caught in EPA confirmation fight, E&E

Bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners rejects energy secretary’s bid to help coal plants, Washington Post

FERC chairman tries to calm jitters over Perry’s directive, E&E


  • Why coal and nuclear plants are retiring, bulk power system reliability, and impact of DOE’s FERC Request — Alison Silverstein, American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy

“Renewable generation was an exacerbating factor, but in most cases not a causal factor behind power plant retirements. Many of these retirements occurred before significant quantities of renewable generation were added to the grid, or in regions with little or no renewable production. Negative prices occurred – often bid by nuclear plants behind transmission constraints — before the advent of deep renewables penetration.” — Alison Silverstein, If I’d written the DOE grid study recommendations, Utility Dive

Energy trade groups letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee, September 14, 2017


  • The Role of Energy Storage in the States’ Energy Future — Sarah Van Cleve, Tesla Motors

“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.

Sarah’s Tesla Presentation

Governors bullish on battery storage as boon to solar energy, Las Vegas Sun

Tesla document reveals surging energy storage market, E&E

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




  • Update: International Trade Commission’s Solar Import Decision — Larry Pearce


Solar Finds Unexpected Champion in Sean Hannity, Bloomberg

The U.S. Solar Industry’s New Growth Region: Trump Country, Reuters

Editorial: Tariffs on Solar Panels Would Kill U.S. Jobs, Bloomberg

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


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

DVDs/link available to coalition members soon


  • Washington Update — David Terry


U.S. Tax Reform Would Leave Renewable Energy Out in the Cold, Bloomberg


  • Pending and Upcoming Activities — Larry Pearce, David Terry

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

Coalition’s letter to FERC Commissioners, September 2017

Meeting with Kansas Governor Brownback and Lt. Governor Colyer

Developing proposed work plan for 2018 for next month’s agenda discussion

Announcement of coalition’s vice chair for 2018


RESCHEDULED: Next call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, November 30, 2017


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