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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 23, 2018

To:                  State Representatives

From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative

Subject:           Agenda,Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. CT (9:00 MT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET). The conference call number is 800-747-5150and your access code is 3951076.  The proposed agenda for our call follows:

Facebook, Adobe and OPPD’s Renewable Energy FutureTim Burke, President, Omaha Public Power District

            In the nation’s only public power state, the Omaha Public Power District now generates more than 30 percent of its electricity from renewables. Tim Burke talks about how OPPD successfully included renewable energy in its energy portfolio while the rest of Nebraska, with some of the nation’s best wind resources, lags far behind its neighboring states.

Effort to bring Facebook data center to Nebraska took 6 years of swinging and missing, Omaha World Herald

Facebook data center to be powered by $430 million wind farm in Nebraska, CNBC

Facebook and Adobe to buy wind power from Nebraska facility, CNBC

Omaha customers will soon be able to buy shares of solar power,Omaha World Herald

Omaha’s future relies heavily on renewables, Omaha World Herald

As Nebraska nuclear plant closes, OPPD weighs its future in renewable energy, Omaha World Herald

Proposal to Expand SPP to Include Eight Rocky Mountain Energy Companies—Lanny Nickell, Vice President, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)

            The Southwest Power Pool recently voted to include eight Rocky Mountain utilities to join the 14-state Great Plains regional transmission organization in a single market for wholesale electricity. Advocates say a merger would lower consumers’ bills and help utilities to bring increasing amounts of renewable energy online.

Xcel Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate, Denver Post

 Revamped Western grid on the horizon?E&E

Grid talks expose mistrust between coal and solar states, E&E

For the First Time, Wind on the Plains Supplied More Than Half Region’s Power, Bloomberg

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum and National Clean Energy Week, September 24-28, 2018Charles Hernick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum

The Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum is a non-profit organization committed to educating the public and influencing the national conversation about commonsense clean energy. It is time for actionable, market-friendly, fiscally responsible clean energy solutions.      

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum

 National Clean Energy Week, September 24-28, 2018     

Update: Scheduling FERC Meeting — Larry Pearce

            Tentative meeting date: Wednesday, May 30

Letter to Secretary Zinke and Offshore Wind DevelopmentLarry Pearce     

Offshore Wind Energy Development Letter to Secretary Zinke, April 23, 2018

Washington Update — David Terry, Larry Pearce

FirstEnergy ’emergency’ is a ‘policy problem’, E&E

Pending and Upcoming Activities— Larry Pearce, David Terry

            Member, TransGrid-X 2035 Steering Committee

            Redford Center’s renewable energy documentary production update

            Governors’ State Renewable Energy Progress Report

            Letter to Coalition member governors from 2018 leadership team

Proposed work plan for 2018

Public announcement of coalition’s 2018 leadership team


Next call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, May 24, 2018

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