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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 24, 2018

To:                  State Representatives

From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda,Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, September 27, 2018


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 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:


New Jersey Announces the Nation’s Largest Request for Offshore Wind ProposalsMaddy Urbish, New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Representative

“In the span of just nine months, New Jersey has vaulted to the front of the pack in establishing this cutting-edge industry. We campaigned on rebuilding New Jersey’s reputation as a clean energy leader, and that involves setting an aggressive timetable on offshore wind.”  — Governor Phil Murphy

            N.J. puts out biggest call yet for offshore wind proposals, E&E

Governors Welcome New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to the Wind & Solar Energy Coalition


National Transmission Development: Seam StudyAaron Bloom, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Jim McCalley, Iowa State University

A national grid is, in many ways, a perfect representative of humanity’s difficulties in the age of climate change. We know perfectly well, over the long term, in the big picture, that we need one. It makes economic and environmental sense. But we have enormous trouble organizing around long-term, big-picture goals, at least in a way that overcomes the many jurisdictional complications and parochial interests that impede them. — David Roberts, Vox

McCalley GWSC Seam Study Presentation (Sept. 2018)

DOE study sees economic, security benefits in single U.S. grid, E&E

We’ve been talking about a national grid for years. It might be time to do it. Vox

Draft coalition letter to FERC on seam study and transmission development



Offshore Wind Development Multi-State Initiatives Meeting, October 29, 30 or 31, Hall of the States, Washington, D.C.— Maddy Urbish, New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Representative and Jordan Seemans, Delaware Governor Carney’s Representative

This meeting is an opportunity for coalition coastal states to identify multi-state wind development policy initiatives or activities that the coastal states can pursue as a group, discuss a multi-state memorandum of understanding, and identify possible policy initiatives that the 116thCongress could take up during the first 100 days of the new session beginning in January.   



Update: FERC’s PJM Interconnection Case and the Threat to State Renewable Energy Policies — Rob Gramlich, Grid Strategies

Federal regulators rejected two capacity market reform proposals from Eastern grid operator PJM Interconnection in a decision divided along partisan lines, setting aside concerns that the move could undermine state energy policies.

Clean energy groups outline principles for PJM capacity market reform, Utility Dive

FERC Move Could Undermine NJ Clean-Energy Policies, E&E

In a 3-2 decision FERC rejects PJM capacity market fixes, E&E

Draft Coalition letter to FERC on PJM case

Coalition letter to FERC on PJM case


Washington Update — David Terry



Coalition and November’s Midterm ElectionsLarry Pearce, David Terry

On November 6, in less than 3 months, we’ll know the results of 36 gubernatorial elections, including 13 elections in GWSC member states:

Of those 36 elections, 13are in coalition states (OR, CA, CO, SD, KS, MN, IA, IL, AR, PA, NY, MY, RI).

Of those 13 elections, 9are in coalition states with incumbent governorsin the race (OR, KS, IA, IL, AR, PA, NY, RI, MY).

Of those 13 elections, 4 are in core ethanol states without incumbent governorsin the race (CA, CO, SD, MN).


Pending and Upcoming Activities— Larry Pearce, David Terry

Update: Op-ed (“From Coast to Coast, Wind and Solar Energy Power the States’ Economies”) NYT accepted for publication

Draft governors-elect welcome letter


Next Call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, October 25, 2018.   





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