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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 22, 2018

To:                  State Representatives


From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda,Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, October 25, 2018


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, October 25 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:


The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C— Drew Shindell, Professor of Climate Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

“By 2030 the world’s emissions would need to drop by about 40 percent, reaching net zero by the middle of the century. That would include things such as no more gas-powered passenger vehicles, a phaseout of coal-fired power plants and airplanes running on biofuels. These are huge, huge shifts … This would really be an unprecedented rate and magnitude of change.” – Drew Shindell

Global Warming 1.5°C — Drew Shindell

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news, WashingtonPost

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040, NYT

Full climate change report shows bigger challenges than the summary, E&E

U.N. issues ‘red alert’ on climate warming, E&E

Republican climate hawks hope dire UN report will sway skeptics, Washington Examiner


Department of Interior Announces Major Offshore Wind Development LeasesJames Bennett, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

“U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced three major developments in American offshore wind energy spanning from coast to coast. [T]he Secretary … announced a much-anticipated wind auction in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts; the environmental review of a proposed wind project offshore Rhode Island; and the next steps to a first-ever wind auction in federal waters off of California.” — U.S. Department of Interior

Something New May Be Rising Off California Coast: Wind Farms, NYT

Federal regulators move forward with offshore wind leases off Massachusetts and California, Utility Dive


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

            Agenda, Offshore Wind Development Multi-State Initiatives Meeting, Oct. 31


Status of Administration’s Regulatory Roll Backs and New Initiatives: Clean Power Plan with Affordable Clean Energy, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) with The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Proposed Rule, Glider Truck Rule, National Security and Coal PlantsLarry Pearce

3 environmental rollbacks could result in 13,900 deaths, E&E


Washington Update — David Terry


Coalition and November’s Midterm ElectionsLarry Pearce, David Terry

On November 6, 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, 9 are in coalition states with incumbent governorsin the race (OR, KS, IA, IL, AR, PA, NY, RI, MD).

Of those 13 elections, 4are in 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”)

Draft governors-elect welcome letter


Rescheduled: Next Call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, November 15, 2018.   


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