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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 22, 2019

To:  State Representatives

From: Larry Pearce, Executive Director 

David Terry, Washington Representative 

Subject: Agenda, Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CT (9:00 MT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET).  The conference call number is 712-775-7270 and enter access code 998717#.  Please note that this is our new conference call number.  The proposed agenda for our call follows:

Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy — Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal

When Michael Skelly first visited the Oklahoma panhandle in 2009, he gazed at a giant grid with squares of corn and grassland. There were few houses, one every mile or so. Half had been abandoned decades ago by homesteaders who gave up to the elements. This pancake-flat landscape, he thought, held the key to overturning one of the greatest misconceptions of the climate-change crisis.

Skelly had a plan: He wanted to begin building a new power grid that could carry inexpensive renewable electricity from places such as the Oklahoma panhandle to the east and west. An electricity superhighway that would save customers money while reducing pollution and carbon emissions. An interstate system for electrons. — Superpower, Russell Gold

Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In, Wall Street Journal 

Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S., Bloomberg

Power Up Iowa, Midwest Governor’s Association MID-GRID 2035 Transmission Project — Jeff Danielson, American Wind Energy Association

Iowa leaders announce Power Up Iowa, new coalition for state wind industry, Gazette

NREL Study: The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United StatesPaul Denholm, National Renewable Energy Laboratroy

Providing peaking capacity could be a significant U.S. market for energy storage. Of particular focus are batteries with 4-hour duration due to rules in several regions along with these batteries’ potential to achieve life-cycle cost parity with combustion turbines compared to longer-duration batteries. However, whether 4-hour energy storage can provide peak capacity depends largely on the shape of electricity demand—and under historical grid conditions, beyond about 28 GW nationally, the ability of 4-hour batteries to provide peak capacity begins to fall. —  The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States

 NREL Peaking Capacity and Battery Storage

Opportunities everywhere’: NREL study shows mass potential for storage to provide peaking capacity, Utility Dive

The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States

Washington Update — David Terry 

Next Call is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, August 22, 2019   

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