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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 20, 2018

To:                  State Representatives


From:              Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representative


Subject:           Agenda,Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Monthly Conference Call, Thursday, August 23, 2018


The Coalition’s monthly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, August 23 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:


Administration’s Latest Efforts to Subsidize the Nation’s Coal and Nuclear IndustriesDylan Reed and Jeff Dennis,Advanced Energy Economy

More than a week after controversial comments by FERC Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese, members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are unaware of exactly what, if anything, the agency is doing to assist the Trump administration in identifying specific power plants deemed critical to the grid and possibly worthy of financial support.

Commissioners ‘in the dark’ about chief of staff remarks, E&E

Perry asks advisory group for ideas on coal’s future — report, E&E

Trump Wants to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Power. Here’s Why That Will Be Hard. New York Times


National Transmission Development: Seam StudyMichael Goggin, Grid Strategies and member, Seam Study Technical Review Committee

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.

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 transmission development


FERC’s PJM Interconnection Case and the Threat to State Renewable Energy Policies — Larry Pearce

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.

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 commenting on PJM case


Washington Update — David Terry


GWSC 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

            Draft op-ed

Governors’ state renewable energy progress reports

Draft transition letter


Next month: The Clean Energy Standard– The New RPSCall is at 10 CT, 11 ET, and 8 PT on Thursday, September 27, 2018.   



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