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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 22, 2019

Top Story

Two New Wind Energy Projects Coming to New York

By Jimmy Vielkind and Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:23:55

The size of New York’s commitment was a surprise. Last year, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority sought bids for an 800-megawatt project. The state increased its award because costs were lower than expected and the potential for economic development was very attractive, a New York energy official said. The wind farms will make New York state home to the most offshore wind generation in the U.S.—for now. Massachusetts is considering awarding contracts to build more than 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind. Last month, New Jersey awarded a contract for a 1,100-megawatt wind farm, also to Ørsted.
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Policy & Politics

Energy dollars fueling presidential contest

By Timothy Cama and Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:25:29

President Trump got big help in his reelection campaign with contributions from top executives in the fossil fuel industry. An E&E News analysis of records that Trump’s 2020 campaign and the Trump Victory joint fundraising committee submitted to the Federal Election Commission show that oil and natural gas executives were some of the largest contributors to the president during the quarter that ran from April through June.
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Mayors call for new ‘Marshall Plan,’ federal resiliency office to fight climate change

By Chris Teale, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:26:09

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto this week called for a “Marshall Plan for the Midwest” and a national challenge to fight climate change, while Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell separately urged the creation of a federal department focused on resiliency.  The pair joined other mayors on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before the first hearing of U.S. Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. [ read more … ]

Democrats appear stymied on a top priority: climate legislation

By Elvina Nawaguna, Rollcall  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:24:20

It’s been more than six months since Democrats assumed control of the House promising to take bold action on climate change. And what do they have to show for it? Just one major bill directly addressing the issue has passed on the floor, a measure that would force the U.S. to honor its commitments in the Paris climate accord. A comprehensive climate change package has yet to emerge, and a bill reintroduced by the chairman of the main committee of jurisdiction over Clean Air Act issues hasn’t had a committee vote. [ read more … ]

Expiring U.S. solar subsidy spurs rush for panels

By Nichola Groom, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:24:44

America’s biggest solar power developers are stockpiling panels to lock in a 30% federal tax credit set to start phasing out next year, a strategy that could backfire if projects do not materialize or panel prices slide substantially. Duke Energy, 8minute Solar Energy and Shell-backed Silicon Ranch are among those working to claim the full subsidy, which is available to firms that either start construction or spend 5% of a project’s capital cost by the end of 2019. Consumers who purchase residential solar this year are eligible for the full tax credit, but the rules that allow the subsidy to be locked in now for systems installed much later apply only to companies. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Loans Boom in Florida, but So Do Complaints

By Ben Eisen, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:25:05

In Pasco County, Fla., officials have received so many complaints about an energy loan program that the tax collector has his office call each resident who signs up to make sure they know what they are getting into. The residential Property Assessed Clean Energy program, or PACE for short, has found a new home. Offered in only three states and waning in their home base of California following a regulatory crackdown, the loans are booming in Florida. [ read more … ]

Ohio Governor backs rescue plan for nuclear plants

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-07-22 04:25:50

Ohio’s governor hopes state lawmakers can agree on a bill that would hand over roughly $1 billion to the state’s two nuclear plants. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said yesterday that he’ll sign the proposal if lawmakers can get it passed. [ read more … ]

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