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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 14, 2016

Lawmakers to work on GMO, energy bills

Marc Heller and Geof Koss, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 06:42:09

Senators have spent weeks trying to untangle the Flint issue from the broader bipartisan energy bill, S. 2012, in the hopes of getting an agreement that would allow for votes on roughly three dozen amendments and final passage. While efforts continue on finding a compromise, Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) last week said Senate leaders may move forward with a plan to force the energy bill back on the floor. [ read more … ]

Oregon governor signs bill to ramp up renewables, end coal use

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 04:50:44

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill Friday that raises the state’s renewable energy mandate to 50 percent and ends its reliance on coal-fired power. Originally put forth by the state’s two largest utilities and a cadre of environmental groups, S.B. 1547 requires utilities — Pacific Power and Portland General Electric Co. — to exit out-of-state coal contracts by 2030. It also raises the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040 from the current target of 25 percent by 2025. [ read more … ]

Minnesota governor, citing winter tourism decline, vows to tackle climate

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 04:51:23

Lamenting changes to Minnesota’s way of life, Gov. Mark Dayton this week recommitted his administration to promoting clean energy and climate policies in his final two years in office. In a 40-minute State of the State address, the two-term Democrat said thousands of Minnesotans have “made their interests clear” on how the state should respond to the growing threat of climate change. Rising temperatures, he noted, have manifested themselves in a variety of ways — from shorter winters to more erratic growing seasons for the state’s 75,000 farmers. [ read more … ]

Iowa becomes first state where wind provides 30 percent of energy

By EP News Wire  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 04:51:50

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently celebrated Iowa’s distinction as the first and only state to generate more than 30 percent of its energy from wind, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We are proud of Iowa’s leadership in wind energy,” Branstad, who chairs the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition, said. “With potential to jump above 40 percent in the next five years, we are committed to building an even greener Iowa future that will provide our Iowa families with cleaner, renewable energy and job opportunities.” [ read more … ]

Spurred by Paris, shareholder climate resolutions reach new high

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 04:49:27

Corporate shareholders this year filed more resolutions specific to climate change with U.S. companies than ever before, according to a new report on stockholder engagement. The study by a coalition of investment analysts found that 94 such proposals — covering issues from urging greenhouse gas emissions mitigation efforts to demanding the use of more renewable energy — accounted for about 40 percent of all active resolutions related to the environment or social issues.
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U.S. experiences warmest winter on record

By Doyle Rice, USA Today  •    •  Posted 2016-03-14 04:49:51

The United States has seen its warmest winter on record this year, with the temperature 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit above average. From December through February, the average temperature for the Lower 48 was 36.8 F, trumping the 1999-2000 record of 36.5 F, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [ read more … ]

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