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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 22, 2016

McConnell: Wait and see is still ‘most responsible approach’

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:30:46

The Senate’s top Republican yesterday told governors to continue their “wait-and-see” stance regarding compliance with the Obama administration’s carbon rule for power plants. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has long urged states to take such an approach, otherwise referred to as “just say no,” and not submit implementation plans for the program. He argued in a letter to governors last year that U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan would not hold up in court [ read more … ]

Trump hates hair spray regs. But does he have an energy policy?

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:31:09

Donald Trump is loaded. He has 673 delegates, billions of dollars and a gun permit. But he doesn’t seem to have a coherent policy on energy and climate. Trump to this point has offered campaign pitches rather than policy positions on issues related to greenhouse gases, fossil fuel development and renewable electricity. It appears that the Republican front-runner hasn’t hired a top energy adviser, according to multiple GOP analysts who work on the issue. [ read more … ]

U.S. Considers 800-Megawatt Floating Wind Farm in California

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:29:50

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is evaluating a proposal for the first offshore wind project in California. The agency said Trident Winds LLC is qualified to develop its proposed 800-megawatt wind farm, and will now determine if other companies are interested in the lease area, according to a statement Monday. If so, BOEM will initiate a competitive bidding process for the site about 33 nautical miles northwest of Morro Bay. If not, it will move forward with a noncompetitive leasing process. [ read more … ]

Calif. offshore farm leaps first hurdle

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:30:19

California is one step closer to getting its first offshore wind farm. The Interior Department announced yesterday that it has completed an “initial review” of a request from Trident Winds LLC to put 100 floating turbines more than 30 miles off the coast near the middle of the state. It found that the company was legally, technically and financially qualified to hold an offshore wind energy lease in federal waters, according to a press release. [ read more … ]

GRID Alternatives’ Greschner discusses state, federal policy options for opening solar power access

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:32:27

With the price of solar power down significantly in recent years, how widespread is the use of solar in low-income communities and households? During today’s OnPoint, Stanley Greschner, vice president of government relations and market development at GRID Alternatives, discusses his organization’s new policy guide that seeks to open solar power and solar job access to low-income households throughout the United States. [ read more … ]

No water, no jobs: How water shortages threaten jobs and growth

BY ASTRID ZWEYNERT, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-03-22 06:31:50

An estimated three out of four jobs globally are dependent on water, meaning that shortages and lack of access are likely to limit economic growth in the coming decades, the United Nations said on Tuesday. About 1.5 billion people – half the world’s workers – are employed in industries heavily dependent on water, most of them in farming, fisheries and forestry, the U.N. World Water Development Report 2016 said. [ read more … ]

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