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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 29, 2016

Conference ‘doomed to failure’ — top Dem

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 06:37:49

President Obama would veto whatever comes out of a potential conference committee on energy reform legislation, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat predicted yesterday. “It’s doomed to failure,” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York told E&E Daily yesterday when asked about negotiations on a possible framework path forward.
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Senators approve bill to block international climate funding

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:05:22

Senate appropriators today advanced a fiscal 2017 spending plan for the State Department and federal foreign operations that would restrict funding for international climate change efforts. According to summaries of the draft bill made available this afternoon, the legislation would bar any federal funding for the U.N. fund to help poor countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.
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China’s Idled Wind Farms May Spell Trouble for Renewable Energy

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:05:54

The researchers point to a myriad of other reasons for the shortcomings of turbines in China, ranging from lower turbine quality, grid connection problems and the failure of grid operators to transmit wind power to users because they prefer other types of energy sources such as coal. “Improvements in both technology choices and the policy environment are critical in addressing these challenges,” the authors of the report concluded. [ read more … ]

50% clean power ‘doable’ for North America by 2025 — EIA chief

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:06:17

The head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration today called a goal by North American leaders to reach 50 percent carbon-free power by 2025 “doable.” Speaking at an event to discuss his agency’s Annual Energy Outlook, EIA Chief Adam Sieminski said the United States, Canada and Mexico are expected to reach 46 percent power from renewables and nuclear by 2025. [ read more … ]

Group will promote candidates who favor wind energy

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:06:47

Wind advocates are forming a new group today to elect candidates around the country who are friendly to the industry. American Wind Action is launching with a seven-figure budget, a new website and digital ads. Its board of directors includes Sam Enfield, principal of Windline Development LLC; Jeff Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition in Texas; and Jim Reilly, senior vice president at the American Wind Energy Association. “In addition to its focus on ensuring that the public understand the importance of wind to energy policy and communities across the country, AWA will also help elect candidates who are strong advocates for wind, and work to defeat candidates who oppose wind energy with a leading-edge grassroots effort in the 2016 campaign,” the group said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy group launches down-ballot nonprofit

By ALEX ISENSTADT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:07:22

A new player has entered the 2016 campaign: The renewable energy industry. American Wind Action, a newly-formed 501(c)(4) nonprofit group that’s devoted to advocating for wind energy, is launching on Tuesday with ambitious plans to spend over $1 million in congressional and state legislative races across the country. It plans to invest in TV and digital ads.
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Wind Power Moves U.S. Energy Forward

By Tom Vinson, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2016-06-29 05:07:45

Wind power is an important part of America’s electricity mix that keeps money in the pockets of families and businesses, despite misleading claims from anti-renewable energy special interest groups. Today, there’s enough wind power in the U.S. for 20 million American homes, and wind is on track to quadruple in size by 2030 to supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity. This strong growth has been driven in part by the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a market-driven solution that has helped rapidly scale up wind power.
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