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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 22, 2016

LaFleur objects to FERC plans for new cyberthreat standard

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:29:49

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today voted to order up a new standard to tackle cyberthreats lurking in industrial parts and software used to support the U.S. electric grid, despite objections from Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur. FERC Chairman Norman Bay and Commissioners Tony Clark and Colette Honorable approved an order that gives the federally appointed grid monitor, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), one year to develop a new standard to better protect industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services tied to the power grid. [ read more … ]

Democratic bill would launch $50B national green bank

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:29:30

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen unveiled legislation yesterday that would set aside up to $50 billion for a national green bank, buffing his environmental credentials in the race for Maryland’s open Senate seat. Van Hollen’s H.R. 5802, the “United States Green Bank Act of 2016,” would provide loans, loan guarantees and risk management to developers of clean energy and energy efficiency projects and leave discretion for project selection and management with local green banks.
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Trumping Trump, Vattenfall to build Scottish wind farm near golf resort

By Mia Shanley, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:30:29

Sweden’s Vattenfall will invest 3 billion Swedish crowns ($349 million) in a Scottish offshore wind farm that U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried to stop being built near his luxury golf course in Scotland. State-owned utility Vattenfall, which will take 100 percent ownership of the project from Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, described its investment as a vote of confidence in Britain after the nation’s decision to leave the European Union.
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Tesla’s ‘Master Plan’ envisions car sharing, trucks and more

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E report  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:30:11

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO and co-founder Elon Musk envisions a future world where driverless Tesla electric vehicles zoom around towns, picking up passengers as needed. Individual car owners would allow the sharing, making money from their cars when not in use. It’s part of his “Master Plan, Part Deux,” unveiled last night. Musk also wants to sell more electric cars that are affordable for most people, make automated driving 10 times safer than manual, and “seamlessly” integrate solar panels and battery storage. He revealed that Tesla is developing electric trucks.
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Here’s what Trump delegates think about climate change

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:28:52

A Texas delegate tilted his hat back when asked about climate change and said, “Ew.” A delegate from Florida lamented his party’s inaction on warming. And one from Wyoming claims it’s a conspiracy to hide the government’s involvement in the spread of a damaging beetle.

Reactions here to the issue of rising temperatures swing sharply between rejection and acceptance, with many falling somewhere in the middle. ClimateWire asked 51 delegates and alternate delegates attending the Republican convention if they agree with scientists that climate change is happening and whether people contribute to it.
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It’s time to promote smart renewable energy development on public lands

By Ian Dowdy, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-07-22 06:28:21

It’s almost unheard-of in Washington: Renewable energy legislation with support from both parties. Yet this week, both Democrats and Republicans spoke in favor of important renewable energy reforms that will help create clean, renewable energy and local jobs in the West. The Public Land Renewable Development Act (PLREDA) has been bouncing around Congress for several years, and it may finally have the momentum it needs to pass. PLREDA will provide significant renewable energy development opportunities for communities, primarily in the West, that have an abundance of public lands and resources. [ read more … ]

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