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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 25, 2016

Clinton picks Kaine as running mate

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:45:12

On energy issues, Kaine has been a vocal supporter of President Obama’s efforts to deal with climate change. But some of his energy positions have angered environmentalists. Kaine has spoken in favor of at least considering Atlantic offshore drilling, a position at odds with Clinton’s. [ read more … ]

Obama revs up loan program, pushes for more charging points

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-24 10:19:36

The White House on Thursday rolled out several initiatives to boost electric vehicles, including expanding a $4.5 billion loan guarantee program to include EV charging technology. The administration launched a plan to develop a national network of electric vehicle charging stations and identify “zero emission and alternative fuel” corridors. It plans to partner with local governments to procure electric vehicles at a discount and host an “electric vehicle hackathon” this fall to explore innovations in electric vehicle charging. [ read more … ]

This is Obama’s plan to line the country’s roads with electric vehicle chargers

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:43:46

The White House on Thursday announced an array of new initiatives aimed at clinching one key goal in a transition away from burning fossil fuels — switching the nation’s millions of drivers from gas guzzlers to electric vehicles. The key to this transition? Installing a widespread national network of electric vehicle charging stations that will allow potential drivers to get around a key psychological problem: “range anxiety.” At present, many people are justifiably afraid that they’ll run out of charge on their EV far from a station where they can repower its battery. We know it’s easy in most places to find a gas station, but we don’t know as much about charging stations. And without that assurance, EV sales will continue to be held back. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Chief Sticks to Mission Despite a Series of Setbacks

By MATT RICHTER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:44:13

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, sat in a glass-walled conference room here last week in the company’s auto factory. Around him, workers and robots were building the $70,000 luxury vehicles that have redefined how people think about electric cars. But autos are just one of Mr. Musk’s many projects. A South African-born billionaire and entrepreneur, he is the top investor in the country’s largest provider of rooftop solar power, runs a private rocket company, and in a blog post last week pledged to create a ride-sharing car service and battery-powered trucks and buses. And then there is his plan for the world’s largest battery factory. The so-called Gigafactory, in Nevada, is to be unveiled this week. [ read more … ]

Trump resumes fight against windfarm near Scottish golf course

By Libby Brooks, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:46:32

Donald Trump has vowed to continue fighting the windfarm development off the coast from his Aberdeenshire golf course, branding the project an act of “public vandalism”. The US presidential candidate returned to the fray after Swedish energy company Vattenfall confirmed on Thursday that it is going ahead with its £300m investment, despite last month’s EU referendum vote. [ read more … ]

Transforming Wyoming into wind energy leader comes with challenges

By Benjamin Sorrow, Casper Star-Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:44:38

David Throgmorton was ready for an energy boom in 2008. He bought vocational training kits for high school and middle school students. He helped establish a festival to promote a new energy future. He even preached a new tomorrow to grade school students. But here in Carbon County, where fossil fuels once were king, Throgmorton wasn’t ecstatic about a new oil play, gas deposit or coal mine. He was excited about wind.
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How Popular Is Home Solar Energy?

By Cassandra Sweet and  Jess Kuronen, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-07-25 04:45:38

More than one million homes now have solar panels, helped by government subsidies and clean energy policies. Falling equipment prices and competition among installers have driven the average price of a home solar system down 10.6% over the past year to $3.21 per watt, or $16,050 for a five-kilowatt solar array. A federal renewable-energy tax credit can shave another 30% off the total cost. [ read more … ]

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