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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 9, 2016

Trump bets on dramatic fossil fuel production increase

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:35:45

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today reiterated his vow to create “vast new wealth” in the United States by expanding oil and gas production and revitalizing the coal industry. Trump, looking to invigorate his campaign against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to succeed President Obama, outlined a series of proposed tax breaks and regulatory reforms in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts just gave a huge boost to the offshore wind industry

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:36:05

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new energy law on Monday that could give a huge boost to the country’s offshore wind industry. The legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed last week by the state legislature, includes the nation’s biggest commitment to offshore wind energy, requiring utilities to procure a combined 1,600 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind farms in a little over 10 years. [ read more … ]

State legislators wrestle with changing industry

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:36:58

tate lawmakers at their annual summit here are tackling how to support evolving energy business models and prioritize different types of power based on affordability, reliability and environmental benefits. Legislators yesterday said they are particularly interested in how to strike a balance between power companies and consumers as rooftop solar grows. [ read more … ]

Rio opening ceremony shines spotlight on climate change

Camille von Kaenel, Benjamin Hulac and Brittany Patterson, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:36:29

Along with the fireworks and samba party of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics came stark warnings about rising sea levels and global temperatures. The roughly 3.3 billion people who watched the ceremony saw a video describing rising carbon dioxide levels and showing cities from Lagos, Nigeria, to Rio de Janeiro underwater. It was one of several performances highlighting the vital role that forests, such as the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest, play in absorbing planet-warming gases. [ read more … ]

Do Oil Companies Really Need $4 Billion Per Year of Taxpayers’ Money?

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:37:20

What would happen if the federal government ended its subsidies to companies that drill for oil and gas? The Amaerican oil and gas industry has argued that such a move would leave the United States more dependent on foreign energy. Many environmental activists counter that ending subsidies could move the United States toward a future free of fossil fuels — helping it curtail its emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

Sonoma Clean Power adds wind power to its portfolio

By ANGELA HART, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:35:21

Sonoma Clean Power is adding more wind power to its clean energy portfolio, a move that the power company expects to help stabilize long-term electricity rates and help the county combat climate change. Sonoma County’s dominant electricity provider this week inked a 20-year deal with the Florida-based wholesale energy provider NextEra Energy Resources to build a new wind farm in the East Bay just east of Livermore, furthering the agency’s goal of boosting its supply of renewable energy and advancing efforts to purchase that power as locally as possible. Once the 46-megawatt project is complete at the end of 2017, an estimated 24 new wind turbines will provide the public electricity provider enough energy to power up to 46,000 homes, according to Geof Syphers, the company’s chief executive officer. [ read more … ]

Solar Impulse 2 pilot: ‘We are at the limit of the technology’

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-09 06:34:56

The sunlight-powered journey around the world ended in the dark as pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft at 4:05 a.m. local time on July 26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Chased by ground crew members in cars and on bicycles, the aircraft seemed to hang in the air before it touched down at what looked like an impossibly slow speed on stilt-like landing gear, its four humming electric motors easily drowned out by drums and horns from the welcome band. [ read more … ]

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