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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 10, 2016

What Trump gets wrong about energy in America

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:52:39

In his economic speech in Detroit Monday (transcript here), Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out a series of energy proposals that, in stark contrast to those of Hillary Clinton or the Obama administration, would try to shore up traditional industries centered on coal, oil, natural gas. The most striking thing about the plan is that it seems premised on a world in which these energy sources don’t have this major environmental drawback called climate change. Trump himself has told The Washington Post he is “not a big believer in man-made climate change,” and the divide between himself and Clinton on this matter is one of the sharpest policy differences of the present campaign, clearly wider than the split in views between Obama-McCain (2008) or Obama-Romney (2012).
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Law advancing offshore wind finalized in Mass.

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:53:25

Gov. Charlie Baker (R) placed Massachusetts at the vanguard of U.S. offshore wind energy yesterday by signing bipartisan legislation requiring utilities to purchase 1,600 megawatts of power from planned Atlantic Ocean wind farms by 2027. The 2016 Energy Diversity Act, emerging from a legislative conference after 18 months of negotiation, effectively opens the door to a new multimillion-dollar energy industry off the New England coast, where developers are poised to build hundreds of wind turbines on the outer continental shelf.
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Expanded Western power market not coming in near future

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:53:57

A larger Western electricity market won’t happen until next year at the earliest, as green groups and others voice concerns about increased coal use. California has been looking at expanding its grid to allow broader participation by utility PacifiCorp, which operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California and as Rocky Mountain Power in Utah. The Golden State’s grid manager, the Independent System Operator (ISO), views growing the grid as a way to bring in more renewable energy, as California and other Western states look to cut their carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

USA Electric Car Sales Up 48% In July

By Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica   •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:54:22

Energy independence is creeping into the US passenger car market more and more, led by Tesla Motors but also by ZEV mandates in 9 states and resulting EV efforts from a few auto companies. In the month of July, electric car sales surged 48% — mostly on the back of Tesla, but also due to big jumps in sales of the Chevy Volt, BMW i3, Ford Fusion Energi, and Chevy Spark EV. Other EV models also saw sales growth, but their relatively small volumes make them rather insignificant in the grand scheme of things. [ read more … ]

Climate plan faces legal turbulence in California

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:54:51

The cap-and-trade system designed to control greenhouse gas emissions in California is facing legal obstacles. Businesses need to purchase a permit for each ton of emissions they are responsible for. However, the legislation that the system is based on has outlined targets for reducing emissions until 2020 and does not extend beyond that. [ read more … ]

This SoCal beach town could be driving a renewables revolution

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-10 06:52:03

On summer weekends, traffic is jammed coming into and out of this tiny beach town. People flock to the ocean, to the downtown village with Tudor-themed architecture, to the fairgrounds that host San Diego County’s summer fair, and the horse races held at the same site. That vehicle-related greenhouse gas pollution is just one of the challenges Del Mar faces as it aims to go very green. [ read more … ]

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