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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 3, 2016

The U.S. is getting closer to Hillary Clinton’s vision of a ‘clean energy superpower’

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:35:53

During Monday’s presidential campaign debate, Hillary Clinton predicted, “Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” The implication was clear: That country could be us. And a new federal report suggests that we’ve recently been making strides in getting there. The new report, released Wednesday by the Department of Energy, is the latest in an of annual series analyzing the progress of clean energy in the U.S. — specifically the growth in wind turbines, solar technology, electric vehicles and LEDs, and the reduction in their costs. And this year’s update is a rosy one: Costs are down, installations are up and emerging technologies like smart buildings and grid-connected batteries are moving up on the horizon. [ read more … ]

OPEC ‘freeze’ starts to melt upon further examination

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 06:33:01

“OPEC has just demonstrated it is still relevant,” Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions Executive Director Andrew Slaughter wrote in a briefing. “If cuts are even partially implemented this will help move global supply and demand back towards balance, accelerate the decline in global oil stock levels, and confirm that oil prices are on the road to a recovery.” [ read more … ]

Kasich vows to veto any legislation extending renewable energy freeze, lawmakers also uneasy

By John Funk, The Plain Dealer  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:36:17

Gov. John Kasich has again threatened to veto any legislation that would kill the state’s laws requiring electric companies to help customers use less electricity and to sell more power generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies. That puts the administration on a collision course with State Sen. William Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, who has been circulating different versions of proposed legislation that would do away with or weaken future state renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates. [ read more … ]

Some opponents say EPA looking good after oral arguments

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:36:47

With time to reflect on the way Tuesday’s nearly seven hours of oral arguments on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan unfolded, some of those aligned with opponents of the rule anticipate an uphill battle with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “It appeared to me that it was going to be upheld, and I think that’s the general consensus,” said Ray Gifford, an energy lawyer with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and a former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. [ read more … ]

Bisignano: Wind energy is an Iowa economic success story

By Iowa State Senator Tony Bisognano, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:38:10

Innovative energy has been a hallmark of the Iowa economy in recent years. Geography, natural resources and a strong agricultural heritage have positioned us for success in the industry. The Legislature actively supports the growth of Iowa’s homegrown energy options. Wind energy is one such success story. Iowa’s winds have created jobs, grown business and manufacturing, added to farm income and boosted local economies. [ read more … ]

What You Should Know Before Going Solar

By The New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:37:31

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are made from silicon cells that join together to form a circuit. The panel collects the sun’s energy and makes direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter changes the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what most homes use. The inverter is a metal box connected to a meter, which in turn is connected to the utility’s electric grid. [ read more … ]

Trump ‘looking very hard’ for farmer to lead EPA

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-03 04:37:10

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a farmer or rancher to be his U.S. EPA administrator, according to the campaign’s co-chairman and policy adviser. Trump is “looking very hard” for someone with a background in agriculture to lead the agency, Sam Clovis said on the syndicated radio show “AgriTalk.”
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