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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 21, 2016

Clinton’s energy ‘open borders’ already underway

Umair Irfan and Scott Waldman, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:38:17

“We already have electricity trade across both of our borders,” said Nathan Serota, a senior analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “That already happens.” There is Canadian hydropower imported into states such as New York, and proposed transmission lines would bring more hydropower into New England. The government of Quebec wants to build out hydropower resources, so more clean power could be imported into the United States from its northern neighbor. The greatest challenge, however, is building out the billions of dollars of transmission lines that would be needed to support such infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Construction wraps up on largest solar facility in Midwest

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:39:07

Construction has wrapped up on a $180 million solar farm in Minnesota that’s billed as the largest single solar facility in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. The North Star Solar project in Chisago County just north of the Twin Cities comprises more than 440,000 solar panels on 1 ½ square miles of land. It’s expected to produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes, starting in December.
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Iowa Senate debate touches on RFS, EPA regs, high court vacancy

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:39:29

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley touted his work to maintain the renewable fuel standard while criticizing his Democratic challenger for supporting U.S. EPA regulations, as he faced off last night with former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge in the duo’s first debate. Democrats had hoped to make the Iowa Senate race competitive in the face of Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has maintained a double-digit lead over Judge. [ read more … ]

It’s déjà vu in arguments as EPA foes challenge another rule

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:39:48

The lawsuit over U.S. EPA’s carbon rule for new power plants features similar battle lines, many of the same attorneys and the same federal court as the litigation over the Clean Power Plan. And opening briefs filed last week in the case show that challengers intend to make the Clean Power Plan a part of their legal arguments, too. Foes cited the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, more than a half dozen times to boost their arguments against the rule for new power plants.
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Leaked audio raises temperature in Fla. solar fight

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:38:49

packers of a rooftop solar initiative railed against Florida’s largest electric utilities yesterday after leaked audio tape revealed their strategy to mask a controversial ballot initiative as pro-solar. A wide range of solar advocates, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Debbie Dooley, a tea party activist, attacked Florida’s regulated electric companies for deliberately misleading voters to support what’s known as Amendment 1. [ read more … ]

U.S. Army picks firms for up to $7 billion in wind energy orders

By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-21 06:40:09

The U.S. Army has picked 17 companies that will be eligible to receive orders for wind energy under an umbrella contract valued at up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday. The companies include many large energy producers including Dominion Energy, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc (D.N); the U.S. unit of Spain’s Acciona SA (ANA.MC); Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N); the U.S. unit of France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles; and the U.S. unit of Spain’s Iberdrola SA (IBE.MC). [ read more … ]

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