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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 10, 2016

Trump win upends agenda expectations; energy bill in peril

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:36:39

The upcoming political shift may also dim prospects for the energy conference committee, which is aiming to strike a deal on what would be the first new major reform law in a decade. Before the election, ClearView Energy Partners LLC recently said there was a 60 percent chance that negotiators would come up with a compromise similar to the Senate’s version, S. 2012. [ read more … ]

Who’s in line for Trump EPA boss, energy czar?

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:37:18

What has been a small transition operation is slated to expand quickly now that Trump has clinched the presidency, and team members will soon be dispatched into federal agencies to interview officials, gather information and prepare detailed policy agendas. Meanwhile, shortlists of names for top Cabinet posts are being compiled, and interest groups, members of Congress and others will continue to press their preferences for key jobs. [ read more … ]

Rule’s demise looms, but how Trump will ax it remains unclear

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:37:47

The Clean Power Plan is “in critical condition,” said Michael Gerrard, faculty director of Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. But how, exactly, the Trump administration could go about eliminating the Clean Power Plan is still very much linked to litigation that is pending in federal court, legal experts said toda [ read more … ]

Fla.’s controversial rooftop amendment goes down

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:38:11

Florida voters rejected a controversial constitutional amendment for rooftop solar last night. The defeat deals a blow to the state’s electric companies and associated trade groups, which dumped roughly $30 million directly and indirectly into the measure to see it through. It also sets up additional battles between Florida’s utilities and clean energy groups during next year’s legislative session. [ read more … ]

Wash. carbon tax goes down in flames

Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:38:57

Voters in Washington state rejected a proposal to implement America’s first carbon tax by a wide margin on Election Day, in a stinging rebuke to climate hawks seeking a breakthrough in one of the country’s most environmentally conscious states. The result left carbon-tax supporters to pick up the pieces following a bruising campaign that divided the state’s environmentalists and local Democrats, many of whom questioned the plan’s fiscal impact and lack of funding for renewables. [ read more … ]

AWEA ready to work with President-elect Trump to strengthen U.S. economy

By Tom Kiernan, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:39:12

An unstoppable shift to a cleaner energy economy is underway, and the fundamentals of wind energy in America are strong. With bipartisan support for long-term policy firmly in place, and a near-record number of wind farms are under construction, our industry is saving consumers money by connecting low-cost wind power to more parts of the country. [ read more … ]

Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities

By Steven Mufson and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-11-10 06:39:31

While vowing to “cancel” the international Paris climate accord Obama championed, Trump would also rearrange domestic energy and environmental priorities. He wants to open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling and coal mining. He wants to eliminate regulations he calls needless. He would scrap proposed regulations for tighter methane controls on domestic drillers. And he wants to shrink the role of the Environmental Protection Agency to a mostly advisory one and pull back the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s proposed plan to push utilities toward lower carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

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