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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 8, 2017

GOP Senior Statesmen Making Push for a Carbon Tax

By CATHERINE LUCEY AND JULIE PACE, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:38:15

A group of Republican senior statesmen is pushing for a carbon tax to combat the effects of climate change, and hoping to sell their plan to the White House. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker is leading the effort, which also includes former Secretary of State George Shultz. In an opinion piece published Tuesday night in The Wall Street Journal, they argued “there is mounting evidence of problems with the atmosphere that are growing too compelling to ignore.” The group will meet Wednesday with White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council. Ivanka Trump is also expected to attend, according to a person familiar with the plans. The person was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and insisted on anonymity. [ read more … ]

Even Trump can’t dismiss the success of renewables

By Martin Wright, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:38:44

What impact will the climate-sceptic, coal enthusiast President Trump have on the prospects for renewable energy? How will Brexit affect the UK’s renewable sector? And what’s driving the growth of clean energy in Asia? These were key questions for participants at a Guardian roundtable on the future of wind and solar power, supported by Julius Baer.
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Energy lobbyist expected to land key White House slot

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:39:09

President Trump is expected to hire an energy lobbyist with executive branch experience and deep ties to Capitol Hill Republicans for a top White House energy post. Mike Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN Group whose résumé also includes stints at the White House and U.S. EPA, is expected to soon sign on as special assistant to the president for energy and environmental issues in the White House National Economic Council, according to two sources close to the Trump administration. He’d take a post that’s expected to be one of the most influential energy positions in the Trump administration. [ read more … ]

Repeal without replace: a dangerous GOP strategy on Obamacare and climate

By Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:39:36

House Republicans have introduced a bill to rewrite the Clean Air Act. The bill, which has 114 co-sponsors (all Republicans), would revise the Clean Air Act such that: The term ‘air pollutant’ does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride. This change would kill the EPA regulation of carbon pollution that’s a key component of the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Gov. Mary Fallin proposes tax on Oklahoma wind production

By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:39:54

Oklahoma would become the second state to impose a tax on wind power, and its tax would be the nation’s highest, under a proposal announced Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. In her executive budget, Fallin proposed a 0.5 cent per kilowatt hour tax on electricity from wind generation. She also wants to sunset existing tax incentives for the wind industry earlier than planned. [ read more … ]

Wind farm off Block Island operating at full capacity after repair

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:40:10

The first offshore wind farm in the United States, installed in the waters off Block Island last fall, is now operating at full capacity after technicians repaired a turbine that was damaged during construction. “Testing confirmed that the repair was successful, and the turbine is now running normally,” Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of project developer Deepwater Wind, said in a statement. “The Block Island Wind Farm continues to perform well.” [ read more … ]

How Germany Hammers Down Renewable Energy Costs: QuickTake Q&A

By Weixin Zha, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-08 06:37:44

Germany’s pioneering turn toward clean energy is approaching another milestone with a new round of auctions for wind power expected to push the price of electricity from renewables to record lows. Rules for tenders in the next contest were implemented to bring wind and solar growth under control after capacity outpaced the German grid’s ability to absorb new flows of power and burdened consumers with higher costs. The auctions will test whether Europe’s industrial engine, which still produces more power from coal than renewables, can achieve its climate commitments. [ read more … ]

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