Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 15, 2017

Energy and manufacturing coalition: America can do better with its essential transmission infrastructure

By David Ward, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:36:11

“Just like highways and bridges, transmission is infrastructure that keeps the U.S. economy moving – and growing,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Investment in new transmission lines will modernize the U.S. grid and deliver more clean energy to population centers. This investment also will help to keep the lights on and costs low for American homeowners and businesses. Recognizing transmission as essential infrastructure is another way Congress and the administration can keep promises of advancing all forms of energy while growing U.S. energy independence.” [ read more … ]

Wind Power Takes to the Seas

By Brian Dumaine, Fortune  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:37:31

Certainly, the Republican-controlled Congress could decline to renew the subsidies that wind power now enjoys. The production tax credit, which is slated to phase out by 2020, helped the onshore wind industry become competitive and create 100,000 jobs, most of them in red states. Onshore wind doesn’t need the tax credit any longer, but why not extend it for offshore wind to help create more high-paying jobs more quickly? Even if Congress doesn’t come through, New York State is looking to provide some financial incentives for offshore wind. Says John Rhodes, president of Nyserda, the agency that oversees the state’s energy policy: “We want developers to come here with the certainty that they can build the wind farms and sell the power.” [ read more … ]

Maryland takes next step toward offshore wind

By Sarah Gantz, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:36:43

Hearings starting Monday could determine whether Maryland becomes a leader in the development of offshore wind power in the United States. The Maryland Public Service Commission will begin what could be two weeks of hearings on proposals from two developers to build wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean off Maryland. The two developers are competing for up to $1.9 billion in subsidies over 20 years, paid for by the state’s electricity ratepayers, a crucial financing mechanism for developers to recoup the cost of building the massive wind farms. The commission is expected to decide whether to move forward with one by May 17. [ read more … ]

Interior set to auction N.C.’s first offshore wind farm

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:37:13

The Trump administration will broker its first offshore wind energy deal this week as the Interior Department auctions development rights to 122,400 acres of the Atlantic Ocean near North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area, covering 191 square miles of outer continental shelf roughly 24 miles from the beaches where the Wright brothers achieved first powered flight in 1903, has an opening bid price of $244,810, or $2 per acre.
[ read more … ]

Tesla’s solar energy plant in Hawaii flips the ‘on’ switch

By Stephen Edelstein, Christian Science Monitor  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:34:44

Last year, Tesla announced a joint project with SolarCity to install a large battery farm and solar array in Hawaii. That project is now complete, and ready to provide electricity to a Hawaiian utility. Tesla, SolarCity, and partner Kauai Island Utility Cooperative unveiled the completed solar and energy-storage facility last week, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. [ read more … ]

G-20 Poised to Signal Retreat From Climate-Change Funding Pledge

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-15 06:34:24

Finance ministers for the U.S., China, Germany and other members of the Group of 20 economies may scale back a robust pledge for their governments to combat climate change, ceding efforts to the private sector. Citing “scarce public resources,” the ministers said they would encourage multilateral development banks to raise private funds to accomplish goals set under the 2015 Paris climate accord, according to a preliminary statement drafted for a meeting that will be held in Germany next week. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.