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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 24, 2017

Trump adviser lists ‘conditions’ for staying in deal

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:09:51

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), an energy adviser to President Trump, circulated a “dear colleague” letter to Republican House members that could give the White House cover to remain in the Paris Agreement. Cramer asked colleagues to sign a letter to Trump, which was obtained by E&E News, encouraging him to wring concessions out of international partners in exchange for staying in the landmark 2015 climate deal. They would include weaker emissions and aid commitments from the United States and more veto power in the negotiating process [ read more … ]

Maine searches for opportunities in offshore wind power

By Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:10:20

Gov. Paul LePage’s opposition to the cost of renewable energy has stalled Maine’s chances of developing an offshore wind power industry. But this month, his acting energy director went to England to learn about the economic development and government policies around offshore wind that are creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of dollars in investment. [ read more … ]

Ohio HB 114 Renewable Energy Standards Bill Would Cripple Wind Industry, Says AWEA

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:10:45

According to the AWEA, wind power has generated nearly 3,000 jobs in the state and over $900 million in wind project investments — numbers that will only continue to grow if the renewable energy standards are left in place. When zooming out, neighboring states to Ohio have seen even greater investment figures, showcasing just how valuable the renewable energy standards could be for Ohio. Neighboring Michigan, which recently chose to expand its own renewable energy standards, has attracted a whopping $3 billion in private wind energy investment, while Indiana and Pennsylvania have seen $4 billion and $2.7 billion respectively. [ read more … ]

80% of rooftops can hold solar — Google

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:11:08

The technology giant expanded its “Project Sunroof” program into all 50 states this month and found that nearly 80 percent of rooftops it assessed around the country are suitable for solar power. That doesn’t mean those 60 million buildings are likely to adopt panels — only that they technically can, according to Google. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax debate exposed rift among Trump’s aides

By Jeff Greenfield, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:11:34

When former Secretary of State James Baker and his allies came to the White House last month to pitch a carbon tax, they received a warm reception from Gary Cohn, one of the president’s top economic advisers. Six weeks later, the friendly meeting with advocates of the highly controversial policy proposal is still reverberating in the White House, underscoring the increasingly tense relationship between Cohn and Steve Bannon, Trump’s powerful chief strategist, who have staked out vastly different ideological approaches to West Wing matters. [ read more … ]

Clean Line makes new pitch for $2.8B Midwest wind power line

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-24 04:12:05

For the second time in three years, merchant transmission developer Clean Line Energy Partners LP is before Missouri utility regulators seeking approval for a $2.8 billion high-voltage transmission line to deliver Kansas wind energy to the East. In 2015, the Missouri Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to deny Houston-based Clean Line approval to build the 780-mile Grain Belt Express line, saying the company hadn’t established a need for it [ read more … ]

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