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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 19, 2017

Policy Advisers Urge Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Accord

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:46:14

Mr. Trump plans to make a final decision on the fate of the Paris agreement before a meeting of the Group of 7 leading economies at the end of May, according to Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary. A team of Mr. Trump’s principal advisers was scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon at the White House to discuss the decision with the aim of recommending a path forward, but the meeting was canceled after some of the planned attendees flew with Mr. Trump to an event in Wisconsin, according to a White House spokeswoman. [ read more … ]

Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

By Jennifer Ludden, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:46:51

Kevin Butt’s job is to find cleaner ways to power Toyota. One of the hardest places to do that is at the automaker’s sprawling plant in central Kentucky, a state where nearly 90 percent of electricity still comes from coal. Butt points out a new engine assembly line, where a conveyor belt moves in a slow circle. He says it was specially designed with a more efficient motor. There are also enormous fans overhead and LED lights, all changes that save millions. “I mean, what company doesn’t want to reduce their energy bill,” he says. [ read more … ]

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:47:10

The long goodbye for coal in Europe is accelerating as the cost of shifting to green energy plunges. Companies including Drax Group Plc, Steag GmbH to Uniper SE are closing or converting coal-burning generators at a record pace from Austria to the U.K., made obsolete by competition from cheaper wind and solar power. After more than 500 years of using the carbonaceous rock — which fueled the industrial revolution even as emissions warmed the atmosphere — the continent simply can’t afford it anymore and is moving on. [ read more … ]

Texas can remain a leader in clean energy

By Christi Craddick, Express-News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:47:57

Texas is a national leader in the development of clean energy. We have more wind power capacity than any other state and all but five countries. The solar power market in Texas is also taking off as the manufactured cost of panels have been reduced. Clean energy involves more than a commitment to the development of renewables. It includes investments in new technologies that can make conventional generation cleaner, too. [ read more … ]

Port unloads longest wind blades to date in Longview

By Marissa Luck, The Daily News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:47:33

Wind cargo is continuing to pick up at Port of Longview, and longshoremen last week handled the longest wind blades ever to pass through the port’s docks. Each 177-foot blade is half the length of a football field, including end zones. A total of 25 longshoremen worked over three and half days to unload the Illinois-bound blades for Vestas Wind Systems, according to the port and Jones Stevedoring, which coordinated the effort.
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China renewable power waste worsens in 2016 – Greenpeace

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-04-19 04:48:46

The amount of electricity wasted by China’s solar and wind power sectors rose significantly last year, environment group Greenpeace said in a research report published on Wednesday, despite government pledges to rectify the problem. China promised last year to improve what it called the “rhythm” of construction of power transmission lines and renewable generation to avoid “curtailment,” which occurs when there is insufficient transmission to absorb the power generated by the renewable projects. [ read more … ]

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