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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 30, 2017

U.S. May Put Emergency Tariffs on Solar Imports

By Tom Miles, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:42:48

The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organization that it is considering putting emergency “safeguard” tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday. The move raises the stakes in a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown explosively in the past five years. As production has increased, prices have tumbled, favoring producers who can take advantage of economies of scale. The United States, China and India are vying to be the market leader, and are looking out for any perceived breach of the international trade rules by their rivals. [ read more … ]

White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:43:36

The president’s chief economic adviser is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it “doesn’t really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock,” directly contradicting President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry. Briefing reporters Thursday night on Air Force One, Gary Cohn singled out natural gas as “such a cleaner fuel.” By exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the U.S. “can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly,” Cohn said [ read more … ]

Wind Power Catches a Mountain Breeze

By Justin Worland, Time Magazine  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:47:31

The story of Carbon County, Wyoming, can be told in its name. The 8,000-sq.-mi. jurisdiction first appeared on the map–figuratively and literally–in the 1860s along with the development of its vast coal reserve. That energy source, the black gold of the 19th century, defined the region’s economy for more than 100 years. Now, Carbon County is vying for a place at the forefront of America’s growing clean-power economy. Years after the last coal mine closed, the area’s new energy entrepreneurs see opportunity not down in the ground but up in the air, where they are trying to turn the Cowboy State into a key supplier of wind power for the West Coast. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts prepares for wind energy

Jan Ellen, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:44:38

Off-shore wind energy is common in Europe. It’s never taken off in the U.S. But now Massachusetts is changing that. The state will soon request competitive bids for off-shore wind development – at sites 14 miles or more from Martha’s Vineyard. Bill White, the Director of Offshore Wind at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, says the location is perfect. White: “The wind speed in the northeast and off the coast of Massachusetts is some of the best wind speeds in the world. And they’re constant, and they’re consistent, which is important for power development.” [ read more … ]

Wind farm developers accept Maryland’s terms to move forward with projects off Ocean City

By Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:45:18

The developers of two wind farms planned off the coast of Ocean City are moving forward with their projects, accepting terms Maryland regulators laid out earlier this month in allowing them to collect subsidies from the state’s electricity customers. Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind have both notified the Public Service Commission that they have agreed to invest a collective $115 million in manufacturing facilities and port upgrades around Sparrows Point in southeastern Baltimore County, and to contribute $6 million to a state offshore wind business development fund. [ read more … ]

In N.D., worry and hope blow in the wind

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:45:39

“I think he’s on the right track,” Day said on a recent driving tour of his ranch about 20 miles southeast of Bismarck. “Our last administration got too carried away.” But there is one area where Trump and Day don’t stand Oxford leather to muck boot. It involves the very future of the ranch where Day and his 23-year-old son, Dusty, raise black Angus cattle prized for their winter hardiness and superior beef quality. It is also where Day plans to build a future around North Dakota’s newest cash cow: utility-scale wind energy.
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Op-Ed:Regardless of Trump’s decision on Paris accord, Iowans can keep leading on clean energy

By REV. SUSAN HENDERSHOT GUY, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-05-30 04:46:17

Meanwhile, here in Iowa, we have already seen the benefits of increasing our use of clean energy, which include reducing our carbon emissions. Wind energy provides more than 36 percent of our electric generation — the highest percentage of any state — and more than 6,000 jobs. Iowans do not have to choose between what is good for our planet and what is good for our economy. Regardless of what happens at the G7 summit or with the decision on the Paris climate accord, Iowans will continue to reap the benefits of our bipartisan support for clean energy. [ read more … ]

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