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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 20, 2017

A bitter scientific debate just erupted over the future of America’s power grid

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:27:23

Scientists are engaged in an increasingly bitter and personal feud over how much power the United States can get from renewable sources, with a large group of researchers taking aim at a popular recent paper that claimed the country could move beyond fossil fuels entirely by 2055. In 2015, Stanford professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues argued that between 2050 and 2055, the United States could be entirely powered by “clean” energy sources and “no natural gas, biofuels, nuclear power, or stationary batteries are needed.” [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Renewable energy no threat to electric grid, as Trump aides claim

By David Hochschild and David Olsen, San Fransisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:28:49

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan famously removed solar panels from the White House roof, capping a misguided energy policy that severely slashed investment in renewable energy. Thirty-one years later, President Trump has committed a more consequential mistake by rejecting the Paris climate accord. But the story of how solar energy survived and thrived after Reagan holds an encouraging lesson for us. [ read more … ]

Mind the “storage” gap: how much flexibility do we need in a high renewables future?

By Brendan Pierpont, America’s Power Plan  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:28:08

Imagine for a moment that we have built enough wind and solar power plants to supply 100 percent of the electricity a region like California or Germany consumes in a year. Sure, the wind and sun aren’t always available, so this system would need flexible resources that can fill in the gaps. But with continuing rapid cost declines of wind, solar, and batteries, it’s possible that very ambitious renewable energy targets can be met at a cost that is competitive with fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Can offshore wind revive America’s ports? This town hopes so

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:29:33

This salt-caked fishing port has been flush with wind prospectors ever since Massachusetts legislators passed a law for massive wind development in the shallow waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. Ed Anthes-Washburn, a local port official, estimates he gives five harbor tours a month to wind industry representatives. Planning for the industry’s arrival now occupies much of his time, alongside proposals to redevelop several old industrial sites and a Seattle-style fish pier. [ read more … ]

CO2 isn’t ‘primary’ cause of climate change — Perry

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:29:56

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not the primary driver of climate change, stirring the global warming debate ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill this week. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Perry was asked if he believes CO2 is the main factor driving fluctuating Earth and climate temperatures. He said “no,” adding that he thinks “most likely” the ocean waters and the environment are the main drivers. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Asking the Wrong Questions on Energy

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:30:30

To adapt Thomas Pynchon, if the wrong question is asked, the answer doesn’t matter. Today, the world seems to be consciously framing its energy problems in a way that avoids the right questions, and thus true solutions. [ read more … ]

China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-20 06:30:52

Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 195 miles per hour (313 kilometers per hour). The catch: The EP9 costs nearly $1.5 million. NIO, a Chinese-Western hybrid with bases in Shanghai, London and Silicon Valley, created it to showcase the company’s technology and had no sales plans. But it is taking orders for “bespoke vehicles” after hearing from buyers ready to pay the eye-popping price. [ read more … ]

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