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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 21, 2017

Pressed on budget, Perry talks ‘fiduciary responsibility’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:37:16

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers today he’s committed to the United States being a leader in clean energy technology despite President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. It was one of the few times that climate change came up in the first two hours of a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to examine DOE’s $28 billion budget request for fiscal 2018. Perry said he delivered Trump’s message on the Paris Agreement to the world during a visit to China last week. [ read more … ]

Nevada Governor Vetoes Renewable Bill in Setback for Advocates

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:38:35

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill late Friday that would have boosted the state’s renewable energy target, dealing a setback for clean-energy advocates looking for state action after President Donald Trump said he would pull the U.S. from the Paris climate pact. The legislation required that 40 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2030, up from the current target of 25 percent by 2025. The Nevada Resort Association, a casino trade group, called the mandate premature because the state was starting to deregulate its electricity market through a November ballot measure. [ read more … ]

Nevada governor vetoes plan to expand renewable portfolio standard

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:38:08

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) exercised his veto pen to strike down a community solar bill and a plan to boost the Silver State’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 percent by 2030. The move brought to an abrupt halt a stunning winning streak by greens in Carson City, where lawmakers this year passed 11 energy bills aimed at bolstering renewables, electric vehicles and energy storage, among other measures. Sandoval signed nine of those into law [ read more … ]

Trump Power Study Riles Trade Groups Before It’s Released

By Patrick Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:39:39

Critics aren’t waiting for opening night to pan a Trump administration study on the U.S. power grid they believe will demonize renewable energy while promoting coal and nuclear generation. The report, ordered up by Energy Secretary Rick Perry and expected this month, will examine whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants needed to ensure reliable power supplies, according to an April 14 memo obtained by Bloomberg News. [ read more … ]

D.C. Circuit backs grid rules accused of hurting wind, solar

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:40:08

A federal court today unanimously upheld regulators’ approval of a new electricity market structure in the eastern half of the country. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected environmentalists’ arguments that the framework discriminates against intermittent sources of energy such as wind and solar. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar energy have not harmed U.S. power grid -industry study

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:40:31

With the Trump administration expected to publish an analysis that could undermine the U.S. wind and solar industries, two renewable energy lobbying groups on Tuesday released their own study saying new energy sources pose no threat to the country’s power grid. Wind and solar advocates have said the government study’s outcome appeared to be pre-determined to favor fossil fuel industries. The new report, commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association and Advanced Energy Economy, says cheap natural gas is behind most of the decline in the numbers of U.S. coal-fired power plants in recent years, not government subsidies that have bolstered the growth of wind and solar power. [ read more … ]

Perry’s criticisms of clean energy are misplaced — report

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-21 06:40:58

In a clear pushback against what many believe is a Trump administration attack on clean energy, an independent consulting group today said there is no evidence that state and federal policies advancing renewables are key drivers behind the drawdown of baseload power plants. Rather, experts from the Analysis Group found that larger market forces — particularly a glut of inexpensive natural gas combined with relatively flat demand for electric power — have been much bigger factors in decisions affecting coal and nuclear power plants. [ read more … ]

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