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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 1, 2017

Today’s Wind & Solar News will not be published on Labor Day.  It returns on Tuesday, September 5.

New Hurricane Index Predicted Harvey Would Be A Monster, Say Scientists

By Christopher Joyce, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:38:22

Scientists say the traditional measure of hurricane strength doesn’t tell you much about how damaging it will be. Now they’re proposing a new way to do that. Hurricanes come in numbers — Categories 1 through 5 — as part of the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength. It measures wind speed over short periods of time, and the faster the wind, the higher the category. But it doesn’t say much about how long strong winds will last and how that “wind field” will move. [ read more … ]

Agency chiefs tackle Harvey but dispute climate’s role

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:38:41

The heads of President Trump’s energy and environment agencies have taken an all-hands-on-deck approach to tackling Hurricane Harvey, bouncing from cable network interviews to meetings with local officials in Texas. They’ve also been unified in pushing back on any link to climate change. [ read more … ]

Harvey Pushed This Texas Wind Farm All the Way to the Max

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:39:31

Other wind farms that were forced to shut down are now back online, according to the American Wind Energy Association, though one site remains down due to the loss of the local transmission grid near Corpus Christi. Wind often supplies about 20 percent or more of the power in Texas during the windiest parts of the day, according to grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas. That slipped to about 13 percent on Aug. 26, when Harvey hit. [ read more … ]

If Donald Trump won’t tackle climate change, then Chicago will

By Rahm Emanuel, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:39:12

While the Trump administration is dropping the mantle of leadership on climate change, American cities from coast to coast are picking it up. From small towns to metropolises and from the coasts to the heartland, Republican and Democratic mayors are united in common cause to curb emissions, shrink our carbon footprints and fight for a greener future. [ read more … ]

Xcel declares shift away from coal power

By Charles Ashby, The Daily Sentinel  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:39:52

Xcel Energy is asking the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to approve a plan that it hopes could lead to $2.5 billion in clean energy investments across the state. That plan, which Xcel submitted to the PUC on Tuesday with the support of 14 other groups, calls for shuttering two of its coal-fired power plants in Pueblo a decade earlier than initially planned.
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The U.S. Backs Off Nuclear Power. Georgia Wants to Keep Building Reactors.

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:40:09

Even as the rest of the United States backs away from nuclear power, utilities in Georgia are pressing ahead with plans to build two huge reactors in the next five years — the only nuclear units still under construction nationwide. On Thursday, Georgia Power asked state regulators to approve its proposal to complete the reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station near Augusta, home to two existing nuclear units built in the 1980s. The company, which has partnered with three other utilities on the project, said it expected the new reactors would cost roughly $19 billion and come online in 2021 and 2022. [ read more … ]

Wind power costs could drop 50%. Solar PV could provide up to 50% of global power. Damn.

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted 2017-09-01 06:40:36

Solar and wind energy have been underestimated by analysts and politicians again and again and again. They have gotten cheaper and scaled up faster than even the most optimistic forecasts of a decade ago, or even a few years ago. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.