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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 12, 2017

California is aiming for 100% clean energy. How much of it will come from Wyoming wind?

By Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:37:48

State lawmakers are hammering out a bill that would pave the way for California to import more wind energy from Wyoming and export more solar power to other western states, potentially saving homes and businesses billions of dollars on their electric bills. [ read more … ]

Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question

By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:38:13

“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the E.P.A. and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change,” the mayor of Miami told the Miami Herald. “If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.” [ read more … ]

Carper asks Trump to rethink policies in storms’ wake

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:38:31

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s top Democrat is urging President Trump to reinstate federal climate policies after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper asked Trump to reconsider recently revoked or weakened initiatives aimed at helping communities prepare for extreme weather and other climate-change-related effects. [ read more … ]

Taking climate change ‘seriously,’ but ‘not the cause of it’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:39:05

With the U.S. reeling from two major hurricanes in as many weeks, the White House said today it’s taking climate change “seriously,” even if it is not considering its cause. Asked by reporters whether Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had given the White House pause about its positions on global warming, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert answered that “causality” of climate change was beyond his area of expertise. [ read more … ]

5 AGs sue over Trump delaying higher fines for automakers

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:39:35

Five state attorneys general sued the Trump administration today for delaying higher penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel economy targets. The lawsuit asks the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to indefinitely delay an Obama-era rule tripling penalties for automakers. [ read more … ]

Second phase of North Dakota wind farm approved

By John Hageman, Inforum  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:40:13

The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved its final permit Wednesday, Sept. 6, for a wind farm northeast of Valley City. The three-member commission unanimously approved a siting permit for the second phase of the Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, Chairman Randy Christmann said. In total, the PSC authorized the construction of up to 87 turbines producing 300.15 megawatts on roughly 25,000 acres. The project is estimated to cost $375 million [ read more … ]

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore wind project is promising

By Kathiann M. Kowalski, Midwst Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:40:31

Environmental studies so far have found little potential impact from a proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie near Cleveland. A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. [ read more … ]

UK offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

By Roger Harrabin, BBC  •    •  Posted 2017-09-12 06:40:50

Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects [ read more … ]

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