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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 20, 2017

Air chief nominee ‘not fit for the job’ — enviros

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 06:47:30

“Mr. Wehrum has dedicated his career to rolling back EPA health and clean air protections for Americans, both while at EPA and in service of industry clients,” the Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters said in a joint nine-page letter to lawmakers released late yesterday. While Wehrum is “a knowledgeable air pollution attorney,” they wrote, “he is not fit for the job as the nation’s chief air quality official.” [ read more … ]

U.S. Governors at U.N. Assembly: ‘You Have Allies’ on Climate Change

By LISA FRIEDMAN and BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:39:41

The goal, the governors say, is to assure other countries that they, along with and hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord. “You have allies in the United States. You shouldn’t put your foot on the brake or even tap it just because we have a climate denier in the White House. You’re not alone,” Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said he would tell world leaders this week. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: States pick up the clean energy torch

By Gina McCarthy, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:41:26

Policy makers always worry about unintended consequences. President Trump might not be one of them. His move to cancel the Clean Power Plan and exit the Paris Agreement is a prime example of how misguided moves can backfire. With his objective of maintaining the status quo, suppressing the burgeoning renewable energy industry, and stifling clean-energy job growth, Trump has spurred a competition on the local level about who will take the lead on climate action. Nine governors — five Republicans and four Democrats — across the mid-Atlantic states and New England, are sprinting ahead. [ read more … ]

General Motors making massive wind purchase to power 7 plants

By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:47:07

General Motors is making a big investment in wind power. The automaker  announced that it is purchasing 200 megawatts of wind energy from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois, and that once the turbines are online next year, 20%  of the company’s global electricity usage will be powered by renewables. The electricity generated will supply seven plants, including those that make the Chevrolet Cruze and Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups, according to a news release. [ read more … ]

Trump team seeks nominees for huge climate report

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:41:05

The Trump administration plans to send participants to the panel considered the vanguard of climate science. The State Department announced yesterday that it’s seeking nominees to take part in the sixth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the latest comprehensive report from a U.N.-led group whose work shapes the world’s understanding of how humans are warming the planet and how the planet responds to that warming. The next IPCC analysis is due to be completed in 2022. [ read more … ]

Utilities Line Up to Profit From ‘Slowest Trainwreck’ in History

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:42:21

Renewable energy technologies are upending the century-old, centralized business model that that utilities have used to grow. The cost of electricity from offshore wind farms, once one of the most expensive forms of green energy, is expected to slide by 71 percent over the next two decades, according to BNEF. Solar, once so costly it only made sense in spaceships, now competes with coal and even natural-gas plants on cost. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Point

By Reed Landberg, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:40:14

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be invested in power generation by 2040. [ read more … ]

Perry bucks Trump, backs strategic oil reserves

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 04:41:51

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is shrugging off the White House’s call for draining off the nation’s strategic oil reserves along the Gulf Coast. During a news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Washington headquarters Friday, Perry said massive storms that battered the Gulf Coast in recent weeks show the United States needs the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, four underground caverns dotting Texas and Louisiana that hold up to 700 million barrels of crude. [ read more … ]

Irma Displaces World’s Best Quant. Now He’s on a Climate Mission

By Dani Burger, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-20 06:47:10

“I wasn’t actually sure about climate change until I did the math myself,” he said. “I realized this isn’t a soft science. This is black and white.” Vogel advocates charging a carbon tax to reduce emissions as the most sensible way to change people’s behavior. His message is taking on increasing urgency, he said, because the math indicates that there will be increasing events like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Considering the catastrophic damage from Texas to Florida, Vogel is hopeful people will at least start paying attention to his data-driven argument. [ read more … ]

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