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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 23, 2017

Solar Finds Unexpected Champion in Sean Hannity

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-22 06:58:11

In the ad, Hannity says that “American solar can compete just fine on its own.” That’s counter to the contention of Suniva Inc., a bankrupt solar manufacturer that last month convinced the U.S. International Trade Commission that cheap foreign imports had harmed it. Trump, a regular guest on Hannity’s prime-time Fox News program, has until mid-January to decide whether to impose tariffs. A representative for Hannity didn’t return calls and emails Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Amazon Battles Google for Renewable Energy Crown

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-23 04:46:20

Even in the age of coal enthusiast President Donald Trump, clean-energy developers are finding plenty of interest in wind and solar power from businesses with sustainability targets, especially technology companies. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: How to Keep the Lights On After a Hurricane

By RICHARD BRANSON and AMORY B. LOVINS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-10-23 04:46:36

When one of us (Richard Branson) emerged from his cellar after riding out Hurricane Irma’s assault on Necker Island, the house and everything surrounding it was destroyed — except for the solar power array, which laid flat on ground and remained materially intact. Solar power systems survived Irma and kept working in Florida and Haiti. While Hurricane Harvey cut some Texas power lines, no wind farms were destroyed. [ read more … ]

Resort town gets high-priced help to take aim at turbines

Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-23 04:47:34

Already targeted by an appropriations bill in Congress, two proposed wind energy projects off the coast of Maryland could face a sneak attack in the Free State’s upcoming legislative session. Officials in the resort town of Ocean City, Md., fearful that wind turbines will damage their lucrative tourist economy, have hired a plugged-in Annapolis lobbyist to help them push the two projects farther offshore. The lobbyist, Bruce Bereano, said in an interview this week that he was hired to focus on Congress and the federal approval process. [ read more … ]

Virginia Seeks First Wind Farm in Region With Slowest Breezes

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-23 04:47:05

Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry. Yet most of the product gets shipped out to the wind belt running from Texas to North Dakota. Nine southern states have no wind farms at all, but that may soon change after a Virginia utility requested proposals for 300 megawatts of new clean power plants. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Threatens the World’s Biggest Science Project

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-23 04:47:54

The world’s biggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensive source of surplus power. Components of the 20 billion-euro ($24 billion) project are already starting to pile up at a construction site in the south of France, where about 800 scientists plan to test whether they can harness the power that makes stars shine. Assembly of the machine will start in May. Unlike traditional nuclear plants that split atoms, the so-called ITER reactor will fuse them together at temperatures 10-times hotter than the Sun — 150 million degrees Celsius [ read more … ]

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