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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 30, 2017

Denmark signs offshore wind energy deal with the US

By The Copenhagen Post  •    •  Posted 2017-10-29 04:39:06

Danish expertise can help US reach its immense wind power potential Despite the immense potential for wind energy sources along the US coastline, there are just five offshore wind turbine parks along the entire US coast generating only 30 MW. But Denmark in on hand to help change that. The energy and climate minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, met with US secretary of the interior Ryan Zinke in Washington DC last week to formalise a new wind energy agreement between the two countries. [ read more … ]

Possible tariff on imported solar panels makes the industry nervous

By Keith Schneider, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:34:43

On Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to start considering a tariff on imports of the most popular photovoltaic generating panels used in the booming U.S. residential and utility-scale solar markets. A stiff tariff could double the price of imported photovoltaic panels made from crystalline silicon, an outcome that is either calamitous or full of opportunity for the burgeoning solar industry, depending on how you look at it. The trade commission’s decision will be transmitted to President Trump on Nov. 13. [ read more … ]

How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

By Cassandra Profita and Grace Hood, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 06:28:52

The U.S. solar industry is booming in large part because of cheap, imported solar panels. But a U.S. trade commission says those imports also hurt manufacturers here. It’s offering recommendations to President Trump on how to repair that damage, but the industry is divided over whether any remedy would do more harm than good. SolarWorld outside Portland, Oregon, is one of two manufacturers who brought the trade suit. At its plant, robots do much of work of building solar cells into panels. [ read more … ]

High winds bring milestone for Iowa utility’s wind power

By Des Monies Register  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:35:04

This week’s high winds in Iowa blew in a first for one electric utility. MidAmerican Energy officials tell Des Moines television station KCCI that winds blew hard enough on Monday and Tuesday for wind turbines to provide all the power needed to meet its customers’ needs for the state. [ read more … ]

Big role for U.S. at climate talks despite withdrawal from Paris deal

By Valerie Volcovici, Alister Doyle, Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:35:24

The United States will play a big role at global talks next month on shaping the Paris agreement on climate change, to the dismay of some nations that want Washington sidelined because of President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the deal. [ read more … ]

Union laborers in Midtown protest hiring of out-of-state workers at unfair wages to build N.Y. wind energy farm

By GINGER ADAMS OTIS, New York Daily News  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:36:26

An upstate wind energy project has ruffled some feathers with a union that says the company’s not paying workers a fair wage. More than a dozen members of the New York State Laborers Organizing Fund held a rally in front of a Midtown, Manhattan, hotel Wednesday, where the American Wind Energy Association investor conference was held. Speaking at the conference, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said there are 150,000 New Yorkers now employed in clean energy jobs. [ read more … ]

What does the general public think about Perry’s grid plan?

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:36:10

But what does the average American think? And does public opinion even matter in a process destined to be a high-level political scrap, pulling in all the big-time energy players, and now in the hands of a relatively obscure federal agency? The National Mining Association has one answer. In a poll of 2,201 Americans, commissioned by the NMA and carried out by Morning Consult this week, 51 percent of respondents said they agree with the rough premise of DOE’s proposal. [ read more … ]

New Bedford seeks port funds

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:37:00

The Port of New Bedford has applied to the US Department of Transportation for a $15m grant to expand facilities for a variety of industries, including offshore wind. The money is being sought from the DoT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger) program. [ read more … ]

This invisible film could let your windows produce power

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-30 04:37:21

See-through materials placed on windows or other glass surfaces could harness as much solar power as traditional panels and potentially be used everywhere from electric cars to skyscrapers, according to a study this week in Nature Energy. Michigan State University engineers reported that transparent solar devices could produce power from the estimated 5 billion to 7 billion square meters of available glass surface in the United States, which receive enough solar energy to provide 40 percent of national electricity. [ read more … ]

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