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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 6, 2017

GOP Tax Plan Picks Winners and Losers in Energy Sector

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:27:40

The energy industry has winners and losers in the new House GOP tax bill. Losers are the electric car industry and producers of wind power and other clean energy. Winners include oil and gas and the nuclear power industry, which would see tax breaks preserved. [ read more … ]

GOP’s ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Tax Plan Cuts Wind Forecast in Half

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:28:05

House Republicans’ proposed tax-reform plan would slice wind development in half, according to a forecast Friday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The London-based research group had expected the U.S. to add 38 gigawatts of new wind power through 2020. Based on the proposal released Thursday, that figure would fall to 19 gigawatts because it slashes a key federal subsidy. [ read more … ]

Wind turbine makers say U.S. tax proposal puts investment at risk

By Stine Jacobsen, Christoph Steitz, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:28:20

The world’s largest wind turbine makers said a proposed Republican tax bill that would cut support for the industry in the U.S. would put its businesses and future investment at risk, in a rare public criticism on Friday of government proposals.
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U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

By LISA FRIEDMAN and GLENN THRUSH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:29:02

Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization. Over the past 115 years global average temperatures have increased 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to record-breaking weather events and temperature extremes, the report says. The global, long-term warming trend is “unambiguous,” it says, and there is “no convincing alternative explanation” that anything other than humans — the cars we drive, the power plants we operate, the forests we destroy — are to blame. [ read more … ]

Trump admin report clearly shows humans changing climate

Scott Waldman, E&E News rep  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:29:41

The most comprehensive survey of climate science to come out of the Trump administration, released today, finds that humans are transforming the world at an unprecedented pace through the burning of fossil fuels. That’s basic climate science, and long established by those in the field. Still, no one expects the latest update to the National Climate Assessment to sway the administration, since most of its key findings are not new and have been rejected by many top officials, including the president himself. [ read more … ]

Pruitt opts out of U.N. climate talks, sends staff

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:30:00

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt won’t be attending the U.N. climate talks that start Monday in Bonn, Germany, the Trump administration confirmed Friday. The meeting was on Pruitt’s schedule last summer, worrying negotiators and advocates that the administration’s most vocal foe of the Paris climate accord would distract from this year’s task of negotiating the deal’s implementation. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma could end coal, wind cash-back rebates

By Dale Denwalt, The Daily Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:30:31

Coal and wind production companies could lose a valuable tax incentive under two state Senate bills that advanced Thursday. The Senate Rules Committee adopted Senate Bills 13 and 14, which would eliminate the industry’s ability to get cash back for unused income tax credits. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind could be big winner in governor’s race

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:30:46

The offshore wind industry has been stuck in the doldrums under New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, but the political breeze may now be shifting in its favor. Both the Democrat and Republican running in the Nov. 7 race to replace Christie, a two-term governor and former Republican presidential candidate, have promised to support offshore wind should they assume control of the corner office in Trenton. [ read more … ]

Northeast states release three reports on offshore wind development

By Paul Dvorak, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-11-06 04:31:02

The Northeast has the potential for offshore wind deployment of between 4,000 to 8,000 megawatts by 2030 and the creation of up to 36,000 jobs according to the reports, which were produced for representatives of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and the Clean Energy States Alliance, as part of the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind Development. One report also detailed conceptual plans for two Jones Act-compliant vessels to serve the offshore wind industry. [ read more … ]

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