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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 9, 2017

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not be published on Veterans’ Day.  It resumes on Monday, November 13.

Fate of renewables credits uncertain in House Committee

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:51:44

The Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition yesterday urged Ways and Means leaders to rethink the House bill’s treatment of the two credits, noting that the 2015 deal “has spurred important private investment and job creation in our states. The terms of H.R. 1 would put that economic activity at risk, and would hurt families,” wrote Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) and South Dakota GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and ranking member Richard Neal (D-Mass.). [ read more … ]

Election Winners Promise Climate Action in Coast-to-Coast Pushback on Trump

BY PHIL MCKENNA, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:52:46

Tuesday’s election results came as governors from California, Washington, Oregon, and Virginia traveled to Germany for United Nation’s climate negotiations to discuss their states’ continued commitment to global climate action. “The realities we are facing now as a result of climate change and the frustrating and frankly inexplicable climate denial under the Trump administration are really driving states and regions and cities, to double down in a way that we have never seen,” Jackson Morris, Natural Resources Defense Council director of Eastern Energy said. [ read more … ]

Greens, Dems see policy opportunities after big wins

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:53:04

Environmentalists and Democrats did their victory laps yesterday. Their preferred candidates prevailed in statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as key races in Washington state, a feat that they say demonstrates the depth of voter concern about clean energy and the changing climate. [ read more … ]

Election boost for NJ offshore

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:53:23

New Jersey has elected Phil Murphy as its next governor, raising prospects for a significant boost for the offshore wind sector. Murphy has pledged to develop 3.5GW by 2030 and enact a mandate for the state to be 100% powered by renewables by 2050. [ read more … ]

Gov. Jerry Brown and European Union leaders agree to work to combat climate change

By Catherine Stupp, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:53:42

California and the European Union will discuss the possibility of creating a common carbon market to cut greenhouse gas emissions, another sign of the state assuming a global role in the fight against climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the move Tuesday in Brussels after meeting with Miguel Arias Cañete, the European Union commissioner in charge of climate action and energy, and other EU leaders to discuss how California and the region could work together to combat climate change, which Brown called an “existential crisis.” [ read more … ]

North Carolina ‘wind maps’ process won’t be open to public

By Elizabeth Ouzts, Southeast Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:54:16

A North Carolina agency produced a set of maps in 2016 outlining military activities in the state; advocates say this and other existing provisions already prevent conflicts with wind turbine siting. In the latest chapter in a years-long controversy, the North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state. [ read more … ]

Trump, still in search of energy dominance

Peter Behr and Pamela King, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:54:38

The drivers for the current surge in U.S. fossil fuels are not Trump’s “America First” policies. Key factors are the decadelong fracking revolution; a bipartisan green light from Congress in 2015 permitting U.S. crude oil exports, ending a 40-year ban; a 2016 agreement among Russia, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC producers to push up crude oil prices with production curbs that put more U.S. production in the money; and big investments to upgrade the competitiveness of U.S. refinery exports. New liquefied natural gas terminals and pipeline infrastructure now coming online have also been years in the making. [ read more … ]

Trump not invited to Paris climate summit next month

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:55:10

French authorities said President Donald Trump is not among more than 100 world leaders invited to Paris for a climate summit next month. French President Emmanuel Macron plans a summit to push his “Make our Planet Great Again” agenda on Dec. 12, the anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate accord.
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FERC-Barclays deal cuts fine 80% for alleged trading scheme

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:55:39

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced a deal with the British bank Barclays PLC yesterday to reduce a record fine for allegedly manipulating Western electricity markets by almost 80 percent. The regulatory agency in 2011 accused the bank and four of its traders of taking part in a “coordinated scheme” including trades in day-ahead fixed-price physical electricity, allegedly costing power buyers and sellers $139.3 million. [ read more … ]

FERC collects more comments on Perry’s grid proposal

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:55:57

Taking advantage of a second chance to drive their points home, energy companies and trade associations filed dozens of reply comments this week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission arguing their cases on the Energy Department’s controversial grid proposal. Hundreds of comments were submitted to FERC ahead of a Oct. 24 deadline, and yesterday marked the end of a period for advocates to respond to those. [ read more … ]

Lamborghini Unveils a Self-Healing, Electric Supercar

By Sara Clemence, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-09 06:52:12

The next generation of Lamborghinis could act as their own super-powered batteries and be able to repair themselves. Automobili Lamborghini Spa unveiled its Terzo Millennio (“third millennium”) concept car at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday. The car is the product of the first 12 months of a three-year partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [ read more … ]

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