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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 4, 2018

New Minnesota senator Tina Smith eyes green focus

Kellie Lunney, Geof Koss and Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:56:18

Tina Smith, Minnesota’s new senator, is looking to continue her advocacy on environmental issues from Capitol Hill. “In Minnesota, I worked very hard to extend the renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. It’s a clean jobs opportunity for my state. We have 57,000 clean energy jobs and I think it is a way to make our economy work better, and so that’s something I’m very interested in.” [ read more … ]

Andrew Cuomo Throws Political Weight Behind Offshore Wind and Energy Storage

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:56:38

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2018 State of the State address, revealing new energy goals as New York heads into the fourth year of its Reforming the Energy Vision process. The plan offers cash and sets capacity goals for two emerging industries, energy storage and offshore wind. Governor Cuomo wants to solicit 800 megawatts of offshore wind solicitations over the next two years, and 1,500 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2025.  [ read more … ]

Cuomo calls for more wind power, new cap on plant emissions

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:56:56

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for more offshore wind energy projects and new caps on carbon emissions from smaller power plants. The Democratic governor announced the measures on Tuesday, the day before he delivers his state of the state address to lawmakers. Specifically, Cuomo wants the state to seek 800 megawatts of new offshore wind projects in 2018 and 2019, enough to power 400,000 households. [ read more … ]

New York clean energy proposal seeks 1.5 GW of storage, coal phaseout

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:57:24

New York made waves yesterday when it unveiled a slate of clean energy proposals that sets the highest energy storage mandate in the country. Cuomo wants to commit at least $200 million from the NY Green Bank for storage investments that will help integrate renewable energy. The plan is to roll out 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. ​Cuomo’s proposal also calls for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to invest at least $60 million through storage pilots and activities to reduce barriers to deploying energy storage, including permitting, customer acquisition, interconnection and financing costs. [ read more … ]

Company sues Wash. over blocked export project

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:57:48

A coal company yesterday sued the state of Washington for blocking a proposed export terminal on the West Coast. Lighthouse Resources Inc. — the Utah-based company behind the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview — sued Gov. Jay Inslee (D), state Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. [ read more … ]

Cold snap tests Perry’s subsidy plans

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:58:02

Energy Secretary Rick Perry likes to warn of the dangers of a second polar vortex while promoting his plan to subsidize coal and nuclear plants. The frigid weather encompassing the Northeast is testing that argument. Perry has argued that subsidies are required to keep open plants that are needed during periods of extreme cold but struggle to make money at other times in today’s wholesale power markets. Coal and nuclear plants have closed in great numbers in recent years, as more natural gas and renewables come online. [ read more … ]

Is ‘polar vortex 2.0’ a Hail Mary for coal, nuclear?

Hannah Northey and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:58:18

As temperatures plunge, the politically packed terms “polar vortex” and now “polar vortex 2.0” are making the rounds in blogs, social media and national headlines, as are “weather bomb” and “bombogenesis.” While that colorful weather jargon remains murky, energy lobbying groups are making it crystal clear that the ensuing cold spell will be a talking point — as it was when temperatures cratered four years ago — in pushing the Trump administration’s proposal for subsidizing struggling nuclear and coal plants. [ read more … ]

Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer

By HENRY FOUNTAIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-01-04 06:58:40

As bitter cold continues to grip much of North America and helps spawn the fierce storm along the East Coast, the question arises: What’s the influence of climate change? Some scientists studying the connection between climate change and cold spells, which occur when cold Arctic air dips south, say that they may be related. But the importance of the relationship is not fully clear yet. [ read more … ]

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