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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 1, 2018

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

By Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:42:42

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the sharp cuts would likely be restored by Congress, but President Trump’s budget due out in February will mark a starting point for negotiations and offer a statement of intent and policy priorities. [ read more … ]

Trump admin mulls deep cuts to clean energy programs

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:43:02

The White House is considering a fiscal 2019 budget proposal that would cut funding by 72 percent for the Department of Energy’s renewables and energy efficiency programs from current levels. The portion of the proposal viewed by E&E News would slash funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from an enacted level of about $2 billion for the current fiscal year to just $636 million in fiscal 2018 and a little more than $575 million in fiscal 2019. [ read more … ]

N.J.’s Murphy Advances Offshore Wind That Stalled Under Christie

By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:43:36

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy set the state on track to develop 3.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, the largest target among East Coast states seeking to add the renewable resource. Murphy, a Democrat who took office earlier this month, asked regulators to solicit 1.1 gigawatts of offshore wind, according to an executive order signed Wednesday. The order also asks state officials to develop a plan that includes job growth, workforce development, data collection and environmental protections. [ read more … ]

Coalition of state lawmakers aims to cut carbon emissions

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:43:57

The Carbon Costs Coalition will focus on reducing CO2 emissions though equitable policy decisions, market-based solutions and regional economics, according to a press announcement. Each state will devise a separate plan that addresses the specifics of its region. The coalition includes members from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) and Meridian Institute are coordinating the effort. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma moves into No. 2 spot for wind power capacity in the nation, association says

By Jack Money. NewsOK  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:44:13

It appeared in mid-2017 that Oklahoma was on its way to being the nation’s No. 2 wind power state in the nation. On Tuesday, a market report released by the American Wind Energy Association confirmed it happened. The data in the association’s report said Oklahoma had 7,495 megawatts of installed wind power capacity at the end of 2017, putting the state behind only Texas, which boasts 22,637 megawatts of capacity. [ read more … ]

Who’s who in Trump’s infrastructure initiative

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-01 06:44:27

President Trump’s ballyhooed infrastructure push — envisioned as a $1.5 trillion construction push paired with accelerated environmental reviews — rides on some White House officials with deep ties to Capitol Hill and Wall Street. The president’s pitch for a bipartisan infrastructure deal during his State of the Union speech last night capped weeks of closed-door meetings and public conferences among industry and environmental groups, mayors and lawmakers, Trump’s infrastructure guru David James “D.J.” Gribbin and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. [ read more … ]

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