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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 9, 2018

China wants compensation for US solar panel tariffs as industry braces for job losses

By Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:44:44

The latest filings from these countries could bring a full trade war down the road, Reuters noted, as more countries line up to challenge Trump’s tariffs on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. These actions also could lead to a settlement with the U.S. — something the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration would be open to.  [ read more … ]

Dems float $1T plan, boosting clean energy, water projects

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:45:38

Their plan pushes back on Republican proposals to reform environmental permitting laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. Democrats’ ideas also include investments in wastewater infrastructure and renewable energy. “We can do so much more in terms of energy efficiency, putting emphasis on renewables,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). “This relates to the climate debate, obviously, but it also relates to jobs.” [ read more … ]

Going green: AT&T is buying a huge amount of wind power from farms in Texas, Oklahoma

By Melissa Repko, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:45:57

AT&T announced Thursday that it’s buying a giant amount of wind power from farms in Texas and Oklahoma. The Dallas-based telecom is purchasing 520 megawatts of wind power from two farms that will be operated by subsidiaries of Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources. On the high end, that’s roughly equivalent taking 350,595 passenger vehicles off the road or providing electricity for a quarter million homes a year. [ read more … ]

Greens, clean power boosters clash over New England project

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:46:12

The unraveling of a major New England transmission project has pit environmentalists against clean energy advocates, illustrating the difficulty of balancing regional climate goals with the rights of communities affected directly by grid infrastructure. New Hampshire regulators last week rejected the $1.6 billion Northern Pass line that would bring hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts — a project considered critical to meeting the Bay State’s ambitious renewable power goals. [ read more … ]

Nebraska State Sen. Tom Brewer aims to restrict electric utilities’ eminent domain authority

By Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:53:51

State Sen. Tom Brewer said Thursday that his latest proposal in front of a legislative committee isn’t about slowing down Nebraska wind energy development. Instead, the Gordon legislator’s proposal to restrict Nebraska public power utilities’ eminent domain authority is about protecting private property interests, he said. Advocates for wind energy weren’t buying it. [ read more … ]

Scientists correct Pruitt’s climate claims

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:45:10

Past civilizations have not thrived in those types of temperatures, because they pre-date human societies, said Allegra LeGrande, a paleoclimate researcher at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies “The warming that we’re going into now, that is something that humans have not experienced,” she said. “It’s not like humans have thrived in previous warming periods; the warming we’re talking about now was before human beings were human beings.” [ read more … ]

Research suggests warming could be depleting ozone

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:44:22

And just over a year ago, nations adopted an amendment to that agreement calling for additional reductions in hydrofluorocarbons, another ozone-depleting — and also climate-warming — class of chemicals. But as the ozone hole continues to heal, scientists have discovered that ozone concentrations elsewhere in the atmosphere are still declining. And while the causes remain uncertain, climate change could be part of the problem. [ read more … ]

Trump would back pro-business climate treaty — aide

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:43:59

President Trump will support an international climate deal to limit heat-trapping refrigerants and coolants if he thinks it’s good for U.S. business, according to a White House energy aide. “The president is not ideological on these issues,” White House energy adviser George David Banks said yesterday at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. Banks spoke at a forum about the fate of the climate agreement — known as the Kigali Amendment — that was finalized in 2016 with the support of the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Wind Turbine Maker Vestas Eases Worries About Lower Margins

By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-09 06:43:33

Vestas forecast a modest decline in profit margins and steady sales on Wednesday, easing investor worries about the impact of growing competition and falling government subsidies on the world’s biggest wind turbine maker. Shares in the Danish company, which had dropped around 20 percent over the past year, rose 7 percent in early trading. [ read more … ]

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