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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 21, 2018

Mandates, Not Market Prices, Likely to Keep U.S. Solar Growing

By Erin Ailworth, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:35:21

Government mandates should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices. While the tariffs may slow the rate of solar expansion, local and state policies requiring utilities to procure renewable energy will continue to help create a baseline market for solar power, particularly for large, utility-scale projects. [ read more … ]

New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls or Stops Projects

By Scott McFetridge, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:35:43

Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about. But when a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400-foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people in the heart of wind country didn’t celebrate. They fought back, going door-to-door to alert neighbors and circulating petitions to try to kill the project. They packed county board meetings, hired a lawyer and pleaded their case before state commissions. [ read more … ]

Wind energy industry files suit against LePage administration

BY KEVIN MILLER, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:36:07

The Maine Renewable Energy Association accuses Gov. Paul LePage of “unconstitutional executive overreach in creating a moratorium of indefinite duration that is contrary to the will of the Legislature.” The association, which is a trade group representing wind energy companies and contractors, is asking the court to nullify the January 24th executive order halting the issuance of new wind power permits and creating a secretive advisory commission to explore potential changes to the permitting process. [ read more … ]

States want to counter Trump on climate. It’s a struggle

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:36:20

Climate hawks shifted their focus from Washington, D.C., to state capitals in the wake of President Trump’s 2016 victory, hoping state lawmakers might usher in the types of carbon reduction strategies the federal government could not. But more than a year later, state climate action remains stuck in neutral, and the prospects for victory in 2018 remain far from certain. [ read more … ]

Did you know the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics are powered by wind energy?

By Anna Luke, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:36:37

The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are entirely powered by wind energy. “Wind power generators are currently in operation in the Host Province in accordance with the Central Korea Renewable Energy Development Plan and Wind Energy Cluster Project. The total generation capacity reached 203 megawatts (MW), exceeding the required capacity of 194 MW by 104 percent.” [ read more … ]

Watchdog questions source of PJM’s political donations

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:36:55

A consumer group filed a complaint with federal regulators today questioning whether the nation’s largest electric grid operator violated the Federal Power Act by giving ratepayer money to political campaigns. PJM Interconnection — which coordinates the grid in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia — has given a total of $456,000 to the Democratic and Republican governors’ associations since 2007, according to a complaint filed by Public Citizen. [ read more … ]

When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of Energy? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

By Forbes  •    •  Posted 2018-02-21 06:37:13

As the amount of renewable energy in global electricity networks continues to surge, a new question arises – when will renewables become the dominant source of energy? A new report, the Lloyd’s Register 2018 Technology Radar, examines this issue and also looks at which technologies are likely to have the biggest impact in different countries and what are the key drivers and barriers to success. [ read more … ]

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