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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 6, 2018

Top Stories

‘Where is everybody?’ senators ask of missing Trump picks

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 05:59:50

A slew of high-profile vacancies that continue to plague energy and environmental agencies more than a year after President Trump took office are sowing confusion on Capitol Hill and slowing federal actions. “Where is everybody?” asked Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski during a recent interview, pointing to the leaderless National Park Service. [ read more … ]

Battles loom as California cap-and-trade reform kicks off

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:00:20

California regulators are beginning the process of reforming their emissions trading system in line with changes mandated by state legislators last year. Lawmakers extended the market to 2030, insulating it from some political and legal hurdles, but also required regulators to make some changes to the program that would kick in after 2020. Now there’s a potential fight pitting industry against environmental groups over the stringency of the post-2020 market. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Wind projects bring opposition, opportunity to south-central Minn.

By Mark Steil, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:01:35

Just south of Interstate 90 near Blue Earth, the blades of a huge wind turbine spin in a rhythmic churn. It’s part of a wind farm that’s generating electricity for the power grid, and money for the people who own the land it sits on. “It’s good economic development for the farmer that wants to have a tower on his land,” said Fairbault County Commissioner Tom Warmka, “and maximize his income from every acre.” [ read more … ]

Texas braces for summer of lower power reserves

By Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:01:56

Texas’ electricity grid operator expects that customers will have to voluntarily reduce power consumption this summer in order to keep electricity flowing through the grid, according to a report released Thursday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees 90 percent of the state’s grid, estimated that it would have just enough power to meet electricity demand this summer. But Texas’ summer power reserves are at their lowest in more than a decade, a shortage that is expected also to drive up wholesale electricity prices. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax fails — again — in Washington

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:02:19

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax has stalled again, this time because the measure lacked enough votes in the state Senate, where Democrats hold an advantage.
Proposed in January, the tax would have been set initially at $20/ton, rising annually by an inflation-adjusted 3.5%. The tax would have brought in more than $3 billion over the next four years, bill supporters estimated. [ read more … ]

Senate to vote on PACE financing, toxics abatement

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:14:08

The Senate this week will debate a financial regulatory overhaul that includes provisions to preserve a popular financing mechanism for home clean energy retrofits, as well as to ease the use of federal dollars to clean up lead and asbestos contamination in homes. The chamber is expected to take a procedural vote today on the bill, S. 2155, sponsored by Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), which would roll back a number of Obama-era banking restrictions enacted after the financial meltdown of 2008. [ read more … ]

EPA touts Pruitt’s first year of rollbacks

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:02:35

U.S. EPA released a report yesterday touting Administrator Scott Pruitt’s accomplishments during his first year, with particular emphasis on regulatory rollbacks. The report reads like a laundry list of actions that have irked environmentalists while pleasing industry, punctuated with Pruitt’s familiar refrains of “cooperative federalism” and “rule of law.” [ read more … ]

Conservative energy group gears up to fight enviros

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-06 06:02:51

A new energy advocacy organization is aiming to combat environmental groups and boost the energy industry. Power the Future, created by former Republican communications staffer Daniel Turner, who has also worked for two organizations linked to the Koch family, appeared online last month with social media accounts and online advertising. [ read more … ]

 

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