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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 7, 2018

Top Stories

Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Power Leads to Global Warming. His Numbers Are Wrong

By JUSTIN WORLAND, Time  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:26:54

Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines kill birds. “We probably chop us as many as 750,000 birds a year with wind and the carbon footprint on wind is significant,” Zinke said. “I always thought the best place for wind was on the roof of a house.” [ read more … ]

FERC rule gives big boost to U.S. storage market — report

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:27:16

The U.S. energy storage industry is at a “breakout” moment and is expected to double its market value this year with help from a new federal rule, according to a report released this morning. The industry could deploy 1,233 megawatt-hours of grid-connected storage in 2018, more than was deployed in the previous four years, the Energy Storage Association and GTM Research said in an annual review. In comparison, 431 MWh was added last year. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

State attorneys to Pruitt: Repeal, don’t replace

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:27:44

The Trump administration is considering a replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, but a coalition of Republican state attorneys general wants the climate rule scrapped with no substitute. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) is leading a coalition of 20 other state attorneys general arguing that U.S. EPA doesn’t have authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [ read more … ]

Carbon tax, defeated in the Washington, to be on the ballot

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:28:20

Third time’s the charm. That’s what proponents of a carbon tax in Washington state are hoping. A coalition of environmental, labor and minority groups filed a ballot initiative with Washington’s secretary of state late last week, paving the way for advocates of a carbon price to make their case to voters this fall. [ read more … ]

Maryland Offshore Wind Is Gaining Steam

By Josh Cohen, North American Windpower  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:28:37

Since Maryland first enacted its Offshore Wind Energy Act in 2013, it has continued along a trajectory to become a national leader in offshore wind. Last year, Maryland’s Public Service Commission gave regulatory approval to a combined 368 MW of capacity to the two developers – US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy, a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind – that had submitted proposals. [ read more … ]

Oklahomans Overwhelmingly In Support Of 2 Gigawatt Wind Catcher Wind Farm

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Techica  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:28:52

A new survey from SoonerPoll has revealed that Oklahomans are overwhelmingly in support of the 2 gigawatt Wind Catcher Energy Connection set to be developed Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy. Announced back in July of 2017, the 2 gigawatt (GW) Wind Catcher wind farm is set to become the world’s second largest, and the United States’ largest onshore wind farm, once completed. [ read more … ]

The U.S. just hit a major milestone for energy storage — which is also great news for solar

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:29:21

The United States has now added the capacity to store a billion watts of power for one hour and may double that total in 2018 alone, says a heady new forecast that highlights the rapid growth of the battery business. The finding, by the research firm GTM Research and the industry trade group the Energy Storage Association, predicts sharp growth in an industry that was barely on the radar a few years ago.  [ read more … ]

The flip side of FERC’s landmark storage order: A call for states to take action

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-07 06:29:35

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 aims to reduce barriers to the deployment of energy storage in wholesale power markets. It lays the foundation for the energy storage market to grow by as much as five fold to 50 GW over the next decade. But at least half of that potential growth would depend on the development of state, not federal, policies to support energy storage, according to a new report by The Brattle Group. [ read more … ]

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