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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 9, 2018

Top Stories

A ‘pit bull’ for climate could soon sit next to Trump

Robin Bravender and Zack Colman, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:41:34

An ascendant aide in the Trump White House has warned of the threats posed by climate change, has argued for taxing carbon, has promoted wind power and was even endorsed by the Sierra Club. The political stock of Peter Navarro, President Trump’s nationalist trade adviser, has been on the rise since he won an internal White House dispute over imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. [ read more … ]

The Battery Will Kill Fossil Fuels—It’s Only a Matter of Time

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:41:53

Three weeks ago, a U.S. agency sent the clearest signal yet that fossil fuels’ days are numbered. True enough, the carbon-burning economy has been declared to be on its death bed umpteenth times before. But this came with a time frame related to the ultimate killer: the battery. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that so-called energy-storage companies such as Tesla Inc. and AES Corp. can compete against traditional power plants in U.S. wholesale markets by the end of 2020. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

GE aims to enhance solar, wind power performance with new storage platform

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:42:23

General Electric has launched an energy storage platform and says its first order, for a 20 MW, 80 MWh project, will be deployed late next year. GE’s Reservoir storage platform is based on a 1.2 MW, 4 MWh modular unit the size of a shipping container. [ read more … ]

Wind energy eyes restart in N.J. with Gov. Phil Murphy in office

By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:42:40

The political winds have shifted in New Jersey, and Gov. Murphy’s inauguration in January has dramatically revived prospects for the state’s offshore wind industry, which advocates hope could supply up to a third of the state’s power by 2030. The new governor signed an executive order directing the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to restart the process to create the rules governing the offshore wind market, which was authorized under the state’s landmark 2010 Offshore Wind Economic Development Act but stalled under Christie. [ read more … ]

Judge orders ‘tutorial’ on climate science in oil case

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:42:59

A federal court in California will hold a hearing on climate science as two cities pursue lawsuits against oil companies for damages related to sea-level rise. Judge William Alsup in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California scheduled a “tutorial” session on March 21 in San Francisco. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Energy Department pursuing small coal power plants

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:43:14

The Trump administration is set to ask companies to help the government develop small-scale coal-fired power plants, a top agency official told Axios. Steve Winberg, assistant secretary for fossil energy at the department, said smaller coal plants would be able to better complement an electricity grid that has growing amounts of intermittent wind and solar power and be able to include other technology that captures carbon emissions [ read more … ]

Weeks before Supreme Court case, Tesla and utility draft deal

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-09 06:43:49

Less than two weeks before scheduled Supreme Court arguments, a Tesla company and an Arizona utility have made major progress toward resolving a lawsuit over solar installation fees. Tesla Energy Operations Inc. and Phoenix-based Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District have reached a memorandum of understanding that they expect will form the basis of a settlement agreement. [ read more … ]


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