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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 19, 2018

Top Stories

Trump official trumpets clean energy — and budget cuts

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-17 06:53:23

A top Energy Department official offered himself last week as a champion for clean energy, immediately following his defense of President Trump’s proposal for slashing funding for efficiency and renewables research. DOE Undersecretary Mark Menezes, a former lobbyist for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, made his pitch to an American Council on Renewable Energy forum Wednesday. “You have me over there to be an advocate for you,” he said. [ read more … ]

Developer of Imperiled Midwest Transmission Line Says It’s ‘Not a Great Signal’ for Wind Power

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:23:14

A decision last week from an Illinois appellate court puts the 780-mile Grain Belt Express transmission project back in jeopardy, weeks after the Missouri Supreme Court agreed to hear the developer’s case.  The case in Illinois, filed by landowners and the legal arm of the state’s Farm Bureau, argues that the Illinois Corporation Commission wrongfully expedited review for the transmission project by evaluating the company as a public utility. The court ruled that Clean Line Energy Partners cannot be considered a public utility under state law, and thus the commission’s approval does not hold up. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Massachusetts governor seeks Clean Peak Standard with $1.4B bond bill

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:25:35

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has introduced legislation to create a new Clean Peak Standard for utilities to increase the use of clean energy during high-demand periods that are also carbon intensive. The proposed standard was filed as part of legislation to authorize over $1.4 billion in investments aimed at protecting residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change. The bill would align with investments with state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Legislation passed in 2008 requires an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. [ read more … ]

Meet the solar guru who’s rebuilding Puerto Rico’s grid

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:25:55

Rebuilding a hurricane-ravaged electrical grid isn’t what Julia Hamm had in mind when she began working in the utility sector. But that’s exactly what Hamm has been tasked with, drawing on her expertise in solar, microgrids and other technologies. [ read more … ]

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) Announces New Name, Positioning to Address Changing Industry

By Ryan Willis, The Energy Systems Integration Group  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:26:14

Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG), the leading source of global expertise for wind and solar operations and power system integration, has announced it is changing its name to Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG). The new name reflects the non-profit educational association’s support for electricity energy systems with higher levels of clean energy and emerging opportunities for coordination between electricity, natural gas, and transportation systems, and a wide range of other energy and infrastructure pathways. [ read more … ]

BLM mulls massive Nev. project on eagle, desert tortoise concerns

Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:26:39

The Bureau of Land Management is launching a detailed analysis of a massive proposed wind power project near the site of a contentious Obama-era project that a federal judge rejected two years ago due to “analytical gaps” in BLM’s evaluation. The Crescent Peak Wind Project proposed to be built on 32,531 acres of public lands 10 miles west of Searchlight, Nev., on the California border would string together hundreds of wind turbines, more than 400 feet tall, in an area directly adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument and just west of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. [ read more … ]

Pruitt is expected to restrict science. Here’s what it means

Scott Waldman and Robin Bravender, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:26:57

U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt is expected to roll out plans soon to restrict the agency’s use of science in rulemakings, pitting him against critics who say it would threaten public health and environmental protections. In a closed-door meeting at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, Pruitt told a group of conservatives that he has plans for additional science reform at the agency, according to multiple attendees. [ read more … ]

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-19 04:27:09

In the past year, Mr. Pruitt has emerged as a hero to President Trump’s supporters for his hand in rolling back environmental rules at an agency long disliked by farmers, the fossil fuel industry and the far right. Mr. Pruitt has begun undoing dozens of the E.P.A.’s clean air and water regulations, delighting business interests, and he has occasionally shocked his employees by criticizing the very agency he heads. [ read more … ]

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