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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 22, 2018

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Funding slashed for public outreach on ‘clean energy’

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:41:32

The Department of Energy has dramatically shrunk a contract for “clean energy” outreach, as part of what one official said is an effort to streamline DOE messaging. The department signed three contracts granting public relations and market research firm Clean Energy Communications up to $1.47 million through March 2019 for outreach for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). That’s way down from previous DOE contracts with Clean Energy — including a four-year, $17 million deal. [ read more … ]

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:41:54

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Op-Ed: Levelized cost of energy for wind and solar continue to drop below fossil fuels. What barriers remain for a low-carbon grid?

By Michael O’Boyle and Silvio Marcacci, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:46:48

Wind and solar are now cheaper than virtually anyone predicted, and renewable technologies have reached an inflection point: Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the cheapest available sources of new electricity, even without subsidies, in 2017.  In many locations across America, building new wind energy projects is cheaper than running existing coal-fired power plants. Since utilities are still overwhelmingly planning for a lower-carbon more distributed grid, we must reconsider and reform the institutions impeding a high-renewables, low-cost, reliable grid. [ read more … ]

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:47:17

New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the Texas-New Mexico border. The unanimous vote by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission marks one of the key steps needed for Xcel Energy to move forward with its plans. Texas regulators are expected to act on the proposal in the coming weeks. [ read more … ]

The world’s first subsidy-free offshore wind farm is being built in the Netherlands

By Greg Beach, Inhabitat  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:47:33

The world’s first unsubsidized offshore wind farms are currently under construction in the Netherlands. The underlying economics of offshore wind energy have become so favorable in the country that the projects will require no public funds to be completed. “Thanks to drastically lower costs, offshore wind farms are now being constructed without subsidy,” Dutch Economic Affairs and Climate Minister Eric Wiebes told Climate Action. [ read more … ]

Oil company blamed for warming won’t question science

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:47:49

Oil companies accused of raising ocean levels might not question the existence of climate change in federal court. Chevron Corp. is expected to take a lead role in a climate science “tutorial” at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The unusual hearing was required by Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing lawsuits filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland claiming that five oil giants are contributing to damages related to climate change. [ read more … ]

Tesla and utility agree to end suit over fees

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-22 06:48:05

A Tesla unit and an Arizona utility have voluntarily agreed to end an antitrust lawsuit over solar installation fees. The companies yesterday filed a document with the Supreme Court stipulating dismissal of the case, which Tesla Energy Operations Inc. brought against the Phoenix-based Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District in 2015. They agreed to bear their own costs.
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