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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 27, 2018

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Renewables need role in ‘energy dominance’ — Bush official

Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:45:53

“We should be looking forward, not backward. And forward means looking at clean energy,” said Lynn Scarlett, a former Interior deputy secretary who also served as the department’s acting chief in 2006. “It means looking at the opportunity for renewables. It means looking at the opportunities for energy efficiency. It means looking at the opportunities for new transportation modes. [ read more … ]

Iranians hacked FERC. What did they want?

Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:46:19

The Justice Department has accused nine Iranian nationals of hacking thousands of victims worldwide, including employees at a crucial U.S. energy regulator. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may not be a household name, but its policies touch on some aspect of nearly every American’s life. The agency oversees hundreds of thousands of miles of interstate natural gas pipelines and the bulk electric power grid. [ read more … ]

Trump to allow more car pollution. But by how much?

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:47:14

President Trump is poised to relax rules affecting tailpipe emissions in millions of U.S. cars, marking one of his most forceful moves against pollution standards since taking office. The administration has decided to loosen Obama-era limits on exhaust from cars made from 2022 to 2025, according to people familiar with the decision. A draft declaration is under review at the Office of Management and Budget, and it must be made official by the end of the week. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Study: wind and solar can power most of the United States

By John Abraham, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:47:33

Wind, solar, and storage could meet 90–100% of America’s electricity needs. In order to combat climate change, we need to rapidly move from fossil fuel energy to clean, renewable energy. The two energy sources I am most interested in are wind and solar power; however, there are other sources that have great potential. [ read more … ]

Maryland’s utilities propose spending $104 million on statewide electric-vehicle charging network

By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:47:52

Utility companies and other stakeholders are proposing a $104 million plan to install 24,000 charging stations across the state, in what would amount to the largest electric vehicle charging network outside California. Just over 10,000 Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, Teslas and other electric vehicles quietly plied Maryland’s roads last year, but the state wants to expand that number to 300,000 by 2025 [ read more … ]

Minnesota Governor Declares March 22 ‘Clean Energy Business Day’

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:48:10

On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., delivered a proclamation that declared March 22 as “Clean Energy Business Day” in Minnesota. The proclamation coincided with Clean Energy Business Day at the Capitol – an advocacy day for business owners, clean energy workers and advocates. [ read more … ]

This Florida City Is 100% Solar-Powered

By Jane Yeomans, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:48:27

Babcock Ranch offers a town-size rejoinder to those who say solar power can’t scale. In the suburbs of Fort Myers in South Florida, Babcock is meant to become America’s first city fueled entirely by the sun, thanks to its 75-megawatt array of solar panels. Only two families have moved in so far, but students from nearby towns have already filled the first of several planned schools, and the footprint includes plans for 19,500 homes and about 50,000 residents. “Along with innovation and change, there’s a throwback to an earlier time,” says Donna Aveck, who arrived in January with her husband, Jim. “We’re thrilled to be pioneers.” [ read more … ]

Inside Exxon’s climate-change strategy

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:49:07

ExxonMobil is betting on two costly technologies — carbon capture and biofuels — and overly optimistic data to drive its climate-change strategy. As the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, Exxon is the face of America’s fight over climate change and fossil fuels. While other oil majors like Shell and BP are branching out to wind and solar, and investing in electrification technologies, Exxon has made its existing natural gas and liquid fuels business the focus of its climate strategy. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Scott Pruitt’s Attack on Science Would Paralyze the E.P.A.

By GINA McCARTHY and JANET G. McCABE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-27 06:49:23

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has announced that he alone will decide what is and isn’t acceptable science for the agency to use when developing policies that affect your health and the environment. It is his latest effort to cripple the agency. Mr. Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general described himself as “a leading advocate against the E.P.A.’s activist agenda,” said in an interview published in The Daily Caller last week that he would no longer allow the agency to use studies that include nonpublic scientific data to develop rules to safeguard public health and prevent pollution. [ read more … ]

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