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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 3, 2018

Top Stories

Calling Car Pollution Standards ‘Too High,’ E.P.A. Sets Up Fight With California

By HIROKO TABUCHIA, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:40:14

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday took steps to challenge California’s decades-old right to set its own air pollution rules, setting up a showdown between the federal government and a state that has emerged as a bulwark against the Trump administration’s policies. The E.P.A. statement was part of the agency’s widely expected decision to reconsider, and most likely roll back, Obama-era rules requiring automakers to hit ambitious emissions and mileage standards by 2025. The statement, though, was notable for the forcefulness of its language suggesting that the Trump administration would take on California’s authority to set its own rules. [ read more … ]

How FirstEnergy used a DOE lab study to boost bid for help

Rod Kuckro and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:40:39

A request by a unit of struggling utility FirstEnergy Corp. for an emergency order from the Department of Energy that could help rescue its coal and nuclear plants was the culmination of a year of work by the company. But in a last-minute scramble that included an all-nighter by company lawyers, the utility incorporated into its request the results of a conveniently timed and supportive study that one of DOE’s national laboratories released two days earlier. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Path to Zero-Subsidy Offshore-Wind Bids

By Markian Melnyk, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:41:14

Over the past year, Europeans have seen contracts awarded for unsubsidized offshore-wind projects. This is good news for New Jersey and its ratepayers as the state starts to move forward on Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious offshore-wind program. That milestone, 20 years in the making, is a real success because in some places in Europe offshore wind is now competitive with conventional power supplies without ratepayer or taxpayer support. Reaching parity between offshore wind and other energy options should be the long-term goal of New Jersey’s offshore wind policy because it will allow self-sustaining, clean-energy production and job creation that ratepayers can afford. [ read more … ]

Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made

By Chris Baraniuk, BBC News  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:41:29

“It was amazing,” he says, recalling the moment with a laugh. “The feeling of happiness – ‘Yes, it works, it’s mounted.'” Those blades, made by Danish firm LM Wind Power, were a record-breaking 88.4m (290ft) long – bigger than the wingspan of an Airbus A380, or nearly the length of two Olympic-sized swimming pools. The swept area of such a mammoth rotor blade would cover Rome’s Colosseum. [ read more … ]

DOE — sort of — kills ‘SunShot Initiative’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:41:46

The Department of Energy has stopped calling its solar arm the “SunShot Initiative” and is weighing an overhaul to a key solar competition, prompting new worries about the Trump administration’s intentions on renewable power. DOE recently removed all references to SunShot on its main solar and renewable energy office webpages, including taking down a large “SunShot 2030” banner. Former SunShot Director Charlie Gay now goes by his other title: director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office. [ read more … ]

Exxon lost in court. Here’s what the judge said on climate

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:42:07

Valerie Caproni, a federal judge in Manhattan, delivered a stinging rebuke to Exxon Mobil Corp. when she terminated the oil giant’s lawsuit trying to freeze probes into its climate policies by state attorneys general. Citing “thin allegations,” Caproni, an Obama appointee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled it was “extraordinary” that Exxon urged federal judges to halt “duly-authorized investigations into potential fraud.” [ read more … ]

Most voters see climate change as current problem

By Marie Cusick, StateImpact Pennsylvania  •    •  Posted 2018-04-03 06:42:21

A majority of Pennsylvania voters say climate change is causing problems right now, according to a new poll suggesting broad support for policies boosting renewable energy. The Franklin & Marshall College/StateImpact Pennsylvania poll found that 62 percent of voters say climate change is causing problems today, while 17 percent said the problems haven’t started yet. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.