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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 6, 2018

Top Stories

Trump considering FirstEnergy’s emergency plea

Hannah Northey and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:46:39

President Trump said Thursday he’s planning to make a decision on whether to approve a request from a financially struggling utility to boost its coal and nuclear plants. Trump said at a roundtable in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., today that he’s aware of a request made last week by FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., the power plant subsidiary of Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp., for the Energy Department to use its authority under Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act to compensate its struggling plants. [ read more … ]

Northern California agency selects consortium for first US floating wind farm

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:47:19

A local government collaboration aimed at developing renewable energy in northern California has selected a consortium of five companies to construct a 100-150 MW floating wind farm off the cost of Eureka, Calif. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority said it received six responses to a request for qualifications issued in February. RCEA includes nine members including Humboldt County and the city of Eureka. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Offshore wind farm could create 75,000 jobs, report finds

By Kevin Randolph, Daily Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:47:40

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) says that new offshore wind farms in coastal states could create more than 75,000 jobs. The report reviewed past offshore wind development in the United States and Europe, its impact on job creation, and the effect of policy on outcomes. [ read more … ]

N.J. to sign multistate accord for zero-emissions vehicles

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:47:54

New Jersey will join an eight-state block that in 2013 agreed to collaborate on the deployment of 3.3 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2025, according to the office of Gov. Phil Murphy (D). Spurred by U.S. EPA’s announcement earlier this week that it would roll back Obama-era vehicle efficiency and emissions standards, the action will add a New Jersey representative to a multistate task force aiming to boost regional EV markets. Member states currently make up over a quarter of the country’s vehicle market. [ read more … ]

Solar Power Is Burning Bright. But It’s Hardly Twilight for Fossil Fuels.

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:48:12

But even as solar, along with its renewable energy cousins — like wind, biomass and geothermal power — expands, it still accounts for barely 12 percent of all the electricity that the world consumes. The greatest share still comes from fossil fuels like coal, and more coal-fired power plants continue to be built, contributing to the greenhouse gas emissions that have warmed the planet to dangerous levels. “This shows where we are heading,” said Nils Stieglitz, a professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, which produced the report along with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “The fact that renewables altogether are still far from providing the majority of electricity means that we still have a long way to go.” [ read more … ]

Trump ‘looking at’ emergency order to save PJM coal, nuclear plants

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:48:24

President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration is “looking at” issuing an emergency order through the Department of Energy to keep coal and nuclear plants in the PJM Interconnection online. The president’s off-the-cuff remarks in West Virginia follow a request from utility FirstEnergy for an order under Section 202 of the Federal Power Act to save generators at risk of retirement. Trump said he would “be looking at that as soon as we get back” to Washington. [ read more … ]

EVs will go mainstream. But how fast?

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-06 06:48:39

Americans will turn increasingly to electrified forms of transportation over the coming decades, though how much they do may depend on whether internal-combustion competitors can outlast them on traditional metrics of appeal, according to the Electric Power Research Institute. The EPRI report presented four scenarios to evaluate what electrification could mean for the energy sector over the next three decades. [ read more … ]

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