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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 9, 2018

Top Stories

Interior secretary: ‘Opposition’ to offshore drill plan

By Wayne Parry, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:31:28

While the secretary was far from waving the white flag on the drilling proposal, elected officials and environmentalists smelled blood in the water. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo applauded the interior department’s plan to solicit interest in wind projects off the New York and New Jersey coasts, which was announced Friday, but renewed his request to be exempted from the drilling plan. “We believe offshore wind is a better direction for our economy, for our environment and for our energy future,” the Democratic governor said. [ read more … ]

To See the Future of Offshore Wind Energy, Look on Shore – in Massachusetts

By Jan Ellen Spiegel, InsideClimate News  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:32:02

As the U.S. enters the global offshore wind market in earnest, Massachusetts is a state to watch—on shore as well as off. In a few weeks, the state will announce which among three proposed offshore wind projects it wants to move ahead. No matter which are chosen, Massachusetts wins. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Proposed green energy tariffs likely to have minimal US impact: observers

By Mark Watson, Platts  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:32:22

The US Trade Representative’s proposed 25% tariff on imports of wind-powered generation sets and battery sets is unlikely to have a significant effect on deployment of these technologies, industry observers say. On Tuesday, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced a proposal to levy a 25% tariff on about 1,300 types of imports from China, including “wind-powered electric generating sets” and various types of primary batteries, including silver oxide, lithium, air-zinc, nickel-cadmium and lead-acid. Primary batteries are those that are designed to be used once and discarded [ read more … ]

Solar power eclipsed fossil fuels in new 2017 generating capacity: U.N

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:32:39

Chinese solar power led a record 157 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity added worldwide last year, more than double the amount of new generation capacity from fossil fuels, a U.N.-backed report showed on Thursday. Globally, a record 98 GW of solar power capacity was installed last year with China contributing more than half, or 53 GW, according to U.N. Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Seattle wants to charge drivers for warming the climate

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:32:56

Seattle is trying to save its ambitious climate goals by curtailing car use. A proposal to make drivers pay a fee for coming downtown is a linchpin in a list of initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the city’s transportation sector. The plan was released by Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, on Wednesday. [ read more … ]

In March, Portugal Made More Than Enough Renewable Energy To Power The Whole Country

By Camila Domonoske, NPR  •    •  Posted 2018-04-09 04:33:24

Last month, Portugal produced more than enough renewable energy to meet the country’s entire electrical demand — a feat “unmatched in the last 40 years,” according to the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, or APREN, says. The group says renewable power produced in March was equal to 103.6 percent of electrical demand on mainland Portugal. (Portugal also includes several islands, which have separate energy systems.) [ read more … ]

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