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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 16, 2018

Top Stories

New York eyes plan to offer incentives for wind energy companies

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:28:13

New York’s Public Service Commission is mulling a plan to “jumpstart” the state’s offshore wind industry with proposals that would require utilities to subsidize development through the purchase of new wind-energy “credits.” Ratepayers from utilities across the state would pay for the credits — which would be used as inducments for companies to propose projects — through new charges in their energy bills. [ read more … ]

Workers are climbing wind turbines to the middle class

By Sarah Garland, NBC News and The Hechinger Report  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:28:50

The Webb Consolidated Independent School District, which serves Bruni and a handful of other tiny towns, is launching what might be the nation’s first wind turbine technician program for high school students. Starting next year, students at Bruni High School will be able to take coursework that will give them a jump start on an associate degree in wind, which they can finish at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, two and half hours down the road. The students can even earn a certificate through the classes and go straight to work on the turbines. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How much are tariffs holding solar back?

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:29:18

While the tariffs are having some negative impacts, the industry and its customers now say their concerns were exaggerated. This is largely because solar installed costs have fallen so far and so fast, especially for utility-scale solar, that the relatively small increase in the module price due to the tariffs is having less of an impact than anticipated. [ read more … ]

New Jersey passes bills for nuke subsidies, 50% RPS, 2 GW storage target

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:29:34

New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed major pieces of energy legislation that would establish a 50% renewable energy standard by 2030, provide support for uneconomic nuclear plants and set new energy storage targets for the state. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the bills, which would set a 2 GW storage target by 2030 and establish a retail surcharge to support the state’s nuclear fleet. Analysts warn, however, that he could issue a conditional veto on parts of legislation, which would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override. [ read more … ]

Proposed Nev. leasing zone could spark solar development

Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:30:14

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to establish a new leasing zone for solar power development in southern Nevada, the latest move by the Trump administration to promote renewable energy. BLM today published a formal notice of intent in the Federal Register announcing it will prepare a resource management plan amendment and environmental assessment (EA) studying the impacts of commercial-scale solar power development in the region. [ read more … ]

High-profile climate trial to kick off this fall

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:29:53

The landmark climate lawsuit filed by kids and young adults against the U.S. government will begin in the fall, a judge said yesterday. Judge Ann Aiken, a Clinton appointee on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, will hear opening statements Oct. 29 in Eugene, Ore. The plaintiffs sued in 2015, arguing that the American government has for decades violated their constitutional rights and safety by worsening climate change and at points encouraging the combustion of fossil fuels, despite the fact federal researchers knew of climate dangers by the 1960s. [ read more … ]

Transportation electrification should build on energy efficiency and renewables program success

By Robin Lunt, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-16 04:30:26

A fleet of safely autonomous electric vehicles shuttling people to work and school without any tailpipe emissions seems like a science fiction movie or the flashy concept from an international auto show. While the autonomous part may take some work, EVs are on the road today and enthusiasm for EVs is growing. Despite strides in battery technology, however, EVs are generally more expensive to buy and less convenient to fuel than internal combustion engine cars and require policy support to realize their potential. [ read more … ]

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