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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 17, 2018

Top Stories

Op-Ed: American energy dominance means Mass. wind

By Ryan K. Zinke, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:39:45

As we look to the future, wind energy — particularly offshore wind — will play a greater role in sustaining American energy dominance. Offshore wind uniquely leverages the natural resources off of our East Coast, bringing jobs and meeting the region’s demand for renewable energy. Ramping up wind development and building new power grid systems also coincides well with Trump’s goal of enhancing and modernizing our American infrastructure. While we continue our commitment to the coal miners and other energy workers who built our nation, we also support wind as a valued component of a diverse and flexible energy policy. [ read more … ]

Solar to jump 6% despite tariffs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:40:09

The global solar PV market is set to grow 6 percent this year, despite tariffs enacted by President Trump. GTM Research reported this morning that than 100 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity will be added for the first time ever, even though the world’s largest solar markets — the United States, China, India and Japan — are expected to decline collectively 7 percent this year partly because of ongoing trade battles, the market research firm said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Biggest offshore bang for the buck in Northeast, study says

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:40:44

Location is the cardinal factor in real estate. It might also turn out to be of paramount importance for the U.S. offshore wind industry, says new research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. An LBL analysis says that offshore wind seems to deliver more value to the grid if it’s closer to major load centers that sit in transmission-constrained areas. [ read more … ]

Solar energy is at risk

By Varun Sivaram, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:41:03

For decades, solar power has been a bit player in the energy industry, overshadowed by fossil fuel giants. But today, solar is booming. The United Nations just announced that solar attracted more investment in 2017 than any other power source, clean or dirty. Solar jobs are also on the rise around the world; in the U.S., the industry employs over 250,000 people, and India is close behind. As a result, the global solar industry is not just an increasingly important economic sector — it also enjoys growing political clout. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan House group floats resolution to note warming impacts

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:41:24

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a resolution last week calling on the House to recognize the impact climate change is having on outdoor recreation and to support policies to address the causes and effects of global warming. The resolution, H.Res. 825, comes from Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado and Suzan DelBene of Washington state, along with Republican Climate Solutions Caucus members Reps. Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Mia Love of Utah. [ read more … ]

Trump admin to India: ‘Choose us’ for your energy needs

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:41:39

Energy Secretary Rick Perry and his staff are in India this week pushing the message that the United States — not Russia or China — can meet India’s energy needs. Perry and his delegation are encouraging the world’s second most populous country to tap the United States’ massive shale plays and technology to build reactors, pipelines and carbon capture equipment. [ read more … ]

Trump’s ‘eyes and ears’ jumps to Energy Department

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-17 06:41:54

President Trump’s former policy director, John Mashburn, has left his post as a deputy Cabinet secretary at the White House and is now a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Rick Perry. A well-known Trump aide, Mashburn has served in his current position for more than a year, coordinating policy between the president and dozens of federal agencies. [ read more … ]

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