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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 24, 2018

Top Stories

Trump Likes Coal, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s Hostile to Wind

By Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:37:20

The administration is looking to renewable energy sources to help create “energy dominance” that will guarantee America is a leading global energy exporter and can’t be held hostage by foreign energy-producing powers, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says — even as Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling has drawn harsh criticism from environmentalists and coastal state governors of both parties. [ read more … ]

Xcel not so into markets after all

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:38:14

Colorado utility Xcel Energy blew a hole in Southwest Power Pool’s plans for a western power market when the company announced late Friday it had dropped out of the Mountain West Transmission Group. SPP had been working with the informal group of power providers for months to try and join the power market – and SPP had advanced the effort as recently as last month. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

N.J. bans drilling in state waters

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:38:33

New Jersey’s governor signed a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration in state waters Friday, in a rebuke of the Trump administration’s proposed expansion of drilling leases. The state is the first to pass a law codifying widespread opposition to the expansion, though legislators are considering similar bills in several other coastal states. [ read more … ]

4 States Get Over 30 Percent of Power from Wind — and All Lean Republican

BY NICHOLAS KUSNETZ, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:50:17

Four states—Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota—now get more than 30 percent of their in-state electricity production from wind, according a new report by the American Wind Energy Association. Each of those states voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and each is represented by Republicans in the Senate and has a Republican governor. [ read more … ]

Defense giant says battery storage is next ‘Apollo program’

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:39:02

The energy division at the nation’s largest defense contractor sees battery storage as its next “Apollo program.” In a little over a year, Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to introduce a “coordinated chemistry flow battery” system that can provide up to 10 hours of storage, company officials said today. [ read more … ]

Lockheed says ‘flow’ battery will boost use of renewable power

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:39:26

Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new “flow” battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said on Monday. “You open up a chance not only to make renewables more marketable and more useful, you might even change the structure of at least a portion of the utility market,” Leo Mackay, a senior vice president for sustainability and ethics at Lockheed, told reporters at the company’s Global Vision Center in Virginia. [ read more … ]

FERC approves PJM proposal to implement energy efficiency market restrictions

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:39:45

Federal regulators have approved PJM Interconnection’s process to implement any local restrictions on an energy efficiency resource participating in the wholesale market, while simultaneously rejecting challenges to a December order that exerted its authority over the market. The grid operator will implement a “verification process” to ensure all efficiency resources are complying with any restrictions implemented by local regulators. [ read more … ]

Michael Bloomberg to write $4.5 million check for Paris climate pact

By Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:40:03

Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday he will write a $4.5 million check to cover this year’s U.S. financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. President Donald Trump last year pulled the United States out of the pact, making the country the only one opposed to it.
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Rare agreement in Congress could lead to climate lending

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:40:16

Legislation to reform the way the United States does international development finance stands a chance of becoming law by the end of this year. In a rare example of bipartisanship in Washington, bills in both chambers of Congress have the support of Republican committee chairmen, Democratic lawmakers and the White House. [ read more … ]

MGM Resorts will use solar array to power Las Vegas casinos

By Henry Brean, Review Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-04-24 06:40:29

MGM Resorts International plans to power its sizable share of the Strip with a dedicated solar array capable of supplying up to 90 percent of daytime demand at the company’s 13 Las Vegas casinos. MGM Resorts is partnering with Chicago-based renewable developer Invenergy on a new 100-megawatt photovoltaic array set to go online in 2020, about 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas. [ read more … ]

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