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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 25, 2018

Top Story

Xcel Energy ditches effort to join regional network as potential cost savings evaporate

By Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:32:49

Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility, is pulling out of the Mountain West Transmission Group, which likely will derail an effort by Colorado utilities to join the Southwest Power Pool. “After much deliberation, Xcel Energy has determined that continued engagement in Mountain West is not in the best of interest of our customers or the company,” said David Eves, the company’s executive vice president and group president for utilities, in a statement issued Friday. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump staff thinks Pruitt ‘going to be fired soon’

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:33:17

Some of President Trump’s top staffers believe Scott Pruitt will soon be fired. Ethics allegations continue to swirl around the embattled EPA administrator, who is facing investigations by his own agency, by lawmakers and by the White House. Pruitt’s top ally in Congress has suggested he wants to scrutinize Pruitt’s behavior, and the White House spokeswoman this week offered only tepid support for the EPA boss. [ read more … ]

Macron fails to woo Trump on Paris accord

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:33:40

French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to make little headway in climate discussions with President Trump today despite a firm show of friendship. Smiling amid awkward handshakes, embraces and kisses, Trump and Macron pushed to underscore a strong alliance but seemed to end up far apart on the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear agreement, the conflict in Syria, and U.S. tariffs on products like steel and aluminum. [ read more … ]

General Electric to trial world’s largest wind turbine in Britain

By Susanna Twidale, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:34:24

U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world’s largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE’s Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. [ read more … ]

Wind turbine technicians are hard to find. With rising pay and a thriving Iowa future, they shouldn’t be.

By Danny Lawhon, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:34:06

One of the country’s most in-demand jobs can be found almost 300 feet in the air. Good money and a stable future can follow, all with a two-year degree. Des Moines Area Community College boasts one such program. [ read more … ]

Freshman lawmaker hopes to promote ‘solar renaissance’

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:34:43

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) is a solar energy wonk. The first-term lawmaker, who led a technology startup for eight years before he came to Congress, can talk about the latest semiconductors used in solar panels, ticks off statistics about the exploding demand for solar workers and knows China is trying to dominate the market for sun power.
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How to Buy a Wind Farm

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-04-25 06:34:56

After years of building an industrial real estate business in Puerto Rico, the older members of Raoul Slavin Juliá’s family were ready to sell their assets and retire. It was 2004, years before the island would face the back-to-back-to-back blows of bankruptcy and two destructive hurricanes, but it seemed like a good time to have a bit of liquidity. [ read more … ]

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