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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 3, 2018

Top Story

Trump’s Solar Tariffs Cause a Scramble in the Industry

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:34:39

SunPower is the nation’s No. 2 commercial solar-power company, employing thousands of workers directly and indirectly. But it makes most of its solar panels abroad, and with the tariffs recently imposed by President Trump costing it as much as $2 million a week, SunPower is fighting for an exemption. One of its rivals, SolarWorld, which produces panels domestically, has twice filed for bankruptcy in the past year. Buffeted by foreign competition, it was behind the original push for the tariffs. Now the two American companies are merging. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Is Long Wait for Offshore-Wind Financing Mechanism Over?

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:36:42

The state is finally moving to adopt crucial regulations to spur development of offshore wind farms of along the Jersey coast, a top priority of the Murphy administration. In a notice this week, the staff of the Board of Public Utilities announced a public hearing to discuss a yet-to-be-made public proposal that would detail how utility customers would pay for incentives to promote the technology. [ read more … ]

Trump foils pick climate fight they won’t likely finish

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:35:19

California officials are launching broadsides against the Trump administration’s climate policies, but the state’s main climate commanders probably won’t be around for the marquee battles. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) held a press conference in Sacramento yesterday to announce a lawsuit over EPA’s plans to ditch Obama-era fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles. It’s the state’s 10th lawsuit against the Trump administration’s EPA and its 32nd against the administration overall. [ read more … ]

Clean energy sector swings Republican with U.S. campaign donations

By Nichola Groom and Grant Smith, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:35:48

U.S. solar and wind energy companies have donated far more money to Republicans than Democrats in congressional races this election cycle, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance data, an unprecedented tilt to the right for an industry long associated with the environmental left. While the money is modest compared with that donated by fossil fuel interests, the support provides GOP candidates with added credibility on clean energy, an issue polling shows swing voters care about. [ read more … ]

N.Y. grid operator floats carbon price

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:36:05

New York grid authorities released a framework this week for pricing carbon in the Empire State without putting the state’s own generators at a disadvantage to neighboring regions. The “straw proposal” released by the New York Independent System Operator would apply a per-ton carbon charge to generators in the state, then allow them to compete on power prices as they already do. Other mechanisms would aim to blunt the impact on power bills and keep in-state generators on a level playing field with neighboring grids. [ read more … ]

Key Obama climate orders still on the books

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-03 06:37:52

President Trump appears to relish signing documents that unravel his predecessor’s work. But Trump, who has signed heaps of executive orders with much fanfare, still hasn’t used his pen to jettison some parts of President Obama’s climate change legacy. [ read more … ]

 

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