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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 7, 2018

Top Stories

Offshore wind farms coming to California — but the Navy says no to large sections of the coast

By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:28:28

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms — including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast. The military does not have the final say in the matter, as federal and state officials — as well as wind energy companies and at least one member of Congress — are working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a more flexible plan. [ read more … ]

Western coal-burning giant embraces wind

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:28:56

A Western utility giant has so much wind that it has begun to turn its back on fossil fuels. PacifiCorp, a Portland, Ore.-based utility serving six Western states, said this week it has no plans to build new natural gas plants in the coming decades. Instead, the company is embarking on a wind binge, with plans to install enough turbines to power 400,000 homes by 2020. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Suniva started a trade war. Now it’s being auctioned off

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:29:21

Suniva Inc. is a Georgia solar manufacturer that persuaded the Trump administration to impose sprawling tariffs on imports, causing one of the biggest brawls in the history of the U.S. solar industry. Now, almost exactly a year after the dispute started, a bankruptcy court ruled there’s no plan to save Suniva and yesterday set a date for its assets to be sold. [ read more … ]

California set to become first US state requiring solar panels on new homes

By Josh Gabbatiss, The Independent  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:29:51

lifornia is set to become the first US state to make solar panels mandatory on most newly built homes. The state’s Energy Commission is due to vote next week on new energy standards that would require virtually all new homes to be constructed with solar panels from 2020. [ read more … ]

Trade policies could spark another Depression — economists

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:30:10

More than 1,100 economists, including multiple Nobel Memorial Prize winners, warned President Trump and Congress yesterday that protectionist trade policies on solar panels, vehicles, aluminum, steel and other products could set the United States up for another Great Depression. In an open letter, the economists said Americans “paid the price” in 1930, when similar warnings were ignored about the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act that preceded the financial crash. The law raised tariffs on more than 20,000 imported goods. [ read more … ]

Vermont Reduces Incentives for Renewable Energy Program

By Lisa Rathke , Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:30:25

Vermont regulators are reducing the financial incentives for electric customers who install renewable energy systems such as solar panels and get a credit on their electric bills for providing power to the grid. The Vermont Public Utility Commission said in a report Tuesday that the incentives need to be reduced to balance the pace of development for these projects with the program’s impact on electric rates [ read more … ]

California Warns of a Second Energy Crisis

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-07 04:30:46

California’s chief utility regulator is warning that the state could find itself in the throes of another energy crisis if it doesn’t address the droves of customers defecting from utilities. The state is going to find it increasingly difficult to ensure it has enough electricity to keep the lights on as more Californians leave utilities to buy their power directly from resources like rooftop solar panels and community choice aggregators that contract directly with generators, California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said. As much as a quarter of the state’s energy demand may be sourced outside of utilities by the end of this year, he said. [ read more … ]


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