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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 15, 2018

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Poll: Partisan gap persists, but everybody loves renewables

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:48:34

Expansion of wind and solar power are among the few energy issues where Republicans and Democrats find common ground, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The Pew report, the group’s first trend analysis on American attitudes on energy and the environment in two years, surveys a broad range of issues — from water quality to nuclear power — and finds deep partisan divides on climate change, use of regulations and fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Court skeptical of solar firms’ tariff lawsuit: ‘Game over’

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:49:25

Canadian solar companies’ bid to block President Trump’s new solar tariffs felt like a long shot Friday as a federal appeals court heard their case. Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appeared skeptical of claims that trade restrictions on imported solar cells and modules are unlawful because Trump officials didn’t follow proper procedures. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The Energy 202: Coal allies call on Trump administration to use emergency powers to boost business

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:49:49

Aging coal and nuclear power generators, facing increasingly stiff competition from natural gas and renewable energy, are calling on allies in the Trump administration to invoke the emergency powers to prop up their plants.  But critics throughout much of the rest of the energy sector say saving these plants is not actually a national security imperative — and their pending closure is simply a consequence of good old marketplace competition. [ read more … ]

Trump attorneys side with oil companies in climate lawsuits

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:50:26

The Trump administration wants a federal court to throw out two California cities’ lawsuits that seek to make oil companies pay for climate change damages. The Justice Department on Thursday filed an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief in the cases filed by San Francisco and Oakland against the five biggest oil companies: Chevron Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC. [ read more … ]

Justices ask feds to weigh in on tribal wind case

Ellen M. Gilmer and Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:50:46

The Supreme Court wants the Trump administration’s take on an unusual legal fight over wind development on tribal land in Oklahoma. In orders released this morning, the justices invited Solicitor General Noel Francisco to file a brief expressing the federal government’s view on a dispute between the Osage Nation and an Italian wind energy developer. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind Farm Construction Poised to Boom as Tax Credit Wanes

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:51:07

Wind farm developers may add as many as 25 gigawatts of capacity in 2019 and 2020 as the scheduled reduction of a U.S. tax credit spurs an unprecedented building boom. The flurry of construction will come as builders push to complete projects to take advantage of the production tax credit before it declines by 20 percent. [ read more … ]

America’s Clean Power Map: Solar on Coasts, Wind Rules Heartland

By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:51:28

Companies that sign long-term contracts to buy clean energy in the U.S. generally look to the heartland for wind power and to coastal states for solar. Wind blows best in places like Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa, and that’s where information technology giants like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc. secure most of their power-purchase agreements for wind. California and, more recently, North Carolina, are among the top sources of solar. [ read more … ]

US Offshore Wind Currently Worth 17 Gigawatts, Investment Needed To Bolster Industry

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Tecnica  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:51:47

The US offshore wind industry is on the verge of becoming a major national industry, according to the Business Network for Offshore Wind, but in a new report it has warned that immediate investment is needed in the US supply chain so as to offset the steady reduction of the Investment Tax Credit and to minimize reliance on the European supply industry. [ read more … ]

Many Republican Millennials differ with older party members on climate change and energy issues

By Cary Funk and Meg Hef, Pew Research Center  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:52:09

There are significant divides between younger Republicans – Millennials born between 1981 and 1996 – and their elders in the GOP on a range of environmental and energy issues. One notable difference is that larger shares of GOP Millennials believe that the Earth is warming mostly due to human activity or say that climate change is affecting their communities. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Voters should challenge candidates on Iowa’s energy future

By Katie Rock, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2018-05-15 06:52:31

Voters should challenge candidates on Iowa’s energy futureIowa’s future as a leader in renewable energy is on the ballot in 2018. As legislators head home and campaigns gear up for important primary elections, voters should call attention to key policy changes our state will face for our energy future. Higher blends of ethanol sold year-round can provide opportunities for Iowa’s farmers and for cellulosic ethanol as it grows in volume. Iowa transmission lines are currently expanding to other states, creating more potential for a regional clean energy supply from wind and solar. [ read more … ]

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