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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 29, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30 and May 31. It resumes on Friday, June 1

Top Story

Last offshore wind attempt tanked. Will this one work?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:17:07

As the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again. That has been especially true with offshore wind in Massachusetts. After the state haggled for more than a decade over Cape Wind — a controversial development once planned for Nantucket Sound that was canceled last year — Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced this week that Massachusetts has selected an 800-megawatt project in the waters 14 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. In a coordinated statement, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) reported that her state has begun negotiations for a 400-MW development in its waters. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Coal: Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:17:26

How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying the bill. [ read more … ]

Talks over clean car rules sour

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:17:43

Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board, slammed the Wednesday meeting she had with representatives from the White House, EPA and the Transportation Department on Twitter. “Sounds like a great meeting based on the WH press release,” she wrote. “Too bad it’s not the one we attended.” [ read more … ]

Trump aide touts carbon reductions at global summit

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:18:05

The Trump administration touted the virtues of “clean coal” and advanced nuclear energy as a way to reduce emissions during international talks this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Clean Energy Ministerial, a gathering of 25 nations and the European Union accounting for three-quarters of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, heard roughly the same message the administration brought with it to last year’s United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, when then-White House energy adviser George David Banks’ pro-fossil-fuels side event erupted with singing climate activists. [ read more … ]

Judge lets cities probe oil giants for documents

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:18:19

A federal judge last week  ordered oil companies to submit to discovery on the question of the court’s jurisdiction to hold them liable for climate-related damages to California cities. Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California gave attorneys representing San Francisco and Oakland nine weeks to request documents from BP PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC and ConocoPhillips. [ read more … ]

Pruitt’s security detail cost up to $3.5M

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-29 04:18:36

Records released Friday by EPA show that agency spending on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s personal security detail has climbed into the millions of dollars, surpassing his predecessors. EPA has spent roughly $3.5 million overall on payroll and travel costs for Pruitt’s security detail during his first year in office, according to the documents. The agency spent more than $2.7 million on salary for the detail and more than $760,000 for its travel expenses during that time. [ read more … ]

 

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