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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 7, 2018

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Exelon CEO: No grid emergency to justify DOE coal, nuke bailout

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:29:06

The CEO of the largest nuclear generator in the U.S. says the retirement of coal and nuclear plants does not constitute a grid emergency that warrants urgent intervention from the federal government, as President Donald Trump directed last week. Exelon CEO Chris Crane said the case for a grid emergency is difficult to make in the PJM Interconnection, the site of many potential retirements, when its reserve margin remains so high — 22% in its latest capacity auction. The company has not advocated for emergency action to save plants from retirement, he said. [ read more … ]

Bob Murray drafted 6 orders on coal, climate for Trump

Hannah Northey and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 06:35:43

Coal executive Bob Murray last year presented Trump administration officials with half a dozen draft executive orders aimed at exiting the Paris climate accord and peeling back coal regulations. All President Trump had to do was sign them. [ read more … ]

Tech CEOs evangelize about need for open standards

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:29:37

Executives from some of the nation’s leading technology companies were united yesterday in their message to electric utility chiefs about the need to collaborate on making the electric grid an interactive, digital network that can enable innovative product offerings in a secure environment. “You don’t have the horsepower to solve that by yourselves. You’re going to have to rely on companies like ours and others out there that do a really good job worrying about this. You’ll never be able to do this on your own,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager at computer technology developer Oracle Corp. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

This new documentary shows how renewable energy recharges communities

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI, Fastcompany.com  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:30:49

“We’re telling the story of the clean energy revolution through the voices of the people who are benefitting from it,” says Mary Ann Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “We wanted the viewers to be able to see themselves in these stories, because there’s still a lot of fear and anxiety around transitioning away from fossil fuels.” [ read more … ]

Britain has gone nine days without wind power

By Rachel Morison, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:30:12

Britain’s gone nine days with almost no wind generation and forecasts show the calm conditions persisting until the middle of the month. The wind drought has pushed up day-ahead power prices to the highest levels for the time of year for at least a decade. U.K. turbines can produce about as much power as 12 nuclear reactors when conditions are right. During the “Beast from the East” storm that hit Britain in March, they generated record levels of power and at times provided the biggest share of the nation’s electricity. [ read more … ]

Calif. asks White House budget office to meet on car rules

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:30:29

California regulators are asking for a meeting with the White House budget office — a last-ditch attempt to avoid a protracted legal battle over greenhouse gas standards for cars. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) sent a letter yesterday asking for a meeting with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget. That’s where the Trump administration’s proposed revision of clean car rules has been sitting since late last week. [ read more … ]

Tesla defeats investor insurrection, delivers more Model 3s

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-07 04:31:06

Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, averted a shareholder rebellion and announced progress in delivering its mass-market sedan while teasing other developments. Production of the Model 3 was a focus of Tesla Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting, held in Silicon Valley. Musk said that production has risen to 500 cars a day, or 3,500 a week. That is an improvement over early April, when the company was producing just over 2,000 units, and is a marker toward the 5,000 per week that Musk has promised by the end of June. [ read more … ]

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