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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 22, 2018

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White House reorganization plan draws broad rebuke

Christa Marshall and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:46:15

The Trump administration’s reorganization plan for the Department of Energy sparked angry backlash today from Capitol Hill to the nonprofit world for calling to sell off transmission assets and for a sweeping shuffle of offices. The proposal would merge DOE’s applied energy offices on renewables, nuclear and fossil energy into one “Office of Energy Innovation,” and create a separate “Office of Energy Resources and Economic Strategy.” [ read more … ]

Louisiana Regulators OK $4.5B Wind Catcher Project

By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:46:51

ouisiana utility regulators approved plans Wednesday for a $4.5 billion Oklahoma wind energy project, acting about six weeks after Arkansas’ Public Service Commission gave its approval to the project, known as the Wind Catcher Energy Connection. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

China’s Jinko to produce solar panels in Florida by fourth quarter despite tariffs

By Dave Gregorio, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:47:18

Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd expects to start manufacturing solar panels at a new factory in Jacksonville, Florida, by the fourth quarter, and production will not be affected by the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese products, a company executive said on Tuesday. The administration of President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to slap a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods in addition to import duties previously announced on $50 billion in goods, deepening a trade conflict that has hit financial markets and has led Beijing to vow a firm response.
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MidAmerican Energy Hits 50% Renewables In Iowa

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:48:07

Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) verified on Tuesday during its monthly meeting. The IUB verified that MidAmerican Energy served 50.8% of its retail electric load using renewable generation. MidAmerican Energy expects this percentage to grow annually as the company completes additional wind projects. [ read more … ]

Justice Kennedy expresses doubts about Chevron doctrine

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:48:33

Justice Anthony Kennedy today added his voice to a growing chorus in the judicial branch and among the legal community expressing worries over the so-called Chevron doctrine. Kennedy wrote in a concurring opinion that he was concerned with the way the doctrine “has come to be understood and applied.” [ read more … ]

Electric Cars Are Going to Suck Up 9% of World’s Power Demand

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:49:15

With batteries getting cheaper and governments promoting their use, electric vehicles are going to be sucking up a whole lot more of the world’s power in coming years. How much? About 9 percent of total global electricity demand by 2050 will come from vehicles, according to a report Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s up from about 0.2 percent now. In some places it will be even higher, like Germany, where the London-based research company expects as much as 24 percent. [ read more … ]

Utility regulators: No easy road to supporting EVs

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:48:55

Utility regulators face a host of difficulties as they pave the way for electric vehicles, including skeptical lawmakers, hostile consumer advocates and a technology landscape that’s moving way too fast. That was the conclusion of regulatory commissioners from Michigan, Oregon, Maryland and Ohio who spoke yesterday at the Roadmap conference, an EV technology and policy gathering here. [ read more … ]

Devil or angel: Will the renewables boom lead to power price volatility or new grid solutions?

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-22 06:49:32

New forecasts say the high penetrations of renewables coming onto the U.S. power system by 2030 could accelerate recent isolated instances of negative and spiking prices in wholesale markets. Research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) shows higher renewables penetrations could cause these supply-demand imbalances more frequently, imposing instability in power markets. [ read more … ]

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