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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 25, 2018

Top Stories

Renewable Energy Seeks Demand, Investment to Survive Trump Squeeze

By Dave Gregorio, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:28:11

The wind and solar industries hope demand for carbon-free power from U.S. cities, states and corporations can offset headwinds from President Donald Trump’s tax policy and tariffs, developers said last week. The Trump tax overhaul trimmed production and investment tax credits, and the administration also slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The moves, aimed at boosting manufacturing and economic growth, also dimmed prospects for renewables. [ read more … ]

The public health benefits of adding offshore wind to the grid

By Jonathan Buonocore, Salon  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:29:26

New plans to build two commercial offshore wind farms near the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coasts have sparked a lot of discussion about the vast potential of this previously untapped source of electricity. But as an environmental health and climate researcher, I’m intrigued by how this gust of offshore wind power may improve public health. Replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar energy, research shows, can reduce risks of asthma, hospitalizations and heart attacks. In turn, that can save lives. [ read more … ]

IRS Ruling on U.S. Credit Is an Unexpected Gift to Solar Developers

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:28:41

The Internal Revenue Service is extending incentives for solar power and other clean energy sources by as long as four years. Developers can claim a 30 percent tax credit for solar projects as long as they prove they’ve started construction by the end of 2019, according to an IRS notice Friday. That means breaking ground or investing at least 5 percent of the total expected costs of the installation, and they have until the end of 2023 to complete the power plants. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

House panel set to examine offshore wind energy bills

Rob Hotakainen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 06:34:45

A House Natural Resources panel this week will take up three bills aimed at giving a boost to offshore wind projects in federally controlled waters. One bill, H.R. 5291, would create a new federal grant program to educate and train offshore wind workers as they transition from other industries. It would give priority to community colleges and organizations that aid minority populations. The second bill would require the federal government to devise a schedule and plan for offshore leases, while the third bill would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to U.S. territories such as Guam. [ read more … ]

FERC wins, utilities lose in suit over transmission planning

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:29:54

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission prevailed in court Friday in a lawsuit brought by dozens of electric utilities that claimed the agency was threatening local and regional transmission projects throughout the Midwest. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the lawsuit suffered from a procedural defect and that FERC adequately responded to the utilities’ concerns. [ read more … ]

Brouillette explains administration’s “resiliency” position

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:30:21

A lot has been said about grid “resiliency” and national security in light of the Trump administration’s calls to help struggling coal and nuclear power plants, possibly through the Defense Production Act and the Federal Power Act’s 202(c) authorities. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says that criticisms the Energy Department has shifted its arguments to focus on national security aren’t correct — and the debate has been a long time coming. [ read more … ]

N.Y.’s old ‘peakers’ prime target for energy storage

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:30:42

New York energy officials want utilities’ help in finding the most vulnerable fossil fuel plants in the state and exploring whether energy storage could replace them. An energy storage road map released yesterday by state officials estimates there are roughly 3,000 megawatts of “peaker” plants — which run on oil and gas, and are used rarely — downstate. The report said these plants are candidates for being supplemented, or outright replaced, by energy storage. [ read more … ]

How often is U.S. grid attacked? Monitor doesn’t know — yet

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:31:03

U.S. power grid companies should expect dangerous cybersecurity intrusions to keep increasing, with adversaries seeking to break through defenses by infecting utilities’ trusted suppliers, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. says. NERC’s State of Reliability 2018 report, issued last week, provides a largely technical, backward look at the ability of high-voltage transmission companies and generators to meet grid operating requirements. [ read more … ]

Pruitt cost-benefit plan could weaken emission standards

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-25 04:31:27

While the public and the media focus on Scott Pruitt’s ethics scandals, the EPA boss is quietly advancing a regulatory overhaul that could have profound implications for air quality standards. The agency earlier this month published the draft plan, titled “Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in the Rulemaking Process.” [ read more … ]

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