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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 27, 2018

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Offshore wind energy gets a rare bipartisan boost

Rob Hotakainen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:42:17

While the United States lags behind Europe in developing offshore wind projects, the nation is taking steps to catch up. The latest proof came yesterday when Republicans and Democrats alike pledged to back the nascent industry at a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. “This morning’s hearing is a welcome change of pace for this traditionally fossil fuel-focused committee,” said California Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal, the panel’s ranking member. [ read more … ]

Perry condemns ‘stubborn opposition’ to fossil fuels

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:42:58

Energy Secretary Rick Perry opened the World Gas Conference in Washington Tuesday morning by criticizing “stubborn opposition” to fossil fuels and hyping natural gas as key to the future energy mix because it produces only half the carbon emissions as coal. “There is still stubborn opposition to natural gas and other fossil fuels,” Perry said in his opening speech in between splashy performances by the Blue Devils Marching Band and the Harlem Globetrotters. “The opposition exists even as fuels become cleaner and natural gas increases its share of use. These opponents flatly reject the all-of-the-above strategy that is helping us achieve energy security.”  [ read more … ]

Perry says economics are “secondary” when it comes to power grid

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:43:36

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday the threat against the power grid by hackers and others looking to hurt the United States outweighed potential increases in electricity prices brought on by government intervention in the power markets.
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Policy & Politics

Some judges getting impatient with litigation hold

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:45:17

A federal court in Washington, D.C., has voted to again extend the hold on the massive litigation over the Clean Power Plan, but two judges warned it will be the last time they agree to such a delay. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order today placing the litigation in abeyance for another 60 days. The court ordered EPA to provide status updates every 30 days. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: New Trump administration policy a bright spot for solar developers

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:44:50

Solar energy companies in United States have gotten used to seeing the Trump administration set policy that’s unfavorable to the industry. But the Internal Revenue Service just gave solar developers a rare reason to be sunny. [ read more … ]

Nuclear industry embraces security argument in plea to Perry

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:44:30

A coalition of former government officials, lawmakers and industry leaders urged Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take “concrete steps” to prevent nuclear plants from closing. Without wading into the merits of specific — and controversial — policies under consideration at the Department of Energy, a letter sent to Perry by the Nuclear Energy Institute highlights nuclear power’s importance for national security. [ read more … ]

INSIGHT: Unleashing the Potential of Offshore Wind

By Bryan M. Stockton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:45:39

Over the last several years, large-scale deployment of offshore wind has emerged as a significant resource. This acceleration is spurred by experience in Northern Europe where continued improvements in turbines and other technology, learning-curve benefits, and economies of scale have slashed costs per megawatt hour by more than 50 percent over the past five years. In some circumstances, projects are being launched without explicit price subsidies. Turbines are being installed farther and farther offshore, where visual impacts (a frequent impediment to wind development) are reduced and winds are stronger and steadier. [ read more … ]

Spain’s Iberdrola looks at onshore expansion in Texas

Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-06-27 06:46:00

Spanish utility Iberdrola is planning to pour $1 billion into new onshore wind farms in Texas. The company’s plans would add some 700 megawatts to the 33,000-MW list of new wind projects under consideration in the state. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.