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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 10, 2018

Top Stories

Kavanaugh has deep record of questioning EPA authority

By Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-10 06:15:35

In a 2012 dissent of a decision to rehear a case on EPA greenhouse gas regulations, for example, Kavanaugh wrote that the agency had acted counter to the Clean Air Act. In the same dissent, Kavanaugh expressed concerns about the interpretation of Massachusetts v. EPA, the landmark Supreme Court decision finding that EPA had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Supreme Court later agreed to review the D.C. Circuit’s opinion, striking down portions of the rule on the grounds that EPA could force stationary facilities to obtain air permits based solely on their emissions of greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

California lawmakers push 100% clean energy bill closer to governor’s desk

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:52:28

A California Assembly committee voted 10-5 in favor of raising the state’s renewable energy target to 100%, giving new life to a proposal that had stalled last year. Senate Bill 100 would require the state to utilize only renewable and zero-emission energy sources, including nuclear, by 2045. If Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, the bill would raise the state’s current 2030 target of 50% renewables to a 60% interim target. [ read more … ]

FERC’s political animal

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:55:15

We all know that FERC’s profile has steadily risen over the past five years but color ME surprised if anyone ever predicted that we’d hear its chief of staff on the radio, let alone Breitbart radio. FERC chief of staff Anthony Pugliese did a 20-minute interview with Breitbart News Sunday last night, expounding on the resilience virtues of coal and nuclear power, the Transportation Department’s progress on cutting regulations, and how much the Trump administration is doing to improve American lives in places like his home state of Pennsylvania. [ read more … ]

Who’s Andrew Wheeler? Social media offer clues

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:52:47

The acting EPA administrator is — in no particular order — a fan of Dolly Parton, Paul Ryan and Lisa Murkowski. So says Andrew Wheeler’s Facebook profile. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Perry’s advisory panel to focus on grid resilience

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:53:55

The meeting in Arlington, Va., will kick off with a presentation by Bruce Walker, DOE’s assistant secretary for electricity. Walker also has been leading with the argument that DOE, as a national security agency, is justified in looking beyond financial costs when considering whether and how to preserve certain nuclear and coal-fired power plants deemed critical to keeping the lights on [ read more … ]

Senate hearing to examine transmission, pipeline systems

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:54:30

“I fear [FERC and DOE] are too distracted by misguided proposals to provide life extensions to old power plants. We’re all wasting our time comparing different dictionary definitions of reliability and resilience when we should be updating policies for transmission,” said Rob Gramlich of Grid Strategies LLC at a May hearing in the House. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Wind and solar are called clean for a reason

  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 09:24:44

Fossil fuel proponents may claim that even renewables or “clean energy” have harmful impacts on the environment to justify continued drilling and mining – but that’s not the whole truth. Here’s the reality – all forms of energy production, and really any form of human development, can have impacts.  [ read more … ]

First Great Lakes wind project recommended for approval

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:55:43

What would be the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes moved a step closer to development last week when the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) staff recommended approval of the project in Lake Erie. The board included a list of almost three dozen conditions, many of which centered on the impact of the 20-megawatt Icebreaker wind project on birds and bats. [ read more … ]

EIA study examines the role of high-voltage power lines in integrating renewables

By Cara Marcy, EIA  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:56:44

A new study commissioned by EIA examines the role of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines in integrating renewables resources into the electric grid. The review indicates that, although applications in the current electric transmission network are limited, HVDC lines have a number of potential benefits including cost effectiveness, lower electricity losses, and the ability to handle overloads and prevent cascading failures. [ read more … ]

China hit with maximum fine in trade secret case

Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-09 16:56:30

A federal court in Madison, Wis., handed down a $1.5 million penalty against Beijing-based Sinovel Wind Group LLC for stealing trade secrets from an American energy company. The maximum fine pales in comparison to the $550 million that Massachusetts-based wind technology company American Superconductor (AMSC) is estimated to have lost to its onetime client, according to the Justice Department. [ read more … ]

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