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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 12, 2018

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How power markets in the west could be won

By Kelsey Tamborrino,Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:56:03

When Enron’s market manipulation in the early 2000s caused widespread blackouts and power prices to skyrocket in California, it helped kill a FERC effort to expand competitive power markets into the state. California Gov. Jerry Brown, trying to leave his mark in his last year in office, is now laying the groundwork for a power market and transmission organization that would run across seven states. [ read more … ]

More Pruitt allies to exit

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:56:58

More top aides close to ex-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plan to leave the agency. Departing staffers include Lincoln Ferguson, whom Pruitt brought to EPA after they worked together in Oklahoma, and EPA’s deputy White House liaison, Hayley Ford, an EPA official told E&E News. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest

By Kirk Johnson, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:57:25

When a company from Seattle came calling, wanting to lease some land on Jeff and Jackie Brunson’s 1,000-acre hay and oat farm for a solar energy project, they jumped at the idea, and the prospect of receiving regular rent checks. They did not anticipate the blowback — snarky texts, phone calls from neighbors, and county meetings where support for solar was scant [ read more … ]

A renewables slugfest is just getting started in Arizona

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:57:43

Take a billionaire who wants to see renewable energy expand. Add a drive for petition signatures, competing front groups, utility opposition and talk of closing a nuclear power plant. Then throw in the resignation of an important public official. [ read more … ]

In North Carolina, it’s still ‘wait and see’ for wind farm ban’s expiration

By Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:58:04

Clean energy advocates breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the North Carolina legislature adjourned without extending a ban on new wind farms set to expire Jan. 1. It’s unclear, though, whether a powerful lawmaker will yet seize on a new state study to try to cement the wind moratorium — in part because the analysis isn’t public, and just one civilian has been authorized to see its results. [ read more … ]

Wind developers wait for November to see market signals in Maine

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 04:58:22

Investors in clean energy are looking to Maine’s gubernatorial election to see if the political opposition to wind power will shift in the state, which is currently leading in Northeast wind generation.
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