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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 13, 2018

Top Stories

Murkowski warns of FERC impasse without quick pick

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-13 06:38:28

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said yesterday she wants the Trump administration to quickly nominate a replacement for Robert Powelson, who recently announced he would resign in August from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [ read more … ]

Nascent American industry could fully arrive under Trump

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:12:29

Instead of following the same pattern of conflict and lawsuits, offshore wind is on the brink of arrival. A year and a half into the Trump administration, with upheaval all around the U.S. energy world, offshore wind is benefiting from an oddly cooperative dynamic between states and the federal government. [ read more … ]

Wind development: Interior official sees ‘opportunity’ for oil and gas wind

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:12:47

An adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivered a bullish message yesterday on offshore wind and promoted its connections to oil and gas during an appearance in this longtime energy hub. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

California emissions reach milestone — 1990 levels

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:13:16

California has reached its greenhouse gas target of 1990 levels four years early, regulators announced yesterday. The state’s 2016 emissions came in at 429.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent — just under the 2020 target of 431 million tons, indicating the state is well on track to meeting its more ambitious target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. [ read more … ]

Scientists urge Jerry Brown to halt oil, gas production

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:13:34

California must end oil and gas drilling in the state to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit climate impacts, a group of scientists will tell Gov. Jerry Brown (D) today. An alliance of 26 climate scientists plans to send a letter to Brown urging him to halt approvals of new oil and gas projects and to develop a “fair plan” to phase out fossil fuel extraction in the state. [ read more … ]

Wheeler’s emails hint at possible confirmation game plan

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:13:53

Recently released emails show how Andrew Wheeler sought support from lawmakers and advocacy groups before his confirmation as EPA deputy administrator. The emails offer a window into how Wheeler — who became acting EPA chief Monday after Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation — might solicit support if President Trump nominates him as permanent agency boss. [ read more … ]

New report says N.C. on right track to expand wind energy

By Katharine Kollins, WRAL  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:14:18

It’s a win-win for wind, according to a new report out this week confirming North Carolina is on the right track in its approach to siting wind energy projects, and opening the door to expand the use of wind energy in our state. [ read more … ]

Empire can now move forward with wind energy program

By Stacie Strader, KOAM  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:14:36

The Joplin-based Empire District to build a 600 megawatt wind farm to service customers in Southwest Missouri. It will be located within the Southwest Power Pool. The company’s financial modeling estimates customer savings of up to $300 million over the next 30 years. [ read more … ]

A decade of fracking research: What have we learned?

Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-12 19:14:53

When oil and gas developers began using hydraulic fracturing to tap previously unaccessed sources of fossil fuels across the United States, the American public had a few questions. Will this process pollute drinking water? Will it cause cancer in the communities close to well sites? What are the ramifications for global climate change? [ read more … ]

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