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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 18, 2018

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Missouri court gives jolt of life to long Midwest power line

By By DAVID A. LIEB, The Republic  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:42:47

A proposal for a high-voltage power line carrying wind energy across the Midwest received a jolt of new life Tuesday as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that state regulators had wrongly rejected it. The ruling is a major victory in the quest by Clean Line Energy Partners to build one of the nation’s longest electric transmission lines. The $2.3 billion project would carry power harnessed from the wind-whipped plains of western Kansas on a 780-mile (1,255 kilometer) trek across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electric grid in Indiana that serves the eastern U.S. [ read more … ]

Top FERC aide outlines priorities to state regulators

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:42:05

A senior adviser to the nation’s top energy regulator says his boss is taking a deliberative, record-based approach to the top challenges facing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which he leads. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Exclusive: Powelson says no ‘idle threat’ to step down early from FERC

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:43:43

“I’ve done a good decade of public service,” Powelson told Utility Dive on the sidelines of a meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on Monday. “I leave with my reputation intact. I think in my short tenure in the FERC world, the employees at FERC respect me for the positions I’ve taken, some of them pretty courageous.” [ read more … ]

Grid spending up, but other energy investments down — IEA

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:44:01

Spending on electricity and electric grids is dominating global energy investments, a new report finds. The International Energy Agency’s latest World Energy Investment report also finds that investments in renewable energy generation declined in 2017 compared to prior years, while spending on extracting more oil and natural gas rose modestly. Energy efficiency investing also declined somewhat last year, as the world experienced something of a road bump on the path toward a lower greenhouse gas emitting energy sector. [ read more … ]

Buoy to Scout Way for New Jersey Offshore Wind Energy Farm

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:44:34

It’s not the Yellow Submarine, but the bright yellow device setting sail from Atlantic City could help New Jersey’s plan to harness the energy of the ocean wind by staying on top of the waves. Orsted, a Danish wind energy company, is launching a research buoy to measure wind, wave and weather conditions at a site 10 miles off Atlantic City where it envisions a bunch of wind turbines. [ read more … ]

N.Y. group takes FERC climate issue to federal court

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:44:16

A New York group is heading to court over federal regulators’ recent decision to limit their consideration of climate change when approving natural gas infrastructure. The nonprofit Otsego 2000 filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday to challenge a May order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that rejected the group’s concerns about a New York gas project and, more controversially, set tighter limits on when the agency tallies greenhouse gas emissions from proposed projects. [ read more … ]

Trump official posts concern about warming while on vacation

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-18 06:44:50

Neil Chatterjee wants you to know that he believes in man-made climate change. The Republican appointee, plucked by President Trump to sit on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is even saying it while he’s on vacation. [ read more … ]

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