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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 24, 2018

Top Stories

The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:47:13

Hoover Dam helped transform the American West, harnessing the force of the Colorado River — along with millions of cubic feet of concrete and tens of millions of pounds of steel — to power millions of homes and businesses. It was one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century. Now it is the focus of a distinctly 21st-century challenge: turning the dam into a vast reservoir of excess electricity, fed by the solar farms and wind turbines that represent the power sources of the future. [ read more … ]

Politics make quick action on new FERC member unlikely

Rod Kuckro, Sam Mintz and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:47:38

A combination of factors makes it unlikely that a replacement for Rob Powelson will be seated at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission anytime soon — and probably not until early 2019. And politics — more than ever — are liable to be a leading consideration in what sort of person will replace Powelson, a moderate, independent-thinking Republican who once chaired the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Offshore Wind Hits Early Turbulence: Who Will Bring the Power Ashore?

By TOM JOHNSON, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:47:58

Before New Jersey approves any projects for offshore wind farms along its coast, the state must decide who will build the transmission lines that bring the power to customers. It is shaping up to be a bruising battle, pitting the developers vying to build wind turbines offshore against a pair of companies that want to deploy the underwater power lines from the farms to shore and customers who will use the electricity [ read more … ]

Greens decry ‘Orwellian’ new title for car-emissions rule

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:48:19

The White House Office of Management and Budget has tweaked the title of EPA’s proposed rollback of Obama-era clean car rules, placing a greater emphasis on safety and cost. The proposal is now titled “The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule” for model years 2021 to 2026, according to the Reginfo.gov online regulations repository. [ read more … ]

Baltimore sues oil companies over climate impacts

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:48:34

Baltimore last week sued multiple oil companies for climate change damages, joining a swath of governments across the country seeking money to deal with sea-level rise, extreme rain, drought and heat waves. The country’s fifth-largest city filed the case against conglomerates that include Chevron Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil. [ read more … ]

Kan. regulators to hear dispute over distributed generation

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-24 04:48:47

Solar advocates will square off with Kansas utility Westar Energy during a hearing this week to decide whether the utility can implement demand charges for residential solar customers. Topeka-based Westar, Kansas’ largest utility with 600,000 customers, has since 2015 sought approval for demand charges and a new rate structure for residential customers with distributed generation, arguing that they weren’t paying their fair share to maintain the grid. [ read more … ]

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