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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 2, 2018

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Post-Pruitt Pragmatism on Display as EPA Chief Alters Course

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:31:26

New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler has adopted much of his predecessor Scott Pruitt’s agenda — but not his style. During just three weeks leading the Environmental Protection Agency, Wheeler rescinded a Pruitt promise to back off enforcing limits on highly polluting trucks while making it clear he too wanted to ease the regulation. [ read more … ]

First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customers

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:32:53

Massachusetts electricity users will save about $1.4 billion over 20 years from the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, joint developers of the 800-megawatt project south of Martha’s Vineyard, expect to provide power and renewable energy credits for 6.5 cents a kilowatt-hour according to a letter Wednesday from the state Department of Energy Resources. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Science pick diverges from Trump team on climate, energy

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:34:06

The stated views of President Trump’s choice to lead the White House science office break sharply from those of administration officials on climate and energy policy. Picked to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin Droegemeier is a University of Oklahoma meteorologist who’s led state panels and testified many times before Congress, where he spoke favorably on climate research and praised federal programs that the Trump administration proposed slashing. [ read more … ]

Company to explore ocean floor off Maryland’s coast for offshore wind farm

By Scott Dance, Baltimore Post  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:34:24

Deepwater Wind, which operates a wind farm in waters off Rhode Island, wants to build another one off the Maryland coast. But before its proposal can go forward, the company needs to know what lies on the sea floor here — and within the ancient layers of sediment beneath it. So geologists, marine biologists and archaeologists will spend the next couple of months seeking answers, scouting the potential footprint of a wind-energy project planned near the mouth of the Delaware Bay. [ read more … ]

Law on Massachusetts governor’s desk helps renewables. But will it help climate?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:34:46

Massachusetts lawmakers delivered a big boost to renewable energy yesterday, agreeing to raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard, double its purchase of offshore wind and restructure a proposed charge on solar-owning consumers. But state lawmakers ultimately rejected a Senate proposal to impose an economywide carbon fee, meaning the law does not address carbon pollution from the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Perry: US to become net energy exporter within 18 months

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:35:10

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday predicted that the United States will become a net exporter of energy within the next 18 months, an outlook that seemingly clashes with his department’s data office. “Here we are, the No. 1 oil and gas producing country in the world now,” he said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” [ read more … ]

Wheeler jokes with senators, talks policy

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:35:25

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sat down for his first congressional hearing as head of the agency this morning. Appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Wheeler faced a number of policy questions about how he plans to run EPA. He took over last month after Scott Pruitt resigned under heavy scrutiny for alleged excessive spending and misuse of his office. [ read more … ]

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

By Geert De Clercq, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-02 06:35:39

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the sun beats down. In such scenarios, algorithms in smart appliances automatically respond to price drops on wholesale spot markets caused by higher supplies of wind and solar power, saving households money and balancing the electricity market. [ read more … ]

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