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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 7, 2018

Top Stories

Corporate Giants Are Buying so Much Clean Power This Year They Already Broke 2017’s Record

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:32:57

Businesses and public agencies are buying more clean energy than ever before. Companies and agencies, excluding utilities, agreed to buy 7.2 gigawatts of clean energy worldwide so far this year, already shattering the record of 5.4 gigawatts for all of 2017, [ read more … ]

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

By Jesper Starn, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:33:50

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated is outstripping demand during certain hours of the day. The result: power prices are slipping to zero or even below more often in more jurisdictions. [ read more … ]

Cheap offshore wind offers hope for U.S. industry

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:30:09

The dramatic drop in price for the first major U.S. offshore wind development caught many industry observers by surprise. Europe, home to the bulk of the world’s offshore wind industry, has only recently dropped below the 10-cent-per-kWh threshold. Many thought it would take years for the United States to catch up. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

To kill climate rule, EPA wants to redefine danger of soot

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:35:16

Whether it’s in haze-shrouded cities, plumes of car exhaust or even clear skies, fine particle pollution can be found just about everywhere in the United States. These pollutants are so small they can slip inside buildings and penetrate deep into lung tissue. On hot summer days, high concentrations of the pollutant help trigger poor air quality alerts, warning the very young, elderly and sick to stay indoors. Exposure to fine particles is linked to premature death and higher risks of asthma and heart attacks. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind: NJ, Phil Murphy bet on clean energy, but who will pay?

By Russ Zimmer, Asbury Park Press  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:31:20

Under the state’s ambitious clean energy strategy, 12 years from now 3,500 megawatts — that’s enough juice for about 1.5 million homes — will be generated by the spinning blades of gigantic steel wind turbines planted in the ocean off our coast. Watch the video above to see how a gust of wind 20 miles off the coast turns into the current that keeps your lights on. Of course, there’s still the little matter of how we’re going to pay for this. [ read more … ]

Kavanaugh Long Knocked Back EPA Rules

By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:31:48

Environmental groups were not going to be happy with anyone President Donald Trump picked for the Supreme Court. But the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has them especially worried. A conservative who would replace the more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh has a record of slapping back Environmental Protection Agency regulations during his 12 years as a federal appeals court judge. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island Report: Clean energy jobs up 72 percent since 2014

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:32:13

A report released by Gov. Gina Raimondo shows jobs linked to clean energy in Rhode Island are up 72 percent since 2014. The 2018 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry report says there have been 6,650 new clean energy jobs created in the past four years, bringing the total in the clean energy sector to 15,800. [ read more … ]

Study: Minnesota can meet climate goals through clean energy, electrification

By Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:34:35

Minnesota has so far missed targets it set for itself 11 years ago for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But a new study released this week by the McKnight Foundation shows the state can still meet a longer-term goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050. [ read more … ]

N.Y. grid operator moves toward landmark carbon price

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-07 06:34:56

New York’s electric grid operator moved a step closer to finalizing a carbon pricing proposal last week, as a task force issued draft recommendations containing new details on its plans. The recommendations made by the Integrating Public Policy Task Force, a joint effort between the New York Independent System Operator and the state government, build on an April proposal and provide the clearest look yet at what the first carbon pricing policy at the grid operator level in the U.S. could look like. [ read more … ]

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