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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 17, 2018

Top Story

Corporations already purchased record clean energy volumes in 2018, and it’s not an anomaly

By Kyle Harrison, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-17 04:43:28

A new report from Bloomberg NEF shows that corporations have already purchased 7.2GW of clean energy globally in 2018 through July, shattering the previous record of 5.4GW for the whole of 2017. Companies have now signed long-term contracts to purchase solar and wind in 28 markets, and the number of industries involved in clean energy purchasing continues to grow. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Glick ‘at a loss’ over FERC role in Trump coal and nuclear bailout

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-17 04:43:54

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Richard Glick said Wednesday he has no knowledge of efforts at his agency to assist the Trump administration in bailing out money-losing coal and nuclear plants. “I would like to know what they’re doing,” Glick said, referring to the FERC staff. “I think Commissioner [Neil] Chatterjee would like to know what they’re doing and so would Commissioner [Cheryl] LaFleur, so I just thought I’m kind of at a loss right now trying to figure out what they are doing.” [ read more … ]

Fuzzy math could doom Trump’s attack on Obama climate rule

By ALEX GUILLÉN and EMILY HOLDEN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-08-17 04:44:13

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed replacement is expected to downplay the money that people and businesses would save from using less electricity, a key feature of the Obama-era greenhouse rule for power plants. People tracking the issue also expect that the agency will count only a fraction of the improvements in public health from reduced smog and soot pollution, and won’t consider any benefits from slowing climate change outside the U.S. [ read more … ]

Trump’s CO2 rule is coming, and industries wonder who’s next

Zack Colman and Robin Bravender, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-17 04:44:31

Industries across the U.S. economy are closely watching for the Trump administration’s plan to regulate power plant emissions — and wondering whether they’re next. EPA is expected to release its version of the Clean Power Plan in the coming days. It’s expected to relax requirements to address climate change envisioned by former President Obama, who never saw his plan activated. [ read more … ]

Will Dems act on GHGs after a midterm win? It’s complicated

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-17 04:44:48

Democrats have long billed themselves as the party of climate science, and if they take back the House in November, they want to put global warming back on the congressional calendar. “It’s the 800-pound gorilla,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), co-chairman of the Safe Climate Caucus. “It’s going to be huge in terms of having the ability to shape the agenda on that.” [ read more … ]

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