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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 27, 2018

Top Stories

McCain, climate maverick, lionized for ‘high ideals’

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 06:38:29

“Whether we call it ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming,’ in the end we’re all left with the same set of facts,” he said in a speech at a wind manufacturing facility in Oregon. “The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington,” said McCain. “Good stewardship, prudence and simple common sense demand that we act to meet the challenge, and act quickly.” [ read more … ]

E.P.A. Rule Change Could Let Dirtiest Coal Plants Keep Running (and Stay Dirty)

By Eric Lipton, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:24:38

The rules could benefit plants like the Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, Neb., the state’s largest power generating plant, which started operating in 1979. The plant lacks both scrubbers for sulfur oxides and what is known as selective catalytic reduction for nitrogen oxides. As of 2017, its two power units were emitting more than 21,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per year, according to E.P.A. data. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The U.S. is on the verge of an offshore wind revolution

By Jan Ellen Spiegel, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:24:55

There’s no question the U.S. is a latecomer to offshore wind. Just look at the numbers. In U.S. waters, there are precisely five turbines. They’re just off Block Island, Rhode Island, churning out 30 megawatts since late 2016. In the rest of the world – mainly Europe – offshore wind is 20 years old and now represents more than 18,800 megawatts. But the U.S. is poised catch up, and quickly. [ read more … ]

Exxon Seeks Wind, Solar Power Delivery in Texas

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:26:10

The largest U.S. oil company sent out a request for proposals with a June 8 deadline, inviting solar or wind power suppliers to pitch contracts that would last 12, 15 or 20 years, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg and people with knowledge who asked not to be named discussing confidential matters. Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, is seeking at least 100 megawatts and would consider proposals for more than 250 megawatts. [ read more … ]

Military invests in solar power despite Trump stance

By Ed Crooks, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:26:37

The U.S. military has ramped up its investments in solar power even though President Trump continues to push for coal and lacks enthusiasm for solar. Solar panels at bases provide a cost-effective, resilient power source, said Michael McGhee, leader of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. [ read more … ]

Industry sees big opportunity, challenges with electrification

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:27:16

If industry executives needed something positive to grasp, they may have found it in a new movement that seeks to convert large swaths of energy consumption — everything from transportation to agriculture — to run on electricity. The push to electrify more of the U.S. economy was the theme of an inaugural conference here that brought more than 1,700 people representing utilities, automakers, environmental groups, state regulators, grid operators and entrepreneurs to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center this week. [ read more … ]

Trump reshaped U.S. climate policy in one month: August 2018

Maxine Joselow and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:27:02

August was supposed to be a quiet month for climate politics, a time when Congress went on recess; President Trump played golf in Bedminster, N.J.; and Americans took a break from politics before this November’s midterm elections. Instead, it may go down as a historic turning point in U.S. climate efforts. [ read more … ]

Rooftop solar installations fall under net-metering phaseout

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-08-27 04:27:29

There’s been a 23 percent drop in the number of new rooftop solar installations in Utah since the state’s main power company started paying customers a lower rate for the extra power they generate. The deal by Rocky Mountain Power Inc. to phase out net metering, which paid customers a market rate for the power they generated, took effect in November. People with new solar power installations are in a transitional program that lasts until 2033 and pays them just under the market rate for their excess power. [ read more … ]

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