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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 28, 2018

Top Stories

Greens courted McCain on climate

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-28 04:43:08

After Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Chafee (R-R.I.) died in office in 1999, green groups went searching for another top Republican to take charge on environmental issues. They set their sights on John McCain, a fiercely independent Arizona senator who wasn’t afraid to buck his party on the thorniest political issues. [ read more … ]

US Conference of Mayors condemns EPA Clean Power Plan replacement

By Chris Teale, Utilites Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-28 04:43:25

The US Conference of Mayors said in a statement it is “extremely disappointed” in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a less stringent carbon emissions rule for the power sector. The non-partisan organization, which represents cities with a population of 30,000 or more, said the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change is having a “very real impact” on the “health and economic vitality of our communities.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

19 mayors commit to make all buildings net-zero carbon by 2050

By Kristin Musulin, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-28 04:43:47

Mayors from 19 cities signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday, a pledge to ensure new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030, with all buildings following suit by 2050. The mayors have also pledged to “owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon in operation” by 2030. To meet this commitment, the mayors plan to establish roadmaps, develop a set of supporting incentives and programs, submit annual progress reports, and “evaluate the feasibility of reporting on emissions beyond operational carbon.” [ read more … ]

Montana wind energy project on hold

By MTN News  •    •  Posted 2018-08-28 04:44:04

The developer is now asking the Montana Public Service Commission to settle the issue. PSC spokesman Bowen Gowen says the commission will hold a hearing, take evidence and then issues a ruling. “It’s already a settled matter under federal law that the utility will have to buy that power. The question is, how much. One of the things that makes this an interesting facility, technically speaking, Beaver Creek isn’t one qualifying facility, it’s four,” Gowen said. [ read more … ]

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

By Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-08-28 04:44:18

Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last month how Russian hackers have targeted the nation’s energy grid. Officials said they could have caused major blackouts, but instead, the hackers appeared more focused on reconnaissance. [ read more … ]

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