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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 30, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Labor Day holiday. It resumes on Tuesday, September 4.

Top Stories

Canada’s Strong Words on Climate Face a Test in Trump’s Nafta Makeover

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:44:56

As President Trump demanded a makeover of the North American Free Trade Agreement over the past year, Canada staked out a position squarely at odds with the White House: Any new pact must recognize climate change. That demand is now facing a test. [ read more … ]

Race to 100% clean electricity clears high hurdle

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:46:04

“When it comes to fighting climate change and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, California won’t back down,” said Sen. Kevin de León (D), the bill’s sponsor. “We have taken another great stride toward a 100 percent clean energy future. S.B. 100 will spur technological innovation, jump-start new jobs and keep our air clean for generations to come.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Governors tell FERC to steer clear of state policies

By Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:45:14

A bipartisan group of governors told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today to keep its hands off state renewable energy policies. A letter to FERC’s four commissioners from the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition, which is made up of 19 state executives, warned of a “dangerous shift in the balance between state and federal authority.” [ read more … ]

Facebook says it is 2 years away from 100% renewable energy

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:45:32

Facebook announced Tuesday that it would commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and powering global operations with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2020, continuing a trend of green corporate power purchases that has grown this year. Facebook has signed more than 3 GW of solar and wind contracts since its first wind power purchase in 2013, but much of the company’s focus on clean energy has surfaced in the last year. Over the last 12 months the company says it has signed contracts for more than 2.5 GW of renewables. [ read more … ]

EPA head: New coal plant plan will ‘level the playing field’

By Miranda Green, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:46:50

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday said that the administration’s newly proposed alternative to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) will “level the playing field” for coal plants in an era where renewable fuels and liquid natural gas are growing in prominence. Speaking at an Ohio Chamber of Commerce event, Wheeler praised Trump’s new plan, called the Affordable Clean Energy rule, for the flexibility it gives to states to regulate their own coal-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

New power plant rule sounds a lot like dead climate bill

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:47:11

The Trump administration’s proposal for replacing President Obama’s signature climate change rule has an appealing name with a catchy acronym: the Affordable Clean Energy rule, or ACE. That sounds a lot like “ACES,” or the “American Clean Energy and Security Act” — the sweeping climate bill that passed the House in 2009 before fizzling in the Senate. [ read more … ]

GOP praises ACE, but some still want to revisit EPA authority

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:47:47

EPA’s authority “is still unclear, and anything we can do to provide greater clarity of what their role is, we should,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said yesterday. “I mean, EPA has a very important role in what we’re doing, but it lacks clarity.” [ read more … ]

Trump EPA to reconsider Obama-era mercury rule

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-30 04:48:03

EPA will reconsider a rule that restricts mercury and toxic air emissions from power plants, the agency confirmed to E&E News today. Agency spokeswoman Molly Block said it will initiate a federal review of a draft proposal to determine whether the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, were “appropriate and necessary.” It also will evaluate the overall standards. [ read more … ]

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