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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 12, 2018

Top Story

They Defied Trump on Climate Change. Now, It’s Their Moment of Truth.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:34:06

Hours after President Trump announced last year that the United States would exit the Paris climate deal, a broad group of governors, mayors and business executives declared that they would uphold the agreement anyway and continue tackling global warming on their own. It was a striking move for a coalition of local leaders: Making a case to the rest of the world that they, and not the president, spoke for the nation on climate policy. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

FERC Chairman hails embattled aide, calls him ‘highly qualified’

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:34:26

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre defended his beleaguered chief of staff in an agency podcast today. Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese has faced calls for his resignation in the wake of a politically charged interview last month with Breitbart News Network and a speech he gave to the American Nuclear Society in which he bashed New York Democrats for halting pipeline projects [ read more … ]

FERC, DOE oversight could heat up if Democrats flip House

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:34:46

Should Democrats regain control of the House, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Department of Energy can expect a level of oversight the two agencies rarely experience. And that could include a close look at what longtime observers of FERC and former commissioners have characterized as an overly politicized agency in the Trump era and under Chairman Kevin McIntyre. [ read more … ]

Under new Iowa law, MidAmerican proposes to cut efficiency spending by 60%

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:35:09

Proposals filed by Iowa’s largest investor-owned utilities represent a significant cut in their investment in energy efficiency, a shift authorized by lawmakers this summer when they passed Senate File 2311, capping utility efficiency spending at 2% of retail revenues. Stakeholders are now reviewing the proposals and are developing comments, due soon to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Despite the limits imposed by the new law, efficiency advocates maintain the investor-owned utilities could have done more in their proposals. [ read more … ]

Great Lakes project ‘fatal’ under Ohio conditions

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:35:25

The developer of the first wind farm proposed in the Great Lakes said some conditions recommended by the staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board to protect birds and bats are too extreme and will be “fatal” to the project if adopted. Testimony filed last week by the developer of the 20.7-megawatt Icebreaker wind farm is the first formal response to a staff investigation issued two months ago and comes ahead of a formal hearing on the project later this month. [ read more … ]

Wis. professor cycles around the Midwest for solar

By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:35:40

On Jim Tinjum’s #bikethewind tour last year, he often saw the installations he visited for miles in advance — turbines towering gracefully in the distance. On his recent #bikethesun tour, covering about 1,200 miles of the Upper Midwest, he often had to pedal around in search of his solar destinations. “Some of the sites were nestled into the landscape pretty well,” said Tinjum, an associate professor of engineering with a specialty in renewable energy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. [ read more … ]

Google buys into new Finnish wind energy in renewables search

By Anne Kauranen and Christoph Steitz, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:35:56

Google said it has signed a 10-year deal to buy renewable energy from three new wind farms that are being built in Finland and which will power one of its data centers. Big companies have rushed to secure cheap renewable energy to manage costs and reduce their carbon footprint through so-called corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow firms such as Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, Facebook (FB.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) to buy directly from the energy generator. [ read more … ]

Woodward book details Pruitt’s push to exit Paris

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-12 06:36:13

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and onetime White House strategist Steve Bannon instigated President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord. Such is the picture longtime Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward paints in his new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” which was released today and continues to draw daily criticism from the Trump administration. [ read more … ]


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