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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 18, 2018

Top Stories

Calif. summit a success, but big tests still to come

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:42:51

The climate summit that ended here Friday had two aims: to give non-national actors their moment in the spotlight and to show the world that despite President Trump, the United States is still making strides. And participants say it succeeded, drawing out dozens of new commitments from nonfederal entities while giving blue-state Democrats a platform to exhibit local- and state-level progress [ read more … ]

Trump admin eyes Fla. PSC chairman for FERC

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:42:39

The Trump administration is vetting Art Graham, chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission, for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If selected, Graham would replace Robert Powelson, who left the commission on Aug. 10 to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, the lobby for private water utilities. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

EPA rejects requests to address cross-state emissions

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:43:15

EPA has rejected petitions from Maryland and Delaware seeking federal help in curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants in other states that allegedly contributed to downwind ozone problems. In a “notice of final action” signed Friday by acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler and posted online this morning, the agency said it was denying the “good neighbor” petitions, all filed in 2016, based on “the best information available” and in particular because of the role of its existing Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update regulations intended to reduce power plant emissions of ozone-forming nitrogen oxides that waft across state lines. [ read more … ]

‘America First’? Climate rule tests Trump pledge

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:43:35

Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly touted his “America First” policies. But in at least one significant climate battle, his administration is siding with foreign companies over American ones. At issue is the fate of heat-trapping chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. While short-lived in the atmosphere, HFCs are thousands of times more potent as greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

New Jersey Eyes Wind Energy After Plant Closes

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:43:59

New Jersey is looking to wind energy to replace some of the electric power it is losing now that the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant has shut down. The state Board of Public Utilities agreed Monday to seek applications from companies interested in doing wind energy projects off the New jersey coast. The initial round of projects would total 1,100 megawatts, nearly twice the amount generated by Oyster Creek, which powered about 600,000 homes. [ read more … ]

New Jersey edges toward wind farms off its tourist-prized shores

By Brian Eckhouse and Romy Varghese, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:44:15

New Jersey is taking a step closer to erecting wind turbines off the coast of some of its most storied beaches.State regulators are about to consider Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) proposed solicitation for 1.1 gigawatts of offshore wind farms [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Energy Project Inches Forward on the North Coast

By Thadeus Greenson, North Coast Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:44:31

Efforts to build a wind energy farm off the North Coast took a substantial step forward this week, when the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and a consortium of private companies submitted a lease application to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The application seeks site control of about 70 square miles of ocean approximately 20 square miles off the coast of Eureka, with the goal of identifying a roughly 12-square-mile area that would eventually become home to up to 15 floating wind turbines anchored to the ocean floor. [ read more … ]

Bombardier debuts battery train in challenge to diesel

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-18 04:45:12

The “electric hybrid” train is the latest of its kind to debut in Germany, which is offering federal development aid for projects that may speed up electrification of the rail network. Diesel locomotives still run on 40 percent of Germany’s railroads, and the government in Berlin has set an ambitious plan to make the network pollution-free by 2030. [ read more … ]

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