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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 19, 2018

Top Story

N.J. puts out biggest call yet for offshore wind proposals

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:38:58

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) opened the state’s coasts to a fresh crop of offshore wind projects yesterday, unanimously approving an order to formally request applications from developers. The window for applications, which opens immediately and lasts until late December, is aimed at attracting proposals to build 1,100 megawatts’ worth of turbines — so far, the nation’s biggest single solicitation. [ read more … ]

New Jersey Announces Biggest Single-State Offshore Wind Solicitation

By Betsy Lillian, North American Windpower  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:39:44

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) unanimously approved yesterday an order opening an application window for 1.1 GW of offshore wind capacity. According to the NJBPU, this represents the nation’s largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind to date. It also marks the first step in meeting the state’s goal of 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Solar with batteries cheaper than gas in parts of Southwest

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:39:20

Natural-gas-fired power plants will be facing more price competition from solar farms in some parts of the U.S. as falling battery costs make it possible to deliver electricity produced from sunshine even after dark. Solar projects that incorporate storage are becoming cheaper to build per megawatt-hour in parts of the U.S. Southwest than new gas-fired generation, according to a report yesterday by Bloomberg NEF. [ read more … ]

Oldest U.S. nuclear plant shuts down after nearly 49 years

By Wayne Perry, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:40:15

America’s oldest nuclear power plant has shut down as planned. Officials at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey say the plant went offline at noon yesterday. [ read more … ]

FERC chief of staff networked with ex‑Farage adviser, Breitbart editor

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:40:01

The chief of staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who has raised eyebrows for his politically charged statements over the past few months, met and emailed in June with British political activist Raheem Kassam, a former top adviser to right-wing politician Nigel Farage and a former top editor at Breitbart London, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Climate goals, Hickenlooper’s legacy hang in the balance

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-19 04:40:28

Colorado finds itself at a climate crossroads following a pair of major decisions to close coal plants and adopt clean car standards. The Centennial State will need to do more work to ultimately realize the 26 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions established by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). But further progress may hinge on the outcome of this November’s gubernatorial contest, where U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D) and state Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) are vying to replace Hickenlooper, who is term-limited. [ read more … ]

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