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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 26, 2018

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Trump’s vehicle efficiency rollback gets chilly reception in Detroit suburb

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:41:30

The Trump administration was hoping for a warm welcome just outside Motor City today as it held a public hearing on its rollback of Obama-era climate rules for cars. No such luck. One after another, critics ranging from auto executives to environmentalists assailed the rollback. [ read more … ]

Texas coal plant expected to close within 2 years

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:41:46

The coal-fired Oklaunion power plant near the border of Texas and Oklahoma is slated to close by around the end of September 2020, echoing state and national trends. Ownership with a majority stake in the 650-megawatt plant voted to close it because “the cost of the power produced by Oklaunion is no longer competitive” in Texas’ main power region, according to American Electric Power Co. (AEP). The plant opened in 1986 and is located in Wilbarger County, Texas. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘That sounds dumb.’ Motor City weighs in on rollbacks

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:42:25

The Trump administration has argued that scaling back Obama-era clean car rules will help consumers across the country. But here in Motor City, the rollback is far from people’s minds. On the eve of a public hearing on the clean car rules, downtown Detroit yesterday evening was obscured by a gray fog. Passersby shuffled along the sidewalk amid a light drizzle, heading home from work. [ read more … ]

Governor says Va. could lead nation on offshore wind

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:42:10

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) says his state is well positioned to lead the development of the nation’s offshore wind industry. He spoke Friday in Norfolk at a conference sponsored by industry members and Virginia’s Sierra Club chapter. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind looks beyond ‘nascent’ label in oil capital

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:42:49

To Randall Luthi, the crowd here yesterday was a sign of how much offshore energy has changed. “It wasn’t that long ago that we could’ve had a conference of all those interested in the synergy between offshore wind and the oil and gas industry in a phone booth on the corner,” he said. “And that was provided we could even find a phone booth.” [ read more … ]

At N.Y.’s Climate Week opening, a welcome mat for investors

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:43:04

The global climate action circuit arrived in New York yesterday, with corporate executives touting their green credentials and heads of state hoping to persuade investors to sink their dollars into renewable projects back home. Coming in the wake of California’s own summit this month, the opening ceremony of Climate Week foreshadowed a sort of encore for the Wall Street crowd, with big business’s fidelity to the energy transition as motif. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: How FERC can protect customers and respect state energy policy authority in its PJM capacity market proceeding

By Ann McCabe and Miles Farmer, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-09-26 04:43:18

A recent order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) tees up two starkly different potential outcomes: one that protects consumers and state authority over energy policy, and one that could unnecessarily add billions of dollars to customers’ utility bills and frustrate the ability of 13 mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia to control the power supply mix serving customers within their borders. We disagree with the premise of the commission’s order, but agree that a workable outcome can be achieved if FERC and the states work together to implement the order in a reasonable manner. [ read more … ]

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