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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 3, 2018

Top Stories

Trump’s Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind Power More Expensive

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:07:47

President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power. Tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, as well as on metals from Europe and elsewhere, could raise the cost of wind power in the U.S. by as much as 10 percent [ read more … ]

PJM: FirstEnergy can shut 4 GW of fossil plants without harming reliability

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:08:14

PJM Interconnection has completed a 30-day reliability study of FirstEnergy Solutions’ (FES) proposed coal and diesel plant retirements, concluding the shutdowns can proceed without impacting the grid’s reliability.
FES wants to mothball four fossil fuel plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio in 2021 and 2022, amounting to 4 GW of coal capacity. Earlier this year, the grid operator concluded FES could shut down three nuclear plants without threatening reliability. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

N.J. Economic Development Authority Seeks Offshore Wind Ideas

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:08:52

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is seeking ideas from qualified entities with perspectives on offshore wind port infrastructure and supply chain development in the state. Parties such as offshore wind developers and suppliers, industrial real estate developers, port operators, port authorities, other development agencies, and local governments are encouraged to respond to the EDA’s request for ideas (RFI). [ read more … ]

Court rejects fishermen’s challenge to Equinor’s Empire Wind

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:09:17

A D.C. district court rejected an attempt by commercial fishing groups to block a wind project off the coast of New York on Sunday, siding with developer Equinor ASA and the Interior Department. [ read more … ]

3 environmental rollbacks could result in 13,900 deaths

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:09:42

A key data point has been buried in the back-and-forth over the Trump administration’s rollback of former President Obama’s climate legacy: EPA’s own research has found that lifting public health protections on air pollution could kill thousands of Americans.
[ read more … ]

Ex-Koch official hired for science shop

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:10:10

EPA has hired a chemical engineer from Koch Industries Inc. to serve as the top political appointee in the agency’s science office. David Dunlap, who was Koch’s director of policy and regulatory affairs, is now deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. That’s the top political slot below the assistant administrator, a role that will remain vacant for the foreseeable future, as President Trump has yet to nominate anyone to lead the research division. [ read more … ]

Trump’s lawyers head to court to defend Obama EPA rule

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-03 04:11:31

The Trump administration has found at least one major Obama-era environmental regulation it can embrace: a 2016 rule to curb air pollution drifting across state lines. Tomorrow, administration attorneys will head to court to defend that regulation during a marathon round of oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [ read more … ]

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