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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 4, 2018

Top Story

Trump picks DOE alumni for FERC, nuclear posts

Rod Kuckro and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:34:31

President Trump today nominated Energy Department officials Bernard McNamee to fill a vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Rita Baranwal to lead DOE’s nuclear office. If confirmed, McNamee would be the most overtly political person to serve on FERC in decades. [ read more … ]

Trump Nominates Coal, Nuclear Bailout Supporter to U.S. Power Agency

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:33:26

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated a proponent of his administration’s plan to subsidize aging coal and nuclear plants to a federal agency that regulates power transmission, a move criticized by environmental groups who questioned his independence on the issue. Trump nominated Bernard McNamee to the vacant seat of the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an independent office of the Department of Energy, for a term expiring June 30, 2020. McNamee, a Republican, is now the head of the policy office at the department. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Little Common Ground in PJM Capacity Revamp Filings

By Amanda Durish Cook and Rich Heidorn Jr., RTO Insider  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:35:55

The Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition said FERC’s minimum bid requirement would intrude on states’ historical right to choose their own energy mix: “If the commission preempts or restricts the states’ ability to regulate environmental effects from energy power production, it would constitute a dangerous shift in the balance between state and federal authority.” [ read more … ]

Master plan rewrite gets Virginia kudos from clean energy advocates

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:34:59

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has published a refashioned blueprint for the state’s energy future, calling on Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to bolster existing clean energy plans and launch new programs in five policy areas. The energy master plan gets rewritten every four years, after the end of a governor’s term. This year’s version focuses almost entirely on the growth of zero-emissions sources [ read more … ]

PJM: FirstEnergy plant closures won’t hurt reliability

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:35:23

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. can shut down 4,000 megawatts of coal- and diesel-fired generation in Ohio and Pennsylvania without hurting electricity reliability, according to regional grid operator PJM Interconnection. [ read more … ]

Dearth of wind power in Europe set to bring back dirty plants

By Jesper Starn and Rachel Morison, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:36:52

Europe will likely need more coal and natural gas this month as the region is spared the usual autumn storms. A high-pressure weather system is likely to reroute and block stormy weather that normally travels in easterly paths across northern Europe to boost the output from thousands of windmills. That will leave the region relying on alternative power sources at a time when benchmark prices in Germany are already near a seven-year high. [ read more … ]

Senators clash over science proposal

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:37:13

While EPA rules help protect the public from dirty air and other hazards, “I have been concerned that the broad discretion and lack of transparency at the EPA has led the agency to seek out science that supports a predetermined policy outcome,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight. [ read more … ]

Nation to ban sale of fossil fuel cars, boost EV sales

By Peter Levring, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-04 04:37:28

Denmark will ban the sale of new fossil-fueled cars in 2030 and aims to have more than 1 million electric or hybrid vehicles on its roads by then, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen told Parliament yesterday. Denmark is the latest Nordic country to make this kind of announcement as governments seek to honor their commitments in the global fight against climate change.
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