Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 18, 2018

Top Stories

DOE’s subsidy plan is dying. What will Trump do now?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:48:34

The coal industry began to pivot away yesterday from a Department of Energy plan meant to help ailing coal and nuclear plants as the subsidy effort flounders amid political infighting. The shift came as news began to trickle out of the White House that administration officials could be poised to scrap the DOE rescue package. [ read more … ]

Scientists bet $10K on the climate. Guess who lost

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:48:49

It was a bet any climate scientist would take. It was 2005, and James Annan, a climate scientist at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, had heard enough. Some researchers and conservative thinkers who reject mainstream climate science were arguing that climate models were wrong or that Earth would enter a cooler period after solar flares faded. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump and coal: ‘The boss wants what the boss wants’

Hannah Northey and Peter Behr, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:49:08

On April 14, 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered his staff to investigate whether “market distorting” renewable subsidies and burdensome regulations were snuffing out the nation’s coal plants prematurely. Eighteen months later, that memo signifies the start of a series of unsuccessful attempts by Perry and his policy team to help President Trump fulfill his campaign vow to revive the struggling coal sector. [ read more … ]

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:49:25

Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world. The words of the scientist, who died in March at age 76, were broadcast at a London launch event for his final book, “Brief Answers to the Big Questions.” [ read more … ]

Chatterjee pushes grid operators to design market products for storage

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:49:49

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on Tuesday called on regional grid operators to design new market rules that allow batteries to provide grid services as part of a wide-ranging address on the future of energy storage. Grid operators have grappled for years with how to design rules “particularly suited to storage,” Chatterjee told an industry conference in Washington, but there has been “little momentum” in recent years on market products like frequency response that could allow batteries to grow. [ read more … ]

Washington state agencies to buy more wind, solar power

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:50:11

Eight Washington state agencies will begin buying some of their electricity from wind or solar projects built in the state in the next several years. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said yesterday that the move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving the state money over the long term. [ read more … ]

Trump touts his ‘natural instinct for science’

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-18 06:48:09

President Trump offered an explanation yesterday for his repeated denial of established climate science that he says “goes back and forth.” In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump addressed his stance on climate change and extolled his own “natural instinct for science.” [ read more … ]

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