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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 26, 2018

Top Stories

Chatterjee takes reins as McIntyre steps down

Hannah Northey and Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 04:48:18

President Trump ended weeks of speculation last night by tapping former Republican Senate staffer Neil Chatterjee to serve as the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Chatterjee, 41, will now lead the powerful panel responsible for overseeing the nation’s bulk power grid, interstate gas pipeline permitting and other key energy sectors — a move that relieves the current Republican chairman, Kevin McIntyre, who is suffering from health issue. [ read more … ]

Will One State Go It Alone to Make Polluters Pay?

By Kirk Johnson, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 04:48:56

“It’s time for a new economy, and we’re going to have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and do everything we can to get it.” One piece of that transformation, Mr. Guenther said, will be decided on Election Day by people across the state, who will vote on whether to charge companies and utilities for their carbon emissions. The proposed carbon fees, aimed at curbing climate change by making the burning of fossil fuels more expensive, would be the first such state initiative in the nation, and other states are closely watching the election outcome. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Study blames contamination for millions of ER visits

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 06:30:34

More than one-quarter of asthma-related emergency room visits worldwide may stem from breathing dirty air, according to one study released today, while another paper links long-term exposure to fine particulates to an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Asthma, which inflames and narrows lung passageways, is the world’s most common chronic respiratory disease, afflicting an estimated 358 million people. For the first paper, researchers sought to quantify ER trips from asthma attacks triggered by inhalation of ozone, fine particulates or nitrogen dioxide. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Why New York’s new climate lawsuit against ExxonMobil is different

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 06:31:06

Over the past few years, several state and local governments have sued big oil companies, seeking to hold them responsible for damages from rising seas and inland wildfires connected to climate change. So far, none of these lawsuits have seen much success. But that may soon change with a lawsuit just filed by the state of New York. [ read more … ]

States, greens face off over PURPA implementation at FERC

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 06:31:25

Recent comments filed by environmental organizations and state utility regulators highlight the divergent perspectives over how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should reform its implementation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a 1978 law that compels utilities to purchase power from small renewable generators. PURPA has outlived its usefulness because utilities have ample access to renewable resources outside the law, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) wrote. FERC should create a “yardstick” that would allow utilities — even those not in wholesale power markets — to prove they should be exempt from PURPA’s requirements. [ read more … ]

Democrats go all-in on clean energy

By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 06:31:40

Climate change allows Democrats to draw a sharp contrast with Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed warnings from scientists about the threat of already-rising seas and extreme weather. And where climate policies based on cap-and-trade programs or carbon taxes may trigger voters’ fears of higher energy prices, Democrats can emphasize the jobs they say would come from building millions of new wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles. “Clean energy and clean jobs are good for the planet, and they’re just good business,” Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee J.B. Pritzker tweeted last year. [ read more … ]

Ex-Trump Adviser Knocks Support for Lake Erie Wind Project

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-26 06:30:00

A conservative energy research group led by a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team is taking the administration to task for backing a project that would install six giant wind turbines in the middle of Lake Erie. “It’s unclear why a technology that is so expensive should be co-funded by U.S. taxpayers,” according to a statement Wednesday from Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle. The $150 million project, which is eligible for as much as $50 million in federal funding, is just too expensive at six times more than a natural gas combined-cycle plant and three to four times as much as an onshore wind plant, the group said. [ read more … ]

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