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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 29, 2018

Top Story

California says Trump’s fuel standards plan will ‘forfeit our best chance to fight climate change’

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-29 04:28:56

California is coming out swinging in its official response to one of the Trump administration’s most consequential attempts at rolling back regulations to date — to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks through 2026. In a 400-page comment on the proposed rule that will be filed today to the federal government, the California Air Resources Board warns that proposal will worsen air quality and “forfeit our best chance to fight climate change.” [ read more … ]

Auto giant defies Trump: ‘We can do better’

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-29 04:26:10

Breaking with the Trump administration, General Motors Co. wants to expand California’s landmark program for getting more clean cars on the road. GM plans to propose establishing a national program modeled after California’s zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) program, the company said yesterday. That announcement puts America’s largest automaker at odds with the administration, which wants to eliminate the Golden State’s program altogether. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Schwarzenegger: ‘Don’t worry about Trump’

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-29 04:26:32

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) still sees hope in U.S. climate policy but thinks the movement needs to change its messaging. At an event in Los Angeles affiliated with the U.N. climate talks, Schwarzenegger urged the international community to draw succor from the progress being made outside Washington, D.C. “I say, ‘Don’t worry about Trump, and about his lack of knowledge and interest in the subject,'” Schwarzenegger said. “I say, ‘The key thing you should know is the rest of the country, the rest of the United States, thinks differently.'” [ read more … ]

‘It’s time to move on.’ Meet the CEO who says no to coal

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-29 04:25:47

Gerard Anderson is among the most outspoken climate hawks in the utility industry. Last year, the DTE Energy Co. CEO committed his company, the largest utility in Michigan, to reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent of 2005 levels by 2050. DTE has plans to shutter all its coal plants by 2040 and has said it will double its renewable capacity from 1,000 megawatts to 2,000 MW by the early 2020s. [ read more … ]

California regulators prod utilities to start drafting roadmap to 100% clean energy

  •    •  Posted 2018-10-27 04:29:24

California’s 44 electricity providers are updating their formal plans to meet the state’s new 60% renewables by 2030 mandate and its 100% clean energy by 2045 goal. Investor-owned utility (IOU) regulatory filings say they have adequate renewables to meet the 2030 requirement and will begin procuring again after that. [ read more … ]

PJM to test blockchain to trade renewables

By Christopher Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-29 04:27:41

Blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrency transactions, is about to get tested in a trading system for matching clean-energy buyers and sellers in the largest U.S. power market.”Blockchain will give some smaller users the ability to trade,” Lukach said in an interview. “We’re also hoping it will reduce administrative costs.” [ read more … ]

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