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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 2, 2018

Top Stories

Gov. Cooper targets climate issue, orders NC agencies to reduce carbon emissions

By John Downey, Charlotte Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 04:50:04

 Gov. Roy Cooper committed North Carolina to reducing energy consumption at government building 40% by 2025 and established a cabinet-wide task force to address climate change in an executive order issued Monday. He also directed the Department of Environmental Quality to develop a North Carolina Clean Energy Plan to encourage the use of clean wind and solar power, energy efficiency and energy storage in the state. [ read more … ]

Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 04:50:27

The world’s oceans have been soaking up far more excess heat in recent decades than scientists realized, suggesting that Earth could be set to warm even faster than predicted in the years ahead, according to new research published Wednesday. Over the past quarter-century, Earth’s oceans have retained 60 percent more heat each year than scientists previously had thought, said Laure Resplandy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who led the startling study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The difference represents an enormous amount of additional energy, originating from the sun and trapped by Earth’s atmosphere — the yearly amount representing more than eight times the world’s annual energy consumption. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump admin gets an earful on proposed carbon rule

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 04:50:58

From personal pleas to cut air pollution to detailed criticisms of agency policy, members of the public made clear they saw little they liked in EPA’s proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan. Many of the tens of thousands of comments submitted to the agency ahead of yesterday’s public comment deadline opposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, the Trump administration’s proposal to cut emissions from power plants. Most opponents called for stricter climate action on the second-largest source of carbon emissions in the country. [ read more … ]

EPA quietly telling states they can pollute more

By Rene Marsh, Gregory Wallace and Ellie Kaufman, CNN  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 04:51:20

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly signaled it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog, dirtying the air in those states and neighboring ones, but the agency did not review the health impact of such a move. The Trump administration’s position is outlined in a highly technical guidance memo about plans states must create and submit for EPA approval under the Clean Air Act’s good neighbor requirements. It was sent in August to EPA regional offices and posted on the agency’s website, but not announced to the public. [ read more … ]

Largest grid operator dismisses threat of coal and nuclear closures

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 06:29:05

The operator of the largest power market in America released a report Thursday finding that its electricity supply would hold up against a range of threats, providing evidence against the Trump administration case for preserving coal and nuclear plants. “The PJM system is reliable today and will remain reliable into the future,” the grid operator, PJM Interconnection, said in an eight-page summary of a much-anticipated report slated for full release in December. [ read more … ]

Chatterjee pledges no political influence after ‘growing into’ FERC role

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 04:51:41

The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pledged Wednesday to protect his agency from political influence as it tackles high-profile issues of grid resilience and fuel security. “We should be separate and apart from any political influence on either side,” Chatterjee told reporters during a press conference at FERC headquarters. [ read more … ]

7 US States Set To Double Their Wind Capacity

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 06:29:27

Texas led the way with 216 MW of new capacity installed in the third quarter, bringing its 2018 cumulative new capacity up to 880 MW over 2018. Oklahoma installed a total of 199 MW for the third quarter, followed by Ohio with 108 MW, New York with 78, Nevada with 7 MW, California with 3 MW, and Alaska with 1 MW. Oklahoma’s 199 MW brings it into second place in terms of cumulative 2018 capacity brought online, but its third-quarter capacity is all it has brought online this year. [ read more … ]

Sunshine State hasn’t embraced solar. That’s about to change

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-02 06:28:18

Solar is about to boom in the Sunshine State as the price of photovoltaic cells and related installation costs drop to all-time lows. Although Florida’s two biggest utilities, Florida Power & Light Co. and Duke Energy Corp., still favor natural-gas-driven electricity over solar and its current governor remains a skeptic about climate change, the state’s drive toward renewable energy is likely to break existing records annually for the next five years. [ read more … ]


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