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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 9, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Veterans Day. It resumes on Tuesday, November 13.

Top Stories

Clean Energy Is a Winner in Several States as More Governors, Legislatures Go Blue

By Dan Gearino, Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate Energy  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:37:50

Seven Republican-led states voted for Democratic governors this week in an election that could shift the landscape for climate and clean energy policies, especially in the increasing number of states where Democrats will also dominate the legislature. Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Maine and Wisconsin are all switching from Republican to Democratic governors. In 14 states, Democrats will have a “trifecta” of the governor’s office and control of both houses of the legislatures, with Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Maine and New York joining eight others. [ read more … ]

California Moves to Replace Gas Plants With Batteries From Tesla

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:39:53

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday four PG&E energy-storage contracts to support Northern California’s electric grid, including a project by Tesla Inc. The commission in January ordered the state’s biggest utility to find a way to replace the power it gets from three Calpine Corp. gas plants that are at risk of retirement, and to consider battery systems. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The Death of the Midwest Democrat Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

By Mitch Smith and Monica Davey, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:38:10

A decade ago, a Democrat was governor of Kansas. And Illinois. And Michigan. And Wisconsin. Since then, Republicans dominated, winning governor’s races across much of the Midwest and enacting conservative policies that reshaped the region in their image. On Tuesday, there were signs of a shift back toward the politics that had long defined the region. [ read more … ]

The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:39:10

Nationwide, at least 10 candidates for governor won their races who campaigned on aggressively moving their states away from burning fossil fuels and toward relying on renewable forms of energy for electricity. The newly minted governors, all of them Democrats, will serve from California to Maine and aim to inch the United States closer to meeting its emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement at a time when the federal government under Trump is largely ignoring scientists who say the world has little time to get climate change under control. [ read more … ]

Blue wave in Midwest raises hopes for more green energy

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:38:28

The blue wave was real Tuesday night, at least in Midwest governors’ races, where Democrats reclaimed offices in four states now controlled by Republicans: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kansas. The exceptions for Republicans were Iowa, where incumbent Kim Reynolds narrowly won re-election, and in Ohio, a key state for Midwest energy, where Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray. [ read more … ]

Stung by failed carbon fee, greens focus on renewables

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:38:44

Climate hawks began to shift their focus yesterday from a defeated carbon fee referendum in Washington state to boosting renewables in states where Democrats wrested control of legislatures and governors’ mansions from Republicans. Heading into Tuesday’s midterms, greens had hoped a win in Washington, where a ballot initiative asked voters to approve a fee on carbon emissions, would propel a series of state carbon-pricing plans nationwide. [ read more … ]

Greens hope Evers will inject more science into Wis. agency

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-11-09 04:39:28

Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get tougher on polluters and chronic wasting disease. Evers will have broad authority to make sweeping changes at the department after he takes office in January, starting with appointing a new secretary and replacing the executive staff. He’ll be able to propose even more substantive changes in his 2019-21 executive budget, including more money for the agency and restoring axed positions. [ read more … ]

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