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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 14, 2018

Top Stories

FERC nomination hearing to zero in on Trump plans for nuclear, coal

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:39:02

Senators this week will vet President Trump’s nominee to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — a confirmation hearing that’s bound to bring tough questions about the White House’s preferential push for coal and nuclear plants. Bernard McNamee, a Department of Energy official whom Trump tapped to sit on FERC, will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. [ read more … ]

5 Hard-to-Believe Renewable Energy Facts

By Maxx Chatsko, Motley Fool  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:41:55

In 2000, wind and solar combined to be the source of just 0.1% of all electricity generated in the United States. No wonder renewable energy had so many critics. To be fair, wind and solar were expensive, inefficient, and hadn’t done much of anything since being hyped up during the energy crisis in the 1970s. But all of that has changed now.  Today, wind power is, on average, the cheapest source of electricity on a levelized cost basis in the United States. Solar power is third, just behind natural gas, and together with wind, the renewable pair is responsible for nearly 10% of total electricity production in the country. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Clean energy platforms win at the state level as 7 governor seats shift blue

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:38:40

Seven governor’s races flipped blue: Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico and Nevada. The Alaska governor’s seat was the only one to flip Republican, while Florida and Georgia are still pending final vote counts. Although issues such as healthcare and immigration remained the top items for many candidates, observers say some of the gubernatorial candidates’ strong stances on clean energy policy may have helped win them the election. [ read more … ]

Carbon advocates won’t quit after a string of defeats

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:39:54

Carbon taxers are a stubborn lot. After losing a ballot initiative in Washington state last week, they might be expected to give up and search for an alternative climate solution. After all, the loss is the third in three years. Not even Washington’s blue hue or a national Democratic uplift could push a fee on carbon pollution over the finish line. [ read more … ]

Big and small players to meet as N.Y. opens Offshore Wind bidding round

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:39:36

New York started taking applications from offshore wind companies last week to build up to 800 megawatts’ worth of turbines, or one-third of the state’s goal for 2030. It’s the first of what is likely to be a two- or three-round movement toward the 2030 goal, depending on the success of this round. Companies will have to submit their bids by February, with awards to be announced in the spring. Contracts could run for as long as 25 years. [ read more … ]

Turbine makers hit turbulence as machine prices fall

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:40:24

The shakeout in the wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S. [ read more … ]

Global oil demand under growing threat from electric cars, cleaner fuel

By Amanda Cooper, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:40:48

Electric vehicles and more efficient fuel technology will cut transportation demand for oil by 2040 more than previously expected, but the world may still face a supply crunch without enough investment in new production, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. Oil demand is not expected to peak before 2040, the Paris-based IEA said in its 2018 World Energy Outlook.
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9th Circuit puts kids’ climate case back on hold

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-14 04:41:11

A federal appeals court in San Francisco paused a landmark climate lawsuit in which the plaintiffs accuse the U.S. government of violating their right to live in a safe climate. The temporary stay is the latest step in a legal mambo that has transpired between the plaintiffs and the government at the district, appeals and Supreme Court levels. [ read more … ]

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