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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 16, 2018

Top Story

Trump’s FERC nominee to seek counsel if coal bailout plan returns

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:48:54

U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to join a key panel of independent energy regulators, who helped roll out a Department of Energy (DOE) directive to bail out aging coal and nuclear plants, told senators on Thursday he did not know if he would recuse himself if the issue reappears before the commission. Last month Trump nominated Bernard McNamee, currently a lawyer at the DOE, to a vacant seat on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is meant to be a politically independent office.
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Policy & Politics

The Energy 202: Top House Democrats don’t agree on who should lead on climate change

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:50:29

Democrats poised to retake the House majority will attempt to tackle an issue their GOP counterparts largely ignored while they controlled both chambers of Congress: climate change. That, at least, Democrats can agree on. Who should spearhead the Herculean job of addressing climate change — all while Republicans still control the Senate and the White House — is a different matter. [ read more … ]

Dems aim to address warming — with or without select panel

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:50:53

House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) yesterday offered a light criticism of the proposed revival of the select climate change committee, joining at least one other incoming committee chairman in staking out territory on the issue. Grijalva, who is expected to lead the Natural Resources panel next year, told reporters that a refreshed version of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming could help elevate climate as an issue. [ read more … ]

Despite Hurdles, Offshore Wind Energy Potential Is Generating Hype In the U.S.

By Ken Silverstein, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:51:13

The potential for offshore wind energy in the United States is enormous. But so, too, are its costs. That’s why New York State is now soliciting 800 megawatts of offshore wind projects — something that it hopes will lead to 2,400 megawatts of such power by 2030. [ read more … ]

Study says Minnesota can economically reach renewable energy goals by 2050

By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:51:29

Minnesota can economically get 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, as prices for wind, solar and battery storage continue to fall, a study has found. The deployment of more solar and wind generation would be no more costly than new natural gas power, a cheap source of electricity, according to the study done for the state Department of Commerce. Enough solar generation could be added cost-effectively by 2030 to meet Minnesota’s ambitious solar-power goals. [ read more … ]

Exclusive: At U.N. climate talks, Trump team plans sideshow on coal

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:49:32

The Trump administration plans to set up a side-event promoting fossil fuels at the annual U.N. climate talks next month, repeating a strategy that infuriated global-warming activists during last year’s talks, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. As with the 2017 gathering in Bonn, Germany, the administration plans to highlight the benefits of technologies that more efficiently burn fuels including coal, the sources said. [ read more … ]

Congress spent millions to revive coal country. Did it work?

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:49:54

The idea was simple: Fix coal’s past — refuse heaps, open shafts and streams rusted by iron leaching out of old mines — to build a different future for Appalachia. And it was bipartisan — well, maybe more a truce. Obama officials made the pitch, and the Republican-held Congress wrangled the cash, all the while fighting over what killed king coal. [ read more … ]

Tesla slashes prices on home solar systems to spur sales

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-11-16 04:51:48

Tesla Inc has cut prices on its residential solar systems by as much as 25 percent in a bid to lift lagging sales after the company streamlined its sales and marketing organization, a company official told Reuters. Effective on Thursday, price quotes for potential solar customers will be between $3,000 and $5,000 lower, representing savings of between 15 and 25 percent, according to Sanjay Shah, the company’s senior vice president of energy operations. [ read more … ]

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