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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 20, 2018

Top Stories

Support grows for Green New Deal

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:42:59

Support has swelled for the progressive “Green New Deal” platform over the last few days, despite an ongoing divide in the House Democratic caucus about how to address climate change in the next Congress. The proposed resolution from Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), which would create a new select committee to draft an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewables and build a “smart” grid, has rankled some establishment members. [ read more … ]

Colo. formally adopts tougher car rules

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:42:15

In a pointed rebuke to President Trump, Colorado will officially become the 14th state to adopt California’s tougher clean car rules. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted unanimously Friday to adopt the more stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for light-duty vehicles. The 8-0 vote comes as the Trump administration moves to significantly weaken federal standards. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Was there a ‘seismic shift’ for renewables? It’s complicated

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:43:57

The midterm elections created a “seismic shift” for renewable power. At least that’s what some industry leaders think, based on what they’ve heard in Congress and from state officials. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Renewables to surge with ‘no impact to taxpayers’ — report

Ines Kagubare, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:44:49

Minnesota is on its way to hitting its renewable energy goals — and it won’t cost taxpayers any extra. A study released Thursday by MN Solar Pathways found that solar could make up 10 percent of the state’s electricity by 2025. In addition, the report predicts that as renewable energy costs decrease, Minnesota will be able to produce 70 percent of its power from solar and wind by 2050 at costs comparable to natural gas generation.
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National Grid proposes $167M charger build-out in Mass.

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:45:08

The largest utility in Massachusetts has laid out a $167 million five-year plan to build out electric vehicle chargers in the state. Officials at the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) have had a full plate of e-car charger proposals over the past year or so, signing off on requests from National Grid PLC and Eversource Energy. [ read more … ]

7 big turbines rise in Johnston — biggest onshore wind farm in R.I.

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:45:21

The wind turbines appear up ahead as you drive west on Route 6, rising high on a hill over Johnston. In a matter of weeks, Green Development, of North Kingstown, has installed six of the German-made behemoths that each stand 524 feet tall when their blade tips are at their highest point — higher than the Industrial Trust building in Providence. [ read more … ]

Meet the Obama environmental policies Trump isn’t rolling back

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:45:47

Behind Trump’s aggressive agenda rolling back environmental regulations are a small handful of moves that look like they might have come from the Obama administration — and some of them even did. Let’s examine the few policies Trump is moving ahead with, or at least leaving alone. [ read more … ]

DOJ backing climate science? Blame Obama, official says

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-20 04:44:24

A top Justice Department lawyer was quick to point to Obama administration officials Saturday when asked why the government hasn’t challenged climate science in high-profile litigation brought by youth plaintiffs. “The answer in that case was filed in a previous administration and reflects the views of that administration,” said Eric Grant, a top lawyer in DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Grant was responding to a question about why DOJ acknowledges the link between fossil fuel consumption and climate impacts in legal arguments in Juliana v. United States, the case brought by 21 children and young adults asserting a right to a safe climate. [ read more … ]

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