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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 20, 2018

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The Energy 202: Lots of people support the ‘Green New Deal.’ So what is it?

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:38:41

In only a few months, the notion of a “Green New Deal” has earned the support of not just a few dozen Democrats in Congress. It’s also backed, at least according to one new survey, by the vast majority of registered voters. A poll conducted by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities found that 81 percent of registered voters either strongly or somewhat support the ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

D.C. council passes ‘100 by 32’ renewable mandate

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:39:10

The Washington, D.C., City Council has approved a measure that would decarbonize the city’s power supply by 2032, the nation’s swiftest path to renewable electricity. In remarks just before the unanimous vote, councilwoman and lead sponsor Mary Cheh said the law would serve as a model for other jurisdictions and couched the issue in moral terms. [ read more … ]

Shell forms joint venture to produce offshore wind energy in New Jersey

By Debroop Roy, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:39:36

EDF Renewables North America said on Wednesday it had formed a joint venture with oil and gas firm Royal Dutch Shell plc’s (RDSa.AS) new energies division to co-develop a lease area for offshore wind energy in New Jersey. The area, spread over 183,353 acres and located off the coast of Atlantic City, has the potential to produce about 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy, EDF said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Solar customers loved 2018, but panel makers loathed it

By Christopher Martin and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:40:25

Solar-panel makers had an awful 2018, but their customers really enjoyed it. Module manufacturers lost about 40 percent of their market value this year, even as the number of installations hit another record. The problem? Most makers are having to sell solar modules for below cost to compete with Chinese supplies. That’s helped buyers of solar power, which in some cases is now cheaper than fossil fuel-powered energy. [ read more … ]

Grid can handle extreme events with planning — watchdog

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:40:41

The accelerating loss of baseload electric generation, especially coal and nuclear, presents challenges to the electric power sector, the nation’s grid watchdog said in a report issued yesterday. But the industry, grid operators and its regulators have the tools and experience needed to plan for high-impact events, said Jim Robb, CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which released its Generation Retirement Scenario yesterday. [ read more … ]

Norway sees government-fueled boom in EV

By Mark Lewis, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-20 04:41:00

A silent revolution has transformed driving in Norway. Eerily quiet vehicles are ubiquitous on the fjord-side roads and mountain passes of this wealthy European nation of 5.3 million. Some 30 percent of all new cars sport plug-in cables rather than gasoline tanks, compared with 2 percent across Europe overall and 1-2 percent in the U.S. [ read more … ]

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