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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 11, 2019

Top Story

Inside the troubling rise of CO2 at power plants

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:33:17

Much of those reductions came as utilities traded coal plants for facilities fueled by natural gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that coal to gas switching accounted for roughly two-thirds of all power sector emission reductions between 2005 and 2017. But last year illustrated the limitations to that approach as a climate strategy. Coal plant retirements approached record highs. But falling emissions from coal plants were offset by natural gas generators, which ran harder to satisfy an increase in electricity demand. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Fiat Chrysler to pay $500M for emissions cheating

Maxine Joselow and Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:34:11

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay more than $500 million to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act by cheating on auto emissions tests, EPA and the Justice Department announced today. This marks a major enforcement action and the second settlement between an automaker and the U.S. government over emissions-cheating allegations. The first settlement notoriously involved Volkswagen AG. [ read more … ]

Transportation crunch could threaten U.S. wind boom

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:33:45

The U.S. wind industry’s plans for new installations could be jeopardized in the next two years by the inability to transport turbine parts, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. As wind developers try to bolster turbine capacity and deliver cheaper power, components like rotors, blades and towers have gotten bigger and heavier, and they need special equipment to haul them for assembly. [ read more … ]

Pallone renames energy panel to include ‘climate change’

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:34:27

“The Energy and Commerce Committee has a long and proud tradition of conducting the majority of its work in its subcommittees,” Pallone said in a statement. “I’m confident these six subcommittees will allow us to focus on our priorities of strengthening the economy, reducing costs for consumers, combating climate change and conducting vigorous oversight.” [ read more … ]

Greens begin push for nationwide 100 percent renewable energy mandate

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:35:01

Environmental groups are set to fan out on Capitol Hill on Thursday to lobby lawmakers to back a 100 percent renewable energy mandate for the nation as an essential part of the progressive “Green New Deal” agenda. The groups, including Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, and Food and Water Watch, along with 625 members, will call on lawmakers to pursue legislation to ensure that all electricity comes from solar and wind by 2035 or sooner. [ read more … ]

Climate case stumbles in Ore.

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-11 04:35:18

An Oregon court ruled yesterday that the public trust doctrine, a maxim that governments are bound to protect natural resources for citizens, does not require Oregon to defend the environment from climate change. That legal concept has been applied for decades to state governments, preventing them from selling off or ceding public lands and waters to outside interests. [ read more … ]

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