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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 16, 2019

Top Story

GOP doles out top energy, environment assignments

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 05:07:41

House Republicans made official numerous ranking member slots today, assigning new leaders for key energy and environment panels. Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) announced that Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) will replace retired Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) as top Republican on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

5 questions for Andrew Wheeler

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 06:27:31

Wheeler’s confirmation hearing will also be the first time he is before lawmakers since a landmark climate change study was released by the Trump administration in November. The National Climate Assessment found the rise of carbon emissions could be terrible for the United States. The report says there will be more wildfires and flooding that could lead to an economic downturn unless emissions are reduced. [ read more … ]

Wind To Dominate New Electric Generating Capacity In 2019

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 05:06:19

According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), new electric generating capacity this year will come primarily from wind, solar and natural gas. EIA’s latest inventory of electric generators estimates that 23.7 GW of new capacity additions and 8.3 GW of capacity retirements are expected for the U.S. electric power sector in 2019 [ read more … ]

Orgeon governor wants clean energy economy

By Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 05:08:14

Noting that Oregon is experiencing drought and that last year was its warmest year since 1895, with wildfires increasing, Brown said the state must reduce harmful emissions that contribute to global warming while building a clean energy economy. [ read more … ]

New Mexico land commissioner proposes a state renewable energy office

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 05:08:43

New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands wants to create a new office to encourage the development of renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar on state trust lands. [ read more … ]

This Is What Kansas’ Top 10 Energy Producers Reveal About The Future Of Electricity

By Brian Grimmett, Kansas Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2019-01-16 05:09:02

Wind is beginning to challenge coal’s status as the primary energy source for electricity produced in Kansas. The shift has accelerated almost exponentially since 2010. As the cost to develop major wind projects has decreased, the cost to operate and maintain aging coal plants has gone up. [ read more … ]

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