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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 25, 2019

Top Story

Massachusetts wind-power project to move forward despite shutdown

By Lisa Lambert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:25:34

The U.S. Interior Department will press forward with a wind power project during the partial government shutdown using money already granted by Congress, its acting head announced Thursday. The move could assuage Democrats’ concerns about the Trump administration pushing for oil drilling in the Arctic during the shutdown, which has lasted 34 days. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Illinois governor promises to phase out coal, help miners

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:26:03

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed an executive order yesterday to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, bringing one of America’s largest coal producing states and carbon emitters into a coalition dedicated to upholding the terms of the Paris climate accord. The move makes Illinois the 18th state to partner with the alliance and fulfills a campaign pledge by Pritzker, who ousted former Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican who largely remained silent on climate issues, in November. [ read more … ]

Jacky Rosen could become Senate leader on renewables

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:26:24

When Rosen, 61, was elected president of the Ner Tamid synagogue in 2013, she pushed to install a solar system that cut energy costs for the temple in the southern tip of the Silver State by around 70 percent. Five years later, while running for the Senate after just one term in the House, she recounted that experience to voters and pointed to legislation, H.R. 6166, she’d introduced to train veterans for careers in the solar industry to help illustrate her policy priorities. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: The Power of Renewable Energy Remains Strong

By Ernie Shea, Solutions from the Land  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:26:51

After years of debate over its validity, much less its viability, renewable energy has proven to be one of the most successful solutions offered from the land in response to a changing climate. Power and transportation fuels that are significantly cleaner than traditional, fossil-fuel-based sources have achieved a legitimacy that is far past any “turning point” that analysts only a few years ago claimed renewable energy must surpass to be considered a critical part of the nation’s energy strategy. [ read more … ]

Minnesota study finds it cheaper to curtail solar than to add storage

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:27:13

A report on Minnesota’s renewable energy potential challenges what has become a common assumption about energy storage and the curtailment of solar power generation. The Solar Potential Analysis (SPA) report found that wind and solar power could serve 70% of Minnesota’s electrical load in 2050, but “additional capacity coupled with energy curtailment is considerably less expensive than, and a viable alternative to, long-term or seasonal storage in a high renewables future.” [ read more … ]

2020 Dems embrace climate, but will voters?

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:27:32

It’s just a few weeks into the presidential primary season, and already Democratic contenders are talking far more about climate change than they have in the past. But do Democratic voters care? [ read more … ]

Greens want 2020 Democrats to go beyond vague ‘Green New Deal’ support

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-01-25 04:27:46

“Climate change will be one of the top three or four issues in the Democratic primary, and the eventual nominee will have the most ambitious, specific climate proposals ever made by presidential candidates,” Paul Bledsoe, a former climate change adviser to former President Bill Clinton, told the Washington Examiner. “But that doesn’t mean it’s what the candidates are first going to talk about when they introduce themselves to the American people.” [ read more … ]

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