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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 28, 2019

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Renewable Energy: Will China Be The Superpower?

By Adnan Z. Amin, Newsweek  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:34:04

Whereas coal powered industrialization in the 19th century and oil drove nations’ making of alliances in the 20th, a quiet revolution of renewables will transform the politics of the 21st century. The untold story of renewables is that they’re transforming the global energy system at a speed no one predicted. In recent years, technological advances and falling costs have made renewables genuinely competitive commercially. Price trends suggest that by 2020, the average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind sources will be at the lower end of fossil fuel prices. [ read more … ]

China’s 2018 renewable power capacity up 12 percent on year

By David Stanway, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-28 04:16:25

China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, with the country still rolling out new projects despite transmission capacity concerns and a growing subsidy payment backlog. China has been aggressively promoting renewable power as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump Rollbacks for Fossil Fuel Industries Carry Steep Cost

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-28 04:16:43

As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels.
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U.S. to emerge as net exporter in 2020 — EIA

Jenny Mandel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:34:28

Federal forecasters yesterday said the United States will emerge as a net energy exporter next year as growing oil and refined product shipments join natural gas in outweighing the country’s imports. But such ambitious milestones are unlikely to be met when it comes to tackling climate change. [ read more … ]

France to double renewables capacity under 10-year energy plan

By Geert De Clercq, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:34:47

France plans to double its renewable energy capacity with a system of regular tenders under a draft 10-year energy strategy plan published on Friday. The so-called PPE plan, which lays out capacity targets for various energy sectors over the 2019-2023 and 2024-28 periods, also confirmed that four to six nuclear reactors – including two in Fessenheim – will be closed by 2028, as announced late last year. [ read more … ]

The US Underwent a Quiet Clean Energy Revolution Last Year

By Emily Kaldjian and Priya Barua, World Resources Institute  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:35:09

The public perception of U.S. clean energy has undergone a major shift. In a recent survey, 70 percent of respondents said America should produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources; more than half thought renewables were a good idea even if they raise energy bills. The change in perception could be a reflection of recent changes to the U.S. energy industry itself. While it didn’t garner much attention, the United States saw unprecedented growth in renewable energy purchasing, development and commitments last year. Here’s a look at the quiet clean energy revolution happening across the country: [ read more … ]

In Wisconsin, many oppose transmission line to bring western wind power

By Kari Lydersen, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:35:24

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission will in coming months determine the fate of a proposed 120-mile high-voltage transmission line stretching from Iowa to central Wisconsin, with scores of organizations and individuals preparing to weigh in during a series of public meetings. Proponents of the proposed 345-kilovolt Cardinal-Hickory Creek line call it a crucial conduit for wind power to reach populated areas and increase grid efficiency; opponents call it an unnecessary and ecologically disruptive project that will benefit companies at the expense of ratepayers and could lengthen the lives of coal plants. [ read more … ]

Wind Turbines Bigger Than Jumbo Jets Seen Growing Even Larger

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-01-27 06:35:39

Anders Runevad of the Danish manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S said there’s no limits to the scale of turbines designed to work offshore, where bigger blades are used to harness steadier breezes and provide more stable returns for developers than land-based facilities. The same applies to onshore turbine technology, with no “clear end” to how high towers can grow or the size of rotors and the overall capacity of the machines to generate electricity, the executive said in an interview in Copenhagen on Thursday. [ read more … ]


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