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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 30, 2019

Top Story

U.S., China face deep trade, IP differences in high-level talks

By David Lawder and Chris Prentice, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:32:49

The United States and China launch a critical round of trade talks on Wednesday amid deep differences over Washington’s demands for structural economic reforms from Beijing that will make it difficult to reach a deal before a March 2 U.S. tariff hike. The two sides will meet next door to the White House in the highest-level talks since U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed a 90-day truce in their trade war in December. [ read more … ]

Factbox: Tariff wars – duties imposed by Trump and U.S. trading partners | Reuters

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:33:07

U.S. President Donald Trump has rattled the world trade order by imposing unilateral tariffs to combat what he calls unfair trade practices by China, the European Union and other major trading partners of the United States. The actions led to tit-for-tat retaliation, including a tariff war with China that Washington and Beijing are trying find a way out of in talks this week. Here is a rundown of major U.S. tariff actions and retaliatory measures in the past year.
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Policy & Politics

House committee plans month of hearings on global warming

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:33:29

The Natural Resources Committee is planning a full month of climate change hearings, as House Democrats look to bring the issue to the forefront of the 116th Congress. It will start next week on Feb. 6 with a full committee and a broad focus. Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said Democrats have tentatively scheduled two panels — one with two witnesses and another with four — to come before the committee. [ read more … ]

Attorneys general seek McNamee’s recusal on grid resilience

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:33:54

A coalition of attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia yesterday asked Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from proceedings evaluating the resilience of the country’s regional bulk power systems. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) led the comments to FERC, arguing in an announcement that McNamee’s outspoken support of fossil fuels and antipathy toward renewables “show that he cannot impartially evaluate the resiliency needs of our power system.” [ read more … ]

Corporations’ hunger for clean power grows

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:34:09

Corporations couldn’t be any clearer: They want cheap renewable energy. Companies and government agencies last year signed contracts to buy 13.4 gigawatts of clean power, comparable to Nevada’s total generating capacity. That easily shattered the prior record of 6.1 gigawatts that was set in 2017, according to a report yesterday by BloombergNEF. [ read more … ]

Big project splits farmers, clean energy backers in Wis.

By Sarah Whites-Koditschek, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Wisconsin Public Radio/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:34:28

Invenergy’s Badger Hollow Solar Farm is one of the largest solar utility projects planned for cropland anywhere in the country. Most large-scale solar arrays have been built in the desert Southwest, where both land and sun are plentiful. In Wisconsin, the 300-megawatt project, which the company says could power about 77,000 homes, is envisioned for 3,500 acres of prime agricultural land. It is dividing the area’s farming community, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Several local farmers, including 61-year-old Bob Bishop, plan to lease a checkerboard of parcels between Cobb and Montfort to Invenergy. [ read more … ]

Checking in on the Nebraska wind boom

By CURTIS WALTER, Into the Wind  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:34:46

Nebraska is in the midst of a wind energy boom– it’s one of seven states on track to double its installed wind capacity in the coming years. Like many rural communities across the U.S., this has brought wide-ranging benefits to the state. “Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago,” the Omaha World-Herald reported. “As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has saved family farms across a wide swath of the heartland. [ read more … ]

Porsche’s pitch: This car will recharge super fast

By Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-01-30 04:35:01

Zero-to-60 times are shorthand for what anybody buying a Porsche is supposed to care about. But with the all-electric Taycan due out later this year, Porsche executives are talking up a less-exhilarating metric: getting to 60 miles of charge. Stepping into the world of electric cars is making even the most hallowed performance brands rethink how they market their vehicles, and Porsche is no exception. At peak, the Taycan will be able to add more than 60 miles of charge in four minutes, thanks to an 800-volt battery that can absorb fast-charging rates of up to 350 kilowatts. [ read more … ]


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