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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 5, 2019

Top Stories

Offshore Wind Firm Seeks to Disrupt New England Power Auction

By Stephen Cunningham an Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:30:49

If Vineyard Wind LLC can’t participate in New England’s annual power-capacity auction, it wants to stop the event until it can. The developer of the first large-scale U.S. offshore wind project has asked the federal government to step in to halt the auction which started Monday or else nullify the results. That’s because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — the same agency it wants to intervene — has failed to rule on a December petition that would enable the company’s participation. [ read more … ]

Wheeler: Obama admin ‘tried to tip the scales’ on EVs

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:31:10

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today accused the Obama administration of engaging in “social engineering” by setting policies that encouraged people to purchase electric vehicles. “The Obama administration was social engineering. … I think the Obama administration went beyond the statutes and tried to tip the scales,” Wheeler said today during a Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit on mobility in San Francisco. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump to seek ‘substantial’ infrastructure funding

Geof Koss and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:31:28

President Trump will renew his call for major infrastructure legislation during tomorrow’s State of the Union address, as talks get underway among key House and Senate lawmakers from both parties. Infrastructure will be one of five areas in which the president will urge Congress to work on with him during the address, the theme of which is “choosing greatness,” a senior administration official told reporters in a Friday conference call previewing the speech. [ read more … ]

World’s ‘Third Pole’ is melting away

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:32:05

One of the world’s iciest regions is melting away in the face of climate change, according to a major new report compiled by hundreds of experts. Glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, which spans eight countries in South Asia from Afghanistan to Myanmar, could lose more than a third of their volume by the end of the century — even if world nations meet their most ambitious climate targets. And if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current levels, the region could lose as much as two-thirds of its ice. [ read more … ]

Tax credits are shrinking. Will it stall wind and solar?

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:32:22

Corporate giants continued to lock up long-term agreements to buy renewable power last year, breaking records for new procurement, according to a series of analyses published last week. It comes as wind and solar tax credits expire or hit their leanest points, in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Those approaching deadlines have helped create a bubble of new deals, say analysts. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma added more wind power in 2018, report shows

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:32:40

Oklahoma still has the wind at its back when it comes to adding more renewable energy to the Southwest Power Pool’s energy generating portfolio. A report released last week by the American Wind Energy Association shows the Sooner State added 576 megawatts of capacity to its wind generation fleet during 2018.
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Minnesota leaders take varying approaches on climate change

By Walker Orenstein, MinnPost/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:32:56

“Right here in Minnesota, right in the heart of the North American continent, we occupy a piece of American real estate that is seeing some of the most profound changes of anywhere in the country,” said Mark Seeley, a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate, at a recent hearing in the House. [ read more … ]

Oregon advocates see ‘real opportunity’ to cap carbon

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-05 04:33:18

After toying with the idea for more than a decade, Oregon may finally be on the verge of putting in place a cap-and-trade system for carbon. Last week, lawmakers unveiled a bill several years in the making that calls for cutting emissions 45 percent of 1990 levels by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. The measure would cap emissions beginning in 2021 and give utilities a decade before they have to buy carbon credits. It would also provide a declining number of allowances to trade-exposed industries. [ read more … ]

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