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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 8, 2019

Top Story

A ‘Green New Deal’ Is Far From Reality, but Climate Action Is Picking Up in the States

By Brad Plumer New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:25:52

Even though talk of a “Green New Deal” is getting louder in Congress, the odds of major federal climate legislation passing in the next two years remain extremely low. It’s a different story at the state level, however: The midterm elections in the fall brought in a new wave of governors who are now setting climate goals for their states and laying out more ambitious plans to cut emissions and expand low-carbon energy.
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Policy & Politics

Ocasio-Cortez, Markey unveil Green New Deal with backing of four presidential candidates

By Dino Grandoni and Jeff Stein, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:26:52

For months, the term Green New Deal has been bandied about by Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail for president as their catchall phrase for a sweeping effort to halt runaway climate change. On Thursday, the slogan got some meat on its bones as Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) prepared to introduce a framework outlining the goals of a sweeping climate pact going forward — and stop other Democrats from defining the Green New Deal however they wanted. [ read more … ]

Trump tries to dim efficiency gains in bulbs

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:27:24

The Trump administration is rolling back lightbulb standards designed to save consumers money and reduce home energy use. Passed by Congress in 2007, the standards were updated by the Obama administration in 2017 to include a wider range of lightbulbs. Yesterday, the Trump administration proposed removing certain types of bulbs from the standards set to go into effect next year. That includes three-way bulbs, candle-shaped bulbs and the circular bulbs often used in bathroom fixtures. Rolling back the standards means that half of the sockets in the United States, or some 2.7 billion, would be powered by less efficient bulbs that require more energy and have to be replaced more often, according to critics. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind project hits rough water in New England

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:27:41

America’s first major offshore wind project is caught in a crosswind. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission declined this week to rule on a waiver that would have eased the wind developer’s entry into New England’s electricity market. The decision, or lack thereof, prompted an unusual round of public sniping among FERC commissioners on Twitter and highlights the simmering tensions in New England, where state climate ambitions are straining against the structure of the region’s wholesale electricity markets. [ read more … ]

Michigan Republicans fume as House votes to reject Whitmer’s environmental order

By Beth LeBlanc , Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:27:58

House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order revamping the Michigan environmental department, arguing she usurped their power by abolishing oversight panels they created last year. In her first partisan feud with lawmakers, Whitmer countered by asking Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel for a formal opinion on the legality of the panels. They “create unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles that get in the way of our state government responding to problems with drinking water quickly,” she argued. [ read more … ]

S.D. governor vetoes state solar energy bill

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-08 04:28:12

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has vetoed a Public Utilities Commission bill to define solar energy facilities in state law. The Republican governor yesterday rejected the measure, questioning in her veto message the need for more commission regulation of solar generating stations. [ read more … ]

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