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February 15, 2019

Top Story

Equinor, 3 JVs vie for offshore wind power park in New York

By Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:22:32

New York State said on Thursday it had received proposals from Norway’s Equinor and three joint ventures to build its first offshore wind power park of at least 800-megawatt capacity. The three joint ventures are Bay State Wind, between Danish Orsted and Eversource Energy; Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, consisting of France’s EDF and Shell; and Vineyard Wind, between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, the New York States Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said in a statement [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘What do we do about carbon?’ Wyo. governor on coal, climate

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:23:04

Mark Gordon emerged from a crowded primary field of Republican gubernatorial contenders in the fall. His energy and environmental credentials were a contentious topic in the race. He once served as the director of the Sierra Club’s Wyoming chapter. Since hitting the campaign trail last fall, Gordon has stressed his support for the state’s fossil fuel industries. I covered the energy industry for three years at the Casper Star-Tribune, the state’s largest daily newspaper. And like many Wyoming energy observers, I was eager to learn how Gordon would lead Wyoming: from his perspective as an environmentalist or as a political booster of coal. [ read more … ]

New Mexico: bill offers $6,000 tax credit on rooftop solar

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:23:46

New Mexico would provide a $6,000 credit against taxes for households, small business and farms that install rooftop solar energy systems under a bill introduced Tuesday. The proposal from Democratic state Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque would set aside up to $10 million a year for the credits. [ read more … ]

3 ways to translate Green New Deal into actual policy

By Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:24:46

Debating whether the Green New Deal will turn the U.S. into a social-democratic Scandinavia or into the next socialist Venezuela is cute but not productive. We suggest focusing on another question: Given the urgency of climate action, how might some elements of the Green New Deal get translated into a concrete policy? [ read more … ]

Schumer on ‘Green New Deal’ vote: ‘Bring it on’

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:24:08

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the floor yesterday morning to challenge his Republican counterpart to admit the realities of climate change in the latest rhetorical shot in the chamber’s “Green New Deal” fight. “Today, I am issuing a challenge to the majority leader,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “I don’t do this often, and my colleagues know that I would rather work in a bipartisan way on climate change. But his stunt — his cynical stunt — demands a response.” [ read more … ]

New York Democrats put new focus on climate change

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:24:24

Democrats in the New York state Senate say they’re putting a new focus on climate change after taking over from Republican lawmakers who had resisted calls for action. The Senate held a hearing Tuesday on legislation to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The legislation also includes funds for clean energy job training and communities most affected by climate change, such as coastal areas.
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Presidential contenders sidestep details of ‘Green New Deal’

By Adam Aton and Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-15 04:25:19

Democratic presidential contenders are praising the “Green New Deal” as an aspirational moonshot — but also carefully avoiding diving too far into its details. Quibbling over the progressive policy’s details is premature, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said yesterday on MSNBC. Inslee is exploring a presidential run with a climate change focus. [ read more … ]


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