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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 20, 2019

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Rough start for N.M. Democrats’ assault on oil emissions

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:17:00

Since the November election, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other resurgent Democrats in New Mexico have vowed to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and rein in the oil and gas industry. The reality may turn out differently. One of the first energy-related bills to face a legislative hearing in the state died in a committee Friday. While the bill wasn’t one of Lujan Grisham’s top priorities, its fate shows how local political considerations can overshadow environmental concerns, even in states controlled by Democrats. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Hawaii ‘Postcard From the Future’ for Renewables

By Bobby Magill, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:17:31

Near Honolulu, researchers are testing how to generate electricity from the energy in ocean waves. And Hawaii’s largest electric utility is among the first to widely use advanced “smart” inverters to help manage the flow of electricity from rooftop solar panels into the power grid. Such projects help explain why Hawaii is becoming a laboratory for how to integrate wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy into an electric power grid—something the state must do in order to meet its first-in-the-nation goal to use only renewable electricity in the future. [ read more … ]

New owner of stalled Grain Belt Express confident it can help the transmission project move forward

By Bryce Gray, St. Louis Post Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:17:57

The proposed multistate transmission line, Grain Belt Express, has languished before Missouri regulators for years — with their at times controversial rejectionsrepresenting the last major obstacle to sending Kansas wind energy east along an intended 780-mile path. Momentum for the project finally seemed to be building last year, when court rulingssteered the matter back to the Missouri Public Service Commission with favorable opinions. Even so, the prospective developer that had shepherded the project through years of turmoil and snags said in November that it planned to sell off rights to the endeavor.
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‘Green New Deal’ fight puts spotlight on moderates

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:18:31

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to jam moderate Democrats by bringing up the “Green New Deal” for a vote. But supporters of the climate proposal argue McConnell is misplaying his hand and vulnerable Republicans will be the ones paying the price. Knowing who’s right is impossible to guess at this point, but Colorado may offer clues on which way the winds could shift. The state’s two senators — Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner — each have an uncertain political future, and the “Green New Deal” has the potential to affect the fates of both, albeit in different ways.
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U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries

By Tammy Webber, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:18:51

The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday. [ read more … ]

Shell is buying clean-tech companies. What’s going on?

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:19:07

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of the world’s largest oil companies, gave fresh signals last week that it intends to be a purveyor of low-carbon electricity. It bought a battery company that will compete with Tesla Inc. and struck a partnership with Google to test an exotic wind generator. The news came shortly after Shell acquired Greenlots, a California startup that builds software to network fueling stations for electric vehicles [ read more … ]

Carol Browner on ‘Frozen’ and quoting Mick Jagger to Obama

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-20 04:19:50

Carol Browner has a fun new gig. The prominent environmental regulator, who served as President Clinton’s EPA administrator and President Obama’s energy and climate adviser, recently joined the electric scooter company Lime as a sustainability adviser. It’s a sharp pivot to the private sector for Browner, who earned the nickname “climate czar” — or occasionally “czarina” — during her time in the Obama administration.
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