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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 12, 2019

Top Story

$2.5B project aims to bury siting woes for high-voltage lines

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 06:57:14

The SOO Green Renewable Rail project would stretch almost 350 miles from Mason City, Iowa, in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) grid to a Commonwealth Edison substation near Chicago, which is in the PJM Interconnection LLC grid. The line would be able to transmit 2,100 megawatts, enough power to light about 2 million homes. “SOO Green is a seams-buster connecting MISO to PJM,” said Trey Ward, CEO of developer Direct Connect Development Co. LLC, referring to the border between the nation’s two largest wholesale power markets. [ read more … ]

Underground Line Could Carry Iowa Wind Power to Chicago

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:29:27

The company behind a proposed underground transmission line that would carry electricity generated mostly by wind turbines in Iowa to the Chicago area said Monday that the $2.5 billion project could be operational in 2024 if regulators approve it. Direct Connect Development Co. said it has lined up three major investors to back the project. It plans to bury the transmission line in land that runs along existing Canadian Pacific railroad tracks, hopefully reducing the disruption to landowners. It’s not unusual for pipelines or fiber optic lines to be buried along railroad tracks in the land the railroad controls.
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Policy & Politics

Trump offers $200B for infrastructure, looks to Congress for details

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:29:48

President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request offers a window into his administration’s thinking on infrastructure policy, as Congress looks to move a broad infrastructure package by late spring. It’s a big change from last year. [ read more … ]

Trump’s $4.7T plan slashes energy, environment programs

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:30:08

The White House yesterday outlined a $4.7 trillion fiscal 2020 budget that would take an ax to many domestic programs, including at EPA and the Energy and Interior departments, to boost national security spending. The budget pushes a 5 percent cut in nondefense discretionary spending accounts to $543 billion. Defense spending would spike 5 percent to $750 billion.
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Wheeler: Green New Deal plans are ‘dangerous’

Jenny Mandel and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:30:56

“There are a few, loud voices calling for the complete dismantling of U.S. fossil fuel production. Not only would this be dangerous for the economy and national security, but it would be devastating for public health, both here and abroad,” Wheeler said in a keynote address at CERAWeek by IHS Markit, one of the world’s most closely watched energy industry gatherings. [ read more … ]

Dems shape talks with long list of climate demands

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:31:22

As infrastructure talks progress on Capitol Hill, Democrats are calling for any legislative package to address climate change. That would have been unthinkable last year, when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress. Indeed, when President Trump initially proposed his $1 trillion infrastructure plan last year, it sparked little discussion about global warming. And the plan ultimately failed to materialize due to disagreement over funding options. [ read more … ]

House climate advocate is ‘not writing fossil fuels off’

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:31:57

I’m not writing fossil fuels off at this time, and I think one thing that’s important is to understand how … integrated they are into our lives. But I think that they will be a part of our energy delivery system for a long time. We need to work together on addressing what that looks like and what the mix is in the future. [ read more … ]

Automakers Retool Marketing Machines as They Go Electric

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:32:14

After years of promising electric cars, established carmakers are actually starting to build them. But manufacturers are realizing that a shift to battery power also requires them to retool their sales machinery. The old come-ons are obsolete. Range is the new horsepower. Connectivity replaces cylinder count. And sustainability is the new status symbol. Volvo’s Polestar 2 electric car, unveiled last week, even comes with a leather-free “vegan” interior. [ read more … ]

Utility flips switch on 65-turbine project

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-12 04:32:29

DTE Energy says it’s flipped the switch on a 65-turbine wind project in central Michigan. The utility announced Friday that the Pine River wind park in Gratiot and Isabella counties is running and can provide enough electricity for more than 54,000 homes. [ read more … ]

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