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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 22, 2019

Top Story

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Deal’ too extreme

By Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:33:28

U.S. solar and wind power companies may have the most to gain from the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal backed by several Democratic presidential candidates to end U.S. fossil fuel consumption within a decade. But do not expect the renewable energy firms to endorse it. Representatives of America’s clean energy companies are withholding their support for the climate-fighting plan, calling it unrealistic and too politically divisive for an industry keen to grow in both red and blue states. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Missouri regulators approve $2.3B Grain Belt Express transmission line, but fight not over

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:32:41

Missouri regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved the controversial Grain Belt Express high voltage direct current transmission line, designed to move about 4 GW of wind energy from western Kansas through Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and the eastern grid. The Public Service Commission rejected the line in 2017, but project organizers got a reprieve when the Missouri Supreme Court concluded regulators incorrectly applied a precedent in their decision. [ read more … ]

Hill eyes fresh look at Obama-era clean energy standard

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:35:11

The fervor surrounding Democrats’ Green New Deal is rekindling congressional interest in a national clean electricity mandate, a top Senate Republican staffer told a renewable energy conference today. Legislation to establish a clean energy standard is being drafted, Kellie Donnelly, the chief counsel for Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said during a panel discussion at the American Council on Renewable Energy policy conference in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Coal states prefer local wind over fossil plants — study

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:33:03

People who live near wind turbines almost always prefer them to a hypothetical power plant that uses fossil fuels, according to a new survey carried out by University of Delaware researchers. Published in Nature Energy this week, the study asked respondents residing within 8 kilometers, or roughly 5 miles, of a wind turbine about their attitude toward it, and obliged them to imagine living near other sorts of power facilities instead. [ read more … ]

Tonko hints at new bills: ‘Nothing’s off the table’

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:34:17

Rep. Paul Tonko pitched industry and environment leaders here today on his new climate policy framework, a general set of principles to judge both incremental and comprehensive climate legislation. Tonko, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, stressed that climate policies must be science-based and durable enough to reshape the market’s long-term trajectory. Those benchmarks could apply to a wide range of plans, he said.
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McNamee to renewable industry: ‘I don’t have an agenda’

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:34:34

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s newest commissioner tried yesterday to address the renewable energy industry’s concerns about his previous work promoting fossil fuels. Commissioner Bernard McNamee told the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) he would work and make decisions as an independent arbiter. [ read more … ]

California ALJ proposes statewide renewable energy procurement for utilities

By Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:34:49

A California Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on Monday proposed statewide procurement for renewable resources, finding that proposed resource plans from utilities and other power providers will not reduce greenhouse gases enough to meet state goals. he proposed decision from ALJ Julie Fitch would refuse to adopt the combined integrated resource plan (IRP) from the state’s utilities and community choice aggregators (CCA) because it “does not meet the GHG emissions goals” and could challenge reliability. Instead, Fitch proposed a new statewide Preferred System Portfolio that would guide generation decisions out to 2030.  [ read more … ]

Trump ridicules ‘very, very expensive’ renewable energy

By Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:33:40

Earlier this month, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who’s vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said it’s “just simply moronic” for Trump to suggest that wind power means turning off toasters and TVs. [ read more … ]

Donald Trump’s Solar and Wind Power Criticism Slammed by Scientists: ‘Trump Is a Dangerous, Evil Clown’

  •    •  Posted 2019-03-22 04:25:54

Scientists responded angrily to President Donald Trump’s anti-renewable energy claim that people would have to turn off their TV sets if there wasn’t enough wind to power turbines. Addressing an audience at an Army tank factory in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon, the president appeared to confuse windmills with wind turbines in his speech repeatedly. Taking on the persona of a man watching TV with his partner, Trump said, “When the wind doesn’t blow, just turn off the television darling, please. There’s no wind, please turn off the television quickly.” [ read more … ]

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