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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 25, 2019

Top Story

Senate Democrats look for unity on eve of Green New Deal vote

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-03-25 04:23:28

Faced with the choice of voting up or down on their Green New Deal, Democrats look like they’re going to rally around a third option.  Originally presented as a nonbinding resolution, the ambitious outline for addressing climate change has galvanized Washington. A half-dozen presidential candidates have co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution introduced in February to cement their pro-environment bona fides. And almost immediately, numerous Republicans have spoken against what they see as itsenormous costs.   [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

GM announces electric vehicle plant, jobs after Trump tweets

By Mike Householder and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-25 04:23:45

Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors Co. is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Mich., to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.
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Noem Signs Bill to Streamline Renewable Energy Potential

By Office of Governor Noem  •    •  Posted 2019-03-25 04:24:04

overnor Kristi Noem yesterday signed SB15, a bill to streamline the permit procedures for solar and wind energy facilities and assist the PUC in managing its docket.

“Harnessing South Dakota’s sunshine and wind is critical to expanding clean, renewable energy solutions,” said Noem. “But like any industry, renewable energy production cannot thrive under heavy regulation and long approval processes. This bill is a commonsense approach from industry experts, legislators, and the Commission to reduce regulatory redundancy, right-size the permitting process, and provide certainty to further solar and wind energy production in South Dakota.” [ read more … ]

NOAA: Unprecedented spring flooding possible

By Seth Borenstein and Jeff Martin, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-25 04:24:18

The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said yesterday. More than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation, NOAA said in its spring weather outlook. About 41 million people are at risk of moderate flooding. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: State of the states: 4 reasons that red plus blue makes green economics

By Malcolm D. Woolf, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-23 04:40:18

Washington, D.C. is abuzz with the Green New Deal, but my bet is that the most pivotal energy legislation enacted this year comes from red and blue state houses across the nation. Roughly half of the nation’s governors pro-actively included energy and/or its alter-ego, climate change, in their recent “State of the State” addresses. Perhaps more surprising is that Republican governors were just as likely as Democratic governors to raise energy and/or climate issues. One clear take-away: the transformation of the energy sector is now a top-tier political issue in a growing number of states. [ read more … ]

 

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