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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 5, 2019

Top Story

U.S. test nuclear reactor may run 40 pct over cost -gov’t document

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:27:02

The flagship of the Trump administration’s advanced nuclear power research program could cost about 40 percent more than a government official estimated earlier this year, a U.S. Department of Energy document shows. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has tried to breathe life into the country’s nuclear power industry, which is suffering in the face of competition from plants burning cheap natural gas as well as falling costs for wind and solar power. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Scammers peddling bogus tax breaks find traction on Facebook

By Amanda Seitz and Mae Anderson, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:27:48

Hundreds of ads on Facebook promised U.S. homeowners that they were eligible for huge state tax breaks if they installed new solar-energy panels. There was just one catch: None of it was true. The scam ads used photos of nearly every U.S. governor — and sometimes President Trump — to claim that with new, lucrative tax incentives, people might actually make money by installing solar technology on their homes. Facebook users only needed to enter their addresses, email, utility information and phone number to find out more. [ read more … ]

Missouri bill would bar condemnation for Grain Belt Express project energy line

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:28:37

Just weeks after winning a key regulatory approval, one the nation’s largest wind energy projects is facing a new obstacle from Missouri legislation that could prevent the proposed high-voltage power line from being strung across the property of uncooperative landowners. A Missouri House panel advanced legislation Wednesday that would prohibit the use of eminent domain to acquire easements for the Grain Belt Express project. The proposed 750-mile (1,255-kilometer) transmission line would carry wind power from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois into Indiana, where it would [ read more … ]

Wheeler to Calif.: ‘Don’t sue us’

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:28:14

“I hope when we come out with our final regulation, California takes a look at it … and they realize that this is the best regulation for the country as a whole and that they don’t sue us,” Wheeler said this morning at the Washington Auto Show. “That would be my ultimate hope,” the EPA administrator said. [ read more … ]

States focus on chemicals linked to warming when feds won’t

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:28:54

States are stepping up efforts to regulate a group of potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foams. The push to restrict use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, playing out in state capitals across the country represents one of the clearest examples of interstate coordination on climate policy. [ read more … ]

Grassley: Trump turbine comments ‘idiotic’

By David Pitt, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:29:17

Grassley said in a conference call with reporters yesterday that the comments “were first of all idiotic, and it doesn’t show much respect for Chuck Grassley as the grandfather of the wind energy tax credit. Trump, at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner Tuesday night, said noise from wind turbines causes cancer. [ read more … ]

5 doozies from Trump on wind power and climate

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-05 04:29:32

In suggesting that noise from wind turbines causes cancer, President Trump has added another untruth to a long line of inaccurate — and often bizarre — statements he’s made over the years about climate change or renewable energy, especially wind power. The latest remark, delivered at a Republican dinner Tuesday, has little grounding in scientific or medical fact. But it follows a pattern of deception and disinformation that predates his successful 2016 run for the White House. [ read more … ]

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