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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 8, 2019

Top Story

Global CO2 levels ‘unprecedented’ in last 3M years

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:14:02

If global temperatures rise more than 2 degrees Celsius — the ambitious goal encapsulated in the Paris Agreement — they’ll have risen beyond anything the Earth has experienced in the last 3 million years. That’s according to a new modeling study published Wednesday in Science Advances. The study also suggests that the present-day atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations of more than 405 parts per million are “unprecedented” in that time. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:14:27

Curtis Stone has been using induction cooktops for years. The Australian celebrity chef — who operates acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and is planning a pop-up eateryat the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this month — said the electric cooking technology is faster, cleaner and more efficient than a traditional gas stove. “And they’re more accurate,” Stone said. “I know I’ll get a rolling simmer on a 6, and I know I’ll get a rapid simmer on a 7, and I know I’ll get a rapid boil on an 8.” [ read more … ]

Iowa leaders announce Power Up Iowa, new coalition for state wind industry

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:14:44

Iowa officials have announced plans to continue to push the state forward as a national wind leader. On Thursday in Ankeny, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg launched Power Up Iowa, a statewide coalition of renewable energy advocates pushing for local, state and federal policies to strengthen and build Iowa’s wind industry.
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House Democrats building clean energy financing momentum

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:15:47

As House Democrats look for solutions to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change, a large contingent of lawmakers are zeroing in on tax incentives for renewable technology and battery storage as one policy lever for near-term action. That effort earned major endorsements yesterday as more than 100 House Democrats wrote a letter to the leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee to urge action on a series of clean energy tax credits. [ read more … ]

Va. Republicans block state bid to join RGGI

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:15:01

As of Wednesday, it looked as if Virginia was on the verge of joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program that mandates reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Then there was a party-line vote in the General Assembly. [ read more … ]

House Democrats roll out energy storage tax credit while pushing broader clean energy incentives

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:15:17

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., on Thursday introduced legislation long awaited by clean energy advocates: a tax credit for energy storage technologies. H.R. 2096 aims to make energy storage technologies fully eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC) that is currently available to solar and some solar-plus-storage projects. The solar ITC is set to phase down from 30% in 2019 to 26% for projects that start in 2020, 22% in 2021 and 10% for all commercial and utility projects that start thereafter.  [ read more … ]

Solar-plus-storage projects spread as battery prices plunge

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:15:32

The kickoff of a big solar-plus-storage plant in Florida — following one in Arizona and another in Arkansas — means that a new power duo is climbing the charts among electric utilities. Last week, Florida Power & Light Co. announced the largest project ever to put solar panels and batteries in tandem. The 409-megawatt installation is an order of magnitude bigger than any such plant ever built in Florida, a state that’s been mostly indifferent to solar power despite its abundant sunshine. [ read more … ]

Rare earth ‘critical’ for U.S. wind offshore projects — study

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-08 04:16:15

The U.S. government’s plans to grow a domestic offshore wind industry will rely on huge amounts of a rare earth mineral produced almost exclusively in China, according to researchers from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The mineral in question, neodymium, is a key ingredient in magnets that help hardy offshore turbines generate electricity. It also goes into the motors that propel some electric vehicles, like Tesla Inc.’s Model 3. [ read more … ]

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