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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 10, 2019

Top Story

Reeling from wild Trump claims, wind lobby tries to shore up GOP support

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:24:36

The wind industry is fighting back against criticisms leveled by the GOP and President Trump with a new state-of-the-market report that shows the strength of wind in red states and districts. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual market report for 2018, released Tuesday, shows that a majority of wind farms and components manufacturers are located in conservative strongholds. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Record wind generation in the queue after 2018 boom

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:25:26

The U.S. wind industry had record generation in its development pipeline at the end of 2018 even after installed capacity rose about 8% during the year, a new report says. Over 35,000 megawatts of capacity were in advanced development or under construction in 31 states at the end of last year — a roughly 23% surge from a year earlier. That’s according to the 2018 “U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report” released today by the American Wind Energy Association. [ read more … ]

AWEA Annual Market Report: Top 11 wind power trends in 2018

By John Hensley, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:25:03

AWEA released its U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2018. It’s a historic time for American Wind power—our industry has never been busier. Robust demand, record low costs, innovative turbine technology, and consumer preferences are propelling wind to new heights. Strong wind project construction, a maturing manufacturing sector, and the increasing need for wind turbine technicians and operators mean wind jobs grew 8 percent in 2018– a record 114,000 men and women now work in wind. [ read more … ]

Nebraska leads nation in growth of wind energy capacity

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:25:42

A new report says Nebraska led the nation last year with the growth of its installed wind-energy capacity, creating economic benefits for the state. The American Wind Energy Association said in a report Tuesday that Nebraska now hosts 1,972 megawatts of installed wind capacity from 25 projects across the state. The projects represent more than $3.5 billion in capital investment. [ read more … ]

Greens push Northam to save RGGI bid

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:26:20

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam remained mum yesterday about the possibility of vetoing a budget amendment aimed at preventing the state from joining a regional cap-and-trade program. But environmentalists expressed confidence the governor would use a line-item veto to strike the measure, which would prevent state officials from using money on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), from the budget. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Grid modernization is the best new deal

By Hon. Dennis McGinn and Roger Sorkin, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:26:03

As humanity becomes ever more dependent on the uninterrupted flow of electricity for everything from refrigeration and sewage treatment to control towers and global banking systems, the vulnerability of the grid grows by the day. Failure of the system for extended periods of time would have serious consequences that could shake the stability of food and water supplies, stock markets, public health systems and military readiness. [ read more … ]

Investors Should Worry If Climate Goals Are Missed, Report Warns

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:26:37

Investors be warned: If the planet heats up by more than two degrees, it’s going to get a lot harder to make money. That’s the conclusion of investment advisory firm Mercer LLC, which modeled the financial fallout from two, three and four degrees Celsius of global warming through 2100 in a report released Monday. [ read more … ]

Trump Fed pick won’t consider economic effects of climate

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:26:59

President Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve Board doesn’t think the central bank should examine the economic effects of climate change. Stephen Moore, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told E&E News in a brief interview yesterday that the Fed should not consider the risks that rising temperatures could have on the economy because it was not tasked with addressing environmental policy. [ read more … ]

Shell taps ancient offset strategy for CO2-free driving

By Jenny Mandel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-10 04:27:16

Royal Dutch Shell is rolling out a low-tech carbon capture option this month for Dutch drivers: Buy reforestation credits at the pump to offset fuel emissions. The company announced the launch of “nature-based carbon credits” as a fueling option at gas stations in its home country, where drivers will be able to opt for carbon neutrality through a 1-euro-cent-per-liter surcharge (about 3.4 U.S. cents per gallon) on its regular gasoline or diesel options, or free with its premium fuel. [ read more … ]

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