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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 19, 2019

Top Story

Mo. lawmakers move to block $2.5B transmission line

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:13:26

The quest to build an eastbound wind energy superhighway hit another roadblock as Missouri’s House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill to block the developer from using eminent domain to acquire right of way for the project. The House approved the bill following more than an hour of floor debate late Tuesday. A final vote is expected today before the measure moves to the Senate.
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Policy & Politics

Pa. might follow Calif. on cap and trade

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:13:39

Pennsylvania regulators are considering a petition to institute an economywide cap-and-trade program, a move that immediately thrusts the Keystone State to the forefront of national conversations over how to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal under consideration by the Department of Environmental Protection is notable in both its ambition and scope. [ read more … ]

Clean energy brings ‘very attractive’ jobs — report

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:14:57

If the Green New Deal became law tomorrow, how would tens of millions of workers be absorbed into a new clean energy economy, and what would that labor force look like? A new analysis from the Brookings Institution shows that clean energy job opportunities are widespread, with 320 unique occupations being created or expanded as the economy transitions from carbon-based energy supplies to renewables and energy efficiency. [ read more … ]

Inslee calls on DNC to hold debate focused on climate change

By Tal Axelrod, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:13:57

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who has made climate change the focal point of his presidential campaign, called on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to hold a debate centered solely on the issue. “Climate change is the biggest threat facing our nation. And it demands to be the sole focus of a nationally televised debate. Democrats must put this issue front and center,” he said in a petition to pressure the DNC to hold the debate.  [ read more … ]

Chatterjee rejects allegations he helped scuttle nomination

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:14:12

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee pushed back today against reports that he participated in the scuttling of the potential nomination of David Hill to the commission. “No reporter has been able to identify a single individual that I contacted or what I talked about,” Chatterjee said, referring to an E&E News story published Friday. [ read more … ]

U.S. offshore wind industry will need networked ports

By Kirk Moore, Workboat  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:14:26

The U.S. East Coast is the world’s most promising market for offshore wind energy, but its ports have limitations and will need to be used together by the nascent industry. That was the assessment of experts at the International Partnering Forum 2019, a major wind energy conference hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind that attracted 1,400 people from offshore wind developers and associated industries to New York City last week.
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Military leaders keep breaking with Trump on climate

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:14:43

The U.S. military believes that drought, wildfires, recurrent floods, desertification and thawing permafrost will threaten dozens of bases around the country, a top Defense Department official recently wrote to lawmakers. What’s more, in congressional hearings over the last few weeks, military leaders have warned about specific risks posed to the country by a warming planet. Those include Russian movement of weapons into a warming Arctic and severe droughts driving conflicts in the Middle East.
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Iowa House votes to add fee for electric vehicle registration

By James Q. Lynch, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2019-04-19 04:15:13

Legislation that won bipartisan approval in the Iowa House will add a supplemental registration fee that, when fully phased in, will cost owners of electric vehicles an additional $130 a year. The goal is to maintain the Road Use Tax Fund that supports construction and maintenance of Iowa roads and bridges, bill manager Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Marion, said before the House voted 78-20 to send the bill to the Senate. [ read more … ]


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