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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 12, 2019

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Proposed Offshore Wind Farm Wins Key Massachusetts Permit

By WBUR  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:46:08

A proposed $2 billion wind farm planned for federal waters off Martha’s Vineyard has been awarded a key permit by a state board responsible for reviewing proposed large energy facilities.

The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board this week approved requests filed by Vineyard Wind for the construction and operation of the 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard off the Massachusetts Coast.
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In oil-rich North Dakota, alternative energy advocates tout job growth

By Dan Niepow, Grand Forks Herald  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:46:54

Friday, he received his certificate in wind energy technology at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. At 19, he’s already lined up a final-stage interview with a wind energy company in Hettinger, N.D. Gilbertson and his classmates expert to earn anywhere from $25 to $35 an hour working as wind technicians. Climbing hundreds of feet above the ground, wind techs help make sure the state’s growing number of wind turbines continue to run smoothly. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Walmart agrees to power over 40 stores with solar energy

By Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:47:22

Walmart Inc. reached a deal to power more than 40 stores in five states with solar energy as it works toward a goal of getting half of its electricity from renewables by 2025. [ read more … ]

Bill Targeting Wind Energy Line Stalls in Missouri Senate

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:47:49

Legislation that could thwart a large wind-energy power line has hit a roadblock in the Missouri Senate. Senators were unable to come to a vote late Wednesday on a bill prohibiting the use of eminent domain to acquire easement rights for the Grain Belt Express power line. Democratic senators who support the project slowed debate on the bill. [ read more … ]

Fastest Electric Car Chargers Are Waiting for Batteries to Catch Up

BY David Stringer, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:48:11

The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes. Automakers and energy companies are spearheading the global rollout of these ultra-fast charging pumps to lure consumers away from gas guzzlers and toward vehicles powered by electricity. Thousands of souped-up stations are being installed along highways from Shanghai to Germany and California, with the capacity to charge enough for 20 miles (32 kilometers) of driving range in one minute. [ read more … ]

Transmission line project receives Wyoming approval

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:48:42

Wyoming regulators have approved construction of transmission lines to connect energy generated from wind farms in southern Wyoming to southwestern states. The state Industrial Siting Council voted unanimously Friday during its meeting in Saratoga to approve the permit application by TransWest Express to construct and operate a 730-mile high- [ read more … ]

60% of country opposes Trump rollback — report

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-05-12 16:49:06

States and cities committed to upholding Obama-era clean car standards represent 60% of the U.S. auto market, according to a new survey. Put another way, 60% of the country opposes the Trump administration’s rollback of President Obama’s landmark climate rules for cars. The findings come from a brief report released Friday by the International Council on Clean Transportation, the group that helped expose the Volkswagen AG emissions cheating scandal. [ read more … ]

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