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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 4, 2019

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Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Well Beyond Obama’s Goal

By Coral Davenport and Katie Glueck, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:56:03

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has faced criticism from Democratic presidential rivals about his commitment to combating climate change, on Tuesday unveiled a plan centered on reinstating the climate policies of the Obama administration — but he included some unexpected proposals that would push significantly beyond what the previous White House achieved. Mr. Biden, who in tone and substance is one of the most centrist candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, has insisted he is no moderate when it comes to protecting the environment, though progressives have been skeptical. Polls show that fighting climate change is a top priority for Democratic voters, and Mr. Biden selected the issue for his second policy rollout, after an education plan he released last week.
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Biden unveils climate plan, raising corporate taxes to pay for investment – Reuters

By Valerie Volcovici. Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:56:21

The plan consists of several executive actions that Biden would take on his first day in office, including creating an “enforcement mechanism” to put the U.S. on track to achieve 100 percent clean energy and a net-zero emissions goal by 2050. It lists several other measures that would build on Obama-era policies like regulating methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, developing new fuel economy standards for cars, adopting new energy efficiency standards for appliances and promoting advanced biofuels. It calls for accelerating the deployment of carbon capture, which limits emissions from coal plants and other industrial facilities, and identifying a future for nuclear energy, which may be needed for the U.S. to hit its net zero target. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Colorado Gov Polis unveils roadmap to 100% carbon free by 2040, signs 11 clean energy bills

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:56:54

Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last week signed seven climate and energy bills along with four electric vehicle (EV) bills, and unveiled a roadmap of the state’s path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. The newly signed legislation will decarbonize the state’s economy 90% below 2005 levels by 2050, codify Xcel Energy’s 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 goal and expand energy efficiency and EV programs in the state. [ read more … ]

With new transmission urgently needed, FERC Chair hints at a new Order 1000 proceeding

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:57:15

The U.S. power system is considered one of the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century, but it urgently needs a 21st century upgrade. Electricity consumers pay billions due to congestion and outages, according to the U.S. Energy Department. System operators report that new wires significantly reduce those costs. But transmission and distribution developers are at such odds with one another over who should do the upgrades and how they should be selected that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may step in. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts energy agency recommends another 1.6 GW offshore wind

By Iulia Gheorghiu. Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:57:30

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published on Friday a reportrecommending additional procurement of up to 1.6 GW of offshore wind.
The report advocates for a solicitation in 2020 to construct a transmission line to serve new wind farms. Building an independent transmission line will minimize environmental impacts compared to multiple lines being built by each developer, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Mass. Plan Could Double Demand For Offshore Wind Power

By WBUR  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:57:46

The Baker administration is on board with pursuing additional renewable energy procurements that would double the amount of possible offshore wind power in Massachusetts, enough to provide roughly a third of the state’s electricity demand. The Department of Energy Resources on Friday released its report on “the necessity, benefits and costs” of pursuing an additional 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power, which the Legislature last year authorized but did not mandate, and concluded that it would be a good bet for ratepayers, the environment and the economy. [ read more … ]

Researchers tell Congress to pass ‘next generation’ of clean energy ta credits

By John Sicilianco and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-06-04 05:58:13

As existing tax credits for renewables near expiration, researchers are asking Congress to pass the “next generation” of tax subsidies for clean energy technologies. A paper released Monday by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy recommends federal policymakers tailor new electricity sector credits to use applications rather than specific energy sources. [ read more … ]

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