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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 12, 2019

Top Story

Global Emissions Rose the Most in 7 Years, BP Review Shows

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-12 04:43:12

Global carbon emissions jumped the most in seven years in 2018 as energy demand surged, according to BP’s annual review of world energy, indicating the world is falling behind in its efforts to rein in climate change. The report, one of the most closely watched surveys of global energy trends, found that primary demand rose at the fastest pace this decade in 2018 even though economic growth weakened. China, India and the U.S. were responsible for two thirds of the 2.9% increase in consumption. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Biden delivers scathing address on Trump, and the president fires back

By John Wagner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-06-12 04:43:58

President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden ridiculed one another in their harshest terms yet, engaging in an aggressive feud that loomed over not only their dueling visits to Iowa on Tuesday but over the 2020 presidential contest more broadly. Biden questioned the president’s intelligence and challenged his morals. By turns chiding and goading, Biden, who can sometimes ramble and meander with long anecdotes, offered one of his most coherent rationales for seeking the presidency. [ read more … ]

Former Bush, Reagan EPA Heads Warn on Trump Rollbacks

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-12 04:43:38

Environmental Protection Agency heads under three previous Republican presidents joined their Democratic counterparts Tuesday in telling lawmakers they were concerned by the Trump administration’s rapid rollbacks of environmental protections. “The EPA on the track it’s on … is endangering public health,” Christine Todd Whitman, EPA administrator under George W. Bush, told the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee. Whitman said she was “deeply concerned that five decades of environmental progress are at risk because of the attitudes and approach of this administration.” [ read more … ]

As Rooftop Solar Grows, What Should the Future of Net Metering Look Like?

BY DAN GEARINO, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2019-06-12 04:44:24

Like solar installers across much of America, Mark Hagerty is adapting to drastic changes in the economics of his business. His state, Michigan, is one of many that are cutting the rates rooftop solar owners receive for selling excess power to the grid. “We’re going to do fewer jobs, and each job is going to be a smaller size,” said Hagerty, president of Michigan Solar Solutions, a solar installer based northwest of Detroit. His comments echo concerns now being voiced by solar installers in many states as new rules take effect. 
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Conn. to seek bids for massive offshore energy effort

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-12 04:44:40

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner will soon be soliciting bids to develop 30% of the state’s entire energy load from offshore wind sources. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has signed legislation into law that gives the commissioner 14 days to begin the request for proposals process. Lamont says it will mark the largest authorization by load — up to 2,000 megawatts — by any state in the region. [ read more … ]

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