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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 14, 2019

Top Stories

Solar Has New Way to Duck Trump’s Tariffs: Two-Sided Panels

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:24:08

The solar industry has a new way of ducking the Trump administration’s tariffs on its imports: two-sided panels. The U.S. Trade Representative said in a notice made public Wednesday that it’s granting an exemption to solar duties for bifacial panels, ones that can generate power on both sides. The carve-out is a win for both Asian manufacturers including JinkoSolar Holding Co., LG Electronics Inc. and Hanwha Q Cells Co. and big U.S. solar-farm developers that can easily switch over to using them. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen Is the Fuel of the Future. For Real This Time, IEA Says

By Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:24:27

Hydrogen, which has been touted as the fuel of the future much of the past five decades, may finally be on the verge of converting its potential to reality. Governments, automakers and even oil and gas giants are part of a growing coalition pushing a larger role for the fuel as the world seeks to reduce carbon emissions while still providing reliable electricity to a growing population and powering complex industrial processes, the International Energy Agency said in a report released Friday. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The new plan to remove a trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere: Bury it

By Laura Reiley, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:24:52

Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 415 parts per million, the highest in human history. Environmental experts say the world is increasingly on a path toward a climate crisis. The most prominent efforts to prevent that crisis involve reducing carbon emissions. But another idea is also starting to gain traction — sucking all that carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it underground. [ read more … ]

Maine steps up clean energy turnaround, tees up 80% RPS, pro-solar bills

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:25:10

Maine’s legislature passed four clean energy bills this week, with more significant action on the way, according to renewables advocates. The approved bills shift the role of the state’s efficiency program to support electrification, direct regulators to approve a previously stalled offshore wind project, establish a climate council and create programming for clean energy job training. Two more bills are moving through the legislature that would update the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 80% by 2030 and lift some of Maine’s barriers to solar deployment. [ read more … ]

Questions raised over how to bring wind energy to shore

By Colin A. Young, State House News Service  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:25:48

The Baker administration wants to look into the potential of having one underwater transmission line that could feed electricity generated by multiple offshore wind farms into the regional power grid, but that plan got a cool reception from offshore wind executives attending an industry conference in Boston this week. In a report issued on May 31 recommending that the state double the amount of possible offshore wind power in Massachusetts, the Department of Energy Resources also proposed that the state stop soliciting clean energy generation and the transmission of that energy as a single package.
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Regulators deny permit for N.D. project

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-14 04:25:32

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has denied a permit for a proposed 200-megawatt wind farm in Burke County. The commission rejected the permit yesterday for Burke Wind, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The action came after criticism from state and federal agencies that feared harm to wildlife. [ read more … ]

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