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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 24, 2019

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Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:15:02

There was a snag and it was a big one. We have 21st-century technology to produce the power, but we still have a 20th-century power grid that can’t move it from the windy and sunny parts of the country to the urban markets. The American power grid isn’t set up for it. It’s old-fashioned and parochial when it needs to be continental and forward-looking. It’s like the nation’s roads before President Dwight D. Eisenhower championed the construction of the Interstate Highway System seven decades ago. It was becoming clear that there was no shortage of wind, and that it was the grid that was the barrier to the dream of alternative energy. There was plenty of wind in the Great Plains and solar in the southwestern U.S., but that’s not where demand for power was located. That power needed to be moved from one part of the country to another. For Skelly, the next adventure was tackling the grid itself. [ read more … ]

Grid Is Biggest Obstacle To Renewable Energies: Mason (Radio)

By Paul Sweeney and Alix Steel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:17:19

JW Mason, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, discusses a new climate policy report that makes an economic case for rapidly decarbonizing the economy through a public-investment-lead approach. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:17:39

Of the more than 270 million registered vehicles nationwide, only about 1.1 million are electric, with about half of those in California. That picture may change quickly: By 2025, about 7 percent of new vehicles sold in the United States are expected to be electric models, according to government projections cited by the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy. But as Ms. Young’s road trip and mine demonstrate, these vehicles have a ways to go before millions of people will be willing to dump the internal-combustion engine. [ read more … ]

N.J. Betting Big on Orsted as Offshore Wind Poised to Boom

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:18:33

New Jersey awarded a contract to Denmark-based Orsted A/S to provide power from a wind farm it’s planning in the Atlantic Ocean as Northeast states push to jump-start an industry that’s languished in the U.S. Orsted, the world’s biggest offshore wind developer, plans to build the project 15 miles (24 kilometers) off Atlantic City as part of a string of developments proposed from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Orsted’s 1.1-gigawatt bid, approved unanimously by New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities, is enough to power about 500,000 homes.
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New Jersey Picks Danish Firm Orsted for Wind Energy Project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:18:54

New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The company says the work could be completed by 2024. [ read more … ]

House tax bill extends credits for biodiesel, blender pumps and wind

By Ben Nuelle, Agri Pulse  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:19:14

The House Ways and Means Committee approved a broad tax bill Thursday night that includes an extension of the biodiesel tax credit and incentives for biofuel infrastructure and wind power, but the legislation will face objections in the Republican-controlled Senate. The committee approved the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2019, on a party-line, 25-17 vote. [ read more … ]

Why Electric-Powered Airplanes Are Headed for Takeoff

By Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:18:00

In Sweden they call it flygskam, or flying shame — that guilty sense when you zip off to Spain for the weekend that you’re helping destroy the planet. Airlines and aircraft makers are acutely aware that they face tougher emissions regulations and potential backlash from climate-conscious customers. That’s one reason they’re seeking ways to cut pollution and reduce their carbon footprint, including new electric and hybrid planes that could do for the skies what the Toyota Prius did for the roads. [ read more … ]

General Electric to Scrap California Power Plant 20 Years Early

By Alwyn Scott, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:19:44

General Electric Co said on Friday it plans to demolish a large power plant it owns in California this year after only one-third of its useful life because the plant is no longer economically viable in a state where wind and solar supply a growing share of inexpensive electricity. The 750-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant, known as the Inland Empire Energy Center, uses two of GE’s H-Class turbines, developed only in the last decade, before the company’s successor gas turbine, the flagship HA model, which uses different technology. [ read more … ]

Blue States Roll Out Aggressive Climate Strategies. Red States Keep to the Sidelines.

By Brad Plumer. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-24 04:20:09

A growing number of blue states are adopting sweeping new climate laws — such as New York’s bill, passed this week, to zero out net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — that aim to reorient their entire economies around clean energy, transforming the way people get their electricity, heat their homes and commute to work. But these laws are passing almost exclusively in states controlled by Democrats, while Republican-led states have largely resisted enacting aggressive new climate policies in recent years. At the same time, the Trump administration is rolling back federal climate regulations, which means many red states now face even less pressure to shift away from coal power or gas-guzzling vehicles. [ read more … ]

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