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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 27, 2019

Top Story

Climate Fight Lays Bare a Divide Between Rural, Urban Oregon

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:27:44

The divide in Oregon between the state’s liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican senators were in the seventh day of a walkout Wednesday to deny the supermajority Democrats the number of lawmakers needed to vote on a cap and trade bill, which would be the second of its kind in the U.S. The stalemate has drawn international attention, in part because right-wing militias have rallied to the GOP cause. [ read more … ]

Oregon climate bill dead, top Senate Democrats say

By Hillary Borrud, Chris Lehman, and Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:24:00

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday that the climate change bill that prompted Republicans’ walkout lacks the votes necessary to pass because not enough Democrats support it. “House Bill 2020 does not have the votes on the Senate floor,” Courtney, D-Salem, said after Democrats assembled for their morning roll call. “That will not change.” He then ticked off a lengthy list of pending policy and budget bills, including protections for foster kids and schoolchildren, that he said have bipartisan support and wants to see passed when and if Republicans end their standoff. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Bill Wehrum, an Architect of Trump Administration’s Pro-Coal Rules, to Leave E.P.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:28:42

William L. Wehrum, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air office who helped to write some of the Trump administration’s most significant rules weakening climate change protections and supporting the coal industry, will resign on Sunday, the agency announced Wednesday. Mr. Wehrum also served as assistant administrator of the E.P.A. Office of Air and Radiation in the George W. Bush administration. Before returning to the agency under President Trump in November 2017, he worked as a lawyer representing the oil, gas and coal industries. [ read more … ]

US Congress mulls offshore tax credit extension

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:29:32

The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act was introduced by Democratic Senators Edward Markey and Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican Congressman Jim Langevin. It was co-sponsored by Jack Reed, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, all Democrats. Markey said: “Offshore wind has the potential to change the game on climate change, and those winds of change are blowing off the shores of Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Maine governor to sign sweeping renewable energy bills

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:29:10

Maine’s Democratic governor says she’ll sign three bills aimed at fighting climate change by ushering in renewable energy. Gov. Janet Mills is set to sign the bills today in front of Maine’s largest solar array in Pittsfield. [ read more … ]

How America’s biggest renewable-energy power line failed

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:29:50

America was “tantalizingly” close to building what would have amounted to a superhighway power line sending renewable energy across the country, but local opposition, government delay and utility disinterest killed it. [ read more … ]

In lobbying battle for electric vehicle tax credit, it’s car makers vs. the oil and gas industry

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:30:25

When the chief executive of General Motors came to Washington earlier this month, she huddled with a handful of her best allies in Congress: the Michigan delegation. That state’s senior senator, Debbie Stabenow (D), says Mary Barra asked her to bring together members from both parties in part to stress the company’s commitment to building electric cars. In 2019 alone, the company said it will add 400 jobs to its Orion, Mich., plant to build a new electric Chevrolet and previewed its first electric Cadillac. [ read more … ]

Wind power drives record $437M for queen’s company

By Jack Sidders, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:30:43

The Crown Estate, the property company that generates income for Queen Elizabeth II, returned a record £343.5 million ($437 million) to the U.K. Treasury after a surge in its offshore wind business. The full opening of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the Walney Extension in the Irish Sea, helped boost the Crown Estate’s wind capacity to 7.7 gigawatts, up 4% from a year earlier and enough to supply the electricity needs of 6.6 million homes. That helped boost the value of the company’s overall portfolio to £14.3 billion pounds in the year through March. [ read more … ]

How a bird started a fire at a solar farm

By David R. Baker and Millicent Dent, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-27 04:31:00

It may be safe for a bird to land on a wire, but not on two of them at once. The June 5 blaze at a California solar farm that scorched 1,127 acres started when a bird flew into a pair of wires, creating a electric circuit and a shower of sparks, an official with California’s state fire department said. It didn’t end well for the power plant — or the bird. [ read more … ]

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