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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 28, 2019

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the week of July Fourth. It resumes on Monday, July 8.  Have a great Independence Day!

Top Story

Truckers, loggers circle Oregon state capitol amid climate fight

By Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 06:52:30

A parade of trucks and tractors circled the Oregon Capitol in support of Republican lawmakers whose walkout has stretched into an eighth day. Hundreds of people rallied yesterday at the Statehouse as Oregon’s 11 GOP senators block a vote on legislation to lower climate-changing emissions. [ read more … ]

A Climate Conundrum: The Wind Farm Vs. The Eagle’s Nest

By Joseph Goldstein, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:20:16

The case demonstrates the challenges facing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy goals, which last weekwere enshrined in an ambitious new law requiring 70 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and hydropower, by 2030. The state has particularly high hopes for wind power. But currently, only a bit more than 3 percent of the state’s electricity comes from large-scale wind projects. That number has hardly budged over the last five years despite billions of dollars in available subsidies and plenty of willing developers. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Oregon approval of aggressive EV goals overshadowed by climate bill drama

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:23:13

Lawmakers in the Oregon House last week passed legislation to help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, with a goal of having nine out of 10 new car sales be electric by 2035, along with half the vehicles registered in the state. The legislation was signed by House and Senate leadership this week, and sent to the Governor. The legislation requires the Oregon Department of Energy to monitor EV adoption, makes it easier for schools to purchase electric buses, and requires state agencies to incorporate electric vehicles into their fleets. [ read more … ]

Democrats eye 50% national green power mandate

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:23:32

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will introduce legislation today requiring all states to generate a growing percentage of renewable electricity annually until at least 50% of the nation’s mix comes from green sources by 2035. Udall’s renewable electricity standard (RES) aims to capitalize on growing state efforts to boost the generation of clean and renewable electricity by requiring all states to meet a federal “floor-setting standard” of 1.5% starting in 2020 for utilities with more than 1 million megawatt-hours. [ read more … ]

Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn’t cost much): Reuters poll

By Chris Kahn, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:23:46

Nearly 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the United States to take “aggressive” action to combat climate change – but only a third would support an extra tax of $100 a year to help, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday. The results underscore a crucial challenge for Democrats seeking to unseat President Donald Trump in next year’s election. Many will have to balance their calls for strict environmental regulation with a convincing argument for why the changes are good for taxpayers and the economy. [ read more … ]

Weaning U.S. power sector off fossil fuels would cost $4.7 trillion: study

By Nichola Groom. Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:24:05

Eliminating fossil fuels from the U.S. power sector, a key goal of the “Green New Deal” backed by many Democratic presidential candidates, would cost $4.7 trillion and pose massive economic and social challenges, according to a report released on Thursday by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. That would amount to $35,000 per household, or nearly $2,000 a year for a 20-year plan, according to the study, which called the price tag for such a project “staggering. [ read more … ]

Seven minutes were devoted to climate change in the first Democratic debate

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-06-28 04:24:19

Seven minutes.  That’s how much time the moderators dedicated to questions about climate change during the Democratic presidential debate last night. NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo hosts reserved only a short portion of the two-hour debate to questions on an issue many of the 2020 candidates themselves said was the nation’s No. 1 geopolitical threat. [ read more … ]

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