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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 12, 2019

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Ambitious Climate Plans Might Need a Radical Legislative One: Ending the Filibuster

By Coral Davenport and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:36:18

Even if a green-minded Democrat wins the White House, dramatic action to reverse climate change could very well require another radical change in Washington: the elimination of the Senate filibuster. Climate legislation is hardly the only issue that might lead either party to do away with the filibuster, which allows a minority of senators to block most legislation from receiving a vote unless 60 senators agree to cut off d [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘Opportunities everywhere’: NREL study shows mass potential for storage to provide peaking capacity

By HJ Mai, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:35:43

“The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States,” published last month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concluded that every region across the country offers the potential for peaking capacity needs to be met by short-duration, four-hour battery storage systems. “The results show significant potential for energy storage to replace peaking capacity, and that this potential grows as a function of [solar] deployment,” the report said. NREL’s findings show, however, that at current conditions energy storage would only be able to replace a fraction of total peaking capacity in the U.S. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Flanagan to lead MN delegation to Germany for renewable energy seminar

By Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:35:58

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will lead a delegation of 22 Minnesotans to Germany July 13-20 to attend a renewable energy seminar. The annual Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy enables leaders in government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector to share ideas on how to best achieve a renewable energy future. [ read more … ]

Agriculture Department pushes back against reports it’s trying to curb climate-related science

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:36:41

The Agriculture Department’s research leaders appear to be doing damage control after reports that the agency suppressed climate science research and potentially violated its own scientific integrity policies.  The pushback comes after a Politico investigation found the USDA attempted to keep innovative government-funded climate change research from the public eye. And The Washington Post revealed earlier this year the agency required its in-house scientists to label their peer-reviewed studies as “preliminary” — a policy it reversed in May after criticism that such a disclaimer would diminish the impact of the work or prevent its publication. [ read more … ]

South Korea could soon be home to the world’s biggest floating offshore wind farm

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:36:56

Stephen Bull, senior vice president for the wind and low carbon cluster of New Energy Solutions at Equinor, said the company was “very pleased to be member of the partnership involved in realizing the first floating offshore wind farm in Asia.” Bull added that if the project was successfully realized, it would be the world’s biggest floating wind farm. [ read more … ]

Paris bans 2.7 million vehicles to combat air pollution

By The (London) Times  •    •  Posted 2019-07-12 04:37:17

Paris has banned about a third of the cars in the region from entering the capital on weekdays to improve air quality and reduce deaths from particulate pollution. The measures — some of the most restrictive in Europe — come after the publication of a report showing that Paris has higher levels of the pollution than any other EU capital. [ read more … ]

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