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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 1, 2019

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5 key moments from the Democratic debates

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 06:55:06

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who presents himself as the climate change candidate of the race, took multiple jabs at Biden, both directly and indirectly, for a climate plan he argued is too centrist and not aggressive enough. “These deadlines are set by science,” Inslee said of the key dates in his climate policies, like eliminating coal from the electrical sector in 10 years and decarbonizing the grid in 15 years. “Mr. Vice President, your argument is not with me; it’s with science. And unfortunately, your plan is just too late.” [ read more … ]

2020 Democrats are getting more confrontational with the fossil fuel industry

By Umair Irfan, Vox  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 04:35:22

“We have got to be super aggressive if we love our children and if we want to leave them a planet that is healthy and is habitable,” Sanders said. “What that means is we got to take on the fossil fuel industry.” Other 2020 candidates are also confronting major greenhouse gas emitters — and pushing for policies to hold them accountable. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed targeting carbon dioxide emitters directly with a carbon pollution fee. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change-related damage. Former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to “take action against fossil fuel companies.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

UK’s Beatrice could power the future of energy

By Mike Brown, Inverse  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 04:36:35

The Beatrice offshore wind farm, activated by Prince Charles in a ceremony Monday, uses 84 turbines to generate 588 megawatts of energy. That means it ranks as the fourth-largest offshore wind farm in the world. Perhaps most impressive are the foundations, which enabled utility provider SSE to harness the power of these winds eight miles away from the coast of Caithness, which is the far northeastern tip of Scotland. The company confirmed to Inverse that at a total height of 288 meters (315 yards), and with the deepest foundation jackets in the world, Beatrice ranks as the world’s deepest non-floating wind farm. [ read more … ]

Why energy companies are still investing gasoline in the age of the electric vehicle

By Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 04:35:52

While automakers such as Ford, Volkswagen and GM boost electric vehicle production, EVs still lag behind traditional cars. There were about 1.1 million electric cars on American roadways in last year, up 361,0000 from the previous year, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency. But overall electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids still accounted for less than 2 percent of the U.S. auto market, according to the IEA. “We put a lot of focus on time and effort around gasoline vehicles because still the majority of people who are on the road today are going to be in gasoline (powered car),” said Shannon Bryan, North America fuels manager at Shell. [ read more … ]

Southwest Power Pool CEO talks wind, coal and 2020 departure

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 04:36:12

Nick Brown, CEO and president of the Southwest Power Pool that spans 14 states, announced yesterday that he’s stepping down next year, teeing up a search for new leadership at the nation’s youngest regional transmission organization. Brown is the only CEO the Arkansas-based grid operator has known since it was designated as an RTO by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2004. [ read more … ]

Southwest Power Pool backs report calling for new products, rules to cope with renewables

By Kate Winston, Platts  •    •  Posted 2019-08-01 04:36:54

In the face of a rapidly changing generation fleet, Southwest Power Pool’s board has approved a wide-ranging batch of stakeholder recommendations to boost reliability, enhance transmission planning, improve the wholesale market and address energy storage. The recommendations urge SPP to consider or continue some key overhauls to address the variability of renewables, including a creating a multi-day market, pursuing a new product to address uncertainty, and mitigating unduly low renewable energy offers. [ read more … ]


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