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August 6, 2019

Top Story

Wind hits record high, but troubles loom

By Haley Weiss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 06:40:56

Analysts caution that looming economic shifts could pose challenges for the industry. Wood Mackenzie wind energy research lead Dan Shreve said in an analysis last week that if the proposed 10% tariffs go into effect, many planned wind farms could be canceled. “A tumultuous 2020 awaits the U.S. wind energy market as record installations of more than 13 GW push the wind industry’s value chain to the limit,” Shreve said. “Price pressure exists throughout the value chain already, but turbine OEMs are expected to bear the financial burden of the latest salvo in the ongoing trade war.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

R.I. fishermen critical of wind farm plan

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:44:17

Amid an atmosphere of suspicion created by the 84-turbine Vineyard Wind project, the next offshore wind proposal in line is being considered for a key approval by the state Coastal Resources Management Council. And there are concerns that the project, the South Fork Wind Farm, will lead to more difficulties for commercial fishermen who ply their trade in the waters between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Just like with Vineyard Wind, the potential complications arise from the orientation and spacing of the project’s turbines. [ read more … ]

Giant turbines propel boom in wind energy

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:42:01

The wind industry is growing, literally. American wind developers are installing increasingly large turbines, capable of generating twice as much power as their predecessors and opening up new areas of the country to wind development. The trend arrives at a critical time for the industry. The production tax credit, a federal subsidy, is set to end at the end of the year. But unlike in previous years, when wind development ground to a halt when subsidies dried up, industry representatives are predicting only a modest slowdown. [ read more … ]

Iowa’s Rural Voters Are The First To Have A Say, Which Holds Sway Over Candidates’ Policies

By Amy Mayer, NPR  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:42:54

“The joke always is, if you ask one person in Iowa or New Hampshire, ‘Have you decided on a candidate?’ ‘No I’ve only met them two or three times,’” University of Iowa political scientist Tim Hagle said.  [ read more … ]

Climate Could Be an Electoral Time Bomb, Republican Strategists Fear

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:42:33

When election time comes next year, Will Galloway, a student and Republican youth leader at Clemson University, will look for candidates who are strong on the mainstream conservative causes he cares about most, including gun rights and opposing abortion. But there is another issue high on his list of urgent concerns that is not on his party’s agenda: climate change. [ read more … ]

Wind-credit foe the latest in string of GOP retirements

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:43:48

Marchant’s announcement comes after a long string of retirements from House Republicans. In just the last two weeks, Reps. Will Hurd, Pete Olson and Mike Conaway of Texas; Martha Roby of Alabama; Paul Mitchell of Michigan; and Susan Brooks of Indiana said they’d leave, while Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah confirmed his previous decision to retire after publicly toying with staying. [ read more … ]

The world will still thirst for fossil fuels in 2040

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-08-06 04:43:24

 Fossil fuels will still provide the vast majority of the world’s energy in 2040, according to new projections released by consultancy Wood Mackenzie, leaving the planet far short of the goals of the Paris climate agreement.  “The energy mix is not changing nearly as quickly as the world needs it to,” Wood Mackenzie president Neal Anderson wrote in an op-ed accompanying the report, released Friday. [ read more … ]


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