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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 8, 2019

Top Story

Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:28:21

The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary form in Geneva on Thursday, found that the window to address the threat is closing rapidly. A half-billion people already live in places turning into desert, and soil is being lost between 10 and 100 times faster than it is forming, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The future of offshore wind may depend on Bernhardt

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:29:20

Could anything make greens pine for the return of Ryan Zinke? The former Interior secretary’s penchant for fossil fuels, along with a healthy string of scandals, made him an opponent of Democrats and environmentalists. But Zinke had one redeeming quality among those inclined toward cutting carbon: He loved offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Feds: Wind industry struggling to find workers

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:29:36

Wind industry employers can’t find workers, and graduates of wind training programs can’t find jobs, according to those surveyed for a federal report released yesterday. The U.S. wind industry has ballooned in recent years as the cost to develop the renewable energy source has dropped. Employment in the industry jumped by 32% from 2015 to 2016 and has continued to grow yearly as more turbines are raised in the United States. “Wind technician” was the second-fastest-growing job in the United States last year, according to the Department of Labor. [ read more … ]

Using electricity at different times of day could save us billions of dollars

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:29:59

Like the weather, or the tides, electricity consumption could be reasonably well predicted, but it couldn’t be controlled. It was something that just happened, to which grid operators responded by adjusting supply, turning power plants on or off, up or down. The problem with having no control over demand, though, is that you end up overbuilding supply. You have to build enough power plants to satisfy the highest possible peak in demand (and a reserve on top of that, for extra reliability). [ read more … ]

Amazon invests in 2 renewable energy projects

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:30:15

Amazon.com Inc. is set to invest in two new renewable energy projects, but some environmentalists are concerned that the projects’ scope pales in comparison with the company’s growth. The two projects, announced last week, are set for construction in 2020 and are slated to go up in Pittsylvania County, Va., and Cork, Ireland. [ read more … ]

Opinion

The Hydrocarbon Era’s Spectacular End

By Liam Denning, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-08 04:28:57

The world depends on coal, oil, and natural gas for about four-fifths of its energy—just as it did when I was a boy. Back then, fears shaped by the 1970s centered on what would happen when our vital fuels ran out. Our actual energy crisis turns out to be one of abundance, not scarcity. We’ve burned 1 trillion barrels of oil since 1980, yet global reserves are almost three times bigger. Natural gas is so plentiful that producers in Texas have been burning it off or even paying customers to take it off their hands. As for coal, the only thing many mines have run out of is jobs. [ read more … ]

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