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August 19, 2019

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The story of Donald Trump’s feud with his one true nemesis: Windmills

By Karen Heller, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:26:43

Trump is like Cervantes’s Don Quixote, who tilted at windmills — that is, jousted — believing they might be monstrous giants. What have wind turbines ever done to Trump? Here, it gets personal. Which, for Trump, means business. In 2006, he purchased 1,800 acres of property to develop as a luxury golf resort in Scotland, the old sod, his mother’s birthplace. Trump fought and unsuccessfully sued to prevent a wind farm from being built off the Aberdeenshire coast, claiming it would destroy the view of “perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world” and, potentially, lower revenue. [ read more … ]

Vestas’ profits plunge as tariffs hit wind industry

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:28:15

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, one of the world’s largest renewable companies, said yesterday that tariffs and the ongoing trade war between the United States and China contributed to a sharp drop in its second-quarter profits. The Danish wind turbine company — which constitutes almost 40% of the U.S. wind power market — reported a 6% decrease in total revenue compared with its second quarter in 2018.
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Policy & Politics

America’s mega-emitters are starting to close

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:28:37

When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history. The giant coal plant on Arizona’s high desert emitted almost 135 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2017, according to an E&E News review of federal figures.
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Wisconsin aims for eliminating carbon-based fuel by 2050 under plan by Gov. Tony Evers

By Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:27:11

Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Friday aimed at eliminating the use of carbon-based fuel in Wisconsin by 2050 — an idea Republican lawmakers rejected this year. The Democratic governor’s order also creates the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy in the state Department of Administration, which will be responsible for carrying out the goal and putting the state on a track to achieve the 2015 Paris accord on climate.  [ read more … ]

Even Andrew Cuomo Isn’t Sure of New York’s Near-Impossible Climate Goals

By Millicent Dent, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:27:41

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month signed the most aggressive climate law in the nation. But even he’s not sure it’ll work out as planned, and Cuomo’s not alone. Some of the technology needed to achieve an 85% cut in statewide greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 isn’t even commercially available yet. It may require more legislation ahead. It will certainly be costly, and it depends on energy sources, including offshore wind farms, that still need to get final approvals and be built. [ read more … ]

NextEra Energy unveils new wind energy farm in Nebraska

By Cynthia Monroy, Siouxland News  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:29:10

It’s a growing industry throughout the country and especially here in the Midwest and now a new wind energy farm is opening in Siouxland. The billion-dollar energy company, NextEra Energy unveiled its newest wind farm in northeast Nebraska.
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Electricity prices spike to $9K again as emergency declared

By Mike Lee, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-19 04:29:45

Texas’ main grid operator declared a power emergency for the second time this week, as the state’s generation fleet suffered a series of unusual breakdowns. About 5,200 megawatts of generating capacity went offline unexpectedly yesterday, about 7% of the state’s projected power need for the day, Dan Woodfin, senior director of systems operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said on a conference call. Spot power prices hit $9,000 per megawatt-hour, the maximum allowed on the grid, for more than an hour. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.