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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 20, 2019

Top Story

Government Delays First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm. Is a Double Standard at Play?

BY PHIL MCKENNA and DAN GEARINO, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:21:12

As the Trump administration takes steps to expedite fossil fuel projects and reduce environmental regulations, it has veered in the opposite direction on offshore wind, delaying a highly anticipated project in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind was set to be the country’s largest offshore wind farm, with construction expected to start this year on a project that could power more than 400,000 homes. But this month, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it was expanding its review of the environmental impacts of the project to include a “more robust” analysis of the potential cumulative impact if other offshore wind farms are built. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Wisconsin governor orders 100% carbon free by 2050, despite lack of legislative support

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:22:23

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process, Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, told Utility Dive. [ read more … ]

Nebraska lawmaker: Humans not changing climate but must prepare

By Grant Schulte, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:22:42

A lawmaker who doesn’t believe humans are causing climate change is nevertheless leading a push to ensure Nebraska farmers are better prepared for extreme weather like the blizzards and flooding that hit the state this year. The Legislature’s Agriculture Committee will look for changes to state law that might help farmers recover more quickly from such storms, which killed livestock and left farmland flooded for weeks. The review comes at the request of the committee’s chairman, Sen. Steve Halloran, a former farmer from Hastings. [ read more … ]

Solar on 1% of farmland could power all electricity – study

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:22:58

pening less than 1% of the world’s croplands to solar panels could generate the equivalent of global electricity demand, according to new research from Oregon State University. But in order to tap into that potential, the agricultural and solar industries would need to learn how to coexist. In a study published in Scientific Reports this month, OSU researchers explored ideal sites for “agrivoltaics” — systems designed so that agricultural activity can proceed around and under photovoltaic panels. The two industries haven’t always been the best bedfellows, as Chad Higgins, lead author of the study and an agricultural engineer at Oregon State, pointed out. [ read more … ]

Tech company pledges $1M-plus for negative emissions goal

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:23:16

Stripe, a major online payment platform, last week committed to invest a minimum of $1 million in carbon sequestration and capture technology. Christian Anderson, head of merchant intelligence at Stripe, announced that effective immediately, it will go one step past its current carbon benchmark — using offsets to counteract its carbon emissions — to achieve a net negative footprint. This will entail spending at least twice as much on sequestration efforts than it does on offsets, the company said. [ read more … ]

Opinion

Gaesser Opinion: Wind is powering a rural renaissance

By Ray Gaesser, Nebraska City News Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-20 04:21:57

More than simply securing a cleaner energy future — as if that weren’t enough — wind power is creating jobs, uplifting local economies, and supporting communities nationwide; most notably in rural parts of our country. In fact, the production of wind energy has been and will continue to be a boon for rural America, providing financial incentives for family farms, broadening tax bases to support stronger communities, and creating jobs for hardworking Americans. [ read more … ]

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