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August 21, 2019

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Offshore wind could save Calif. $2B — report

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:31:52

Adding offshore wind power to California’s rapid decarbonization effort could save the state and its power consumers billions of dollars, according to a new study commissioned by a company that hopes to build wind turbines off the coast. California hasn’t yet calculated offshore wind’s potential to help it reach zero net carbon emissions, and the state still falls short of producing the amount of green power it will need to hit long-term policy goals, Sanderson Hull, lead author of the study at Energy and Environmental Economics Inc., said in a statement yesterday.
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Wind power company poised to move to R.I.

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:32:15

“Rhode Island has led the way in the offshore wind industry and this development further demonstrates that we are well-positioned to continue to be the industry hub as we approach our goal of increasing renewable energy tenfold by next year,” Gov. Gina Raimondo said in a statement. “Clean energy jobs are the jobs of the future, and I’m thrilled that yet another company in the wind sector supply chain has chosen to make the Ocean State home.” [ read more … ]

Primary 22020

Dems fear another rural wipeout will reelect Trump

By ELENA SCHNEIDER and CATHERINE BOUDREAU, Politico  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:34:23

As Democratic presidential candidates descended on the Iowa State Fair, a plane buzzed overhead, an ominous warning fluttering behind it on a banner: “Focus on Rural America.” Democrats hoping to win the White House in 2020 recognize how critical that advice is after 2016, when Hillary Clinton turned in strong performances in many cities and suburbs but lost rural voters 2-to-1, falling short to President Donald Trump by slim margins in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Democrats clawed back some gains in rural counties in the 2018 midterm elections, and they want to build on that momentum in 2020.
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Policy & Politics

Offshore wind could save Calif. $2B — report

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:31:52

Adding offshore wind power to California’s rapid decarbonization effort could save the state and its power consumers billions of dollars, according to a new study commissioned by a company that hopes to build wind turbines off the coast. California hasn’t yet calculated offshore wind’s potential to help it reach zero net carbon emissions, and the state still falls short of producing the amount of green power it will need to hit long-term policy goals, Sanderson Hull, lead author of the study at Energy and Environmental Economics Inc., said in a statement yesterday.
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Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

By Coral Davenport and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:33:19

The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more companies from joining the other side. Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors were all summoned by a senior Trump adviser to a White House meeting last month where he pressed them to stand by the president’s own initiative, according to four people familiar with the talks. [ read more … ]

Minnesota utilities will study if the $2B CapX2020 grid improvements were enough

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:33:46

Minnesota’s largest power companies and several other Upper Midwest utilities will study how their transmission network must be bolstered to meet increasingly aggressive renewable-energy goals. The study is being launched at a time when space on the region’s Midwest grid is already tight — even after a $2 billion transmission expansion that was completed just a couple of years ago. [ read more … ]

When Good Green Energy Ideas Go Bad

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-21 04:34:58

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. The annals of green energy are filled with people who devised brilliant solutions to vexing problems, delivering more power for less money, making things cleaner, easier, and better. Many became rich and famous in the process. [ read more … ]

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