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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 22, 2019

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Politicians call for action on Mass. offshore project

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:37:49

Massachusetts congressional leaders are asking federal officials to move quickly on permits for Vineyard Wind’s offshore project. Vineyard Wind has signed contracts to sell 800 megawatts of power a year to three Massachusetts electric utilities. The company planned to begin construction later this year off the Massachusetts coast. [ read more … ]

Colorado adopts California’s zero emission vehicles mandate

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:38:24

Colorado regulators voted overwhelmingly for the state to join California and nine others in adopting zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates that will press automakers to develop more electric vehicle models.
The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted 8-1 on Friday to approve the standard, aligning with a climate plan released by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in May that calls for 100% renewables and increased electrified transportation. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Can solar increase emissions? A debate erupts

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:38:50

A recent newspaper article and claims from conservative groups are stirring up a debate about whether greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution can rise because of large amounts of solar on the grid.
At issue is a group of combustion turbine power plants in a county at the North Carolina-Virginia border that Duke Energy Corp. only operates during certain times of the day. The so-called peaker plants adjust their power output during the day as electric demand changes. [ read more … ]

Midwest power line sparks fight about ‘clean’ energy

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:39:07

A 100-mile transmission line across southwest Wisconsin is either a pathway for the state’s low-carbon future or a relic of the past that’s increasingly under pressure from more nimble technology, depending on whom you talk to. The state’s Public Service Commission yesterday agreed with the former characterization, approving the $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek line to eastern Iowa on the promise that it will strengthen the regional grid and provide access to low-cost renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Solar may beat wind as corporate renewables grow — report

By Haley Weiss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:39:23

Sustainability commitments by major U.S. corporations over the next decade will create demand for up to 85 gigawatts of renewable energy, according to a report released this morning. The analysis from Wood Mackenzie and the American Wind Energy Association found that projects contracted by top companies last year will generate a total of 6 GW of renewable energy once up and running, and analysts expect this number to grow in coming years. And though contracts in 2018 set a record, 95% of the energy consumed by the companies included in the report still comes from nonrenewable sources, the report said. [ read more … ]

Utility group to study Midwest carbon goals

By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:39:42

A consortium of 11 electric utilities in the Upper Midwest is studying what grid improvements are needed to accommodate state government and private-sector goals to sharply cut carbon emissions. The “intent is to help policymakers and regulators really understand what could be potential operational issues that we need to address before we move toward a carbon-free trajectory to 2050,” said Priti Patel, vice president and chief transmission officer for Great River Energy, one of the utilities participating in the effort. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Oil donors shy on Trump’s 2020 campaign, for now

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2019-08-22 04:40:04

Through the first six months of this year, Trump’s campaign fund had drawn less than $89,000 from the oil and gas industry, only about $600 more than the Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, according to analysis of donations exceeding $200 from individuals and political action committees compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan Washington research organization that tracks money in politics. By contrast, Senators Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is facing a tough reelection fight in 2020, raised more than $230,000 from the industry while Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is facing a decidedly less competitive race, drew more than $195,000. While it’s still early in the campaign season — with no clear Democratic challenger in place — lobbyists in the oil industry say for all the pros of another four years of Trump, the president’s efforts to upset trade policies that drive economic and energy activity worldwide have given some executives pause. [ read more … ]

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