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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 26, 2019

Top Story

How does Texas keep the lights on? It’s complicated

By Peter Behr and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:30:00

The Texas grid has posed a concerning riddle: How does a state with the nation’s thinnest margin of backup electricity and the largest installed wind capacity manage to keep power humming in a heat wave?
The question popped up last week when temperatures blasted past 100 degrees and air conditioners pushed the electric supply to its limits.
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Policy & Politics

Wind developers, once keen on Mexico, losing heart as energy reforms stall

By Emily Pickrell, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:30:21

Mannti Cummins, a Corpus Christi wind developer, has spent the last 17 years building wind energy projects in the Rio Grande Valley, from Brownsville to Baffin Bay. So when Mexico deregulated its power markets as part of the nation’s landmark energy reforms six years ago, he saw a golden opportunity. His small company could profit from new laws that encouraged international renewable generators to set up shop, while helping Mexico improve the reliability of its power system and reach its climate change goals. [ read more … ]

Is the plug-in hybrid beginning a long goodbye?

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:30:37

The numbers are in, and they’re not looking good for the plug-in hybrid, a crossbreed vehicle that helped get Americans used to the idea of electric cars but may be falling out of favor as more automakers seek to reduce emissions by going all-electric. As of July, U.S. drivers purchased 8,649 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) per month over the last year, according to figures compiled by Atlas Public Policy, a data aggregator. That’s down 15% from six months ago. In the same time frame, the number of electric cars sold monthly with no gas engine at all grew by 15%, from over 20,000 to over 23,000. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Climate change at critical moment in White House race

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:29:02

his week’s political maelstrom on the presidential campaign trail has triggered a new round of debate about the role global warming will play in the White House fight. When it comes to climate change, the last few days have been among the most dynamic of the 2020 cycle. The roller-coaster ride has the potential to reshuffle the Democratic field — even as significant questions remain about how much it will affect President Trump’s bid for reelection. [ read more … ]


Jay Inslee’s Lonely Campaign for Climate Change Policy

By The New York Times Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:28:04

Jay Inslee’s single-issue campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination was a quixotic effort from the get-go, noble but doomed, one of the longest shots in this electoral season. And on Wednesday, with his hopes of appearing in the next round of debates fast disappearing because of his poor standing in the polls, he accepted reality and graciously dropped out of the race. Yet Mr. Inslee has much to be proud of. In retrospect, his efforts were less about actually winning than they were about pounding home the importance of one issue, global warming. The changing climate consumes him but has had little staying power with the public and the politicians in Washington, and Mr. Inslee dedicated his campaign to moving it closer to the center of the political conversation, at least among Democrats.
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Offshore wind energy can help achieve energy dominance — if given the chance

By Tom Kiernan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2019-08-26 04:29:35

The Trump administration has promised an “America First” energy strategy and touted a path to energy dominance. Over the past several years, offshore wind energy has been an exciting part of this agenda. However, recent actions by the Department of Interior (DOI) have left the industry, and those workers who will benefit from the multi-million-dollar investment in offshore wind, wondering which way the wind is blowing. [ read more … ]

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