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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 30, 2019

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We Danes know a lot about wind turbines. You can learn, too, President Trump.

By Ida Auken, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-08-29 15:27:58

When I travel and discuss energy in my role as former minister for the environment and now chair of the climate and energy committee in the Danish Parliament, I am often confronted with the same misunderstandings the president put forward in his comments Monday, as well as those in previous comments, when he linked wind energy to cancer and power blackouts. Such perceptions disregard the astonishing developments within the wind industry in the past five to 10 years. Allow me to point out a few facts: [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

5 East Coast governors push feds on offshore wind power

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:24:37

The governors of five East Coast states are urging federal regulators not to put any additional roadblocks in the way of the country’s nascent offshore wind industry. The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Virginia said in a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that offshore wind power will help strengthen America’s energy independence while creating thousands of jobs. [ read more … ]

Trump administration to relax restrictions on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:25:07

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to loosen federal rules on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change. The proposed rule would reverse standards enacted under President Barack Obama that required oil and gas operators to prevent the release of methane in new drilling wells, pipelines and storage facilities. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island’s ambitions as a wind-energy hub continue to grow

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:25:34

Rhode Island has approved tax credits to lure a third major offshore wind company to the state as part of an effort to become a hub for the industry. The first U.S. offshore wind farm began operating off Block Island, Rhode Island, in late 2016, and Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to the industry to grow in the state.
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Rhode Island issues 10-year tax credit to draw offshore wind business

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:25:57

Rhode Island issued a 10-year tax credit for job creation to a global offshore wind turbine maintenance company that would set up its U.S. headquarters in the state’s capital, building the local supply chain.
The state’s Board of Commerce Corporation approved Boston Energy Wind Power Services, a UK-based company, for up to $86,625 a year. According to the Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island’s clean energy economy had a 74% job increase since 2014, with 16,000 jobs, and the job creation tax credit has offered more than $2.79 million over 10 years to draw wind operations and maintenance companies. [ read more … ]

6 Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administration Is Reversing

By John Schwartz, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:26:22

The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses. Half of those environmental rollback attempts, like the new methane reversal, will undercut efforts by previous administrations to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Many of these efforts have been challenged in the courts; whether the administration will succeed in achieving all of its goals is far from certain. Here are some of the most significant climate-related reversals: [ read more … ]

Senate Dems press FERC on rumored subsidy shift

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-30 04:26:38

Senate Democrats are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to proceed with a rumored policy shift that they say would undercut Mid-Atlantic states’ efforts to support clean energy sources. In a letter sent today to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, 10 Democrats expressed “significant concerns” over a Minimum Offer Price Rule that they say would supersede existing rules that allow state-backed clean energy sources to participate in the PJM Interconnection capacity market. [ read more … ]

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