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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 6, 2019

Top Stories

Property question prompts latest challenge to Grain Belt Express

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:28:52

A Missouri landowners group is challenging state regulators’ conclusion that a transmission developer meets the definition of a public utility. The appeal by the Missouri Landowners Association hinges on whether cash and easements should satisfy a requirement that companies own property in the state. It’s the latest legal hurdle for the long-embattled transmission project. If built, the Grain Belt Express would move as much as 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana border. The project has the potential to relieve a transmission bottleneck that has long constrained the development of Kansas’ abundant wind resources. [ read more … ]

“Red” Nebraska Is Ready For Its Wind Power Closeup

By Tina Casey, GreenTech  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:28:17

The political divide over renewable energy is finally starting to blur. That’s a big deal, because many of the prime onshore wind power states in the US fall onto the “red” side. A case in point is Nebraska. Though it boasts some of the best wind in the US, it ranks a lowly #15 in installed capacity. Nevertheless, the economic case for wind power is a compelling one, and the naysayers will find it difficult to push back against the latest Nebraska wind farm to get off the drawing board. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

$3.3 billion wind investment will add 2,500 MW of clean energy in South Dakota

By Bart Pfankuch, South Dakota News Watch  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:30:19

While South Dakota is home to a number of wind farms, including this one in Day County, hundreds more wind turbines are coming soon after the state approved a number of significant projects in the past year. The prairies and rolling hills of South Dakota will soon become dotted with wind turbines after the approval of eight major wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion in the state by the end of 2020. [ read more … ]

CO2-made fuels, products could be $800B market — report

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:29:34

Captured carbon dioxide could make a slew of products worth hundreds of billions of dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the process, according to a new report from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, or C2ES. Taking CO2 and using it for products and services is known as carbon capture and utilization, or CCU. Unlike carbon capture and storage (CCS), where the gas is buried, CCU aims to repurpose the greenhouse gas for carbon-based products. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman to Congress: ‘Make energy policy boring again’

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:30:36

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee wants Congress to take up a large energy-focused legislative attempt, he told an industry crowd at the nonprofit Resources For the Future on Wednesday. Chatterjee wants Congress to modernize the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). He listed the law among his near-term priorities, adding that FERC can make some improvements to better align PURPA “with the realities of today’s market” within existing regulations. [ read more … ]

Report: City electric vehicle efforts could threaten grid in Seattle and elsewhere

By David Iaconangelo E&E Reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:30:51

An influx of electric trucks and buses in Seattle could overwhelm the grid if utility officials don’t start coordinating with other city agencies, according to a report released Wednesday. Released by Seattle City Light and the Rocky Mountain Institute, the report is the first municipal utility strategy for advancing electrification in every vehicle class, including passenger cars. While the analysis focused on Seattle, the researchers said the findings highlight a major challenge that could await authorities in other cities and states with emission-cutting commitments.
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Primary 2020

The Energy 202: Jay Inslee is out of the 2020 race. But his presence remains.

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:29:14

Jay Inslee had a great night during CNN’s climate forum. Even though he wasn’t there. During the network’s seven whole hours of discussion of climate change Wednesday evening, at least four Democratic candidates for president glowingly name-checked the Washington governor, who last month dropped out of the race. Inslee had been polling so low before stopping his campaign that he stood little chance of qualifying for the forum. But the ideas the self-branded climate candidate brought to the race, as well as the enthusiasm with which he addressed the issue, have been adopted by a number of his former 2020 rivals. [ read more … ]

Democrats Say Their Climate Plans Will Create Jobs. It’s Not So Simple.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-06 04:29:57

Economists generally agree that inaction on climate change would result in deep economic pain for the United States. A government report in November, for instance, warned that, unless significant steps are taken to rein in global warming, it could knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end. But will the candidates’ proposals to fight climate change really spur job growth and if so, is there an accurate way to tally it? Experts say Democrats’ assertions are accurate, to a point. Fighting climate change will create jobs. Yet the rosy net numbers, some warned, don’t tell the far more complicated story of what that green growth could look like. [ read more … ]

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