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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 12, 2019

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How Big Oil Blocked the Nation’s Greenest Governor on Climate Change

By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:11:48

Inslee’s fight for climate action in Washington state is a case study of the monumental political challenge that the drive for climate policies faces, even with Democrats in control of both houses of the legislature, a chief executive who has made climate a priority, and a major player in the fossil fuel industry pledging to be a part of the solution. It is also a cautionary tale and preview of the battle ahead for climate action on a national level, where BP and other big oil companies are staking out a position similar to the one they adopted in Washington state—portraying themselves as partners, not adversaries, in addressing global warming. Based on the record so far, some who have watched the process closely question whether the oil industry can be a trusted ally in enacting a policy that is ambitious enough to effect the rapid, deep economy-wide cuts in carbon emissions that the science demands. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Renewables, storage poised to undercut natural gas prices, increase stranded assets: RMI

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dove  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:12:39

Carbon-free resources are now cost competitive with new natural gas plants, according to a pair of reports released Mondayby the Rocky Mountain Institute. Wind, solar and storage projects, combined with demand-side management, have reached a “tipping point,” one report finds, meaning they’re now able to compete alongside natural gas on price while providing the same reliability services. But unlike the fluctuating price of fuels, these technologies’ prices are expected to continue dropping, the reports’ authors told Utility Dive. [ read more … ]

Iowa County Considers Moratorium On New Wind Turbines In Response to Health Concerns

By Natalie Krebs, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:12:58

At least two dozen people expressed concerns to the Madison County Board of Supervisors Tuesday about an ordinance that would halt the construction of wind turbines for at least two years. The proposed ordinance has come in response to concerns about potential health impacts from the turbines from the county board of health. The board has recommended that turbines be built at least a mile and a half from houses. [ read more … ]

Los Angeles OKs a deal for record-cheap solar power and battery storage

By SAMMY ROTH, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:13:20

Under the 25-year deal with developer 8minute Solar Energy, the city would buy electricity from a sprawling complex of solar panels and lithium-ion batteries in the Mojave Desert of eastern Kern County, about two hours north of Los Angeles. The Eland project would meet 6% to 7% of L.A.’s annual electricity needs and would be capable of pumping clean energy into the grid for four hours each night. [ read more … ]

Wheeler: No final decision on splitting rollback

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:13:39

The Trump administration has not yet made a final decision on whether to divide up its rollback of Obama-era clean car standards, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said yesterday. E&E News and other outlets reported last week that the administration was considering splitting the rollback into two main components. [ read more … ]

Adviser who applauded rise in CO2 to leave administration

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:13:57

A chief critic of climate science in the White House is leaving the administration after failing to convince the president to review mainstream research on global warming. William Happer will leave his post as a senior director on the National Security Council on Friday. Happer’s departure comes a day after National Security Adviser John Bolton abruptly resigned amid a dispute with President Trump over holding negotiations with the Taliban. Bolton supported Happer’s effort to try to weaken the science backing the National Climate Assessment.
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Voters deliver warning to country’s oil industry

By Mikael Holter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:14:16

Norwegian voters have fired a warning shot at the country’s oil industry. Parties that want to rein in the country’s golden goose made significant gains in Monday’s local elections. That raises the prospect of more advances for those forces that want to limit drilling in the Nordic nation, which supplies 25% of the European Union’s natural gas. [ read more … ]

Climate change reshapes Frankfurt car show

By David McHugh, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-09-11 16:14:32

It remains very much open whether consumers will want to buy electric cars, given concerns about range, lack of places to charge away from home and higher purchase prices. Battery vehicles were only 1.8% of the European market through the first six months of the year, according to figures from industry analysts at JATO Dynamics Ltd. The cars have sold better in the high end of the market, as exemplified by Tesla’s Model S and Model X. [ read more … ]

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