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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 18, 2019

Top Stories

Court dismisses Clean Power Plan litigation

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:54:02

A federal court yestreday threw out the litigation over the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a multiyear legal battle involving dozens of parties and multiple states. In the order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed the consolidated cases entirely, noting that the litigation was now moot given the Trump administration’s actions to roll back the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Trump: ‘No more cows, no more airplanes’

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:54:48

President Trump focused on energy issues during a campaign speech in New Mexico Monday night, claiming his energy policies have boosted the state’s economy and that a Democratic president would force Americans to drive electric cars. His remarks came two days after oil operations in Saudi Arabia were attacked by what Trump and top U.S. officials attributed to Iran. The attack slashed Saudi’s oil production and, at least initially, spiked international oil prices. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM

By Alex Davies, Wired  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:55:15

When United Automobile Workers members walked off the job at 33 General Motors sites around the US on Sunday morning, perhaps the most … striking detail was that they only numbered 46,000. The last time the UAW’s GM workers went on strike, in 2007, they were 73,000 strong. And that was a fraction of the 259,000 US hourly production workers GM employed in 1991. UAW membership has ticked upward in recent years, recovering from its post-financial crisis nadir. Now, it faces a new threat from the next great shift for the auto industry. The electric car may be great for the planet and glorious for drivers, but it’s no good for jobs. [ read more … ]

Trump admin to offer drivers audio choice for quiet cars

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:55:45

The Trump administration is proposing to let electric vehicle makers give drivers choices about which sounds their cars make. Under a regulation that the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started to implement, EVs and hybrids must produce artificial sounds at low speeds, when they’re usually extremely quiet, in order to alert pedestrians and other road users. [ read more … ]

Fishing concerns color N.J. offshore wind hearing

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:56:03

A House Natural Resources subcommittee field hearing in New Jersey yesterday highlighted the conflict between fisheries and offshore wind development. The Energy and Mineral Resources panel’s focus was the burgeoning industry’s potential benefit to the state and its crucial role in a warming planet. “Time is not on our side,” said subcommittee Chairman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) about the need to promote clean energy to address climate change. [ read more … ]

Battle brews over Ill. shift away from coal

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:56:19

Three years after Illinois adopted sweeping energy reforms to boost low-carbon energy production — including subsidies for two Exelon Corp. nuclear plants — there’s a new battle brewing over how to jump-start the state’s transition away from coal. No fewer than five competing energy bills filed last spring are waiting for the General Assembly when the fall veto session kicks off next month. Each bill, in some way, aspires to help advance carbon-free electricity. [ read more … ]

Utility solar sets record, but tax credit phase-down looms

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-17 15:56:40

More large-scale solar projects are waiting to be built than ever before, as utilities and corporations move to lock up deals before federal tax incentives diminish, according to an analysis released today by Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Utilities and others signed up for just over 11 gigawatts’ worth of solar in the first half of this year, adding up to almost 38 GW in the project pipeline — “the highest it has ever been” in the industry’s history, according to the analysis. [ read more … ]

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