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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 25, 2019

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Trump EPA threatens Calif. highway funding

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:01:59

The Trump EPA is threatening to sanction California because of its lack of compliance with federal clean air standards, the latest salvo in its multipronged attack on the Golden State over climate change. In a letter released yesterday to the California Air Resources Board, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler threatened to revoke federal highway funds in retaliation for the state’s halting compliance with the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Oil Giants, Under Fire From Climate Activists and Investors, Mount a Defense

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:03:25

From the deck of a boat in New York harbor, the chief executive of Equinor squinted toward a stretch of sea where his oil company will soon build a giant wind farm. “We are doing all we can” to fight climate change, said the executive, Eldar Saetre. Hours later, at a hotel where Mr. Saetre and fellow oil executives were gathering to defend their industry — a major contributor to global warming — climate protesters weren’t buying it. Using lights, they projected “MAKE BIG OIL PAY” on the facade. [ read more … ]

Moniz unveils $10B plan for ‘large-scale’ CO2 removal

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:03:52

With the U.S. and other nations losing ground on carbon emission reductions, the U.S. government needs to fund a concerted 10-year federal research and development program to demonstrate commercial technologies at the “gigaton-scale” for removing carbon from the atmosphere, a new analysis by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s think tank argues. Capturing carbon from emitters and the air at levels needed to keep temperatures under control “would require the creation of new industries comparable in size to the steel, concrete, and petroleum industries of today,” the report released today by the Energy Futures Initiative says. [ read more … ]

Carbon capture legislation hits snag

By Geof Koss and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:04:12

A bipartisan Senate bill that would boost carbon capture technology is meeting opposition in conference talks with the House over the National Defense Authorization Act. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) has registered his opposition to including the “Utilizing Significant Emissions With Innovative Technologies Act,” S. 383, in the NDAA, according to multiple sources. [ read more … ]

Honda makes largest automaker purchase ever of wind, solar

By Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:04:34

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has announced the biggest-ever purchase of renewable energy in the auto industry, locking up 320 megawatts of wind and solar power to offset emissions at its U.S. manufacturing plants. The multinational car company, headquartered in Japan, said the long-term arrangement with energy giant E.ON SE and an unnamed U.S. solar developer will account for 60% of its total North American electricity consumption, cutting emissions by the same percentage. [ read more … ]

Solar tax credit extension would bring in $87B — report

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:04:55

The solar industry’s trade association is framing the federal investment tax credit as the cornerstone of its plan for solar to power a fifth of the nation’s electricity — even as the future of the credit appears uncertain. Neither the House’s nor the Senate’s tax extender packages have included provisions that would extend the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which begins declining from 30% at year’s end and falls to its baseline of 10% in 2022. [ read more … ]

Equinor wind project to rank among largest offshore developments in world as wind investment soars

By Erin Dougla, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted 2019-09-24 16:05:10

Equinor’s offshore wind project in the Dogger Bank region of the UK North Sea will rank among the largest offshore development projects in the world planned through 2026, according to analysis by Rystad Energy, an energy research and consulting firm. The Dogger Bank project, which Rystad Energy expects to rank as the sixth-largest offshore development project during that time period, will also be the Equinor’s largest project through 2026, with an expected $11 billion in capital investments starting in 2020. [ read more … ]

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