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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 27, 2019

Top Story

How a small gas firm in Ukraine led to impeachment inquiry

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:54:03

A hiring decision by an obscure Ukranian energy company five years ago sparked the historic House inquiry that could lead to just the third impeachment of an American president in almost 250 years. In 2014, Burisma Holdings hired Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, to be on its board. It was a job that paid Hunter Biden, who was not an energy expert, up to $50,000 a month for consulting on “matters of transparency,” among other functions, according to a release from the company at the time. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy

Struggling Farmers See Bright Spot in Solar

By Kirk Maltais, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:56:54

U.S. farmers are embracing an alternative means of turning sunlight into revenue during a sharp downturn in crop prices: solar power. olar panels are being installed across the Farm Belt for personal and external use on land where growers are struggling to make ends meet. The tit-for-tat tariffs applied by the U.S. and China to each other’s goods have cut demand for American crops. Futures prices for corn, soybeans and wheat are all trading around their lowest levels since 2010. Making matters worse, record spring rainfall left many farmers no time to plant a decent crop. [ read more … ]

A solar panel for every house? Md. suburb to consider California-style mandate.

By Rebecca Tan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:56:33

Solar panel mandates, a dramatic and hotly debated environmental policy with roots on the West Coast, could be coming to a suburb of the nation’s capital. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants to introduce legislation requiring all new single-family houses — and possibly apartments and commercial buildings — to have solar panels on their rooftops starting in 2022. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

States gamble on beating Trump in court

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:55:20

New Mexico, Minnesota and other states may be forging ahead with tougher clean car standards because they expect to prevail over the Trump administration in court, observers said. Both New Mexico and Minnesota this week pledged to adopt California’s more stringent tailpipe pollution rules. The states vowed to press ahead with their plans, despite the Trump administration’s proposed revocation last week of California’s Clean Air Act waiver for greenhouse gases.
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Policy & Politics

Report backs push on clean energy incentives

By Jeremy Dillon and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:54:53

A new report is adding pressure to the push on Capitol Hill for extending an array of energy tax credits. The Rhodium Group study said a five-year extension of incentives to benefit solar, wind and nuclear energy could provide the needed financial cover to fill some emission reduction gaps between current policies and the U.S. commitments under the Paris climate agreement. [ read more … ]

Expanding clean energy tax credits would produce serious emission cuts, report says

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:56:15

If Congress were to extend and expand various tax credits for clean energy technologies, the U.S. could achieve emissions reductions of up to 125 million tons compared to current policy in 2025, says a report Thursday by the Rhodium Group. Those emissions cuts could close one-fourth of the “gap” between projected U.S. emissions under current policy and what the U.S. targeted under the Paris agreement. [ read more … ]

Don’t junk that EV battery. It might power a town

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:57:37

The Department of Energy has begun to sort out the nation’s next big recycling problem: what to do with batteries used by electric cars. Yesterday, it awarded 15 checks in the amount of $67,000 to the winners of a contest that’s focused on making sure the batteries don’t end up in a landfill. They got the prizes for finding ways to collect used electric vehicle batteries; to efficiently extract valuable materials from them; or to find “second life uses” for batteries that can still store electricity.
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Opinion

Editorial: Renewable energy advantageous for U.S.

By Iowa State University Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2019-09-26 16:54:27

Renewable energy offers many advantages over coal, gas and nuclear generated electricity. One could argue that renewable energy’s biggest advantage has nothing to do with global warming or emissions at all.  Decentralizing our power supply is an incredibly effective way in strategically defending ourselves domestically. It encourages citizens to be self sufficient, or at least less reliant on highly vulnerable systems by putting the power (no pun intended) back in the hands of local authorities who can better understand the intricacies and needs of individual areas. Making the switch to green energy doesn’t have to be solely an environmental issue. The global society we live in means that changing one aspect of our lives will have an impact on another, and if green energy means we’re safer, it sounds like a win-win. [ read more … ]

 

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