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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 10, 2019

Top Story

How Xcel plans to ice coal, cut carbon and charge cars

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:01:23

Minnesota is among the 23 states that, along with the District of Columbia, have enacted greenhouse gas reduction targets. So far, however, the state is falling short of its goal to slash economywide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by midcentury. Since those goals were set in 2007, what had been Minnesota’s largest source of carbon emissions, the electricity sector, has made big strides. Power plant emissions fell 29% from 2005 to 2016, according to a biennial report from the state Pollution Control Agency. Xcel has gone even further, cutting emissions by 40% over the same period. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Rep. Tonko on Extending Wind and Solar Tax Credits: ‘Odds Are Good’

By Julia Pyper, GreenTech Media  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:02:49

Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing New York, says he’s optimistic about the prospects of targeted pieces of clean energy legislation moving through Congress in the coming months, including an extension of tax credits for both solar and wind. “A comprehensive climate bill is not going to be possible this Congress, but we know there are meaningful policies that stand a chance of garnering bipartisan, bicameral support in this current moment,” Tonko said at the recent Clean Energy Week summit in Washington, D.C.
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Iowa county imposes moratorium on new wind turbine installations

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:03:08

A south-central Iowa county has imposed a moratorium on new wind turbine installations. Madison County supervisors voted 2-1 yesterday to adopt the moratorium, which will run through October 2020 unless superseded by a new ordinance. The moratorium also applies to new solar energy installations. It won’t affect a 52-turbine wind farm already under development in Madison County.
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Policy & Politics

30 states back EPA’s power to curb carbon emissions

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:03:36

A coalition of 30 states and cities is coming out in defense of EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. Led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), the localities asked to intervene Monday in an industry challenge of the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The lawsuit is consolidated but raises a more limited critique than legal battles lodged by blue states, environmental groups and health organizations against the Affordable Clean Energy rule. [ read more … ]

Nobel chemistry prize: Lithium-ion battery scientists honoured

By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:03:50

Committee member Sara Snogerup Linse, from Lund University, said: “We have gained access to a technical revolution. The laureates developed lightweight batteries of high enough potential to be useful in many applications.” In addition to their use in electric vehicles, the rechargeable devices could also store significant amounts of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

On Climate Change, Biden Has a Record and a Plan. Young Activists Want More.

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:01:45

When Michaelyn Mankel approached Joseph R. Biden Jr. at an Iowa steak fry last month to demand dramatic action on climate change, the former vice president clasped the 24-year-old’s hands and assured her, “You’ve got a better deal from me than anybody.” [ read more … ]

Warren wants to elevate environmental justice

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-09 15:02:13

“Our crisis of environmental injustice is the result of decades of discrimination and environmental racism compounding in communities that have been overlooked for too long,” Warren, the senior senator from Massachusetts, wrote in her platform. “It is the result of multiple choices that put corporate profits before people, while our government looked the other way. It is unacceptable, and it must change.”
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