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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 17, 2019

Top Story

US wind, solar finance alternatives rise as sector rushes against looming tax credit expiration

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:53:00

Expiring tax credits for wind and solar projects offer near-term promise and long-term uncertainty, with the U.S. wind industry on track to become the nation’s fastest growing source of electricity generation by the end of 2020 and the solar industry potentially soon following. Both face bursting bubbles due to the loss of tax incentives, analysts told Utility Dive. But the resources have other advantages and ideas are emerging on how to finance the projects, which could propel them into the next decade. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

S.C. solar fight erupts over PURPA

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:53:40

A battle is brewing in South Carolina that pits the state’s largest electric companies against solar developers. At issue is how state utility regulators should interpret a new energy law designed to boost competition and renewable resources. The debate highlights challenges with the transforming electricity industry and how a weather-based trend in the Southeast is playing into long-term utility planning. [ read more … ]


Do voters really oppose electric car subsidies?

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:51:54

Polling experts are questioning a conservative energy group’s surveys that show voters in key states opposing a federal tax credit for electric vehicles. The dispute comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are battling over the EV subsidy’s future. At issue are recent surveys of 800 likely voters in Maine, Michigan and South Dakota that were commissioned by the nonprofit American Energy Alliance (AEA) and carried out by the firm MWR Strategies. [ read more … ]

Can EVs find allies in rural America? Look at North Dakota

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:52:13

If any Ford dealer in the country felt at liberty to ignore electric cars, that person would probably be Adam Nelson. The general manager of Red Rock Ford in Dickinson, N.D., on the southern edge of the Bakken oil patch, he sells almost nothing but trucks. And not just trucks but big trucks — F-250s and F-350s that can carry a load of hay for hundreds of miles in the snow. Oil companies like Hess Corp. are customers as well as regular people who haul nothing at all. They just like ’em big.
But Nelson is not ignoring electric cars. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump DOJ asks court to toss suit over Calif. dispute

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:51:30

The Trump administration’s Department of Justice is asking a court to toss a lawsuit over its proposed preemption of California’s clean cars program. In a motion filed today, DOJ lawyers asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the suit brought by California and environmental groups. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump formalizes picks for Interior, EPA and FERC

By Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:54:28

The administration’s action means committees can begin officially considering the president’s picks and setting up confirmation hearings. Among the most anticipated candidates on energy and environment issues was James Danly. Trump picked the FERC general counsel to serve on the commission. Danly would give the GOP a majority on the panel, and Democrats are furious the White House appears uninterested in also nominating someone from their party for both picks to be considered in tandem. [ read more … ]

California Signs ‘Clean Power, Smart Power’ Bill Into Law

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:54:46

Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., has signed into law a bill designed to help California meet its electric grid reliability and climate change goals by advancing the development and use of so-called “smart appliances” that can shift demand for electricity to when renewable energy production is at its highest, thereby reducing the need for backup fossil fuel plants.
[ read more … ]

Index: U.S. lags other nations’ use of emissions levies

By Thomas Frank, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-16 15:55:00

The United States has some of the lowest carbon taxes in the world, ranking ahead of only China, Brazil and Indonesia in one index published yesterday by a global development organization urging higher taxes on carbon dioxide emissions. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says industrialized nations must increase taxes on carbon dioxide-emitting fuels to contain global warming. [ read more … ]


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