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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 5, 2019

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Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, as Diplomats Plot to Save It

By Lisa Friedman. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 15:00:52

The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations on Monday that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, leaving global climate diplomats to plot a way forward without the cooperation of the world’s largest economy. The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on withdrawal, begins a yearlong countdown to the United States exit and a concerted effort to preserve the Paris Agreement, under which nearly 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and to help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet.
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How 100% renewables backfired on a Texas town

By Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:51:15

An inconvenient truth is hanging over Georgetown, Texas: Its celebrated shift to renewable energy doesn’t look like a national model these days. Electric rates are up. Critics are blasting the costs. And the city north of Austin is trying to figure out how to mitigate the situation.
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Wind Energy

Vineyard Wind Pushes IRS for Subsidy Extension on Delayed Offshore Project

By Karl-Erik Stromsta, GreenTech Media  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:48:57

Vineyard Wind is in talks with U.S. tax officials about extending the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for its delayed 800-megawatt offshore wind project south of Massachusetts. Vineyard’s project, expected to be the first large-scale offshore wind farm built in U.S. waters, planned on securing its final permits this summer and wrapping up construction in two phases over 2021-2022 — kick-starting the American offshore market in the process. [ read more … ]

3 challenges facing offshore wind

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:49:26

Wind power is poised to become the largest renewable power source in the country in 2019. But that blustery growth story isn’t limited to the plains of the Midwest, Texas and the Rockies. It’s over the waves.
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Solar Emergy

Farms can harvest energy and food from same fields

By John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:47:27

In heavily populated Massachusetts, farmland is relatively rare and only 10% of its food is homegrown. If he had put his solar arrays in a farm field, Marley wondered, what would they do to food production? After more than a decade of experimentation, a study written last month by 11 scientists has given us an answer. In many cases, farmers and the nation’s future food supplies will benefit from having solar arrays in their fields, especially as climate change introduces more drought and searing temperatures to agricultural areas.
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N.Y. struggles to show company misled investors on climate

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:49:52

New York rested its securities-fraud case against Exxon Mobil Corp. after nine days of trial testimony without appearing to produce any definitive evidence that the oil company intentionally misled investors about how it accounted for climate change risks. Exxon began presenting its first witnesses on Friday and may wrap up its defense later this week. The company is expected to call employees, accountants and experts to the stand to stave off claims that it lied to the public about the way it plans for future climate regulations. [ read more … ]

Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming

By Clifford Krauss, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:48:36

A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not. The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that are either not known for oil or whose production has been lackluster in recent years. [ read more … ]

Big Oil and climate: What’s the deal?

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:50:16

Major oil and gas companies will need to curb production 35% by 2040 if they hope to remain within targets set by the Paris climate agreement, according to a new report. The report from Carbon Tracker, a London-based think tank, said some companies will have to scale back more than others, with ConocoPhillips needing to reduce its production by 85% over the next two decades. The group studied large oil companies — including Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP PLC — and found that while some are more progressive than others, none has Paris-compliant targets. [ read more … ]


The Key to Electric Cars Is Batteries. One Chinese Firm Dominates the Industry.

By Trefor Moss, Wall street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:50:40

China is by far the biggest EV market, and to boost its standing in the fast-growing industry, China began pressuring foreign auto makers to use locally-made batteries in the country several years ago. One company—Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., known as CATL—was the only shop capable of producing them at scale. Auto makers weren’t pleased, but they fell in line. During a visit to CATL headquarters in 2017, three Daimler AG executives displayed their irritation shortly after the meeting started, recalled Jiang Lingfeng, then a CATL project manager who prepared a technical briefing for the visitors. [ read more … ]


Republicans press FERC on grid resilience efforts

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-04 14:48:08

A group of 25 House Republicans want answers about where the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is in finalizing its grid resilience rulemaking. In a letter to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, the lawmakers pressed the commission to provide an update on the resilience docket, including work completed, work pending and a timeline for final action on the issue. [ read more … ]

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