Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 6, 2019

Top Story

U.S. wind power hits 100 GW installation milestone

By Chris Galford, Daily Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2019-11-06 04:18:09

“This is an extraordinary milestone, on top of a record third quarter,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said. “We are now the single largest source of renewable generation in the country.” The U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2019 Market Report boasted several milestones for the burgeoning industry. Foremost among them: 1,927 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity was commissioned in the quarter, the highest third quarter for installations on record. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Economic, environmental benefits power offshore wind

By Robert O’Leary, Cape Cod Times  •    •  Posted 2019-11-06 04:18:20

The environmental benefits of the Vineyard Wind project are widely known – 800 megawatts of renewable energy that will power up to 400,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 1.6 million tons every year at a cost below the current market price for fossil-fuel-generated electricity. But equally compelling is the fact that Vineyard Wind, and the three additional projects scheduled to follow it, will create a unique maritime-based economy that does not exist today in southern New England or the coastal United States. [ read more … ]

Future North Dakota Wind Farms Likely Face Transmission Troubles

By Robert Suhr, KXNET  •    •  Posted 2019-11-06 04:18:42

The future of wind energy in North Dakota could be in jeopardy because North Dakota apparently has too much wind. With the state being one of the leaders in wind power, all that wind is attractive to developers who may want to build new wind farms here. However, the Public Service Commissions said the current power grid is having trouble handling all that power. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

CO2 would jump under Trump’s revised plan

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-05 14:41:54

Rather than making a U-turn on clean car standards, President Trump is making a slight swerve, experts say. At issue are recent reports that the Trump administration is considering a 1.5% annual increase in the stringency of fuel economy standards, which dictate how far cars can travel on a single tank of gasoline. That’s more aggressive than the administration’s earlier proposal to freeze the standards at 2020 levels, which would have allowed cars to travel 29.1 mpg on average by 2025. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan Rule

Trump carbon rule defense: A double-edged sword?

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-05 14:41:37

The Trump administration’s courtroom defense of its Clean Power Plan repeal could blunt its own efforts to craft standards for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, legal experts say. EPA has taken an unexpected approach to defending its rollback of the Obama-era rule against challenges by states, environmental groups, public health organizations, and even industry and conservative groups in federal court, Joseph Goffman and Caitlin McCoy of Harvard University’s Environmental and Energy Law Program wrote in a recent analysis. “They are using a strategy that is riskier than it needs to be,” said McCoy, a clean air and energy fellow in the Harvard program. “They are seeking a ruling that constrains their authority under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC nominee denies ethics allegation

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-05 14:43:10

The Republican nominee to fill one of two vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confidently pushed back this morning against allegations his office played a part in ethics advice under scrutiny from Senate Democrats. James Danly, current FERC general counsel, said during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing that neither he nor his office participated in decisions from the White House and FERC’s designated ethics officer that recently altered what dockets two commissioners could participate in. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ex-EPA chief tapped to lead NRDC

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-05 14:42:48

The Natural Resources Defense Council has named Gina McCarthy, the former EPA administrator under President Obama, to be its next president. NRDC, one of the nation’s largest environmental groups, which has sued the Trump administration’s EPA dozens of times, made the announcement today, nine months after Rhea Suh announced she would leave the group after five years as its president. McCarthy, 65, will take the reins next year, which is NRDC’s 50th anniversary. [ read more … ]

Trump lightbulb regs head to court

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-05 14:42:16

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups are filing a lawsuit today against the Department of Energy for what they argue is an unlawful change to federal lightbulb efficiency standards earlier this year. Earthjustice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment America and the Sierra Club are joining with the Consumer Federation of America, Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants and U.S. Public Interest Research Group to challenge the Trump administration’s final rule exempting incandescent bulbs and other lighting products from national energy efficiency standards. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.