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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 16, 2020

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Gov. Raimondo aims to power state on 100% renewables by 2030

By Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:35:39

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) announced yesterday she will sign an executive order that aims to make the state the first in the nation to be powered completely by renewable energy by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

Who Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?

By Lisa Friedman and Claire O’Neill, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:32:19

Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. wind, solar to add record amounts in 2020 — EIA

By James Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:33:18

Wind and solar are set to add record amounts of electric generation capacity this year, according to a report yesterday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Around 18.5 gigawatts of wind will make up 44% of total U.S. electric generation additions in 2020, EIA said. That’s the equivalent of installing 7,622 new utility-scale wind turbines, according to Energy Department calculations. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Trump admin approves massive Calif. solar project

By Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:34:17

The Bureau of Land Management has approved one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic solar power projects in the Southern California desert — the first in a series of major renewable energy projects BLM plans to authorize this year. [ read more … ]


Europe could lead way in fossil fuel capital spending ban

By Namitha Jagadeesh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:32:46

A $10 trillion ban on fossil fuel capital spending could hold the key to net-zero emissions by 2050, according to UBS Group AG. To achieve such a freeze on emissions, there would need to be enough global restrictions to reduce cumulative fossil capex by two-thirds of the current amount, or about $10 trillion, UBS analysts led by Sam Arie wrote in a note assessing the outlook on energy and climate change. Europe will likely be the starting point for such a move, according to them.
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Renewables primed to pass coal power

By Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:33:50

For American coal, 2019 was bad, 2020 will be worse, and in 2021, renewables will surpass coal in electricity generation for the first time ever, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. EIA’s latest short-term energy outlook yesterday showcased U.S. coal companies’ dire predicament: Coal-fired power plants keep closing, and exports will no longer help fill the void.
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Car Rule

Part 2 of rollback arrives at White House

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:34:32

The second part of President Trump’s rollback of clean car standards has landed at the White House for review. EPA and the Department of Transportation sent the second portion of the rollback to the White House Office of Management and Budget late yesterday, according to the federal rule-tracking website.
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Bloomberg targets buildings, gas stoves in climate push

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-16 04:34:58

Michael Bloomberg rolled out a proposal today to end natural gas use and significantly ramp up energy efficiency with the goal of making all newly constructed buildings carbon dioxide emissions-free. The plan for buildings, which also seeks significant efficiency upgrades for existing structures, is the third major climate change plan from the Democratic presidential candidate. [ read more … ]

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